After being excluded from the Christmas Day festivities, the Pistons played their first game in four days. The time off appeared to be a huge help as they came out scorching the nets from the opening tip.
They shot 7-11 from three as a team in the quarter and were led by Tobias Harris’ 21 points on 5-5 shooting from three. The Pistons also had 14 assists in the first quarter, and were led by Reggie Jackson’s seven. The Pistons led 40-19 and it looked like they were going to cruise to the win.
However, the bench unit would come in to start the second quarter and things got a little tight. The Pacers have made their money all season with huge comebacks, and they would start the quarter off on an 18-5 run. At one point the lead was down to 8, but the starters came back in and were able to bail out the bench by getting the lead back up to 13 at halftime.
Things were going fine in the third quarter, until Reggie Jackson rolled his ankle after passing the ball to Reggie Bullock for what could have been his 14th assist. He had to be helped off the court and we will keep you updated on his status.
Tobias Harris finished the game with 30 points, which is a bit of a disappointment based on how he started the game. He shot 10-11 from the field and 7-8 from three, but only played 29 minutes. Reggie Jackson was on pace to break his career-high of 20 assists, but was able to top his season high of eight in only 21 minutes. Andre Drummond also had another 20 and 15 games as he finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds.
The Pistons won the season series with the Pacers 3 to 1, as this is the last time they will face each this season (the NBA schedule is weird). The Pistons will face Orlando in Orlando on Thursday.