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Pistons vs. Pacers final score: Detroit holds off Indiana late, wins 96-94

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An all-around team effort for another win over the Pacers

Indiana Pacers v Detroit Pistons Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Detroit Pistons held off a late fourth quarter surge from the Indiana Pacers, winning 96-94. The Pistons improve to 2-2 and the Pacers fall to 0-3.

Indiana took their first lead of the game with under three minutes to go in the game at 91-90. T.J Warren would then drill a three (his first of the season) to put Indiana up 94-90.

That lead didn’t last long. Luke Kennard’s textbook rim to glass and then fall-in 3-pointer shortly after (OK, not so textbook), along with a Derrick Rose’ tough lefty lay-in HIGH off the glass over Myles Turner with 28 seconds left put the Pistons up for good.

Two-for-two against the Pacers. It wasn’t as pretty as opening night, but it sure was more impressive. Detroit’s defense was mostly superb and timely - it had to be. The Pistons did themselves zero favors with 20 turnovers, most of the careless and stubborn variety.

The Pacers attempted 13 more shots than Detroit, but only hit six 3-pointers compared to Detroit’s 13. If a team is going to cough the ball up 20 times, you’d better hit your 3-pointers (13-of-24 for the game).

Let’s get to the individual breakdowns:

STARTERS

Andre Drummond:

Strong first half for the big man despite a few too many post-ups that turned into inevitable awkward moves and shot attempts. However, other times Drummond make swift work of Indiana’s big men. Defensively, Andre mostly made Indiana’s big men work for every interior bucket. Blocked shots don’t tell the whole story, though shot contests often do. Andre is making his value known with the latter. His second half was rather quiet and turnover ridden. Drummond finished with 18 points and 18 rebounds and six turnovers.

Markieff Morris:

Mixed bag for the forward — as turnovers continue to be an issue. Two quality looks and makes from downtown are positive to see.

Tim Frazier

For the most part, Tim ran the team just fine, found open shooters, and didn’t try to do too much. Zero turnovers and eight assists in 22 minutes. You’ll take it. He battled against Malcolm Brogdon and can take a little credit for Brogdon’s 5-of-17 shooting night.

Tony Snell

You can’t be unhappy at all with 2-of-5 from 3-point range. He doesn’t force much. With his long arms and athleticism, you’d like to see Snell try to do a little more, but at this point he is what he is and it might fit this offense just right anyway, especially when Blake returns.

Luke Kennard:

You read that right — Luke was in the starting lineup! He struggled shooting the ball and finishing inside, but had his own flurry of three baskets in the fourth. Despite his shooting woes tonight, he read the floor well and made other winning plays.

He also had his shooter’s touch mode working (and how about Luke’s ability to create space to get that shot off):

BENCH

Bruce Brown:

Bruce got the bench assignment and it turned him into a knock down shooter. God knows he works on his jump shot tirelessly. A few very careless turnovers makes his otherwise nice line look less than.

Derrick Rose:

Rose will be depended on for many crunch times looks, even when Blake is healthy, and tonight was no different, as he hit the game-winner. He can still get his own shot versus any defender and this makes Detroit dangerous if they can keep games close.

Langston Galloway:

Efficient first half for Langston with a couple nifty finishes in the paint, however he couldn’t buy a bucket in half number two. Sometimes less is more with Langston, but the delight of his style is that most of his shots seem wild and you just have to deal with it.

Christian Wood:

His 19 points and 12 rebounds in 21 minutes gave the Pistons a huge lift, especially in the first half. He drained all three of his 3-point attempts and the stroke looked excellent. Wood’s activity at the rim on both sides of the court will continue to get him minutes — and will force Casey into playing Wood with Drummond in most cases.

Wood is making people believe that he has arrived in this league, don’t you think?

Thon Maker:

Played ten big-man minutes of essentially mistake-free ball. Sometimes you just have to blend in and do your assignment, and Thon did that tonight (although I can’t believe he logged 10 minutes as it didn’t seem like it).

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The Pistons travel to Toronto on Wednesday to take on the defending champs.