By Kyle Beery | @BeeryK
The Indiana Pacers‘ defense continued to be shaky Saturday night, giving up more than 100 points for the fifth time in seven games. Indiana has lost all five of those games, including a 118-96 rout at Detroit Saturday night.
Detroit’s Reggie Jackson led all scorers with 21 points and dished out nine assists.
The Pistons dominated the Pacers on the glass, with a 46-33 rebounding advantage. Detroit held a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass as well, owning a 12-5 advantage in second-chance points.
Andre Drummond had eight points and 11 rebounds, held in check compared to the last time these two teams met — he had 25 points and 29 rebounds back in early November during the Pacers’ first win of the season.
Paul George struggled offensively, putting up just 13 points. It was only his second game with under 20 points in the last 18 outings.
George Hill scored a team high 14 points while Monta Ellis put up 11.
Two of Hill’s 14 came on the Pacers’ highlight of the night:
It was the fifth time the Pacers have played on back-to-back nights this season, and Saturday’s loss dropped them to 2-3 in those games. Detroit improved to 4-3 in such games.
The Pacers are two games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place. The Pistons are Two and a half games behind, but sit in ninth place.
Indiana begins a three-game home stand Monday, December 14 against the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors beat the Pacers in the first game of the season behind 25 points from DeMar DeRozan.
Former Pacer Luis Scola was held scoreless in that game, but is now averaging 10 points and six rebounds per game.