DETROIT, MI – The struggles continue for the Indiana Pacers (5-7).
Indy coughed up another double-figure lead on Wednesday, as the Detroit Pistons (8-3) erased an 11-point first half deficit and never looked back in a 114-97 win over the Blue and Gold at Little Caesars Arena.
The first half of Wednesday’s contest was a tale of two quarters.
By the end of the first quarter, the Pacers owned a 30-22 lead. Indiana closed the quarter on a 12-3 run, fueled by seven straight points from Al Jefferson off of the bench. The Pistons responded in the second quarter. Indy pushed their lead to 11 in the period, but Detroit piled up 37 points and used a late 10-2 run to take a 59-52 into the half.
After the break, the Pacers were able to even the score at 65 before Detroit ran away for good. The Pistons rattled off 13 unanswered points, besting Indy 17-10 to close out the third quarter. The home team then cruised to victory in the fourth.
Detroit outscored Indiana 32-22 in Wednesday’s final quarter of play. The Pacers never really threatened to get back into the ballgame either, as they only got as close as seven points down the stretch.
Victor Oladipo led Indy in scoring with 21 points, but the real surprise came in the form of Jefferson. The 14-year NBA veteran scored 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting (5-for-5 from the free throw line), for a new season-high.
The Pacers were once again without Domantas Sabonis, who sat out for a second consecutive night with a right calf injury.
Detroit’s Tobias Harris scored a game-high 23 points, including five three-point baskets. Andre Drummond was all over the glass for the Pistons, snatching 21 rebounds to go with his 14 points.
The Pacers are back in action on Friday night, as they try to get back in the win column in a matchup with the Chicago Bulls. Game time from the Windy City is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.