Drummond, Griffin lead Pistons over Pacers 113-109
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 26, 2019 10:49 AM
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) passes around Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
By Noah Trister, Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 26 points and 16 rebounds, Blake Griffin had a triple-double and the resurgent Detroit Pistons won for the seventh time in eight games, beating the Indiana Pacers 113-109 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Griffin had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Detroit, which is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference — and right now is on the right side of that cutoff. Indiana lost for only the second time in 10 games.
Pacers center Myles Turner returned after missing two games with a bruised left hip. He scored seven points. Domantas Sabonis scored 23 for Indiana, but he appeared to injure his left ankle with just over a minute remaining. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points
The Pacers won their previous meeting with Detroit, 125-88 on Dec. 26 (Dec. 27, PHL time), but the Pistons look a lot better now. Detroit raced out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter.
Indiana trimmed the deficit to four by halftime and tied the game at 75 in the third quarter. Detroit answered with nine straight points, including six by Drummond.
The Pistons later went on a 13-2 run in the fourth, taking a 100-86 lead on a three-pointer by Langston Galloway.
The Pistons remain in seventh place in the East but increased their lead to 1.5 games over Charlotte and two games over Orlando.
Pacers: Indiana is now 14-10 without guard Victor Oladipo this season. He ruptured a quad tendon in his right knee Jan. 23 (Jan. 24, PHL time) and is out for the season.
Pistons: Luke Kennard scored 19 points. He and Griffin made five three-pointers apiece.
Pacers: At Dallas on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Pistons: At San Antonio on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).