Pistons Win For Sixth Time in Seven Games


Published on November 9 2017 6:13 am
Last Updated on November 9 2017 6:13 am


Stan Van Gundy is one of the NBA's most outspoken coaches when it comes to politics and social issues, so his reaction to a postgame meeting with the Rev. Jesse Jackson was no surprise.

"I was a little bit in awe, right there," Van Gundy said. "To think of what he's done with his life and the sacrifices he's made and the way he has served our country, and then I'm standing there. I'm a basketball coach."

Van Gundy might think of himself as just a basketball coach, but his team is playing well right now. With Jackson in attendance Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons won for the sixth time in seven games, beating the Indiana Pacers 114-97 .

Tobias Harris scored 23 points and Andre Drummond added 14 points and 21 rebounds for the first-place Pistons, who lead Cleveland by three games in the Central Division. Indiana lost its fourth straight.

Jackson was seated behind one of the baskets at Little Caesars Arena, and Van Gundy said he spoke with him after the game. The Detroit coach joked that leaving Jackson and coming to the media room to talk to reporters was "the definition of a letdown."

Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 21 points, but Indiana has allowed at least 100 points in 10 of 12 games this season. The Pacers were without injured big man Domantas Sabonis.

"This is part of the process," Indiana coach Nate McMillan said. "We knew there was going to be some adversity during the season and here it goes. Things turn quickly and you have to play your way out of it."

Detroit led 59-52 at halftime, and after the Pacers fought back to tie the game at 65, the Pistons went on a 13-0 run to take control. Harris made a 3-pointer to put Detroit ahead by 11, and Drummond capped that streak with a putback that he made despite being hit in the face by Indiana's Thaddeus Young. Drummond was momentarily shaken up but played on.

It was 82-75 after three quarters, then the Pistons scored eight straight points to start the fourth, including 3-pointers by Reggie Bullock and Anthony Tolliver.

Wednesday, November 8 Scoreboard

Detroit 114, Indiana 97

Orlando 112, New York 99

Boston 107, Los Angeles Lakers 96

Miami 126, Phoenix 115

Golden State 125, Minnesota 101

Thursday, November 9 Schedule (All Times Central)

Los  Angeles Lakers at Washington, 6 p.m.

New Orleans at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.

Cleveland at Houston, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Sacramento, 9 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Denver, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, November 10 Schedule (All Times Central)

Atlanta at Detroit, 6 p.m.

Charlotte at Boston, 6:30 p.m.

Indiana at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Milwaukee at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Orlando at Phoenix, 8 p.m.

Miami at Utah, 8 p.m.

Brooklyn at Portland, 9 p.m.

Saturday, November 11 Schedule (All Times Central)

Atlanta at Washington, 6 p.m.

Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans, 6 p.m.

Sacramento at New York, 7 p.m.

Memphis at Houston, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando at Denver, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Phoenix, 8 p.m.

Brooklyn at Utah, 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 12 Schedule (All Times Central)

Toronto at Boston, 2:30 p.m.

Miami at Detroit, 3 p.m.

Houston at Indiana, 5 p.m.

Dallas at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.