Detroit Pistons run out of comebacks, fall to Indiana Pacers
The Pistons made a comeback throughout the game after falling back by 15 in the first half.
The Indiana Pacers pushed on, but weren’t able to back off until the fourth quarter when they had a crucial 12-0 run that turned Pistons’ four-point lead into an eight-point deficit.
The Pacers held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday night and claimed a 115-109 victory.
It is the fourth loss in their last five games for the Pistons (18-43), who have dropped 22 points from their 18 turnovers. They had a couple of sales on the last stretch that were turning out to be costly.
“Eighteen turnovers for 22 points – that’s the ball game,” said coach Dwane Casey. “Some of them were just incomprehensible when it came to making decisions about the ball and we have to learn. In these final games we need to understand the time, score, situation and what is open. “
Jerami Grant had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists, Mason Plumlee 17 points, the best 21 rebounds of his career and five assists. Josh Jackson and Cory Joseph each added 12 points.
BOX SCORE: Pacers 115, Pacers 109
The Pistons were 101-97 ahead of 4:54 after a dunk from Isaiah Stewart (13 points and five rebounds). They went off without a field goal for almost five minutes, and the Pacers responded with a big push.
Caris LeVert, who had 25 points and seven rebounds, scored a pair of baskets and Malcolm Brogdon (26 points and eight rebounds) added a 3-pointer and drive, along with a 3-pointer from Edmond Sumner (22 points), around to spin the tables and put the Pacers (28-31) ahead forever.
Grant and Josh Jackson each hit two free throws to reach the pistons within four points, but the Pacers kept the pressure going with one of two free throws from LeVert and Brogdon. Grant made a 3-hand 13.9 seconds to get within 113-109, but the pistons didn’t get any closer.
“We should definitely have won the game,” said Grant. “We had some mental flaws during the game and we missed it.”
The Pistons also had a 10-point deficit at the end of the first quarter, increasing to 15 in the first two minutes of the second period. They reduced the lead from 42:28 to just two with a big run, including a tip-in from Stewart, two baskets from Plumlee and a 3-pointer from Frank Jackson who had nine points in 14 minutes.
The Pacers held the lead until the last minutes just before half-time. The Pistons had another 10-0 run with a 3-pointer and a lay-in from Grant and a hook from Josh Jackson to have a 38-second lead at 59:56 in the half. LeVert scored a putback and Cory Joseph was 4.8 seconds ahead of 61-58 at halftime.
Plumlee powered the pistons with a rebound advantage of 62-39.
“Mason got us into it right from the start, with his energy, rebound and toughness,” said Casey. “He’s one of those relentless rebounders that we have in the game.”
The game stayed tight until the middle of the quarter when the pistons appeared to be retreating. The Pistons used a 6-0 run – 8:10 off the field to start the quarter – and took the lead 77-69.
The Pacers responded with another run, four points from Brogdon and two drives from Doug McDermott (18 points) to regain the lead. The pistons got a 3-hand from Joseph and a couple of free throws from Stewart to move into the fourth quarter within 84-82.