Pistons overcome late Pacers rally to post second win in as many nights
Detroit forward Eric Moreland dives for a loose ball under Indiana guard Lance Stephenson. AP

INDIANAPOLIS — Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons withstood a late rally to beat the Indiana Pacers 104-98 on Friday night (Saturday, Manila time).

Reggie Bullock finished with 15 points for Detroit, which earned its second win in two nights.

The Pistons had their biggest lead of the game at 95-79 with 9:12 to play before the Pacers put together their late offensive surge. The Pacers outscored Detroit 19-5 during the final eight minutes and had a chance to take the lead on Myles Turner's 3-point attempt with less than 30 seconds left, but the shot fell short and Detroit grabbed the rebound. The Pistons closed out the game at the free throw line.

Victor Oladipo had 26 points and eight rebounds for Indiana. Turner added 24 points and eight boards.

The Pistons jumped out quickly behind Drummond, who dominated inside with eight points and eight rebounds during the first quarter. The Pistons led Indiana 27-19 at the end of the period.

The Pistons led by as many as 14 points during the first half, but Indiana managed to keep it interesting, closing out the final four minutes of the first half with a 21-9 scoring run that gave the Pacers a 54-52 lead at halftime. The Pacers never led by more than four points.

Detroit opened the second half on a 7-0 run. The Pistons then ended the third quarter on a 13-4 run and entered the fourth quarter with an 86-74 lead.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Avery Bradley was held out of Friday night's game due to a right adductor (groin) strain. Bradley went through pregame warmups with the team before notifying Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy he was not able to play … After starting the season 10-3, the Pistons have gone 6-10, including three straight wins … Drummond recorded his 20th double-double of the season.

Pacers: Indiana is now 11-7 vs. Eastern Conference opponents, with five of those 11 wins coming against Central Division rivals.

RELIABLE RESERVES

Every one of Detroit's reserves scored on Friday night. The Pistons' bench outscored Indiana's 43-22. Stanley Johnson led all Detroit reserves with 13 points, Langston Galloway scored 11 and Anthony Tolliver finished with nine points.

STAN VAN-TASTIC

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy earned his 500th career win. Van Gundy has compiled a 500-354 record over 12 seasons in the NBA, which includes prior stints with the Heat and Magic. In his fourth season with Detroit, Van Gundy also serves as the organization's president of basketball operations.

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