Late surge lifts Indiana Pacers past Detroit Pistons, 115-109
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers were without their two best inside players and getting dominated on the boards, yet found a way to win thanks to a timely defensive switch, balanced scoring and the Detroit Pistons’ sloppy ballhandling.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 26 points, Caris LeVert had 25 and the Pacers had a late 12-0 run to beat the Pistons 115-109 on Saturday night.
The Pacers were without All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis and center Myles Turner and got outrebounded 62-39, yet rallied in the fourth quarter after coach Nate Bjorkgren switched to a zone defense.
The Pacers trailed 101-97 with 4:41 remaining when LeVert made a layup to start the run. Brogdon hit a 3-pointer and added a layup, the latter making it 109-101 with 2:42 remaining.
The Pistons had 18 turnovers compared to the Pacers’ four.
Jerami Grant, who missed the previous game with a quad injury, led the Pistons with 25 points. Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 21 rebounds.