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The Indiana Pacers fall to the Detroit Pistons, 108-101

The Indiana Pacers fall to the Detroit Pistons, 108-101

Saturday, December 7, 2019

 

The Indiana Pacers saw a five-game win streak come to an end on November 30 as they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 119-116.  With a win tonight over the Detroit Pistons, they will extend a two-game win streak to three, hoping to exceed the previous win streak.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth battle of a five-game road trip.

The Pistons, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a second straight loss as they are coming fresh off a 127-103 fall to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.  Tonight will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.

November 8 was the last time that saw each other as the Pacers defeated the Pistons, 112-106.  Domantas Sabonis finished the game with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, and one block while both T.J. Warren and T.J. McConnell also had 17 points each.  Luke Kennard settled for 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pistons and the Pacers have battled each other a grand total of 212 times in the past as the Pistons had 107 wins while the Pacers defeated them 105 times.

INACTIVES:

Indiana Pacers:

-Victor Oladipo (quad)
-JaKarr Sampson (5.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 56.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Alize Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 45.5 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.8 FG%, 45.5 3P%)
-Edmond Sumner (coach’s decision; 7.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (G-League; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)

Detroit Pistons:

-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.9 APG, 21.4 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (illness; 10.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 47.5 FG%, 41.0 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sekou Doumbouya (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Detroit Pistons would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-three percent from the field, keeping the Indiana Pacers at thirty-three percent shooting.  Blake Griffin scored 16 points while burying a three-pointer in the first quarter.  He also had three rebounds, four assists, 2 steals, and a block while Andre Drummond recorded 12 points.

Drummond was able to grab 12 rebounds, commit two steals, and block a shot while Luke Kennard earned himself 11 points.  Kennard was able to hit two shots from beyond the arc while Tony Snell contributed with five points.  The 2014-2015 All-Rookie Team selection Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had a trey.

On the other end of the floor, Malcolm Brogdon chalked up 11 points while drilling a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Domantas Sabonis helped out with nine points but shot only thirty-three percent from the field.  T.J. Warren and Jeremy Lamb combined for eight points while Myles Turner had just one point.  Justin Holiday played 14 minutes off the bench but had just two points as the home team went into halftime with a 55-44 lead.

The Indianapolis ball club would attempt a comeback in the second half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field while the Pistons shot forty-six percent.  Warren got hot for twenty points while missing only four of thirteen shots attempted.  Both Lamb and Brogdon scored ten points each while Sabonis had nine.  Justin Holiday played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless.

As for the Michigan team, Drummond chalked up 13 points while grabbing ten boards and committing two steals.  Griffin helped out with two three-pointers and three free-throws.  Galloway played 16 minutes off the bench, only to score two points, but the Pistons were still able to pull out a 108-101 victory.  Andre Drummond finished with 25 points, 22 rebounds, one assist, 3 steals, and two blocks while TJ. Warren settled for 26 points, one rebound, and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Indiana Pacers will head to New York to take on Marcus Morris (18.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 50.0 3P%) and the New York Knicks (4-18) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of three meetings between these two teams this season.

The Detroit Pistons will travel to Louisiana to battle Brandon Ingram (25.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 49.2 FG%, 42.3 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (6-16) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of two matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

The Pacers pull off a comeback as they hand the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 97-95

Things have been ugly for the Cleveland Cavaliers lately as they are going off back-to-back 20+ point losses, first to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then the Toronto Raptors.  They will hope to avoid a third straight loss as they visit Indianapolis to take on the Indiana Pacers.  The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to prevent a second straight loss as they just recently lost to the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers and the Pacers have battled each other a total of 195 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 96 games while the Indiana team took 99 games.  This matchup will mark the third of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The Pacers won the last matchup, which was on December 8, 106-102.  During that game, Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal.  LeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

INACTIVES:

Cleveland Cavaliers:

Derrick Rose (ankle; 14.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Iman Shumpert (knee; 4.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.6 FG%, 28.0 3P%)
Isaiah Thomas (rest; 12.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 26.1 3P%)
Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 49.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Dwyane Wade (rest; 11.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 44.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
John Holland (G-League; 0.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
London Perrantes (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
Ante Zizic (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 26.4 FG%)

Indiana Pacers:

Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Myles Turner (elbow; 13.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
Alex Poythress (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 40.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Joe Young (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 47.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Ben Moore (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will have full control of the game early as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Indiana Pacers at forty-eight percent.  LeBron James would score 14 points while draining a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.  He also had four rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while Kevin Love chalked up eight points.  Jose Calderon would have eight points while J.R. Smith collected a surprising six points.  Jeff Green played 12 minutes off of the Cleveland bench as he earned a strong 13 points.

On the other end of the court, Thaddeus Young scored 10 points with two three-pointers in the middle of the second period.  Victor Oladipo also had 10 points of his own while recording one defensive rebound, one steal, and one block.  Domantas Sabonis had 10 rebounds but only score two points in the 16 minutes that he played.  Lance Stephenson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had four points while the Ohio team went into halftime with a 58-44 advantage.

The home team would crawl back as they went on a large 53-37 run, shooting forty-four percent from the field.  During that run, former Mavericks point guard Darren Collison chalked up 14 points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Sabonis had 10 more points to put with his five rebounds and one block.  Stephenson played 18 minutes off of the Indiana bench as he got hot for 12 points.

As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James added 13 more points to his scoring total, along with four rebounds, three assists, and one block.  Kevin Love would also score 10 points while Cedi Osman had six points and four rebounds.  Tristan Thompson played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Indiana Pacers pulled an amazing comeback to win the game, 97-95.  Darren Collison finished the game with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals while LeBron James had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host Stephen Curry (27.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 49 FG%) and the Golden State Warriors (33-9) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  They have met up a grand total of 128 times as the Cavaliers pulled 59 wins while the Warriors won 69 games.  This matchup will mark the second and final time that they will play each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on Christmas Day as the Warriors escaped with a 99-92 victory.  Kevin Durant finished that game with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 5 blocks.  Kevin Love would settle for 31 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 steals.

The Indiana Pacers will travel to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Phoenix Suns (16-26) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  The Pacers and the Suns have played each a total of 85 times in the past as the Suns won 48 games while the Pacers ended up winning 37 games.  This game will mark the first of two games that they will play against each other this season.