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Balanced Pistons roll past Pacers, 114-97

Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Basketball

The Detroit Pistons are taking care of business at Little Caesars Arena.

The Pistons (8-3) moved to 3-0 on their current five-game homestand with a 114-97 victory on Wednesday night.

Tobias Harris scored 23 points on 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range with league-leading rebounder Andre Drummond adding 14 points, four assists and 21 rebounds. This was Drummond's first 20-rebound game of the season.

Reggie Jackson added 18 points and six assists as the Pistons have won five of their last six games. They are now 5-1 at LCA.

The Pacers, who lost at home to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, brought a top-three offense into the game.

But the Pistons held the Pacers (5-7) to 43.2 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers.

After Eric Moreland struggled guarding Pacers center Al Jefferson (seven points, 3-for-3 shooting in the first quarter), Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy turned to Boban Marjanovic for only the second time this season.

Marjanovic sparked the Pistons, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds in six minutes in the first half.

He appeared only briefly in the second half.

The Pistons' Reggie Bullock got the start in place of Stanley Johnson (right hip flexor).

He helped the Pistons early, moving without the basketball and cutting for two easy layups in the first quarter.

He finally nailed his first 3-pointer of the season in the second half, and finished with seven points in 33 minutes.

Drummond carried a 75 percent free-throw shooting percentage into the game. It took a hit when Drummond went 0 for 7 from the line. A regression was expected. The question now is if Drummond can self-correct to stop the slump.

Pacers center Myles Turner, struggled with foul trouble. He played only 25 minutes and finished with eight points and six rebounds.

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