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Pistons stay sharp, top Pacers 114-97

DETROIT (AP) Stan Van Gundy is one of the NBA's most outspoken coaches when it comes to politics and social issues, so his reaction to a postgame meeting with the Rev. Jesse Jackson was no surprise.

''I was a little bit in awe, right there,'' Van Gundy said. ''To think of what he's done with his life and the sacrifices he's made and the way he has served our country, and then I'm standing there. I'm a basketball coach.''

Van Gundy might think of himself as just a basketball coach, but his team is playing well right now. With Jackson in attendance Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons won for the sixth time in seven games, beating the Indiana Pacers 114-97 .

Tobias Harris scored 23 points and Andre Drummond added 14 points and 21 rebounds for the first-place Pistons, who lead Cleveland by three games in the Central Division. Indiana lost its fourth straight.

Jackson was seated behind one of the baskets at Little Caesars Arena, and Van Gundy said he spoke with him after the game. The Detroit coach joked that leaving Jackson and coming to the media room to talk to reporters was ''the definition of a letdown.''

Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 21 points, but Indiana has allowed at least 100 points in 10 of 12 games this season. The Pacers were without injured big man Domantas Sabonis.

''This is part of the process,'' Indiana coach Nate McMillan said. ''We knew there was going to be some adversity during the season and here it goes. Things turn quickly and you have to play your way out of it.''

Detroit led 59-52 at halftime, and after the Pacers fought back to tie the game at 65, the Pistons went on a 13-0 run to take control. Harris made a 3-pointer to put Detroit ahead by 11, and Drummond capped that streak with a putback that he made despite being hit in the face by Indiana's Thaddeus Young. Drummond was momentarily shaken up but played on.

It was 82-75 after three quarters, then the Pistons scored eight straight points to start the fourth, including 3-pointers by Reggie Bullock and Anthony Tolliver.

COMEBACK

The Pistons trailed 33-22 early in the second quarter, making this their fourth comeback victory of the season from a double-digit deficit. Drummond and Avery Bradley both picked up two fouls in the first 5:31, which contributed to Detroit's slow start.

The Pistons outscored Indiana 37-22 in the second and turned their deficit into a halftime lead.

''The way the game is now anyway, 11 down, 13 down, especially in the first half, I don't think of it as, like, we made a comeback tonight,'' Van Gundy said. ''We were ahead at halftime. It was early on in the game.''

LOOKING BACK

This is the first time the Pistons have started 8-3 since the 2008-09 season. They stumbled in the latter half of that season and finished 39-43, but made the playoffs.

TOUGH NIGHT

Giving up a lot of points has been the norm for Indiana this season, but this was only the fourth time the Pacers were held under 100. Indiana shot 43 percent from the field and was 7 of 24 from 3-point range.

Detroit outscored the Pacers 56-36 in the paint.

''They were really good,'' Oladipo said. ''They do a great job forcing you into tough 2s. They did a great job protecting their paint, made it hard on us to score.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: Sabonis sat out a second straight game with a bruised right calf. ... Al Jefferson scored 19 points and Young added 16.

Pistons: F Stanley Johnson (right hip flexor strain) did not play. ... Drummond, whose free throw shooting had improved dramatically early this season, went 0 for 7 from the line.

UP NEXT

Pacers: At the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

Pistons: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 G
A. Drummond
0 C
32.7 Min. Per Game 32.7
14.0 Pts. Per Game 14.0
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.7
14.7 Reb. Per Game 14.7
45.9 Field Goal % 56.4
47.2 Three Point % 54.5
84.1 Free Throw % 63.8
  Team rebound 0:14
  Thaddeus Young missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:16
+ 3 Reggie Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
+ 2 Cory Joseph made driving layup 0:41
+ 2 Andre Drummond made driving dunk, assist by Reggie Jackson 0:55
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 1:11
  Victor Oladipo missed free throw 1:15
  Shooting foul on Avery Bradley 1:15
+ 3 Victor Oladipo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 1:15
+ 1 Tobias Harris made free throw 1:17
  Shooting foul on Victor Oladipo 1:17
Team Stats
Points 97 114
Field Goals 38-88 (43.2%) 43-83 (51.8%)
3-Pointers 7-24 (29.2%) 12-27 (44.4%)
Free Throws 14-18 (77.8%) 16-25 (64.0%)
Total Rebounds 44 59
Offensive 7 8
Defensive 31 42
Team 6 9
Assists 22 25
Steals 8 3
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 15 15
Fouls 24 22
Technicals 0 2
19 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
14 PTS, 21 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Pacers 5-7 3022232297
home team logo Pistons 8-3 22372332114
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 5-7 100.6 PPG 40 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Pistons 8-3 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
V. Oladipo G 23.1 PPG 5.2 RPG 4.3 APG 47.7 FG%
T. Harris F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
V. Oladipo G 21 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
T. Harris F 23 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
43.2 FG% 51.8
29.2 3PT FG% 44.4
77.8 FT% 64.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 37 21 3 2 1 1 6 5 8/21 3/5 2/4 1 2 24 -20
T. Young 35 16 6 4 1 0 2 4 7/16 2/5 0/0 3 3 29 -6
B. Bogdanovic 31 12 7 0 0 0 1 2 4/10 1/5 3/4 0 7 18 -17
M. Turner 25 8 6 1 2 1 0 4 4/8 0/1 0/0 1 5 19 -13
D. Collison 28 7 2 3 1 0 0 2 3/10 0/3 1/1 0 2 16 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 37 21 3 2 1 1 6 5 8/21 3/5 2/4 1 2 24 -20
T. Young 35 16 6 4 1 0 2 4 7/16 2/5 0/0 3 3 29 -6
B. Bogdanovic 31 12 7 0 0 0 1 2 4/10 1/5 3/4 0 7 18 -17
M. Turner 25 8 6 1 2 1 0 4 4/8 0/1 0/0 1 5 19 -13
D. Collison 28 7 2 3 1 0 0 2 3/10 0/3 1/1 0 2 16 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Jefferson 22 19 6 2 1 0 1 4 7/10 0/0 5/5 1 5 29 -4
C. Joseph 29 11 3 6 0 1 2 3 4/8 1/3 2/2 0 3 25 -9
L. Stephenson 22 3 4 4 2 0 2 0 1/4 0/1 1/2 1 3 15 -3
T. Leaf 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 -8
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sabonis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 97 38 22 8 3 15 24 38/88 7/24 14/18 7 31 175 -85
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 34 23 8 1 1 0 1 4 8/19 5/9 2/2 0 8 33 +4
R. Jackson 26 18 3 6 0 0 3 1 6/10 2/3 4/5 0 3 30 +19
A. Bradley 28 14 3 0 1 1 4 4 4/11 2/5 4/4 0 3 15 +14
A. Drummond 33 14 21 4 0 1 4 4 7/9 0/0 0/7 4 17 40 +28
R. Bullock 33 7 1 3 1 0 0 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 0 1 15 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 34 23 8 1 1 0 1 4 8/19 5/9 2/2 0 8 33 +4
R. Jackson 26 18 3 6 0 0 3 1 6/10 2/3 4/5 0 3 30 +19
A. Bradley 28 14 3 0 1 1 4 4 4/11 2/5 4/4 0 3 15 +14
A. Drummond 33 14 21 4 0 1 4 4 7/9 0/0 0/7 4 17 40 +28
R. Bullock 33 7 1 3 1 0 0 0 3/7 1/4 0/0 0 1 15 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Galloway 21 12 3 0 0 0 0 2 4/5 1/1 3/4 0 3 15 +13
I. Smith 21 10 3 5 0 1 1 0 5/10 0/2 0/0 1 2 23 -2
B. Marjanovic 8 9 4 1 0 1 2 3 3/4 0/0 3/3 2 2 14 -4
A. Tolliver 14 3 2 4 0 0 0 2 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 2 13 +13
E. Moreland 5 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 1 7 -7
L. Kennard 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -2
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 114 50 25 3 5 15 22 43/83 12/27 16/25 8 42 207 +85