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Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers

DETROIT (AP) A few days back, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had a heart-to-heart talk with forward Tobias Harris.

Van Gundy's message to Harris, who was struggling with his shot, was to get out of his own head and just be in the moment.

''He just told me to clear my head and go out there and enjoy the game and just play off everything that happens,'' Harris said. ''That's what I've been able to do and it's been working.''

It worked to near perfection Tuesday night. Harris scored 30 points as the Pistons downed the Indiana Pacers 107-83.

Harris was 10-of-11 from the floor, including making seven of eight 3's.

''It's a new approach I have, since I was not shooting as well as I was before, so I'm just letting the game come to me and just try to feed off what the game brings,'' Harris said. ''You go on with a better mindset playing in the game.

''I'll stick with it.''

Harris scored 21 points in the first quarter, as the Pistons rolled to a season-high 40 points and a 40-19 lead.

''Obviously, Tobias had a heck of a first quarter, but it all was clicking, on all cylinders,'' Pistons center Andre Drummond said. ''Everybody was scoring.''

Drummond finished with 21 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. The entire starting five for the Pacers combined for just eight rebounds and their offensive output was a season low.

''I have no explanation for that, absolutely none,'' Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ''We're just digging a hole for ourselves.''

Ish Smith (12 points) and Reggie Bullock (11) also reached double digits for Detroit.

Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 13 points. Domantas Sabonis, Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner each scored 10 points.

The victory moved the Pistons (19-14) past the Pacers (19-15) into second spot in the NBA's Central Division and gave the Pistons a 3-1 decision in the season series between the two teams, the first time Detroit had won the season set from Indiana since going 4-0 against the Pacers in 2007-08.

''That's a team we're looking forward to playing in the playoffs, so to get that advantage is huge for us,'' Drummond said.

SLOWING VICTOR

Even though it was the sixth straight game that he'd led the Pacers in scoring, Oladipo, who came into the night averaging 25.3 points per game, was held to a season low on the scoresheet.

''You're not going to shut the guy down, but I think we did about as good a job as we could,'' Van Gundy said. ''And then you hope he misses some shots, and he did.''

JACKSON INJURED

The Pistons lost starting guard Reggie Jackson to an ankle injury in the third quarter. Landing after making a jump pass, Jackson came down awkwardly on his right ankle. He had to be helped from the court and did not return.

''The x-rays were negative,'' Van Gundy said. ''He's got an ankle sprain. We'll get an MRI and see tomorrow where we are.''

Jackson finished the night with 13 assists against one turnover in 21:15 on the floor.

''He was unbelievable,'' Van Gundy said.

Tip Ins

Pacers: Indiana's McMillan (539) and Detroit's Van Gundy (503) are two of six active NBA head coaches with 500 or more wins in the league. . The Pacers grabbed a season low in defensive rebounds (21) and total rebounds (26).

Pistons: G Avery Bradley (sore right groin) should be back in action for Detroit's Jan. 3 game in Miami against the Heat. . There's no timetable regarding F Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain). Leuer has resumed shooting but is not yet taking jump shots.

Up Next

Pacers: Travel to Orlando to face the Magic on Thursday.

Pistons: Play host to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
A. Drummond
0 C
32.4 Min. Per Game 32.4
14.0 Pts. Per Game 14.0
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
14.8 Reb. Per Game 14.8
48.5 Field Goal % 53.8
48.4 Three Point % 53.2
79.0 Free Throw % 62.6
+ 2 Alex Poythress made dunk, assist by Joe Young 0:13
+ 1 Boban Marjanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:24
+ 1 Boban Marjanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:24
  Shooting foul on Al Jefferson 0:24
  Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard 0:36
  Alex Poythress missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:39
  Team rebound 0:55
  Henry Ellenson missed driving layup 0:55
  Defensive rebound by Henry Ellenson 1:05
  Damien Wilkins missed turnaround jump shot 1:07
+ 1 Boban Marjanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:24
Team Stats
Points 83 107
Field Goals 34-77 (44.2%) 41-82 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 6-21 (28.6%) 12-34 (35.3%)
Free Throws 9-13 (69.2%) 13-16 (81.3%)
Total Rebounds 36 55
Offensive 5 10
Defensive 21 36
Team 10 9
Assists 18 26
Steals 6 5
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 19 17
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
21 PTS, 18 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Pacers 19-15 1926211783
home team logo Pistons 19-14 40182425107
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 19-15 106.6 PPG 43.8 RPG 25.2 APG
home team logo Pistons 19-14 109.1 PPG 47.6 RPG 21.8 APG
Key Players
V. Oladipo SG 20.5 PPG 6.5 RPG 5.0 APG 43.4 FG%
T. Harris SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
V. Oladipo SG 13 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
T. Harris SF 30 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
44.2 FG% 50.0
28.6 3PT FG% 35.3
69.2 FT% 81.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 25 13 1 3 2 2 2 0 5/11 2/6 1/2 0 1 22 -23
B. Bogdanovic 24 10 1 1 2 0 3 1 4/10 1/2 1/2 0 1 12 -17
M. Turner 23 10 3 3 0 0 2 2 3/9 1/4 3/4 0 3 17 -19
T. Young 21 5 2 0 0 1 0 1 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 2 8 -34
D. Collison 18 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 1 6 -29
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 25 13 1 3 2 2 2 0 5/11 2/6 1/2 0 1 22 -23
B. Bogdanovic 24 10 1 1 2 0 3 1 4/10 1/2 1/2 0 1 12 -17
M. Turner 23 10 3 3 0 0 2 2 3/9 1/4 3/4 0 3 17 -19
T. Young 21 5 2 0 0 1 0 1 2/4 1/1 0/0 0 2 8 -34
D. Collison 18 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 1 6 -29
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Sabonis 17 10 5 3 0 0 1 4 5/9 0/0 0/0 3 2 20 -6
C. Joseph 28 9 1 2 0 0 0 1 4/7 0/1 1/2 0 1 14 -1
L. Stephenson 32 8 6 3 0 0 4 3 3/7 0/2 2/2 0 6 16 -2
A. Jefferson 6 6 1 0 1 0 0 3 3/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 8 0
A. Poythress 22 4 2 1 1 0 0 4 2/4 0/2 0/0 1 1 9 +15
J. Young 6 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 1/1 0 1 8 -2
T. Leaf 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 0
D. Wilkins 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -2
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 83 26 18 6 3 12 19 34/77 6/21 9/13 5 21 142 -120
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 29 30 6 1 1 0 1 1 10/11 7/8 3/4 0 6 38 +29
A. Drummond 32 21 18 3 1 0 3 2 9/13 0/0 3/4 2 16 43 +35
R. Bullock 29 11 2 2 1 0 0 2 5/13 1/7 0/0 1 1 18 +29
R. Jackson 21 8 3 13 0 0 1 0 4/10 0/3 0/0 0 3 36 +23
L. Kennard 11 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 2/2 0/0 0 2 8 +22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 29 30 6 1 1 0 1 1 10/11 7/8 3/4 0 6 38 +29
A. Drummond 32 21 18 3 1 0 3 2 9/13 0/0 3/4 2 16 43 +35
R. Bullock 29 11 2 2 1 0 0 2 5/13 1/7 0/0 1 1 18 +29
R. Jackson 21 8 3 13 0 0 1 0 4/10 0/3 0/0 0 3 36 +23
L. Kennard 11 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 2/2 0/0 0 2 8 +22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Smith 24 12 2 3 0 0 2 3 6/11 0/0 0/0 2 0 18 +1
L. Galloway 18 7 1 0 1 0 0 1 3/7 1/4 0/0 0 1 9 -5
S. Johnson 36 6 7 1 1 0 1 4 1/8 1/7 3/4 2 5 15 +2
B. Marjanovic 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 4/4 0 0 6 0
A. Tolliver 16 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 0 1 -5
D. Buycks 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
E. Moreland 11 0 3 2 0 1 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 1 8 -11
H. Ellenson 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 107 46 26 5 1 10 17 41/82 12/34 13/16 10 36 201 +120