INDIANA Pacers vs DETROIT Pistons NBA 13 March 2023. DETROIT (AP) (AP) The Detroit Pistons defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-97 on Monday night to snap an 11-game losing run. James Wiseman finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
The Pistons, who hadn’t triumphed since defeating San Antonio 138-131 in double overtime on February 10, led by 31 points at the half and fended off a late-second and early-third quarter Indiana push.
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“You know you have to stay focused to win a game when you come in having lost 11 or 12 games in a row, whatever it was,” said Cory Joseph, who finished with a game-high 22 points. We put forth a lot of effort and started off strong.
On Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena, the Pacers defeated the Pistons 121-115.
The difference between the two games was plain to see, according to Pacers coach Rick Carlisle. The Pistons played with that advantage the whole game. Simply put, we fell short.
Killian Hayes had 10 points and 11 assists, and Jalen Duren scored 12 points while pulling down 11 rebounds.
Our players showed a lot of tenacity tonight, and I believe we slightly surprised the Pacers, according to Pistons coach Dwane Casey. This was very similar to the playoffs in that both teams made changes from Saturday; nevertheless, it was our tenacity that made the difference.
Off the bench, Jordan Nwora scored 20 points for Indiana.
Both teams have fewer players on their rosters than they did on Saturday. When the Pacers were without Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin, T.J. McConnell, and Myles Turner, Detroit added Marvin Bagley III (ankle) to their lengthy injury list.
On Saturday, Indiana dominated the opening half of play inside, while Detroit quickly grabbed control on Monday. The Pistons outscored the Pacers 38-20 in the first quarter thanks to a 20-6 advantage in points scored in the paint and a 15-7 advantage in rebounds. In his third NBA start, Eugene Omoruyi scored 11 of his 17 points in the first.
On Saturday, Carlisle remarked, “We got a lot of easy shots early in the game, but the Pistons really reversed the script on that tonight. We didn’t get many quality shots because they had more agility and toughness in the lineup thanks to Omoruyi beginning.
After four minutes of the second quarter, Detroit had a 52-23 advantage, but Indiana had closed the gap to 67-49 at the break.