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Blake Griffin's triple-double propeller Pistons fits Pacers



DETROIT – If the Detroit Pistons reach the playoffs, whoever they meet in the first round would be a tough matchup for them

Indiana, however, might be the preferred opponent over the likes of Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia

The Pacers have fared well without star guard Victor Oladipo, who's out for the season with a knee injury, but can they keep it up?

The Pistons defeated the Oladipo-less Pacers 113-109 Monday at Little Caesars Arena behind 26 points and 14 rebounds from Andre Drummond and a triple-double from Blake Griffin

The Pistons (29-30) have won three in a row coming out of the All-Star break and are 7- 1

in their past eight

The Pistons grabbed the lead early in the first quarter and didn't relinquish it, though the Pacers battled back from a 17-point deficit to get to within a point in the third quarter. [19659007] Detroit made 18-of-41 3-pointers. Griffin went 5-of-10 from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Reggie Jackson and Wayne Ellington scored 14 points each. Luke Kennard (19 points, 5-of-3 threes) and Langston Galloway (13 points) provided kick off the bench.

Bojan Bogdanovic led Indiana (40-21) with 25 points. Domantas Sabonis scored 23 points off the bench and keyed in the start of their comeback in the second quarter before leaving with an apparent foot injury late in the game.

The Pacers had lost eight of nine, refusing to fold without Oladipo. They had lost in a row without Oladipo before going 8-2.

The Pistons led by as many as 17 in the first half before the Pacers chipped away at the deficit in the second quarter and got to within 55-51 at

The Pistons made 10-of-22 3-pointers. Kennard led the way, going 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, and scoring 14 points.

Sabonis heated up in the second quarter, scoring 12 of his 16 first-half points.


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