DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – On 313 day in Detroit, the Pistons broke their 11-game skid with a 117-97 win over Indiana. James Wiseman produced a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds as Detroit won their 16th game of the year. It is the first win for Detroit since their double overtime win on Feb. 10 against San Antonio.
“When you come in having lost 11 or 12 games in a row – whatever it was – you know you have to stay focused to win a game,” said player Cory Joseph. “We played extremely hard and got off to a great start.”
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Joseph led Detroit with 22 points followed by Wiseman’s double-double. Killian Hayes and Jalen Duren also added double-doubles as Hayes produced 10 points and 11 assists with Duren adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. R.J. Hampton gave 15 points as seven players scored in double figures.
Head coach Dwane Casey said, “Our guys played with a lot of grit tonight, and I think we surprised the Pacers a little bit. This was a little like the playoffs – we made some adjustments from Saturday and they made some adjustments – but the difference was our toughness.”
Detroit jumped out to a fierce first quarter lead setting the tone, 38-20. Hampton made two free throws with 32 seconds left for the 18-point lead. They kept their 18-point lead at the half, 67-49. Rodney McGruder had a layup with 1:15 left for a 24-point lead, 67-43, before Indiana scored the final six points.
Eugene Omoruyi made it a 23-point lead at the end of the third quarter, 91-68, cruising to the 20-point win in the fourth, 117-97.
Joseph finished with, “The fans have stuck with us all season, and they’ve been great during this losing streak. I’m glad we could get them a win on 3-1-3 Day.”
Detroit travels to Washington on Tuesday.
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