Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin lead Detroit Pistons to 7th win in 8 games with 113-109 home victory over Indiana
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Detroit coach Dwane Casey downplayed the revenge factor after the Pistons beat Indiana.
“This is the way that we have to play, no matter who we play,” Casey said.
Andre Drummond had 26 points and 16 rebounds, Blake Griffin had a triple-double and the resurgent Pistons won for the seventh time in eight games, beating the Pacers 113-109 on Monday night. Indiana won the previous meeting with Detroit, 125-88 on Dec. 28 — a blowout that was hard for the Pistons to forget.
“It left a bad taste in our mouth the last time we played these guys. They outworked us pretty much in all facets of the game,” Griffin said. “We wanted to come out and impose our will in a lot of different ways.”
Griffin had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Detroit, which is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference — and right now is on the right side of that cutoff. Indiana lost for only the second time in 10 games.
Domantas Sabonis scored 23 for Indiana, but he left with a sprained ankle with just over a minute remaining. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points.
Detroit raced out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter. Indiana trimmed the deficit to four by halftime.