Christian Wood scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds off the bench and Derrick Rose overcame a cold shooting night to score the go-ahead basket in the final minute as the host Detroit Pistons defeated the Indiana Pacers for the second time in six nights, 96-94, on Monday.
Andre Drummond supplied 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Luke Kennard tossed in 14 points for Detroit, which had lost its last two games. Bruce Brown added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Rose scored 10 on 4-for-16 shooting with six assists off the bench.
Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers, who dropped to 0-3, with 21 points and 14 rebounds. T.J. Warren had 19 points and five steals, Myles Turner scored 16 points, and Malcolm Brogdon added 15 points and 11 assists.
The Pistons led 59-53 at halftime as Wood contributed 11 points off the bench.
The Pacers converted a couple of Pistons turnovers into layups during the course of the third quarter but Wood allowed Detroit to maintain its advantage. He made two 3-pointers and a bucket in the lane during a 3:20 span to give the Pistons a 76-65 lead with 3:05 left in the third. The Pistons took a 78-71 advantage into the final quarter.
Detroit went scoreless for more than three minutes early in the fourth as Indiana whittled its deficit from nine to two. Sabonis capped that spurt off with a three-point play.
A Brogdon basket midway through the quarter cut the Pistons’ lead to 86-85.
Warren’s floater with 2:53 left gave Indiana its first lead at 91-90. Warren then drilled a 3-pointer after an offensive rebound to make it a four-point advantage.
Kennard answered with a 3 and Warren then traveled to give the ball back to Detroit. Rose missed on a drive but Brogdon misfired a 3 on the other end. Rose finally converted a layup with 28.3 seconds left to give Detroit a 95-94 edge.
Indiana missed two long tries on its next possession before fouling Kennard, who made the first free throw and missed the second. Drummond’s tap-in on the miss was waved off for offensive goaltending.
Warren’s 3-point desperation try at the buzzer fell short.
—Field Level Media