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Victor Oladipo was a marked man in the final minutes of the game as the Detroit Pistons were determined to make someone else in an Indiana Pacers uniform beat them.
Detroit came into Bankers Life Fieldhouse losing the last six contests against the Pacers on the road. Andre Drummond was determined to change that statistic. The 6-foot-11 center scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while blocking Oladipo from getting off a three-point attempt in the final seconds of the game.
Drummond is also notorious for being a poor free-throw shooter making 38 percent of his attempts for his career. That was not the case Friday night as he went 5-for-8 from the line.
Oladipo did manage to score 26 points while Myles Turner chipped in 24. The Pacers were down by as much as 16 points at one point in the fourth quarter. Indiana reduced that lead down to 2, before Detroit turned up their defensive intensity.
Ultimately, the Pacers dug a hole too big to climb out of as Indiana has dropped the last two contests of their six-game homestand—their longest since 2007.
With the loss, Indiana falls to 16-13 on the year. Detroit also holds the same record and the series lead with the Pacers, 2-1. The final matchup will be held in Detroit on Dec. 26.
Indiana will see a day’s worth of rest before playing at Brooklyn Sunday evening.