A late game collapse spoiled a potential opening night win for the Indiana Pacers, falling to the Detroit Pistons at home. Indiana led 101-97 halfway through the fourth, but allowed the Pistons to take control of the game on a 16-4 run. The Pacers struggled early and often to finish possessions or come up with loose balls, and defensive breakdowns allowed just three Pistons players to guide them to the win.
Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 27 points and 13 rebounds with Myles Turner hitting four threes as part of his 25 point night. Malcolm Brogdon had 22 points in his Pacers debut with Jeremy Lamb and T.J. Warren finishing with 10 each, the latter leaving the game late with a hip contusion after a hard fall.
On the downside, the second unit had just 16 points combined as Nate McMillan struggled to find rotations that worked. The Pacers and Pistons will become familiar foes in the opening weeks of the regular season, facing each other again on Monday. In the meantime, they’ll travel to Cleveland to face the fellow 0-1 Cavaliers on Saturday.