The Indiana Pacers kicked off their first road game in Michigan on the wrong foot, falling to the Detroit Pistons. Plagued by a slow start, the Pacers trailed by as many as 17 in the first quarter. They worked back into it, tying the game at 75-75 in the third quarter, but quickly surrendered a 7-0 run, forcing them back into a deficit they’d never overcome.
Detroit’s ability to hit timely threes proved the difference in this one. The Pistons hit 18 threes, with three different players hitting four or more. The Pacers meanwhile had 10, needing a couple extra to keep it a two possession game late. Indiana was led by Bojan Bogdanovic with 25 points with Darren Collison scoring 21.
Domantas Sabonis scored 23 points in just 26 minutes, hampered by foul trouble and then leaving the game late with an ankle injury. As well as Sabonis played, he didn’t get much help off the bench, with the rest of the second unit scoring just nine.
The Pacers wrap up their road trip on Wednesday, facing the Dallas Mavericks on the first night of a back-to-back.