INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana guard Tyreke Evans hasn’t produced like anticipated with the Pacers’ second unit.
But after sitting out three of the earlier 5 video games with a bruised proper knee, Evans scored 19 factors on 7-of-9 capturing in a 129-121 victory at Atlanta. He additionally had 5 assists with only one turnover.
“I’m the type of player that likes to play through injuries,” Evans stated. “I’m a tough kid. I think it was the best thing to go see the doctor and he helped me out. Now I’m moving better and I’m feeling good. When I’m healthy, the sky’s the limit.”
The Pacers (23-12) look to lengthen their successful streak to four when it faces Detroit (16-16).
“I thought he was aggressive, making plays,” Pacers head coach Nate McMillan stated of Evans. “He was making shots and defensively he was pretty solid. We want our guys to be aggressive and I thought he did a good job of attacking.”
Evans is averaging 10.6 factors on 37.5 % capturing. Evans, whose profession scoring common is 16.1, averaged 19.4 factors in 52 video games for Memphis final season.
The Pacers tied a season-high with 35 assists.
“When guys are open, get them the ball,” McMillan stated. “You shoot a better percentage when you move with the ball and have your feet set. It’s tough to guard when you move the ball.”
The Pacers’ bench contributed 54 factors in the sport.
“We needed our bench,” McMillan stated. “But I thought both units were good both halves. It takes both units. We were able to get some stops when we needed them.”
The bench performed massive for Detroit, too, in Wednesday’s 106-95 victory over visiting Washington, primarily capturing guard Langston Galloway, who scored 22 factors in 23 minutes.
“He was great. I don’t know how he made those 3s, he’s got to give me some of those,” teammate Bruce Brown stated.
Galloway sank 4-of-7 3-pointers.
“You have to have a gunslinger’s mentality and he’s developed that,” Pistons head coach Dwane Casey stated. “That’s the role he has for us. He’s a team-first guy. It’s not about Langston. He never sulks or drops his shoulders.”
Galloway stated he simply wished to be aggressive and discover his spots.
“My teammates started looking for me,” Galloway stated. “Once I hit one [3-pointer], they started realizing I had it going.”
Detroit rookie Bruce Brown offered a spark along with his defensive play, together with eight factors and four assists.
“When I bring the energy, we usually play well,” Brown informed Fox Sports Detroit. “The ball is moving and I make hustle plays. Everyone gets up when I do that. It’s a huge win for us. We were on a two-game losing streak, so to snap that and now we go to Indiana and have to play extremely well.”
One adverse for the Pistons was a season-high 24 turnovers.
“You can always do a better job when you have that many turnovers,” stated ahead Blake Griffin, who leads the Pistons with a 25.2 scoring common. “They play aggressively in the passing lanes but you have to have a more concerted effort. Transition, points off turnovers and second-chance points, those things we feel like we can control better than we did.”
Casey was disenchanted the Pistons dedicated 12 turnovers in the fourth quarter and noticed a 22-point lead shrink to three in the closing minutes, however was happy with the end result.
Prior to topping Washington, the Pistons had misplaced 9 of their earlier 11 video games.
“It was one of the must-wins for morale and steadying the ship, so to speak,” Casey stated.
This is the primary of four conferences between Indiana and Detroit this season.