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  • Associated Press Pistons guard Luke Kennard makes a pass around Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis during the first half Friday in Indianapolis.

Saturday, November 09, 2019 1:00 am

NBA

Pacers top Pistons to continue surge

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – T.J. McConnell, Domantas Sabonis and T.J. Warren scored 17 points apiece, and the injury-riddled Indiana Pacers moved above .500 for the first time this season with a 112-106 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

After trailing by 15 points in the first quarter, the Pacers turned the game around and led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter. Indiana (5-4) has won five of six after starting the season 0-3.

Luke Kennard had 29 points, six rebound and five assists, and Andre Drummond finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for Detroit.

McConnell added nine assists and five rebounds, spearheading a bench effort that accounted for 51 of the Pacers' points in a game in which the team shot at least 50% from the field for just the second time this season.

Detroit had already defeated the Pacers twice, with Drummond averaging 25 points and 20.5 rebounds in those games. Indiana found a way Friday to slow the two-time All-Star – foul trouble.

Drummond picked up his third foul with 4:31 remaining in the first half and sat the rest of the way. Indiana outscored the Pistons 14-2 in that span and led 57-53 at intermission.

The Pacers opened the third quarter with an 11-2 run, causing Detroit coach Dwane Casey to use a timeout. Shortly after play resumed, two more baskets stretched Indiana's lead to 17, and the Pistons never got closer than six.

Kennard missed a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left that would have drawn Detroit within three.

Indiana was without All-Star Victor Oladipo, starting center Myles Turner and key reserves Jeremy Lamb and Goga Bitadze.

CAVALIERS 113, WIZARDS 100: In Washington, Tristan Thompson had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Kevin Love added 16 points and 12 boards as Cleveland ended a three-game skid.

Seven Cavaliers scored at least 10 points, and Cleveland improved to 3-5 with its first road victory this season.

Former Indiana University player Thomas Bryant led Washington with 23 points. Rui Hachimura scored 21 and Bradley Beal had 20 while the Wizards fell to 2-6.

Collin Sexton also had 16 points for Cleveland, and rookies Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. had career highs with 15 and 13, respectively.

Cleveland led throughout and used an 11-0 run to take a 41-28 lead with 9:19 remaining in the second quarter. The lead grew to 20, but thanks to Hachimura's 15 points on 7 for 7 from the field, Washington cut the lead to 67-52 at the half.

Cleveland's 10-0 run put the Cavs ahead 77-56 early in the third.

Washington closed within 91-90 on Moe Wagner's layup with 9:39 to play, but Cleveland outscored Washington 22-10 the rest of the way. Thompson had three key baskets in the last two minutes.