|Date of game: 1/16/2015
Recap: Indiana vs. Detroit
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Andre Drummond turned defense into offense for the Detroit Pistons, who tied a franchise record with their seventh consecutive road victory.
Drummond took a charge from Roy Hibbert with 23.9 seconds left and then tipped in the winning shot with 0.3 seconds remaining in a 98-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
It's been a dramatic turnaround for the Pistons since they waived Josh Smith on Dec. 22. They've won 10 of their last 12 games. The seven-game road win streak equals the mark set Jan. 18 - Feb. 22, 2002.
Brandon Jennings led the way with a season-high 37 points for Detroit. He went 8-of-13 from 3-point range and made all nine of his foul shots.
Drummond had 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Greg Monroe scored 11 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 10.
Hibbert had 14 points, while David West and Damjan Rudez each scored 13 for the Pacers, who have lost three in a row.
West converted 1-of-2 free throws with 54.2 seconds left to tie the game, and then Jennings missed a pull-up jumper.
Hibbert lowered his shoulder into Drummond, who drew the charge. Then, Jennings drove to the left of the lane and missed as his shot was altered by a leaping Hibbert. Drummond, though, converted the tip-in.
"My main thing was to take it to the rim, 23 seconds left, definitely get the last shot," Jennings said. "If anything, get a high floater and if I missed it I know Dre or somebody could be there to tip it in. That's just a play that me and Dre have in our heads."
Indiana's last gasp for a tie was thwarted when the ball was knocked away near the basket.
Monroe scored nine points in the first quarter to help the visitors to a 23-19 lead. Detroit closed a 10-point deficit in the second to 51-49 at the half. The Pistons held a 79-76 edge going to the fourth.
"It was definitely a difficult game. It was in our favor. We just have to learn to put games away," Indiana forward Solomon Hill said.Game Notes
It was just the second victory in the last 12 regular season visits by Detroit
to Indiana dating back to the 2008-09 season ... The Pacers scored 23 points
off 18 Detroit turnovers ... The Pistons were 13-of-31 from 3-point range ...
Detroit's last road loss was Dec. 21 at Brooklyn.