Late D-Rose Bucket Lifts Pistons Over Pacers For First Home Win [VIDEO]

Rose stepped up when it mattered most.

97.1 The Ticket
October 28, 2019 - 9:43 pm

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DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) -- Derrick Rose had by far the shakiest game of his young Pistons tenure Monday night against the Pacers, but he came through when it mattered most.

Rose drove to the basket and made a layup over Myles Turner with under 30 seconds to play, putting the Pistons back on top 95-94. 

Detroit held on to earn their first home win of the season, 96-94 and improve to 2-2 on the year.

Rose finished with 10 points and six assists -- not a bad game off the bench by any stretch of the imagination, though the new Piston came into the game averaging 25.3 points per game.

Rose shot just 4-of-16 from the field, a drop-off from the 64.6 FG% he carried into the game, but as he was known to do early on in his career, he exhibited his "clutch gene" and gave the Pistons their second win over rival Indiana this season.

Big man Christian Wood, who used impressive summer league and preseason games to earn a roster spot, led the Pistons with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Andre Drummond put up 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Luke Kennard had 14 points on 3-of-6 3-point shooting.

Detroit led by as many as nine points early in the 4th quarter, but saw that lead evaporate and had to erase a four-point deficit in the final two minutes to get the win.

Domantas Sabonis paced Indiana with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while T.J. Warren scored 19.

Detroit heads north of the border Wednesday to face the reigning champion Raptors.