nba roundup | Friday’s games
Pistons 111, Hawks 104
Andre Drummond had 16 points, 20 rebounds and a career-high seven assists, and Reggie Jackson made a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute to lift the Detroit Pistons to a victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Central Division-leading Pistons won for the seventh time in eight games. Detroit (9-3) is off to its best start since 2005-06, when the Pistons went 10-2 to begin the season. The Pistons outscored Atlanta 31-19 in the second quarter and led 57-41 at halftime. Atlanta kept it close and finally tied it at 94 when Kent Bazemore made back-to-back 3-pointers. It was tight the rest of the way, but Jackson’s 3-pointer with 52.5 seconds remaining put the Pistons up 103-100. He connected again from beyond the arc with 21.3 seconds left to make it 107-100.
Pacers 105, Bulls 87
Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, and the Indiana Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over the Chicago Bulls. Bojan Bogdanovic made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Pacers, and Thaddeus Young finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Bobby Portis led Chicago with 20 points and 11 rebounds in his second game of the season. Kris Dunn scored 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting, and rookie Lauri Markkanen had 12 points and 10 boards.
Celtics 90, Hornets 87
Jayson Tatum had 16 points, Shane Larkin added 16 off the bench and the Boston Celtics overcame an injury to Kyrie Irving and a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets. Terry Rozier finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, playing an increased role after Irving left the game in the first quarter after taking an elbow to the face. Jaylen Brown added 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Celtics extended their win streak to 11 games. Celtics center Aron Baynes’ elbow inadvertently struck Irving when Baynes was landing after a rebound attempt.