Pistons move out of the cellar

January 17, 2015 17:37:34 UK

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.

The Detroit Pistons continued their remarkable turnaround on Friday with a two-point victory over the Indiana Pacers to move off the foot of the table in the Central Division.

Stan Van Gundy’s side used 37 points from Brandon Jennings and Andre Drummond’s double-double to get the better of their hosts at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and now return home to The Palace of Auburn Hills to welcome in the Philadelphia 76ers.

The surprise victory of the Nets over the Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington kept the gap to two games in the Eastern Conference, but it appears only a matter of time before the Pistons overhaul Brooklyn and claim a playoff place in the overall standings.

Over in Toronto the Raptors could not prevent the Atlanta Hawks winning their 11th straight as the visitors jumped out to a 14-point half time lead on their way to a 110-89 triumph at the Air Canada Centre. The Hawks, who play the Bulls at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday evening, saw all five starters in double figures as Atlanta shot a gaudy 60.9% from the floor led by Al Horford’s 22 points on 8-of-8 from the floor.

Toronto get the day off on Saturday before the New Orleans Pelicans arrive in town on Sunday for the Raptors’ finale of their six-game home stand. New Orleans stumbled badly on Friday without Anthony Davis, out with a foot injury, as they lost to the 76ers at the Wells Fargo in Philadelphia.

Detroit areĀ 126.00 to win the NBA Championship outright, while the Raptors can be backed at 21.00.

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