DETROIT (AP) – Reggie Jackson sank a jumper with 2.3 seconds left against his former team, giving the Los Angeles Clippers their seventh straight victory, 100-98 over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter despite playing without several key players. Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley, and Marcus Morris were all out for Los Angeles.
The Clippers trailed by five in the final minute, but Terance Mann made it 98-95 with a dunk, and after Detroit‘s Jerami Grant turned the ball over near midcourt, Jackson connected from 3-point range to tie it with 19.0 seconds left. Amir Coffey then came up with a steal on the ensuing inbound pass, and after a timeout, Jackson dribbled the clock down and sank a jumper from near the top of the key.
Killian Hayes missed a 3-pointer at the other end.
Grant scored 28 points, and Saddiq Bey added 17 for Detroit.
Jackson finished with 29. Luke Kennard – another former Piston – had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Los Angeles beat Indiana 126-115 on Tuesday night and improved to 10-1 on the season in the second half of back-to-backs. Detroit led 77-73 after three quarters, and a 3-pointer by Bey made it 89-80 around the midway point of the fourth. Grant’s jumper made it 93-82.
Clippers: Los Angeles had only 10 assists on 37 made field goals.
Pistons: Detroit finished with 16 turnovers, including the two big ones late.
Leonard was the sore right foot, Ibaka had lower back tightness, and Beverley was sidelined by a broken left hand. The Clippers said they were resting George and Morris for this game. Rodney McGruder (sprained right elbow) and Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee inflammation) missed the game for Detroit.
Clippers: Visit Philadelphia on Friday night. The Clippers beat the 76ers 122-112 on March 27.
Pistons: Host Oklahoma City on Friday night. Detroit beat the Thunder 132-108 on April 3.
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