DETROIT — Stan Van Gundy is one of the NBA’s most outspoken coaches when it comes to politics and social issues, so his reaction to a postgame meeting with the Rev. Jesse Jackson was no surprise.
“I was a little bit in awe, right there,” Van Gundy said. “To think of what he’s done with his life and the sacrifices he’s made and the way he has served our country, and then I’m standing there. I’m a basketball coach.”
Van Gundy might think of himself as just a basketball coach, but his team is playing well right now. With Jackson in attendance Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons won for the sixth time in seven games, beating the Indiana Pacers 114-97.
Tobias Harris scored 23 points and Andre Drummond added 14 points and 21 rebounds for the first-place Pistons, who lead Cleveland by three games in the Central Division. Indiana lost its fourth straight.
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 21 points, but Indiana has allowed at least 100 points in 10 of 12 games this season. The Pacers were without injured big man Domantas Sabonis.
Celtics 107, Lakers 96: BOSTON — Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and Boston won its 10th straight.
Magic 112, Knicks 99: ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and Evan Fournier added 23 to lead Orlando.
Heat 126, Suns 115: PHOENIX — Former Phoenix guard Goran Dragic scored a season-high 29 points, and Devin Booker led Phoenix with 30 points. The Suns have lost four straight.
Warriors 125, Timberwolves 101: OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson scored 28 points with six 3-pointers, Stephen Curry had 22 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and Golden State won its fifth straight.