JERMAINE O'NEAL
Shook off a bad shooting start to nearly bring the Pacers all the way back, scoring 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, also finishing with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.
RICK CARLISLE
“We fought back the whole game and did a great job to get the game tied. Jermaine got his fifth foul and it put us in a tough position because he played the entire second half, so we had to sit him for a couple of minutes and try to save him, but we had a couple of shots right at the rim that we couldn’t get to go and that was a pivotal point of the game. We had a chance to stay even or take the lead there and that was the key stretch. "
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 28, Pistons 28
Fast-break points:
Pacers 7, Pistons 2
2nd-chance points:
Pistons 24, Pacers 8
Points off turnovers:
Pistons 12, Pacers 7
Starters scoring:
Pistons 81, Pacers 75
Bench scoring:
Pacers 14, Pistons 14
In the first period, the Pistons blocked as many shots (five) as the Pacers made.
The Pacers return home Tuesday to face a battered Boston team that welcomed back second-leading scorer Wally Szczerbiak Sunday.
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  • DETROIT 95, INDIANA 87
    Pacers Rally But Fall Short

    At Auburn Hills, Mich. | Jan. 28, 2007


    Chris Webber doesn't have the quickness or athleticism of his younger days, but the veteran forward still knows how to make things happen. Webber made the two most important plays of the game, drawing Jermaine O'Neal's fifth foul to stop a furious Indiana rally, then tipping in a Chauncey Billups miss with 16 seconds left to seal Detroit's 95-87 victory over the Pacers Sunday in The Palace of Auburn Hills.

    The Pacers trailed by 16 late in the third quarter but O'Neal scored 11 points in a 22-7 run that brought Indiana into a 79-all tie on Darrell Armstrong's 3-pointer with 5:56 remaining. But on Detroit's next possession, the savvy Webber sold O'Neal on a ball-fake and drew the foul that sent Indiana's hot hand to the bench – and the offense went with him.

    Detroit scored 10 in a row to make it 89-79 and the Pacers wouldn't make another field goal until Jamaal Tinsley's driving three-point play cut it to 91-87 with 37 seconds left. Chauncey Billups then missed on a drive but, with O'Neal going for the blocked shot, Webber snuck insider for the clinching putback.

    The Pacers (23-21) had a three-game winning streak snapped but dropped their third in a row on the road, where they're 10-14. Detroit (25-17) had lost six of eight at home, but improved to 12-9 in the Palace.


    PLUSES

    The Pacers again showed the knack for the comeback. O'Neal was 3-of-12 through three quarters but heated up quickly in the fourth. Tinsley scored 18 points with seven assists and four steals and Danny Granger scored 13 with five rebounds. Troy Murphy pulled 10 rebounds and Jeff Foster nine as the Pacers outrebounded Detroit 46-41. They also committed a modest 14 turnovers while holding the Pistons to .370 shooting overall.
    MINUSES
    Indiana yielded 18 offensive rebounds -- seven by Webber -- that led to a 24-8 advantage in second-chance points for the Pistons and forced just eight turnovers. Detroit also held a 33-20 advantage from the free-throw line. That enabled Richard Hamilton (6-of-19 shooting but nine free throws) to score 21 and Chauncey Billups (3-of-7 shooting but 10 free throws) to score 17 despite ineffective shooting nights. Rasheed Wallace scored 20 with a season-high five blocked shots and Webber had 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. Antonio McDyess scored 13 with 11 rebounds off the bench.
    MOMENTS
    In its first road game with new starters Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy in the lineup, Indiana came out flat, going 5-of-20 from the field in the first quarter as the Pistons rolled out to a 27-12 lead. Tinsley sparked an 18-7 second-quarter run with eight points as the Pacers narrowed the halftime deficit to 47-43 despite 1-of-8 shooting from O'Neal.

    But Wallace dominated the early minutes of the third quarter, scoring 14 in a 22-10 run that gave the Pistons a 69-53 lead. Detroit wouldn't make a basket for more than 11 minutes, however, as the Pacers came storming back behind the suddenly hot O'Neal to tie it. Webber scored twice in Detroit's 10-point counterpunch but the Pacers weren't quite done, scoring six in a row in just under a minute to close to 91-87. Playing for the stop and not to foul, the Pacers accomplished their primary goal as Billups missed but Webber's tip-in was the dagger.


    TIDBITS
  • Detroit's Flip Saunders became the 26th coach to reach 500 career victories in the NBA. He ranks eighth among active coaches with a 500-361 record.
  • Marquis Daniels did not play in this second game of a back-to-back set due to tendinitis in his left knee. Rawle Marshall thus made a rare appearance and, in his 18 minutes, the Pacers outscored the Pistons by 25 points.
  • Wallace picked up his NBA-leading 14th technical foul less than 3 minutes into the game.
  • Granger extended the Pacers' streak of missed technical foul free throws to five, but snapped it in the second quarter when Chauncey Billups was whistled.
  • The Pacers are 0-3 in games played on Sunday.
  • Indiana dropped to 4-8 on the second of back-to-back games.