RICHARD HAMILTON
Detroit's relentless shooting guard scored 23 points in 29 minutes, hitting 10-of-17 shots including all three of his 3-pointers and added nine assists, four steals and three rebounds.
JIM O'BRIEN
"He (Hamilton) is such a great player moving without the basketball. They do a great job of screening, they wide screen, they tight screen, they double screen and you give him any space at all and he's going to knock it down. That's what he did, that's what he's been doing for years and that's why he's such a difficult guard."
  • Points in the paint: Pistons 38, Pacers 34
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 13, Pistons 13
  • Second-chance points: Pistons 14, Pacers 11
  • Points off turnovers: Pistons 16, Pacers 12
  • Starters scoring: Pistons 70, Pacers 58
  • Bench scoring: Pistons 44, Pacers 43
  • Including a 40-22 mauling by the Pistons, the Pacers have been outscored 109-47 – an average of 20.7 points – in the second quarters of their last three losses (including 29-20 in Atlanta and 40-15 in Minnesota).
    These two teams meet again Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI 1070-AM).
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  • DETROIT 114, INDIANA 101
    Pistons too hot for Pacers

    At Detroit | Dec. 28, 2007


    Facing the Pistons in Detroit at any time is a daunting task. Facing them at their absolute best proved a prohibitive challenge for the Pacers Friday night.

    Blowing open the game with a 40-point second quarter, the Pistons offered up a dominant performance in routing the Pacers 114-101 in The Palace of Auburn Hills. It was the seventh consecutive victory and 14th in 16 games for the Pistons (22-7), who have the second-best record in the NBA.

    The Pacers (15-15) lost their second in a row and third in four games with a redundant failing: the second quarter. Including the 40-22 mauling by the Pistons, the Pacers have been outscored 109-47 – an average of 20.7 points – in the second quarters of their last three losses (including 29-20 in Atlanta and 40-15 in Minnesota). Indiana had 13 turnovers in the first half, six in the second period, as the Pistons hit 15-of-23 shots and got 13 points from reserve Jarvis Hayes.

    “In the second quarter we turned the basketball over too many times," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "They were really unforced errors. They are a superior basketball team and you can't give them opportunities by turning the ball over. We had I don't know how many in the second quarter but way too many. You need a crack at the basket every time, and they just are a terrific basketball team."

    Richard Hamilton, who finished with points, nine assists and four steals in 29 minutes, kept the Pacers at bay in the third period, scoring 13 as the Pistons prevented the visitors from making a dent in the lead. Detroit scored 69 points and shot 28-of-45 (.622) in the second and third periods.

    "I thought we could match up a little better than we did tonight," said O'Brien. "(Tayshaun) Prince is a tough matchup for anybody in the league and he got the better of Michael (Dunleavy) today. Rip certainly got the better of Danny (Granger) in the early going. They're terrific players and we have to do a better job tomorrow night (when the teams meet again in Conseco Fieldhouse) in order to put ourselves in position to win."

    Jermaine O'Neal scored 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting to lead the Pacers. Troy Murphy scored 12 on 6-of-7 shooting but wing players Granger and Dunleavy were outscored a combined 38-17 by Hamilton and Prince. Travis Diener put on a late shooting exhibition, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 11 points in seven minutes became the first opponent in eight games to reach 100 points against the Pistons.

    Complementing Hamilton were Prince (15 points), Billups (14 points, six assists), Hayes (13), Rasheed Wallace (10 points, five rebounds) and Rodney Stuckey (10 points, three assists).

    Indiana played the second half without point guard Jamaal Tinsley, who labored through the first half with a strained hamstring.

    "I appreciated his effort trying to go but he's really beat-up and we were down big halftime so I just decided to rest him," said O'Brien. "He wanted to go the second half but with a game tomorrow we weren't going to do that."


    NOTEWORTHY
  • Indiana was outrebounded (43-38) for the fifth game in a row and has been beaten on the boards by nearly 10 per game in that span.
  • Detroit's Antonio McDyess had as many rebounds in the first half (seven) as all five Indiana starters combined.
  • A number of Pacers players had medical questions entering the game but played. O'Neal (sore left knee) and Marquis Daniels (upper respiratory infection) were listed as doubtful while Tinsley was a game-time decision due to a sore hamstring. David Harrison was listed as probable with a sore back but did not play.
  • O'Brien picked up his sixth technical foul of season in the second quarter for protesting an offensive foul call against Daniels.