JERMAINE O'NEAL
Had another big game against the Pistons, scoring 20 points with 11 rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and a steal.
JIM O'BRIEN
"They're a tough team to beat. We put ourselves in position to win the basketball game but came up short. (Richard) Hamilton hit a huge shot, which they tend to do in the clutch. It was a very solid performance in a loss."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 32, Pistons 20
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 8, Pistons 6
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 16, Pistons 4
  • Points off turnovers: Pistons 16, Pacers 5
  • Starters scoring: Pistons 70, Pacers 69
  • Bench scoring: Pistons 28, Pacers 23
  • In Jamaal Tinsley's absence, point guards Andre Owens and Marquis Daniels combined for 19 points, five assists and nine rebounds.
    The Pacers travel to Charlotte for a New Year's Eve matinee against the Bobcats Monday (2 p.m., WFNI-1070 AM).
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  • DETROIT 98, INDIANA 92
    Pacers fade at the finish

    By Conrad Brunner | Dec. 29, 2007


    For an idea of what life without Jamaal Tinsley will be like for the Pacers, look no farther than the fourth quarter of Saturday night's rematch with Detroit. Devoid of their primary playmaker, a player able to create for others or himself when all else fails, the Pacers searched for good shots and the right combinations. Ultimately, not enough were found.

    Holding the Pacers to just one basket in the final 5:42, Detroit pulled away down the stretch to take a 98-92 victory to complete a back-to-back doubleheaders sweep of Indiana before 14,960 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    "They're a tough team to beat," said Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien. "We put ourselves in position to win the basketball game but came up short. (Richard) Hamilton hit a huge shot, which they tend to do in the clutch. It was a very solid performance in a loss."

    Hamilton's 3-pointer with 45 seconds left made it 96-89 and effectively sealed the Pacers' fate. Mike Dunleavy, who sat out most of the fourth quarter as O'Brien opted to go with different defensive matchups against Detroit's perimeter players, entered the game and immediately made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 96-92 with 37 seconds left.

    Detroit then made a rare mistake as Chauncey Billups' errant pass to Tayshaun Prince resulted in a backcourt violation. Dunleavy drove, drew the defense and kicked to an open Troy Murphy in the corner but his 3-pointer missed and that was that.

    “We put it together on both ends of the floor, gave good solid effort, got some pretty good looks, but they just didn’t fall," said Marquis Daniels, who split the point guard minutes with Andre Owens. "We competed, but just not quite good enough. We’ve got to learn from this and move on and get better.”

    Tinsley will miss at least a week with a sore left hamstring, so the Pacers (15-16) will have to find ways to adjust to his absence on order to snap a losing streak that has reached three games. They played much better than in Friday night's 114-101 loss in Detroit but not well enough to beat the league's hottest team.

    The Pistons (23-7) have won eight in a row and 15 of 17.

    “Our effort was definitely there tonight," said Kareem Rush. "We came out on a mission to prove that we were not as bad as it appeared the night before. We were embarrassed. We had some pretty good looks there and if they would have fallen the results could have been different. It’s not a matter of playing good and staying with a good team like this. We want to win.”

    Jermaine O'Neal had his second consecutive strong game against the Pistons, racking up 20 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots, bringing his two-game totals to 45 points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and five blocks.

    "Jermaine," said O'Brien, "was magnificent again."

    Dunleavy scored 18 with five rebounds, Danny Granger scored 15 on 7-of-11 shooting, Rush scored 10 but was 3-of-9 from the field and Owens had a season-high 10 points in his fifth career start.

    Hamilton led the Pistons with 24 on 9-of-15 shooting. Billups had 17 points, seven assists and three steals. Jason Maxiell came off the bench to score 12. Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace scored 10 apiece but combined to shoot 6-of-18.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • Daniels continued to struggle with his shot, going 2-of-6. He's 4-of-19 in his last three games.
  • The Pacers outrebounded the Pistons 44-38, the first time in six games they've won the battle of the boards.
  • Indiana dropped to 7-8 at home.