MIKE DUNLEAVY
Played another strong all-around game, scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-4 from the 3-point line, adding seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 7:26 -3 David Harrison 3:42 -6
Travis Diener 36:59 -4 Troy Murphy 29:05 +10
Ike Diogu DNP --- Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 40:45 +8 Andre Owens 9:04 -2
Jeff Foster 36:34 +6 Kareem Rush 29:29 -11
Stephen Graham 0:19 -2 Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 39:17 -11 Shawne Williams 7:20 -15
  • Points in the paint: Pistons 48, Pacers 36
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 17, Pistons 6
  • Second-chance points: Pistons 19, Pacers 11
  • Points off turnovers: Pistons 15, Pacers 13
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 88, Pistons 79
  • Bench scoring: Pistons 31, Pacers 16
  • Detroit's second unit had averaged just 15.2 points in the last six games but racked up a 31-16 scoring advantage over the Pacers' second unit. Jarvis Hayes has totaled 33 points on 13-of-19 shooting (6-of-8 from the 3-point line) in three games against Indiana.
    The season's longest homestand continues Friday against the Houston Rockets in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m, FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070).
  • Coach O'Brien's postgame press conference
  • Plus-minus rankings
  • Box score
  • Detroit 110, Indiana 104
    Wallace, Pistons close door on Pacers

    By Conrad Brunner | Jan. 29, 2008


    Whenever the Pacers found a spark, Rasheed Wallace was there to snuff it out.

    Wallace scored 24 points, 17 in a 6½-minute stretch bridging the second and third periods, and blocked three shots – including two big ones in the closing minutes – as Detroit held off Indiana 110-104 before 12,572 Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    "He's a great player," said Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien of Wallace. "He's one of the premier big men in the NBA. He generally doesn't get the recognition that he deserves. He's an indispensable part of their team and even though he isn't always on the All-Star team, to me, I think he's one of the top three big men in the East and very, very difficult for anyone to defend."

    The Pacers led 53-43 late in the second quarter when Wallace took off, scoring 11 in a 14-point run that gave the Pistons their first lead, 57-55. As it turned out, they wouldn't give it back. Wallace added six more in the early minutes of the third quarter.

    With the Pacers surging in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 101-99 after a pair of free throws by Travis Diener, Wallace hit a huge 3-pointer, then blocked Danny Granger's drive in the lane to initiate a fast break that resulted in a short jumper for Richard Hamilton and just like that, the Pistons had a 106-99 lead with 3:24 remaining.

    Granger hit a jumper and Diener a fast-break layup to cut it to 106-104 with 1:39 remaining and, after Wallace had a rare miss, the Pacers had a chance to at least tie it up. But Chauncey Billups hounded Diener, disrupting the offense and forcing a timeout with 5 seconds left on the shot clock and the Pacers could do no better than a harried jumper from Granger that wasn't close.

    "We tried to run a play and they stopped us from running it," said O'Brien. "They were very physical and shut down what we were trying to run and we didn't get the shot that we wanted."

    Tayshaun Prince answered with a baseline jumper and Wallace, punctuating his performance, blocked Diener's 3-point attempt with 32 seconds remaining.

    "They made some really big defensive stops down the stretch and hit a couple big baskets and that was the story of the game," O'Brien said. "They did what they had to do at the end and they outplayed us down the stretch."

    The Pacers (19-27) lost their fourth in a row and 14th in 18 games despite another strong all-around game from Mike Dunleavy (25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals) and a solid fill-in effort from Diener, who subbed for the injured Jamaal Tinsley for the third straight game and produced 18 points, three assists and two steals.

    “Effort was there. They just made more plays down the stretch and Rasheed Wallace was a big difference," said Diener. "They all know what they are doing out there. They have been together for awhile and have won a lot of games for a while. We are competing but not able to find ways to close things out and to pull up even when we are close."

    O'Brien opted to start a big lineup for the first time since Jan. 8, with Troy Murphy (18 points, eight rebounds, four assists) and Jeff Foster (11 points, 13 rebounds) paired on the front line and Kareem Rush shifting to the bench. The switch seemed to catch the Pistons off-guard early but ultimately no combination had an answer for Wallace.

    Prince scored 17, Hamilton 15 despite 6-of-18 shooting, Chauncey Billups 13 with eight assists and Antonio McDyess 10 with 13 rebounds.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    “They made some really big defensive stops and made some big shots down the stretch. They did what they had to do at the end of the game."
    (On Rasheed Wallace) "He’s one of the premier big men in the NBA and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. I think he is one of the top three big men in the East. He is very difficult to defend.”
    PACERS GUARD TRAVIS DIENER
    “Effort was there. They just made more plays down the stretch and Rasheed Wallace was a big difference. They all know what they are doing out there. They have been together for a while and have won a lot of games for a while. We are competing but not able to find ways to close things out and to pull up even when we are close. We knew that they would be back because they are a very good basketball team. Give them credit. They know what they are doing. They are a championship team.”
    PACERS GUARD KAREEM RUSH
    (On tonight’s stat sheet) "Nothing jumps out. We just lost."
    (General) "They have good players. They have experienced players and they know how to keep it going when they get it going. The effort that we put in tonight should be there every night and every game, not just sometimes. We are still a team in learning and we will continue to improve.”