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IKE DIOGU
Young forward played very well from the end of bench, scoring a team-high 14 points in 13 minutes, hitting 4-of-8 shots, pulling three rebounds and blocking one shot.
Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Marquis Daniels 32:11 -7 David Harrison 20:32 -2
Travis Diener DNP --- Troy Murphy 23:12 -13
Ike Diogu 12:59 +7 Jermaine O'Neal DNP ---
Mike Dunleavy 27:26 -15 Andre Owens 23:26 -5
Jeff Foster 20:32 -16 Kareem Rush 21:31 -15
Stephen Graham 12:00 +7 Jamaal Tinsley DNP ---
Danny Granger 27:50 -21 Shawne Williams 18:21 -10
Season plus-minus | Box score
  • Points in the paint: Pistons 26, Pacers 22
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 9, Pistons 9
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 15, Pistons 8
  • Points off turnovers: Pistons 15, Pacers 9
  • Starters scoring: Pistons 52, Pacers 31
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 49, Pistons 44
  • The Pacers' last eight games were against opponents with a combined record of 255-152 (.626).
    After the All-Star break, the Pacers return to action Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Conseco Fieldhouse against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-1070 AM).

    Detroit 96, Indiana 80
    Pacers can't hang with Pistons

    At Detroit | Feb. 13, 2008


    The Pacers had no problems at all in the fourth quarter, for a change.

    The first three, however, were a different matter.

    Falling behind by eight in the first, 14 in the second and 26 in the third, all the Pacers could win was garbage time as the Pistons cruised to their 10th straight victory, 96-80, Wednesday in The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit swept the season series for the first time since the 1984-85 season.

    Indiana heads into the All-Star break with a 21-32 record, still within striking distance of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference but heading the wrong direction. The Pacers have dropped two in a row, nine of 11 and 19 of 25 after a 15-13 start.

    “They are a much better basketball team than we are," said Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien. "They played with a bunch of energy and we played tired. We came out dead in the third quarter. We came out without any legs and you can’t play like that against a team that is playing for a championship.”

    The Pistons rode their three All-Stars to a 23-15 lead late in the first quarter. Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups combined for 16 of Detroit's first 20 points. The reserves to continued to have their way with the Pacers in the second as Amir Johnson and Jarvis Hayes combined for 13 points as the Detroit lead grew to 55-42 at the break.

    Then came a devastatingly cold third quarter for the Pacers, who shot 3-of-22 and totaled 10 points in falling behind 77-52 heading into the fourth.

    “It is hard to say what it was out there, it just seemed like we were running around there getting nothing accomplished," said Mike Dunleavy. "Give them credit for the defense, but we just didn’t get it done offensively.”

    Both coaches then cleared their benches and the Pacers saw their only bright spots of the night as Ike Diogu scored a team-high 14 points in the period and Stephen Graham added nine. Andre Owens also played well off the bench with 10 points and six rebounds.

    The starters, on the other hand, came up dry, combining for just 31 points on 10-of-37 (.270) shooting. Dunleavy reached double figures with 11 but was 3-of-9 from the field.

    Hamilton, Billups and Tayshaun Prince each had 14 to lead the Pistons (39-13), who take the NBA's second-best record into the break. Reserves Rodney Stuckey scored 12 and Jason Maxiell 11 with 11 rebounds. Amir Johnson blocked a career-high seven shots.

    Noteworthy …


  • With Jamaal Tinsley sitting his fourth straight game with a sore left knee and Travis Diener out with a sprained right ankle, Marquis Daniels picked up his first start of the season at point guard, producing three points on 1-of-9 shooting and one assist in 32 minutes.
  • Granger hit both of his free throws to extend his streak to 58 in a row, the longest active streak in the league and three shy of matching Reggie Miller's franchise record of 61 set in 2005.

    PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
    “They are a much better basketball team then we are. They played with a bunch of energy and we played tired. We came out dead in the third quarter. We came out without any legs and you can’t play like that against a team that is playing for a championship.”

    (On the first half of season): “It is actually two-thirds of the way through the season and we have work to do. I thought that over the past couple of weeks we’ve grown defensively, but we aren’t where we need to be with our record.”

    (On getting a break for the All-Star game): “There is never a bad time to get away. The NBA season is long. When you get four days off, every one needs it. We’ve played a lot of basketball games already; including exhibition we’ve played 61 games, so we need a break because it is a long season.”

    PACERS FORWARD MIKE DUNLEAVY
    (On the Pistons): “They played at a much higher level then we did tonight. Why that it is, there are a lot of reasons. You have to give them credit though, they did a nice job and they are a very good team.”

    (On looking forward to the All-Star break): “Of course. It is a good time for it because we have a lot of guys banged up and this will give us the opportunity to get some rest and hopefully come back rejuvenated.”

    (On their play in the third quarter): “It is hard to say what it was out there, it just seemed like we were running around there getting nothing accomplished. Give them credit for the defense, but we just didn’t get it done offensively.”