Inside the Game: Pacers 105, Pistons 93 100122
Player of the Game
Ignited the offense with his 3-point shooting and finished with a season-high 19 points, making 6-of-10 overall including 5-of-8 from the arc.
Pistons 36, Pacers 28
Pacers 16, Pistons 7
Pistons 14, Pacers 13
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 21, Pistons 15
Pacers 78, Pistons 56
Pistons 37, Pacers 27
Stat of the Night
END RESULTThough he considered going small, Coach Jim O'Brien opted not to tinker with his starting lineup. The result was big for the Pacers, who jumped on the Pistons right away and remained in control the rest of the night in cruising to a 105-93 victory Friday before 15,388 in The Palace of Auburn Hills. Danny Granger scored 25 – going 14-of-14 from the free-throw line – and Brandon Rush scored a season-high 19 for the Pacers, while Troy Murphy had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double in eight games.
IMPACTThe Pacers salvaged a victory in the finale of a three-game road trip, snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 15-28 overall, 5-18 on the road. They also broke a five-game losing streak in Detroit. The Pistons had won four out of five coming in, including a victory over Boston, but fell to 15-27 overall and 12-10 at home.
KEY MOMENTSAfter getting steamrolled in the first period of their previous two losses, the Pacers put together a 14-0 run early in the first to build an 18-8 lead and continued to extend it, leading 45-27 after consecutive 3-pointers by Rush midway through the second quarter. Detroit rallied behind Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince with 13-0 run to cut the lead to 47-43 but Rush and Danny Granger hit 3-pointers to push the margin to 53-45 at the break.
Murphy, Granger and Rush came out of the locker room hot, scoring all of the points in an 11-0 run to start the third period, putting the Pacers up 64-45 and leaving the Pistons on their heels for the rest of the game. The lead swelled to as many as 23 (97-74) in the fourth quarter before both coaches cleared the benches.
BY THE NUMBERSGranger played with a decided edge to his game, attempting just three 3-pointers and instead aggressively driving to the hoop, resulting in 14-of-14 shooting from the line. He also had four assists and two blocks to go with his 25 points. Rush played a strong game at both ends and continued to stroke his 3-point shot, making 5-of-8 on his way to 19 points. Murphy also attempted just three from the arc and was 6-of-11 overall. Roy Hibbert retained his starting spot and scored 14 points with seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals and the Pacers outscored the Pistons by 29 points in his 33 minutes on the court. Mike Dunleavy scored 14 off the bench. The Pacers shot .474 and were 9-of-25 from the arc.
Hamilton led the Pistons with 27 on 9-of-17 shooting, adding five rebounds and three assists but committing seven turnovers. Rookie Jonas Jerebko scored 14 with seven rebounds off the bench and Rodney Stuckey scored 10 with five assists but shot just 3-of-13. The Pistons shot .412 overall and were 1-of-9 from the arc, though they outrebounded the Pacers 45-38.