Player of the Game
DANNY GRANGER
Scored 32 points for the second game in a row, reaching 30 for the sixth time since the All-Star break, adding six rebounds and four assists.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Dunleavy +7 -62
Ford DNP -173
Foster DNP -9
Granger +14 -71
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head DNP +1
Hibbert +1 -4
D. Jones +1 -257
S. Jones +4 -145
McRoberts DNP -86
Murphy +21 -306
Price 0 +16
Rush +9 -212
Watson +18 -161
Noteworthy
  • The Pacers made at least 10 3-pointers (12 of 31) for the fourth straight game. They're 11-10 when they reach that number.
  • Roy Hibbert left the game briefly in the first half after taking an elbow to the head from Ben Gordon but returned to play the second half.
  • Gordon also hit Granger in the head from behind in transition, drawing a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter.
  • Pistons Coach John Kuester was ejected for storming the court to protest a foul call against Gordon in the third quarter when the Detroit guard elbowed A.J. Price in the face.
  • Detroit's starting point guard, Will Bynum, did not play the second half after incurring a back contusion falling into the basket support late in the first half.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Pistons 26, Pacers 24
    Second-chance points:
    Pacers 20, Pistons 9
    Fast-break points:
    Pistons 10, Pacers 3
    Points off turnovers:
    Pistons 19, Pacers 17
    Starters scoring:
    Pacers 74, Pistons 47
    Bench scoring:
    Pistons 36, Pacers 24
    Stat of the Night
    Granger has averaged 33.0 points in the past two seasons against Detroit, the most of any player in the league against the Pistons, just ahead of LeBron James (30.3) and Dwyane Wade (30.0).
    Up Next
    The Pacers return home to face the slumping Washington Wizards Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • END RESULT
    They aren't going to make the playoffs, but the Pacers at least made a little history.

    Danny Granger scored 13 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and teamed with Brandon Rush for three consecutive 3-pointers that locked it up in the final minutes as the Pacers beat the Pistons 98-83 before 17,109 in The Palace of Auburn Hills Tuesday night.

    The Pacers thus swept the season series from Detroit for the first time in 34 NBA seasons.

    IMPACT
    Continuing their unlikely, unexpected late-season surge, the Pacers won their third in a row and fourth in five games. They beat the Pistons for the sixth straight time and snapped a nine-game road losing streak in the process. Indiana improved to 25-46 overall, 8-30 on the road. The Pistons dropped their sixth in a row to fall to 23-48 overall, 16-20 at home.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • "I thought we were a little sluggish in the first and I thought we came out real well in the second half and played a really good second half of basketball, especially defensively.” -- Jim O'Brien
  • “Brandon (Rush) turned the corner a couple of months ago. It’s not the past couple of weeks. He had a bad first five weeks but since then has been terrific and has been one of our most consistent performers. We’re very pleased with how he’s developed as a second-year player.” -- O'Brien
  • "I don’t know, I think maybe our style of play, some teams just have your number." -- Earl Watson on sweeping the Pistons
  • “We had a great game all around. Guys were looking for me, especially Earl, and I was just making shots.” -- Rush
  • "They’re not used to this type of ball we play, I guess. We shoot a lot of threes. You got a lot of guys that can do that. Then you got Roy whose playing the post too. He’s been playing pretty good against them. That’s our whole game plan.” -- Rush on sweeping the Pistons

    KEY MOMENTS
    The Pacers started strong, taking a 33-22 lead early in the second quarter but the Pistons got a big lift from Tayshaun Prince, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the period. Detroit put together a 13-1 run to take a 35-34 lead and the Pistons were up 47-43 late in the half but Mike Dunleavy and Earl Watson keyed a 9-2 finishing run that sent the Pacers into the break with a 52-49 advantage.

    Rodney Stuckey's 3-pointer early in the third quarter tied it at 56-all but the Pacers took over from there, holding the Pistons to just three buckets while putting together a 26-10 run that resulted in an 82-66 lead early in the fourth quarter.

    The Pistons made one more push, closing to 85-77 on Charlie Villanueva's 3-pointer with 5:44 left but after Granger made a tough 3-pointer against Prince, Rush hit two in a row to make it 96-79 with 2:01 left and that was that.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Granger was 8-of-20 from the field, 5-of-11 from the 3-point line and 11-of-14 on free throws, adding six rebounds and four assists to his 32-point night. Rush was the model of efficiency, hitting 7-of-9 overall and 5-of-6 from the 3-point line for his 20 points. Dunleavy scored in double figures for the third straight game with 13 off the bench, adding eight rebounds. Troy Murphy struggled from the arc (0-of-4) but produced his 32nd double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, adding three steals. Watson had 13 assists and three steals. The Pacers shot 43 percent overall and 39 percent from the arc.

    Prince led the Pistons with 14 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Gordon scored 12, while Villanueva, Stuckey and Will Bynum scored 11 apiece. Kwame Brown came off the bench to pull a season-high 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who shot just 37 percent from the field.



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