Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 PM EST at the Palace of Auburn Hills
Game Rewind: IND 88, DET 77
by Scott Agness | Updated: December 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM
The Pacers (13-11) were tested in the second game of a back-to-back in Detroit. They held a narrow lead at the end of each of the first three quarters, but broke the game wide open in the fourth to capture their third straight win, 88-77 over the Pistons (7-19).
A trio of runs was the story in the opening period at the Palace of Auburn Hills. First, Detroit scored six in a row to go up 6-2 in the first few minutes. Next, the Pacers came back with a 15-0 run carried by their defense. They had five steals in the quarter. The Pistons then answered with eight straight points and were within four, 26-22, at the end of the first.
Not much changed in the second quarter. The Pacers led for the duration of the quarter and after shooting 55 percent from the field in the first, they connected on just 28 percent of their shots in the second. At halftime, the Pacers were ahead 42-38.
Indiana would have to do without Roy Hibbert, who took a knee to his left thigh in the final minute of the first half, for the final two quarters. They were already without Lance Stephenson for the second game in the row because of a right ankle sprain. Jeff Pendergraph came off the bench and contributed on both ends of the floor.
Up three entering the fourth quarter, the Pacers turned up their defense and held the Pistons scoreless for a six minute stretch. During that time, the Pacers went on a 11-0 run which turned their two-point edge into a 13-point cushion. David West scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.
The Pacers earned the tough win 88-77, and have now strung three wins together for the first time all season.
David West led all scorers with 23 points, 13 (on 6-7 shooting) coming in the fourth quarter when the Pacers built separation. With 18 points tonight, George Hill has scored at least 15 points in each of the last six games. Paul George finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists (one shy of his career-high).
Greg Monroe was the high-scorer for the Pistons with 18 points. Brandon Knight added 14 and rookie Andre Drummond tallied 15 points and nine boards.
Indiana led after each quarter and never trailed in the final three quarters.
Detroit grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to Indiana’s five and outscored the Pacers 18-6 in second-chance points.
The Pacers held the Pistons under 39 percent from the field, including 3-of-13 from outside.
"It's probably the best one of the year in terms of complete team effort, everybody having to fill in for guys being out and stepping up, and on both ends of the court; solid offensive night, 48%, and holding them to 38%." – Frank Vogel on his team’s play
"Paul (George) is one of those guys that I kind of feel like doesn't really tire. It takes a lot to wear him down, it's kind of like Luol Deng, and he can play 40 minutes a game. I just kept talking to him, communicated, seeing how he was feeling, watching his body language and his effectiveness. He stayed effective on both ends of the court, so I stayed with him." – Frank Vogel on Paul George
"We are starting to feel good about what we are doing here. The guys have been able to adjust on the slide but we knew it was going to be a tough game. We knew they had a tough game last night. It felt like we were able to make the plays down the stretch to get the separation." – David West
"He was great. He was telling us the whole time that his shot was not falling today but we told him to keep shooting because we know he is a road warrior and when it really matters he is going to be there." – George Hill on David West
Stat of the Game
Playing team basketball, the Pacers assisted on 71 percent (25-of-35) of their made field goals.
- Indiana has won three of the last four meetings.
- Roy Hibbert’s parents, Roy Sr. and Patty, were seated courtside at the game.
- Hibbert left the game with 53 seconds remaining in the first half with a bruised left thigh and did not return.
- The Pacers improve to 5-2 on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Pacers return to action on Tuesday in Milwaukee for the second time this season (8:00 PM EST).
Next Home Game
The Pacers take on Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 PM. Good seats are available and includes the Cash 5 Promotion with Hoosier Lottery. Buy Tickets »