Friday, February 23nd, 2013
Game Rewind: IND 90, DET 72
Scott Agness | February 23, 2013 |Tweet
The Pacers had the unusual test of playing the same opponent for the second night in a row. In Detroit on Saturday night, the Pacers handled a less-talented Pistons squad, 90-72, for a series sweep and their fourth-consecutive win.
The return of Danny Granger headlined the Pacers’ 18-point win. Though he finished 1-of-10 from the field and admittedly isn’t quite in rhythm, Granger’s big smile after he made his only basket of the game, a 15-foot jumper from the left corner, told the story. His teammates immediately jumped up and offered high-fives as a timeout was called.
For the fourth game in a row, the Pacers (35-21) soared to an early lead, this time 10-0, but then they cooled off and turned the ball over. The Pistons (22-36) had an awful time getting going and missed 18-of-21 shots in the first quarter. After one, the Pistons had only nine points and the Pacers led by seven.
Because so many Indiana unforced errors, the Pistons hung around and used a 12-0 spurt to take their first – and only – lead, 21-20. The Pacers later went on a run of their own, 19-7 in fact, to close the half and have a 39-28 advantage at the break.
With his parents in the stands, Roy Hibbert was limited all night because of foul trouble. He picked up his third and fourth foul in the first 40 seconds of the second half and would eventually foul out. That meant starters minutes for backup Ian Mahinmi, who finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.
The third quarter belonged to forward David West. He scored or assisted on seven of the Pacers’ nine field goals and had 12 points while playing the entire quarter. The Pacers went in front as many as 17 in the stanza.
In the early minutes of the final quarter, Pistons guard Will Bynum came around a Tyler Hansbrough screen and punched him in the chest with a closed fist. He was given a flagrant-two foul and tossed from the game. The Pacers’ maintained their composure, and their double-digit lead to head back to Indy with a win.
The Pacers have won four-consecutive games and will have two days rest before hosting the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
Inside the Numbers
George Hill scored a game-high 17 points on a 7-of-10 shooting. David West had 16 and Paul George added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Will Bynum scored 15 points, a team-high, before being ejected early in the fourth quarter for cheap punch to the chest of Tyler Hansbrough. Jose Calderon ended the night with 13 points and five assists. Greg Monroe tallied a double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Over the last four games, all wins, the Pacers haven’t trailed in the second half.
The Pacers turned the ball over 20 times, their highest number in 10 games, which the Pistons converted into 18 points.
Detroit’s 28 first half points was their lowest output in a first half since 2003, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The Pacers are 11-1 this season when their opponents score less than 80 points.
“Another step to get back to .500 on the road. Our defense carried us throughout most the game. We held these guys to 33% shooting. We struggled to make shots, but our passing was still great, but we still ended up with 45 percent (shooting) which is pretty good.” – Frank Vogel
“We knew that they would have a little different energy. They tried to guard us a few different ways; it actually worked, we struggled on offense for the most part, but our defense was solid. We just stayed aggressive and we stuck to our principles, and we were able to give ourselves that momentum defensively for the duration of the game.” – David West on playing the same team in back-to-back nights
“Rusty, but it is to be expected. Certainly he is playing a lot better than the practices the last few weeks, but that is what we expected the first game back with the first taste of it. That is why were are not throwing him back in for 40 minutes a game and it is going to take time.” – Frank Vogel on Granger’s play
“In the first half we were getting Danny (Granger) back in the loop. Everybody really wanted Danny to start getting his groove back. So it was a little change, but once the second half came around, we knew that we had to finish the ballgame out.” – Paul George on Granger
Stat of the Game
The Pistons were held to a season low 72 points and shot just 33.8 percent from the floor.
- The Pacers have won 14 of the last 17 meetings, including the last five.
- David West and Charlie Villanueva each earned technical fouls in the second quarter.
- Roy Hibbert’s parents, Roy Sr. and Patty, were seated courtside at the game.
- About 40 Area 55 and G2 Zone members traveled to the Palace of Auburn Hills to support the Pacers.
The Pacers return home for three of their next four games, beginning with the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 26 at 7 PM EST.
Broadcast Information | Find Local Listings »
TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: AM 1070 The Fan, AM 107.5 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)