INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 20 (Ticker) -- Jermaine O'Neal, Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers made sure 13 was an unlucky number for the Detroit Pistons.

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O'Neal collected 28 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks and Miller scored 22 points as the Pacers defeated the Pistons 81-69, ending their team record-tying 13-game winning streak.

Indiana, which has won 12 of 13, scored the game's first eight points and never trailed. The Pacers won their sixth straight home game, improved to 3-0 against Detroit this season and opened a 3½-game edge over the second-place Pistons in the Central Division.

"We just wanted to continue to get better and keep our winning streak going," said Miller, whose team won its fifth straight game and improved to 17-4 at home. "Obviously, they had won 13 straight coming into tonight, so we have to take satisfaction in being the team to knock them somewhat off course. We're going to see them plenty more, once more time at their place and probably in the playoffs."

"You can't really pop the champagne over a win like this," O'Neal said. "Championships aren't won in January. We just need to take the positives in stride and learn from our mistakes."

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle, whose team played for the fourth time in five days, was dismissed by the Pistons last summer despite leading them to back-to-back division titles.

"It's tough when you play four games in five nights, but they were playing four in five nights, too," Carlisle said. "These teams were so even stat-wise, it made for an intriguing matchup coming in. It was a great win and I give our guys credit for having the toughness to hang in there in one of the toughest stretches I've seen. I've got a lot of admiration for our team and the way they've held together."

Reserve Corliss Williamson scored 17 points for Detroit, which had not lost since Dec. 26 but set a season low for points. The Pistons managed just 29 in the second half after trailing 44-40 at halftime.

The Pacers converted 21 Detroit turnovers into 26 points. The Pistons scored just 10 points off 12 Indiana giveaways.

"They didn't turn the ball over," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "They converted turnovers and we didn't. When you turn the ball over, you don't have many answers."

Richard Hamilton added 15 points but shot just 4-of-13 for the Pistons, who also won 13 straight games during the 1989-90 season en route to the second of back-to-back championships.

"They did a great job of defending us," Hamilton said. "We got off to a slow start. We couldn't make any shots in the first quarter. They made a run when they were supposed to make one. They were able to make their shots and they won the game."

Both teams shot under 40 percent but the Pacers made 6-of-14 3-pointers and the Pistons 1-of-5. Indiana also sank 19-of-20 free throws while Detroit made only 18-of-27.

O'Neal had eight points and 10 rebounds and Ron Artest six points in the first quarter as the Pacers jumped out to a 20-9 lead. The Pistons shot just 19 percent in the period (3-of-16).

"We had a good defensive effort tonight, but then we didn't score 100 points," said Artest, who scored 10. "It was a huge win but we've got to continue to improve, help each other; and by doing this we can win. We have to have the same energy level in the end that you do in the beginning."

The Pistons trailed by just 57-53 after a jumper by Hamilton with 3:44 left in the third quarter, but the Pacers extended the advantage to 66-57 at the end of the period and Detroit got no closer than seven points thereafter.