AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 11 (Ticker) -- Reggie Miller's habit of coming through in the clutch rubbed off on Jeff Foster.

Miller had a big second half and Foster played possessed down the stretch as the Indiana Pacers again displayed their resiliency in a 92-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons that evened the Eastern Conference semifinals at a game apiece.

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After being thoroughly dominated in Game One, the Pacers fell behind by 15 points after the first quarter and trailed, 50-40, at the half in this one. However, the hardened Pacers again fought back as they have been doing all season.

"These guys have been tough all year," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "They don't get down when they get knocked down. They get up and keep fighting."

The Pacers' resilience impressed Detroit coach Larry Brown.

"I admire the heck out of the season they've had," Brown said. "We completely dominated Game One, and other than the first quarter, they dominated Game Two. You've got to give them a lot of credit. They did all of the effort things that we did in Game One."

Miller, one of best postseason performers in NBA history, scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half as the Pacers rallied against the defending champions while silencing The Palace of Auburn Hills, the site of the November 19 game where they brawled with fans.

"I thought Reggie had a very disciplined game," Carlisle said. "Early, we tried posting him a little bit and he had a couple of shots that didn't go down, but he just kept playing his game.

"Even when he's not scoring, his presence on the floor changes the geometry of the game. In the second half, he was able to get some open looks in transition and some pick-and-roll action that didn't necessarily involve him. We have to be able to get guys shots off of team activity. Our basketball IQ is going to have to be very good in order for us to continue to have success."

Miller said that he has changed his approach to the playoffs since his first postseason appearance with the Pacers, in 1990.

"When I was younger, I threw everything into Game One of a series," Miller said. "In later years, I've been taking the Tiger Woods approach. You don't win anything in the first game of a series, just like he doesn't win the tournament on the first day.

"But on the second day is when Tiger shows up. On the first day of the tournament, Tiger sizes up the course and the competition. In the first game of a series, I check out the defense they're playing against me, and what a guy like Rip (Hamilton) is doing on offense."

While Miller was huge, the 6-11 Foster came up even bigger with the game on the line.

"He's the unsung hero tonight," Miller said. "He's paid to do the little dirty things that help you win basketball games, and he was his nastiest and dirtiest tonight. Ten offensive rebounds is almost unheard of in a playoff game."

Foster's follow shot with 5:26 remaining gave the Pacers a 79-77 lead and started an 11-0 run. Miller followed with a 3-pointer, Jermaine O'Neal made a turnaround and Foster had consecutive baskets inside, the second off an airball by Jamaal Tinsley that gave the Pacers an 88-77 lead with 2:40 left.

Foster, who finished with 14 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, downplayed his performance.

"Guys were missing shots and I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time," he said. "A lot of guys really stepped up for us tonight, and it was a huge win.

"I had 20 (points) and 16 (rebounds) last year in the playoffs. It's all just a matter of my teammates getting me involved and just being in the right place at the right time."

After Tayshaun Prince split a pair of free throws for the Pistons, Foster added a block and dunk to to make it 90-78 with 63 seconds remaining. Foster had eight points and six rebounds in the fourth quarter.

Foster collected half of his rebounds on the offensive glass, helping the Pacers to a 38-20 edge in points in the paint.

O'Neal added 22 points and Tinsley 12, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the sixth-seeded Pacers, who have yet to lose back-to-back games in the postseason. Indiana improved to 4-2 on the road in the playoffs.

"The sad part is that we're going home, and we don't play well at home," Miller said. "We have to find a way to win at home."

Prince scored 24 points and Ben Wallace had 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who were held to just one basket in the final 5:53 of the contest.

Games 3 and 4 are in Indiana on Friday and Sunday.

Using their defense to fuel their offense, the Pacers opened the third quarter with a 14-5 surge, pulling within 55-54 on two free throws by O'Neal with 6:01 left.

Miller's 3-pointer with 4:09 left gave the Pacers their first lead at 62-60. They extended the lead to 68-63 before the Pistons scored the final six points of the quarter.

Miller scored just six points in the series opener and made 2-of-5 shots in the first half of this one. He was more aggressive after intermission and finished 8-of-17 from the floor.

The Pistons shot 50 percent (20-of-40) in building the first-half lead. But they shot just 32 percent (12-of-37) after intermission to finish at 42 percent (32-of-77) overall.

"We stopped playing at halftime," Wallace said. "We played like a bunch of strangers after the half."

Prince scored just eight points in the series opener but had 11 in under eight minutes as the Pistons raced to a 24-11 lead. The Pistons shot 63 percent (12-of-19) and made all four of their attempts from the arc to open a 33-18 lead after the first quarter.

"We tried to get me the ball early, not just because Reggie was guarding me, but because of how I played in Game One," Prince said. "The Pacers do a great job of helping on the weak side, and we just tried to find the open man. In the first half we made shots, but once we got a comfortable lead we just tried to attack one-on-one."

A layup by Dale Davis pulled the Pacers within 38-31 with 6:45 left in the half. But Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace made jumper before Ronald Dupree threw down a dunk as the Pistons rebuilt the lead to double digits.

Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton each scored 14 points and Chauncey Billups had 13 and 10 assists for the Pistons, who lost for the first time in five games at home in the postseason.

Stephen Jackson added 13 points for Indiana, which shot 39 percent (37-of-95) and held a 52-43 rebounding advantage.