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Saturday, March 15th
(All times Eastern)
Indiana Pacers (48-17) at Detroit Pistons (25-40), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers have won two straight since a season-
high four-game losing streak and they'll try to keep things in the right
direction Saturday night when they visit The Palace of Auburn Hills to take on
their Central Division rivals, the Detroit Pistons.
On Friday, Paul George had 25 points and six assists and the Pacers handed the
Philadelphia 76ers their 19th straight loss following a 101-94 triumph on
David West supplied 18 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, George Hill
tallied 14 points, nine assists and six boards and Lance Stephenson added 13
points and 12 boards for Indiana.
The Sixers were game in their own building, but late turnovers and some stout
defense from the Pacers secured the victory.
"We just made some good basketball plays down the stretch," said West. "We got
to continue to be mindful of (our turnovers) and be strong with the
basketball, continue to protect the ball and make sure we get a good shot
Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen made their returns to Philadelphia since being
sent to Indiana right before the trade deadline. Turner finished with just two
points on 1-of-4 shooting, while Allen hit all six of his shots and scored 13
"Like we said all along, this trade was for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen," said
head coach Frank Vogel when asked about Allen's play, considering he hasn't
gotten a lot of minutes since the deadline move.
Indiana, which shot 58.2 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from beyond
the arc, snapped a three-game road losing streak.
The Pistons have been struggling of late, losing four of their last five and
eight of their last 10.
On Wednesday, Detroit fell by a 101-87 decision at the Air Canada Centre to
the Toronto Raptors for a 10th consecutive road loss. The Pistons have taken
two of three at The Palace.
Brandon Jennings' 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting led the Pistons. Andre
Drummond finished with 16 points and nine boards for Detroit, while Greg
Monroe recorded 13 along with 10 rebounds.
Josh Smith also registered 13 points, while Will Bynum chipped in 12 off the
The Pistons closed the third quarter with a 14-2 run to cut the gap to five.
Toronto opened the final period on a 9-0 spurt and led by double-digits the
rest of the way.
"We had momentum going into the fourth quarter, but we missed a few shots at
the rim early and they made a couple of shots," said Monroe. "We hit a cold
spell, missed some chippies in the beginning of the quarter right at the rim."
The Pistons snapped a six-game losing streak to the Pacers with a five-point
victory in Indianapolis on Dec. 16. Indiana has taken three in a row at The
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