Pacers upend Pistons 88-77
- Associated Press
- December 15, 2012 - 9:17 PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - David West had 23 points and George Hill added 18 points and seven assists to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 88-77 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
The win put the Pacers two games over .500 for the first time this season.
Paul George added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 18 points and added eight rebounds and Rodney Stuckey had 15 points and seven assists. Brandon Knight added 14 points.
Kyle Singler's jumper brought Detroit within two at 68-66 with nine minutes left.
But Indiana scored the next 11 points.
West hit a free throw with 7:23 left, George put in a driving lay-in at 6:03, West hit a hook with 5:21 remaining, Hill hit a 3 with four minutes left, George made a free throw with 3:36 on the clock and West's turnaround jumper gave the Pacers a 79-66 lead with 3:17 left.
Indiana took a 63-60 lead into the fourth quarter after Singler's 3-pointer with 1:29 left in the third and Andre Drummond's put-back dunk with 49 seconds remaining in the quarter brought the Pistons to within three.
Indiana led 42-38 at the half.
The Pacers went on an early 15-0 run that gave them a 17-6 lead with 6:51 left in the first quarter after Gerald Green's 3-pointer.
But the Pistons followed that up with a 14-3 spurt that allowed them to tie the game at 20 on Stuckey's driving layup with 1:59 remaining in the opening quarter.
Note: Indiana guard Lance Stephenson didn't play because of a sprained right ankle. ... Both teams were playing for the second consecutive night. The Pacers beat Philadelphia 95-85 at home and Detroit lost 107-105 in double overtime to the Nets in Brooklyn.
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