The Pacers entered their first game in April on a bit of a skid. They were 8-10 in March and scored fewer than 90 points in six of their last seven games. In fact, they had scored fewer than 80 points in five of their last six. The Pacers held team meetings, probably changed their superstitions, and nothing seemed to be working. The Pistons, despite being one of only five teams to beat the Pacers at home this season, were just what the doctor ordered.
The Pistons played well enough and fought back from a couple furious Pacers runs to take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. But that's where Pistons hopes of victories go to die.
The Pacers, on 58-percent shooting, outscored the Pistons 28-20 in the final quarter for a seven-point win, 101-94. It was the first time the Pacers scored over 100 points since March 15 -- the last time they played the Pistons.
Who stood out:
Paul George, by half court ...
George had eight of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, including that ridiculously deep three pointer in a one-point game. He also had 13 rebounds and seven assists.
-- Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond had double-doubles (by the end of the third quarter). Monroe was actually featured heavily in the fourth quarter, but he shot only 2-for-9. Drummond, on the other hand, was not featured at all (zero shot attempts and only two rebounds).
-- Josh Smith played okay. 24 points on 20 shots (11 shots in the first quarter). He was 3-for-4 from three.
-- Box Score
-- Pistons are back at it on Friday in Brooklyn.
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-- Roll Call
|1||Kellen Moore Our Savior?||46|
|9||Dumars' Last Stand||12|
|10||Glutton for Punishment (Lionsfan)||11|
|33||count that baby and a foul||1|