NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Detroit
(Tuesday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Indiana 98, Detroit 83
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Danny Granger poured in 32 points to go along with six rebounds, as Indiana cruised past Detroit, 98-83.
Brandon Rush added 20, Mike Dunleavy added 13 and Earl Watson dished out 13 assists while contributing seven points. The Pacers have won three straight, but are still far outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Troy Murphy notched a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the victors.
"It is a good way to end it," said Watson of the team snapping its nine-game road losing streak. "At the same time the season is about to end and we are trying to take advantage of every opportunity."
Tayshaun Prince led Detroit with 14 points, while DaJuan Summers added 12 points, and Rodney Stuckey joined Charlie Villanueva with 11 points apiece. The Pistons lost point guard Will Bynum to a first-quarter injury (back) and head coach John Kuester was tossed in the third quarter -- frustration boiling over from the team's sixth straight defeat.
"We couldn't get a consistent flow, just disappointing," said Kuester.
Detroit was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday, ending an eight-year postseason run. Indiana helped contribute to that mark, sweeping the four-game season series.
The Pacers took control from the outset, using a 17-8 scoring stretch over the final 5:50 of the first quarter. Granger's 25-foot jumper capped the first- quarter scoring for a 29-18 edge.
Detroit flipped a switch in the second stanza, using a 12-1 burst to square the contest. Two Jason Maxiell free throws and a Prince layup made the score 34-34. The two teams jockeyed for position during the remainder of the half with Watson's long-distance jumper giving the visitors a 52-49 lead entering intermission.
The Pacers opened a 66-59 lead over halfway through the third quarter, as a Rush three-pointer and subsequent layup increased the advantage to seven. A 66-62 game quickly turned into a double-digit affair, as the visitors closed the third-quarter proceedings with an 11-4 stretch for a 77-66 margin.
The edge grew to 16 at 82-66 early in the fourth, and the margin never got lower than eight at 85-77 on a Villanueva trey with 5:44 to go. Indiana tallied the next five capped by Granger's trey to restore order.
Indiana made 43.4 percent of its shots, while the Pistons converted on 36.9 percent of their attempts, including a dismal 7-of-23 effort from beyond the arc...The game featured nine ties and six lead changes...Indiana collected 20 second-chance points to just nine for Detroit...Detroit's Kwame Brown posted a season-high 15 rebounds to go along with two points.
03/23 23:35:59 ET