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                          === Pacers crush Pistons ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN (Sports Network) - David West posted team-highs of 18 points
 and  eight rebounds  as the Indiana Pacers cruised to another blowout victory,
 this time crushing the Detroit Pistons, 114-82, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
 
 The  Pacers have won eight of their last 10 and have taken their last three by
 a  combined 90  points, including a 34-point win over the Knicks on Wednesday.
 Indiana passed New York in the Eastern Conference standings on Friday and sits
 alone in second place behind the Miami Heat.
 
 All  five Indiana  starters scored  in  double figures,  while rookie  reserve
 Orlando Johnson netted all 14 of his points in the first half.
 
 The  Central Division  leaders shot 56 percent from the floor, held Detroit to
 35 percent shooting and led by as many as 43 points.
 
 "I  think we've found our identity," said Pacers All-Star forward Paul George.
 "We're  a team  that's uptempo, and with our smothering defense, it's the best
 of both worlds."
 
 Detroit  had  four players  finish with double-digit  scoring efforts, as Will
 Bynum led the way with 17 points.
 
 The  Pistons, playing  their third game in four days since the All-Star break,
 trailed by double digits over the final 42:17.
 
 The  Pacers scored 13 of the game's first 15 points and added another 13-1 run
 later  in the  opening frame to take  a 26-9 lead. They recorded their highest
 scoring first quarter of the season by shooting 12-of-18 (67 percent) from the
 floor and were ahead by a healthy 34-17 cushion.
 
 Johnson, a second-round pick in last year's draft out of UC-Santa Barbara, got
 in  on  the act  early in  the second when  he hit  two 3-pointers, the second
 coming on a 9-0 spurt that extended the lead to 46-21 near the midway point.
 
 The margin reached 28 late in the half, and it was a 60-36 game at halftime.
 
 Things  stayed one-sided  after the break as the Pistons missed their first 10
 shots  and trailed  by as many as 40 after George's 3-pointer made it an 88-48
 rout near the final minute of the third.
 
 "We  didn't get anything done," Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva said. "They
 came out strong and we couldn't match it."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 These  teams play  again on Saturday in  Detroit, and the Pacers can sweep the
 season  series  for the first time  since the 2009-10 campaign ... George Hill
 and  George scored  15 and  12  points, respectively,  while Lance  Stephenson
 and  Roy Hibbert  rounded out  Indiana's starters  with 10  points apiece  ...
 Detroit  has lost 10 straight in Indianapolis since last winning there on Jan.
 29, 2008 ... The Pistons have alternated wins and losses over the past six ...
 Pistons  point guard  Brandon Knight did not play due to a hyperextended right
 knee ... All 24 players that saw playing time scored at least one point.
 
 02/23 00:13:53 ET