The Indiana Pacers are 9-2 since Jan. 30, and they've beaten the Pistons three times in that stretch by an average of 20 points.

Saturday night at the Palace, the Pacers' defense literally choked the life out of the Pistons (22-36) in a 90-72 victory. It came on the heels of Friday's 114-82 romp.

The Pacers are like a swarm of bees on defense, surrounding and contesting every shot. Rarely did the Pistons take an uncontested jump shot.

The only excitement in the second half was designated troublemaker Tyler Hansbrough having a tussle with Will Bynum (15 points), the smallest Piston, with 8:39 left. Bynum, the only consistent offensive weapon, was assessed a Flagrant 2 and ejected. The league will review the play, and Bynum could face a one-game suspension.