Twenty-four hours after the Pistons' most pitiful performance in almost two years, they had the opportunity for redemption against a team that outworked them.
They brought the fight against the Pacers — one almost broke out, but the Pistons had perhaps their worst offensive showing of the season in their 90-72 loss at The Palace Saturday night.
The Pacers didn't necessarily clown the Pistons, but it was another sound beating, punctuated by a group of about 50 Pacers fans in the upper bowl who mocked the Pistons and their fans for most of the evening — an unexpected development in front of a respectable crowd of 17,509.
George Hill led the Pacers (35-21) with 17 points, while David West scored 16 and added eight rebounds. Will Bynum led the Pistons (22-36) with 15 points before being ejected in the fourth.
Friday's whipping provided all the motivation needed to show up against the second-best team in the East, so predictably, bodies hit the floor, punctuated by Bynum getting tossed in the fourth quarter for hitting Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough in the chest, resulting in a flagrant 2.
"It wasn't intentional but it happens during the course of the game," said Bynum, who rarely, if ever, gets caught up in physical confrontations. "It was kind of physical. It was just during the heat of the moment, nothing intentional."
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Detroit News | Feb 24