Pacers big man Roy Hibbert dove on the floor for a loose ball and once possession was secured, the appreciative fans at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse gave him a rousing round of applause, which was followed by a George Hill 3-pointer.
The play didn't signal a turning point in the game as the basket gave the Pacers a 29-point third-quarter lead. The Pacers gave the Pistons a flat whipping from soup to nuts, a 114-82 final Friday night that wasn't as close as the final score indicated.
All five Pacers starters scored in double figures, led by David West's 18 points and eight rebounds. Will Bynum led the Pistons with 17 points.
The two teams will tangle again tonight, but if Friday was any indication, the result could be similar. The Pacers (34-21) are second in the East behind the Heat, waxed the New York Knicks by 34 points Wednesday.
To say Pistons coach Lawrence Frank was disturbed is putting it mildly as the Pistons (22-35) were also drilled by Memphis on Tuesday.
"Look, we got our (butts) handed to us, it was a total embarrassment," Frank said. "You got the same team, the same guys who kicked our tails, 24 hours later. Hey, I'm not Muhammad Ali, the response has to come on the court."
Pacers paste Pistons
Detroit News | Feb 23