Indianapolis (TSN) – Roy Hibbert recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday, as the Indiana Pacers pounded the short-handed Detroit Pistons, 98-79, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Tyler Hansbrough and Lance Stephenson also posted double-doubles, with Hansbrough tallying 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Stephenson adding 12 points and 11 boards for the Pacers, who have won 12 straight at home.
George Hill added 15 points, David West donated 14 points and Paul George gave 10 points in the triumph, which snapped Indiana’s three-game skid.
Greg Monroe paced the Pistons with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Rodney Stuckey scored 14 points in the setback, Detroit’s fourth in its last five games.
The Pistons were without starting small forward Tayshaun Prince and reserve forward Austin Daye after both were sent to Memphis as part of a three-team trade involving the Grizzlies and Toronto, with Detroit acquiring Raptors starting point guard Jose Calderon.
Indiana scored the first six points of the contest and led 29-23 after 12 minutes, but the Pistons were able to pull within 36-34 just past the midpoint of the second on a pullup jumper from Will Bynum.
The Pacers quickly distanced themselves from there, as they closed the quarter on an 18-2 surge to take a double-digit lead into the break.
Stephenson supplied eight points in the run, while Hibbert added six, including the capper with 25.5 ticks remaining to send Indiana into the locker room holding a 54-36 advantage.
The Pistons failed to get any closer than nine in the third stanza and the Pacers carried a 70-56 lead into the final frame.
Indiana held Detroit at bay in fourth, never allowing the visitors to trim the margin below double-digits en route to the wire-to-wire victory.
Notes: The Pistons have lost nine in a row in Indiana and haven’t won there since Jan. 29, 2008 … Detroit fell to 5-17 on the road … Indiana hasn’t lost at home since Denver visited on Dec. 7 … Bynum finished with 13 points for the Pistons.
“I’m proud of our guys coming back off a trip and taking care of business. We had an edge which is important when you have a losing streak. We’re not happy with how we played on the road and we want to make it up at home. If you’re not going to play .500 basketball on the road you need to be better than good at home. (On Lance Stephenson) Last week we had a meeting after Portland and Utah when he didn’t play very well. We talked about his value. He’s not just filling in, he’s a reason we had success this season. Now he recognizes his value to the team. (On Roy Hibbert) He was tough tonight. He has to be a threat, not just with post-ups but offensive rebounds and his passing.”
“(On the importance of tonight’s win) It was huge. We had a tough stretch on the road, losing three in a row. Coming in tonight we knew this was a must win. (On tonight’s defense) We rely on helping one another. When guys are in gaps and ready to shrink the floor and contest at the basket, we’re tough. On the road we kind of got away from that. We were leaving guys out to dry and having them isolated by themselves. That’s not the defense we play at all. We cleaned that up tremendously as opposed to those games on the road. (On the Miami matchup on Friday) It’ll be a tough game, but I’m up for it. I know this team is up for it. Any chance when we can play on the main stage against a great quality team, I think this team is going to be ready.”
“To be honest with you we came in here and weren’t happy about the losses we got on the road. We just figured a way out to get a win, and that was defensively. We came out and got stops and everybody was in the help position. I think we were all frustrated about the losses so we wanted to get back on the right track as soon as we could. (On playing a lot of home games in coming days) It’s going to be good. Our bodies will be rested. Hopefully we’ll get on a big home streak and get some wins. And the crowds will come out and support us. (On the Miami rematch on Friday) We gotta come out and play. We know how good Miami is. We know the pieces that they have. So we have to come out and be on top of our game and hopefully get a win.”