pacers_pistons_score_WPJosh Smith scored 30 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to an improbable 101-96 road win over the Indiana Pacers from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana entered Monday’s clash as one of just two teams in the NBA without a blemish at home this season, winning 11 straight to open the year. Only the Thunder (12-0) remain unbeaten at home.

“They (the Pistons) played a good basketball game, especially on a second night of a back to back,” said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. “Clearly we didn’t keep them off the glass. Some of it was bad bounces, some of it was we weren’t hitting people. We’re not playing our best basketball of the year.”

Greg Monroe recorded a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double in the triumph, just Detroit’s second in its last six games. Brandon Jennings had 18 points and eight assists.

Lance Stephenson netted a career-high 23 points with seven rebounds and six assists in the setback. Paul George tallied 17 points with nine rebounds and Luis Scola scored 18 off the bench.

“We didn’t compete tonight. We didn’t come ready to play,” said David West. “They were more aggressive and took advantage of our errors. They were a much better basketball team than us tonight. They played together and got the results. Josh Smith did a great job out there tonight.”

Detroit led by 10 early in the fourth period before Scola netted six points during an 8-0 Indiana burst to get back to 89-87 with 4:55 remaining, but the Eastern Conference leaders failed to get over the hump.

Smith ended the run with an alley-oop from Jennings, who drilled a wing 3 for a five-point cushion before the final media timeout.

Stephenson scored five straight points, including a trey at 1:17 to once again cut the Pacers’ deficit to two. Out of a timeout, Smith made a pair of free throws and Indiana missed on the other end.

Jennings then missed a 3, but Stephenson lost control of the potential rebound out-of-bounds. The Pistons’ point guard put the game away from the free throw line.

Earlier, Indiana trailed 31-28 after the first period and shot just 4-of-17 in the second.

Notes: Smith, who netted 31 points in Sunday’s overtime loss to Portland, turned in back-to-back 30-point games for the first time since March 21-23, 2012, when he went for 32 and 30 in wins over the Cavaliers and Nets … Detroit won the rebounding margin, 55-40 … Both teams shot 43.2 percent from the field.


Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Detroit 31 25 23 22 101
Indiana 28 21 24 23 96
Officials:  Mike Callahan, Kevin Cutler, David Jones Attendance:  15443
Time Of Game: 2:22
Stats: Final
Detroit MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
J.Smith 36:36 13 29 1 4 3 4 2 5 7 1 5 0 0 2 30
G.Monroe 38:33 5 9 0 0 3 5 4 8 12 0 1 0 1 2 13
A.Drummond 20:42 4 5 0 0 1 6 6 3 9 0 4 0 1 0 9
K.Caldwell-Pope 36:25 3 11 2 7 0 0 1 2 3 2 3 2 0 0 8
B.Jennings 37:18 4 13 2 5 8 9 1 2 3 8 1 1 1 0 18
J.Harrellson 16:19 3 6 1 2 0 0 5 5 10 1 0 0 1 2 7
K.Singler 26:29 1 3 0 1 2 2 1 6 7 1 4 0 0 1 4
R.Stuckey 15:33 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 2
W.Bynum 10:42 3 6 0 0 1 2 0 4 4 1 0 0 2 0 7
J.Jerebko 1:23 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
C.Billups DNP – Coach’s Decision
C.Villanueva DNP – Coach’s Decision
L.Datome DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 38 88 7 20 18 28 20 35 55 14 20 3 8 7 101
PERCENTAGES FG: 43.2% 3PT: 35% FT: 64.3% TEAM REB: 8 TOTAL TO: 8
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.George 39:00 4 14 1 5 8 8 0 9 9 4 4 2 4 0 17
D.West 28:28 6 13 0 0 2 4 3 2 5 2 1 0 2 0 14
R.Hibbert 35:28 2 12 0 0 2 2 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 2 6
L.Stephenson 39:32 9 14 1 2 4 5 1 6 7 6 1 0 0 0 23
G.Hill 32:14 2 6 1 2 2 2 0 6 6 1 5 1 0 0 7
R.Butler 13:55 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
L.Scola 19:32 8 11 0 0 2 4 3 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 18
I.Mahinmi 12:29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
C.Watson 15:46 2 5 2 4 0 2 1 2 3 3 3 2 1 1 6
O.Johnson 3:36 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.Sloan DNP – Coach’s Decision
S.Hill DNP – Coach’s Decision
C.Copeland DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 35 81 6 17 20 27 9 31 40 18 20 5 7 4 96
PERCENTAGES FG: 43.2% 3PT: 35.3% FT: 74.1% TEAM REB: 10 TOTAL TO: 8
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Detroit 6
Indiana 7
TECHNICALS: Detroit 1, Indiana 0
Detroit: J.Smith

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