The Indiana Pacers finally found some good things to grasp onto in a gratifying, albeit close victory over the Detroit Pistons. Indiana found their way to line in the first quarter to help keep their offense afloat with poor shooting continuing to plague the Pacers. Detroit led most of the quarter, moving ahead by nine 25-16 with a 10-2 run as the Pacers stumbled from the field at just 3-15 shooting. The Pacers found some success on the offensive glass, finishing the quarter on a 12-2 run to take a 28-27 lead. It was Indiana's highest scoring quarter since the third quarter against Chicago on March 21, helped along by a tightly officiated first quarter, which Indiana converted into nine points from the free throw line despite shooting under 40% from the field. Roy Hibbert left the game late in the quarter with a sore neck after a tough fall whipped his head onto the floor Ian Mahinmi played exceptionally well tonight in Hibbert's absence, scoring three of Indiana's five points following Hibbert's exit, who would miss the rest of the first half with the neck injury. Andre Drummond and Rodney Stuckey pulled off an 8-0 Detroit run halfway through the quarter to put the Pistons ahead 40-35 before Lance Stephenson turned the game around for the Pacers. Following a Drummond free throw, Stephenson attacked the rim and threw down a big dunk, which he followed up with a forceful rebound on the other end. Stephenson found Paul George in the corner for a three pointer to tie the game up. Another Stephenson rebound led to a (maybe too) fancy pass to Mahinmi who converted to put Indiana ahead 42-40. After forcing another miss, Stephenson found Mahinmi again who made the extra pass to George to cap a 10-0 run and put the Pacers up five. Too much up and down play recently has made it difficult to make a lot of that mere 1:29 span, but for a Pacers team that needed not only signs of life on offense, but needed that to happen, it was an incredible lift. Stephenson would score four more in the half as the Pacers took a lead into the break at 50-45 as Indiana's shooting percentage climbed above 40% for the first time in what feels like an eternity. Hibbert returned for the third quarter, but Indiana was never able to shake the Pistons in the second half, as leads of eight and seven were trimmed down time and time again by Detroit. The Pacers didn't relent the lead through most of the quarter, leading 69-62 with 3:19 left in the quarter. Detroit found plenty of success shooting in the second half from three point range, hitting a pair as part of a 9-0 response to give Detroit the 71-69 lead.
Pacers find find offensive groove against Pistons to snap three game skid
Indy Cornrows | Apr 3