Friday , Feb , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons stay hot at home with win over Pacers

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Rasheed Wallace scored 28 points, including 11
straight during a decisive fourth quarter run, as the Detroit Pistons defeated
the Indiana Pacers, 88-83, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Chauncey Billups recorded 14 points and nine assists for the Pistons, who won
their 11th straight home game. Ben Wallace and Richard Hamilton each added 13
points in the victory.

Stephen Jackson led the Pacers with 15 points, despite shooting just 6-of-18
from the field. Peja Stojakovic scored 14 points while Scot Pollard added 11
rebounds for Indiana, which saw its modest two-game winning streak come to an
end.

The game was decided in the fourth quarter, as the Pistons went on a 16-2 run
over a four-minute span that turned a six-point lead into a 20-point margin,
85-65, with just over six minutes to play. Detroit was led by Rasheed Wallace
during the spurt, who scored 11 straight and 13 in the quarter.

“I thought Rasheed had energy and made shots,” said Detroit coach Flip
Saunders. “I thought Ben was unbelievable in what he did as far as blocking
shots, steals, rebounding, just kind of patrolling everything.”

The Pacers closed the game out with an 18-3 run to make the score look
respectable, but by then it was too little, too late.

“We were there in the fourth quarter, then Rasheed hit that stretch,” said
Stojakovic. “That was the difference. They’re up 20 with six minutes to go.
There’s not much you can do.”

Trailing by three with six minutes left in the first quarter, the defending
Eastern Conference champions went on a 9-0 run to take a six-point lead,
18-12, with 2:24 left to play. The run was capped by an Antonio McDyess alley-
oop that was set up by Big Ben.

Fred Jones converted two free throws to bring the Pacers within four, 23-19,
at the end of the first quarter.

Detroit built a 10-point lead in the second, but the Pacers finished the
quarter with a 5-0 run to cut their deficit in half and they trailed 46-41 at
the break. Stojakovic scored all five points for the Kings, including an
impressive turnaround trey.

The Pistons came out firing in the second half, scoring the first seven points
en route to a 12-point lead, 53-41, just three minutes into the third quarter.
Ben Wallace capped the run by converting a three-point play.

Indiana responded, going on an 11-2 run later in the quarter to get within
four, 63-59, with just under two minutes to play. Danny Granger’s tip-in
basket capped the run for the Pacers. Detroit answered back, scoring the last
four points of the stanza to push the lead to eight, 67-59, at the end of
three.

Game Notes

McDyess finished the game with eight points and five rebounds in just over 20
minutes of action for Detroit…Jones recorded nine points and six rebounds
for the Pacers. Granger tallied 11… With his second block in the game,
Rasheed Wallace became the 69th player to record 1,000 blocks for his
career…Detroit improved to 25-2 at home this season.

DET IND