Sunday , Jan , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Hamilton and Pistons hold off Pacers

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 21 points as the
Detroit Pistons held on to beat the Indiana Pacers, 95-87, at The Palace of
Auburn Hills.

Rasheed Wallace had 20 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and three steals
while Chauncey Billups posted 17 points and six assists for the Pistons, who
have won four of their last five.

Chris Webber, playing in his sixth game since signing with Detroit, also
scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Jermaine O’ Neal had 26 points, 12 boards and five blocks and Jamaal Tinsley
added 18 points and seven assists for the Pacers, who saw their season-high
three-game winning streak come to an end.

The Pistons looked as if they would cruise to an easy victory with a 16-point
lead late in the third quarter. Indiana, however, did not go down quietly.
Sparked by an O’ Neal jumper, the Pacers scored seven straights to pull within
72-64 with 37 seconds left in the third and trailed 74-65 heading into the
fourth.

Then, trailing 76-67, the Pacers went on a 12-3 run and tied the game at 79-79
on Darrell Armstrong’s three with 5:56 left in the quarter. Detroit, though,
responded with 10 straight points, capped by Billups’ two free throws that
gave the Pistons an 89-79 lead with 2:09 remaining.

The Pacers answered back as O’Neal hit two from the charity stripe before
Tinsley hit a free throw and then converting a three-point play to bring
Indiana within 91-87 with 37.1 seconds left. However, Webber responded with a
layup and O’Neal was called for traveling on Indiana’s next possession as
Detroit held on for the win.

The first half was a tale of two quarters, as Detroit dominated the openings
12 minutes before the Pacers responded to cut their deficit to 47-43 at the
break.

A 14-2 run midway through the opening quarter helped the Pistons to grab a
27-12 lead at the end of the first. Then, with Detroit leading 35-20 early in
the second, Indiana outscored the Pistons 21-9 over a seven minute stretch to
pull within 44-41 with just 51.9 seconds left in the half. Jason Maxiell then
hit 1-of-2 free throws with .2 ticks left on the clock to give Detroit a 47-43
lead heading into the locker room.

Game Notes

Antonio McDyess had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons…Danny Granger
scored 13 points for the Pacers, while Troy Murphy contributed 10 boards.

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