Pacers, Pistons battle at Conseco Fieldhouse
(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers renew their rivalry,
as they battle tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.
This is the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the Central
Division rivals. The Pacers have won two of the three contests this season,
while the Pistons have won four of the last six meetings overall in the
Detroit has lost two of its last three at Indiana.
The Pistons lead the Cleveland Cavaliers by 3 1/2 games for first place in the
Central and the top spot in the Eastern Conference. On Sunday, Richard
Hamilton paced a balanced Detroit attack with 19 points as the Pistons edged
the defending world champion Miami Heat, 94-88, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Hamilton, the Pistons leading scorer (20.3 ppg), returned to the lineup after
missing four games with flu-like symptoms.
Chauncey Billups added 17 points in the win for the Pistons, who have won two
in a row and four of their last five games overall. Rasheed Wallace finished
with 14 points, while Antonio McDyess and Carlos Delfino both netted 12 off
Detroit is 24-13 on the road this season. The Pistons return home to host the
Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and the Cavaliers on Sunday at The Palace.
Indiana, which wraps up a short two-game homestand, is 1 1/2 games behind the
Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff berth in the East. Jamaal
Tinsley drove to the lane for a layup with 1.1 seconds remaining as the
Jermaine O’Neal-less Pacers earned a 100-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs
at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Mike Dunleavy scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win for the
Pacers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Tinsley, who handed out eight
assists, and Troy Murphy both finished with 20 points for Indiana.
O’Neal, the team’s leading scorer (19.8 ppg) and rebounder (9.8 rpg), sat out
with a sore left knee. The All-Star forward is questionable for tonight’s
The Pacers are 21-16 at home this season. They will visit rookie Adam Morrison
and the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.