Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Saturday, November 17th
Game 2: Friday, January 18th
Game 3: Sunday, March 10th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 26th

Pistons 96

(18-19, 7-14 away)

Pacers 93

(21-20, 12-8 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, January 18, 2002

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 21 32 18 2596
    IND 18 17 31 2793

    Top Performers

    Det: J. Stackhouse 32 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    Ind: J. Rose 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Stackhouse takes charge down the stretch

    INDIANPOLIS (AP) -- Jerry Stackhouse and Cliff Robinson weren't going to let a 19-point lead on the road go to waste without doing something about it.

    Jerry Stackhouse


    Jerry Stackhouse took command down the stretch as the Pistons finally won on the road.

    Stackhouse scored 17 of his 32 points in the second half and Robinson added 27 as the Detroit Pistons beat the Indiana Pacers 96-93 Friday night to snap an 11-game road losing streak.

    Robinson put the Pistons ahead on a 5-footer in the paint with 30 seconds left that gave Detroit a 91-89 lead. The Pacers trailed 94-91 but Reggie Miller's baseline 3-point attempt was blocked by Ben Wallace with six seconds left.

    The Pacers got the ball back and Miller again tried to tie it with a 3 for nearly the identical spot. This time, he was fouled by Wallace, but the referee said Miller was inside the 3-point arc.

    Miller made both free throws, but Stackhouse added two free throws and the Pistons held on for their first road win since Dec. 1 at New York.

    Stackhouse and Robinson combined for 16 points in the fourth.

    "I guess that's what I'm supposed to do," Stackhouse said. "Sometimes I get going in the first half and I just want it every time. Then we've got to run something else to spread the game and keep a good flow. We got away from it a little bit, but when we really needed it the ball found me and I was able to make the plays."

    Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said Stackhouse and Robinson made the difference in the fourth quarter.

    "They're our two best players," Carlisle said. "We just had to get the ball in their hands. The plays were being made through those two guys down the stretch."

    Jalen Rose scored 31 and Miller had 20 for the Pacers, who have lost four straight.

    The Pistons led by 19 in the third quarter and took a five-point lead into the fourth. But the Pacers went ahead 82-81 on Rose's jumper with 5 1/2 minutes left.

    The Pacers led by four, but a 17-footer by Stackhouse and a basket by Robinson tied it at 87. Rose and Stackhouse exchanged baskets until Robinson put the Pistons ahead for good.

    The Pacers had one last chance to tie the game but Jeff Foster, who scored 13, missed a desperation 3 as time expired.

    "That was the first time I've taken a 3-pointer to try to tie or win the game," he said.

    Detroit led 60-41 midway through the third, but the Pacers closed on a 25-11 run. Indiana shot 62 percent in the third. Al Harrington's putback as the quarter expired made it 71-66.

    Even as the lead evaporated, Carlisle felt the Pistons would hold on.

    "I felt even when it was slipping away that we would hang in there and win," he said. "It was our time to do something special."

    The Pistons outscored Indiana 32-17 in the second quarter and led 53-35 at the half.

    The Pacers have made a habit this season of coming back from double-digit deficits. They beat Atlanta when they were down by 22 and New York when they trailed by 20. Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said they need to stop the pattern of slow starts.

    "The first 24 minutes we didn't come out with any energy," he said. "There's no excuse to come out and play like that in the first half."

    Game notes
    Carlisle was a Pacers assistant from 1997-2000. He was a finalist for the Pacers job that went to Isiah Thomas. ... Pacers center Jermaine O'Neal missed his second straight game with a knee injury. O'Neal will miss games on Saturday and Monday and will be re-evaluated next week. Without O'Neal the Pacers tied a league record with only one offensive rebound... Miller became the 19th player in NBA history to score 22,000 career points. Miller hit a jumper three minutes into the second half to reach the milestone. ... Retired San Diego Padres great Tony Gwynn was honored in a halftime ceremony. Gwynn lives just north of Indianapolis and is a Pacers and WNBA Indiana Fever season-ticket holder. ...The Pacers haven't lost five straight since December 1993.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 93
    FGM-FGA 34-72 (.472) 38-71 (.535)
    3PM-3PA 9-17 (.529) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 13-17 (.765)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-34 1-35
    Assists 21 23
    Turnovers 16 19
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 10 3
    Fast Break Points 4 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 32
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 31
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1