Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/15

Game 1: Saturday, December 15th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 30th
Game 3: Friday, February 22nd
Game 4: Saturday, February 23rd

Pistons 82

(22-35, 7-19 away)

Pacers 114

(34-21, 23-5 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2013

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 17 19 16 3082
    IND 34 26 30 24114

    Top Performers

    Det: S. Kravtsov 14 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast

    Ind: D. West 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    David West, George Hill lead surging Pacers past Pistons

    Associated Press

    INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers were playing well when they got a couple of the days off for the All-Star break. They may be playing even better now.

    David West scored 18 points, George Hill had 15 and the surging Pacers beat the Detroit Pistons 114-82 on Friday night.

    Indiana has won three straight and eight of 10, including a 98-79 victory against Detroit on Jan. 30.

    "I'm very, very pleased with how our guys are approaching the post All-Star break," coach Frank Vogel said. "They have incredible focus and energy. Our offense is really coming on."

    The Pacers grabbed control with a 14-4 run at the start of the second quarter. Orlando Johnson had 11 points in the spurt, making back-to-back 3-pointers to help Indiana to a 48-23 lead.

    Will Bynum scored 17 points for the stumbling Pistons, who have split their past four games.

    Indiana picked up right where it left off in Wednesday's impressive 125-91 victory against the New York Knicks. The Pacers led 74-44 at halftime of that one, and Paul George finished with 27 points.

    George was relatively quiet against Detroit, finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds. But the Pacers didn't need another big night from the All-Star.

    Indiana made 10 of its first 14 shots while building a 29-10 lead. Hill scored seven points during the opening stretch.

    Lance Stephenson also asserted himself early and set the tone with his aggressive play, taking the ball to the basket and making the Pistons pay for their failure to get back and stop the fast break. Stephenson, starting in place of injured guard Danny Granger, scored six of his 10 points during the Pacers' initial run.

    "(Stephenson's) playing at an incredible level right now," Vogel said. "What he's been doing to our tempo, pushing the ball is something."

    The Pacers shot 56 percent from the field and held the Pistons to 35 percent. Six Pacers scored in double figures -- including Johnson, a reserve who had a season-high 14 points.

    "(Johnson's) not coming out of the rotation any time soon," Vogel said.

    Indiana's average margin of victory during its win streak is 30 points. It began with a 101-77 victory over Charlotte on Feb. 13.

    "With Indiana, it's all about blitzkrieg," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "They blitzkrieged New York, who bliztkrieged us. There's no surprise about what they did."

    Game notes

    Pistons G Brandon Knight was held out after he hyperextended his right knee in a victory over Charlotte on Wednesday. ... The only Pistons starter to score in double figures was Rodney Stuckey with 11 points.

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    Research Notes

    The Pacers have outscored their opponents by 90 points over their last three games. That is the largest points differential over any three game stretch by any team this season.
    This is only the 2nd time in Pacers history that they've won consecutive games by at least 30 points. The only other time was in April 1994. The last time any NBA team did that was the Bulls in March 2011.
    With a 24-point (60-36) halftime lead Friday against the Pistons, the Pacers have outscored their opponents by a combined 54 points in the first half in the last two games. Indiana led the Knicks by 30 points (74-44) at halftime Wednesday night. It's the first time this season Indiana has had double-digit halftime leads in back-to-back games.

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