Detroit, MI - The Indiana Pacers went into Detroit to face a very tough Pistons squad with their perfect season on the line and were ale to come out victorious. They came out hot, but fizzled and trailed heading into the second half by three points. Frank Vogel must have had a very good halftime message to his team, because they came out with a spurt of energy and pulled away from the Pistons to improve to 4-0 on the young season. With the loss, the Pistons dropped to 2-2 on the year.
Brandon Jennings led the way in scoring for the Detroit Pistons with 17 points, but shot just 7-20 from the field. The Pacers did an excellent job of forcing Jennings to settle for perimeter jumpers. Josh Smith chipped in 16 points in the losing effort, but he also was forced to take jump shots and finished just 5-16 from the floor. Greg Monroe recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards on the evening, but was not used on offense as much as he probably should have been. Kyle Singler came off the bench to score 13 points to round out the double digit scorers for the Pistons on the night.
The Pacers were led by their rising superstar Paul George, who scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as well for the double-double. George shot 12-18 from the field and also put in 4-8 from behind the three-point line. He has been playing at an extremely high level through Indiana’s first four games. C.J. Watson started his second game in a row due to a nagging hip injury to George Hill and scored 15 points while also dishing out five assists. David West scored 12 points and Lance Stephenson chipped in 10 to round out the Pacers’ double figure scorers. Roy Hibbert turned in a good game as well with eight points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks.
Overall, the Pacers showed that they were the better team this evening. There were some times where the Pistons made runs and made the game interesting, but when Indiana wanted to go, they took the lead with relative ease. The Pistons do have great potential, but they will have to fill some holes before they reach their full potential.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.