Josh Smith scored 30 points for the second consecutive night, Brandon Jennings had 18 points and eight assists and Greg Monroe scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons upset the Indiana Pacers 101-96.
It was the first time this season the Pacers have lost on their home court.
Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 23 points, Luis Scola had 18 points and Paul George chipped in 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
The Pistons really didn’t shoot all that well. It took Smith 29 attempts to get his 30 points and the Pistons shot just 43.2% from the field (38-of-88), 35.0% from three (seven-of-20) and 64.3% from the charity stripe (18-of-28). They did, however, dominate the glass (Josh Harrellson, better known as Jorts, had 10 rebounds in only 16 minutes!), scored 44 points in the paint and blocked seven shots. Usually, the Pacers use the size of the front line (George, Roy Hibbert and David West) and their bigs off of the bench to gain a huge size advantage on opposing teams. It’s hard to do that against a team that counters with Smith, Monroe and Andre Drummond.
The Pistons are now 12-14 while the Pacers are 20-4.