Josh Smith and the Pistons Hand Pacers Their First Home Loss
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Smith had 30 points, Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss Monday night, stunning the Pacers 101-96.
The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ending a six-game skid in the series and a nine-game losing streak on the Pacers home court.
Lance Stephenson had a season high 23 points while Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), which was 11-0 at home coming into the game. Oklahoma City is the only NBA team unbeaten at home.
Detroit held a 55-40 rebounding edge and outscored the Pacers in the paint.
Indiana tied the score four times and got as close as 96-94 late in the fourth.