Pacers at Pistons
The Indiana Pacers have won nine of their last 14 contests to climb one game over .500. The Pacers hope to maintain their winning ways and remain above average on Saturday when they visit the Detroit Pistons. Paul George scored 14 of his 28 points in the third quarter and George Hill benefited from a late scoring change to record his first career triple double as Indiana posted a 95-85 victory over Philadelphia on Friday.
The Pistons certainly weren't shy about going the extra mile, but still fell on the short end of a 107-105 double-overtime loss to Brooklyn on Friday. Brandon Knight scored 22 points and Rodney Stuckey added 19 off the bench for Detroit, which has dropped three in a row. Speaking of three in a row, the Pistons have won that many against Indiana at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSIN (Indiana), FSD (Detroit)
ABOUT THE PACERS (12-11): George continued his torrid streak by scoring at least 17 points in each of his last six games. Indiana dominated in the paint against Philadelphia, which was missing top scorer Jrue Holiday (sprained foot). Roy Hibbert finished with 19 points and a season-best 13 rebounds, despite having one board taken away in Hill's favor after the game.
ABOUT THE PISTONS (7-18): Coach Lawrence Frank did his best to put a positive spin on Friday's loss. "We showed great resolve, great fight and we competed extremely hard," Frank said. "There's no one there that's happy with the consolation prize, (but) disappointed that we came up short because we know we got it in both regulation and overtime." Greg Monroe had a chance to give Detroit the advantage in the second overtime, but missed a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining.
1. Indiana G Lance Stephenson missed Friday's tilt with a sprained right ankle, although coach Frank Vogel expressed optimism that he could play on Saturday.
2. The Pacers took two of three versus Detroit last season. George had 27 points and 10 rebounds in Indiana's 103-97 victory in the teams' last meeting on April 23.
3. Knight drilled three 3-pointers and finished with 16 points in the last encounter.
Pacers 98, Pistons 83