After getting their first look at the newly rebuilt Detroit Pistons, the Indiana Pacers were able to come out with a 99-91 win. Paul George had another stellar game, scoring 31 points and adding 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals while shooting 12-of-18 from the floor.
George and the Pacers got out to a fast start. George had 12 points in the game’s first quarter. The Pacers ended the first quarter with a 29-14 lead, but that lead would not stand for long.
End of the 1st quarter: Pacers 29 Pistons 14 @Paul_George24 leads Indiana with 12 points and 3 rebounds.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 6, 2013
In the second quarter, the Pistons came out aggressive on both sides of the ball. Behind Kyle Singler’s seven-point scoring effort in the second quarter, the Pistons took a 41-38 lead into halftime.
Guru's Law: first to 80 in all Pacers/Pistons games this year...wins.— NBA Guru (@NBAGuru) November 6, 2013
Forget Popovich, Pacers' assistant coach Dan Burke's halftime interviews on FOX Sports Indiana every third game are candid and on point.— David Benner (@PacersDMB) November 6, 2013
The Pacers responded quickly in the third quarter, outscoring the Pistons 36-22. George led the Pacers' attack, scoring 14 points in the quarter. The Pacers looked like they were on the fast track to a 4-0 record.
Paul George is becoming the player that even when well defended, he knows he can still score. Thats what separates stars from good players.— Gold Swagger (@Go_Pacers) November 6, 2013
Paul George and Lance Stephenson smartly capitalize on lazy D by Smith. Pacers up 46-44.— Chris Goff (@PacersScribe) November 6, 2013
9-0 Indiana run and Pacers take 49-44 lead. Looking like first quarter.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) November 6, 2013
Vicious backscreen on Josh Smith by C.J. Watson on that Paul George alleyoop dunk. pic.twitter.com/UFuxXqyyrW— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) November 6, 2013
In the fourth quarter, the Pistons found themselves trailing 94-75 with 3:53 remaining in the game.
Paul George is 8/10 with 18 points, thats 80% FG %.... #wow— Pacers Talk (@central_champs) November 6, 2013
In the last few minutes of the game, Detroit made a big comeback, going on a 17-2 scoring run.
With 16 seconds remaining in the game, David West hit a key layup and C.J. Watson hit a free throw to give the Pacers a 99-91 victory. The win helped the Pacers remain the lone undefeated team in the NBA with a 4-0 record.
Good to see David West make a shot. He hasn't made many this year #Pacers— Scott Strasemeier (@ScottStras) November 6, 2013
Greg Monroe was one of the few bright spots for the Pistons, scoring 14 points, blocking two shots and bringing in 10 rebounds.
Brandon Jennings added 17 points, and Josh Smith scored 16, but those totals are moderately deceiving. Jennings shot 16-of-20 from the floor while Smith shot 5-of-16 and had a minus-28 in the plus-minus statistical category. Also, Jennings and Smith both shot 1-of-6 from the three-point line.
Up to this point in time. Josh Smith has attempted 28 3 pointers (4 games) and hit a whopping 7 of them for an amazing 25%— Darrin P (@DBryP) November 6, 2013
Along with George’s star-like performance, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson were key contributors to the win. Hibbert added eight points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks, giving him 20 blocks through four games. Stephenson scored 10 points and also had six rebounds and seven assists.
Although the season is only four games in, George is continuing to force himself into the MVP race. George is currently averaging 27 points per game, 4.3 assists, 2.25 steals and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 53 percent from the floor,
Indiana Pacers stay undefeated. Third 4-0 start in franchise history, first since 2004-05.— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) November 6, 2013
Stephenson’s development along with Hibbert’s improvement over the offseason has the Pacers looking like a legitimate championship contender.