West, Pacers earn home-and-home sweep of Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — If the Indiana Pacers could make the NBA schedule, they would probably be playing the Detroit Pistons again on Sunday.
Probably Monday, as well.
One night after blowing the Pistons out in Indianapolis, the Pacers did the same thing at the Palace on Saturday night. David West scored 16 points and Paul George had a double-double to help Indiana cruise to a 90-72 win over Detroit.
"Any time you play a team back-to-back, they are going to be dialed into what you do, especially with this being the fourth time this season." George said. "We knew they were going to make it a different game this time, but we take pride in our defense."
The Pacers won 114-82 Friday night in Indianapolis, and led by as many as 21 in the return leg. George finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana, which had five players in double figures and got Danny Granger on the floor for the first time this season.
"Our defense carried us throughout most of the game — we held those guys to 33 percent," said Indiana coach Frank Vogel. "We struggled to make shots this time, but we still ended up at 45 percent, which is pretty good."
Granger, who sat out the first 55 games of the season with a knee injury, missed his first eight shots before hitting one in the fourth quarter. He finished with two points on 1-for-10 shooting in 18 minutes.
"He was rusty, but that's to be expected," Vogel said. "That's why we aren't throwing him out there for 40 minutes. He's been a lot better in practices, but this was his first time at game speed in a long time."
Will Bynum led Detroit with 15 points before getting ejected for striking Tyler Hansbrough in the groin in the fourth quarter. Hansbrough said he didn't know what caused it, and Bynum wasn't willing to be specific.
"It was just something that happened in the heat of the moment — it wasn't something I planned intentionally," Bynum said. "There's a level of frustration when you are getting drilled by the same team for the second night in a row."