Hibbert has double-double as Pacers beat Pistons
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Pistons played in shock while their former teammates watched from the locker room.
Just before tipoff at Indiana, forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye found out they wouldn't play for the Pistons again.
"Shocked obviously," Prince said after the game. "I didn't find out, obviously, until I got here. I'm shocked, but it's a business and you never know what's going to happen."
What happened is after 10½ seasons with the Pistons, including an NBA championship, Prince is being traded along with Daye to Memphis.
Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 98-79 win over Detroit on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game skid in the Pacers' return from a four-game road trip.
David West scored 14 points and Lance Stephenson added 12 points and 11 boards for the Pacers.
Greg Monroe had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Rodney Stuckey scored 14 points for the Pistons, who have lost four of the last five.
Prince and Daye, listed as inactive before the game, are part of the three-team trade that will send them to the Grizzlies, with Jose Calderon coming to the Pacers from Toronto and Memphis sending Rudy Gay to the Raptors.
"(Pistons President Joe Dumars) felt horrible that it had to be right before the game," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "This is the tough part of the business."
Frank got a call from Dumars about the trade before the game started while Prince, Daye and teammates learned of the trade before tipoff.
"I knew this would be a tough game for them to play today," Prince said. "I've been in situations before where guys got traded and it's tough to go out there and play that game. Now it's time to move on to the next page, the next chapter and make the best out of it."
Stephenson scored eight points as the Pacers went on an 18-2 run in the second quarter to take a 54-36 lead at halftime.
"I'm proud of our guys coming back off a trip and taking care of business," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "We had an edge which is important when you have a losing streak."
The Pistons had to find a way to make up for the difference. Prince started every game this season and averaged 11.3 points. Still, they couldn't withstand Indiana's second quarter run.
"They did a good job of getting a lead early," Monroe said. "We were able to fight back and make a few runs at them. I was proud of our effort in doing that."