"Our starting unit defends as well as any I have ever been around," Vogel said. "They've been doing this all year, and that's a big reason for our success."
Still, as good as Indiana's defense may be, the Pacers aren't usually holding teams to under 6 percent shooting for long stretches of the game.
"We got a good example tonight of playoff basketball," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "We missed some shots at the rim early on, and then we got frustrated and started getting away from what we wanted to do."
The Pacers struggled to take advantage, turning the ball over seven times in the first nine minutes of the game. That's when Granger checked in for the first time this season.
"It was different, because we were trying to get Danny into the loop — we all wanted him to get into a groove," George said. "Once the second half came around, we knew we had to finish the game."
Detroit's second unit — including three rookies — took a 21-20 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Pacers finished strong to take a 39-28 lead at the break. Bynum had 13 points for the Pistons, but Detroit's five starters combined for only 11 points on 4-of-22 shooting in the opening half.
Indiana pulled away in the third quarter and, for the second night in a row, both teams emptied their benches down the stretch.
"They have just had our number from start to finish," Bynum said. "There is no other way to look at it."
NOTES: Detroit's starters had one assist and eight turnovers in the first half. ... Charlie Villanueva and West picked up technical fouls for confrontations on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter.