Pistons Top Pacers

By: AP
By: AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Rasheed Wallace had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Indiana Pacers 110-104 on Tuesday night.
Tayshaun Prince scored 17 points and Chauncey Billups added 13 points and eight assists for the Pistons, who won their third straight game.
Mike Dunleavy led Indiana with 25 points and seven assists. Travis Diener scored 18 points and Jeff Foster had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost four in a row.
Detroit has won all three meetings between the teams this season. The Pistons won this game, even though the Pacers, who were missing point guard Jamaal Tinsley, made 12 of 24 3-pointers.
Detroit lead 83-78 heading into the fourth quarter, but Indiana hung close and cut its deficit to 101-99 on two free throws by Diener with four minutes left.
Wallace made a 3-pointer on the other end to make it 104-99. He then blocked Danny Granger's layup, and Richard Hamilton made a short jumper on the other end to make it 106-99 with 3:20 to play.
Indiana trailed 108-104 and had a chance to draw closer in the final minute, but Wallace blocked Diener's 3-point try from the right corner with 31 seconds left. Richard Hamilton made two free throws at the other end with 17.8 seconds left to close the scoring.
The Pacers shot 52 percent and led 32-23 at the end of the first quarter.
Detroit roared back in the second quarter behind Wallace. He scored 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the period. Billups made a jumper from the free-throw line as time expired in the second quarter to give the Pistons a 59-57 halftime lead. Detroit shot 55 percent from the field in the first half while Indiana shot 52 percent.
Notes:@ Billups had averaged 27.5 points the last two games, but he took only eight shots against the Pacers. ... Indiana C David Harrison played just 10 minutes in his first three games after being suspended for five games for violating the league's anti-drug policy. He played four minutes against Detroit. ... Indiana F/C Jermaine O'Neal missed his sixth consecutive game with a bone bruise in his left knee. ... Foster started for just the fourth time in the past 21 games as coach Jim O'Brien went with a bigger lineup.


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