Indiana had lost three straight on the road and returned home to face a Pistons team that found out Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye would not be in the lineup as rumors swirled around that they were both about to be traded.
The trade rumors were confirmed after the game and so was the fact that the Pacers, with a 98-79 win, are a superior team over the Pistons, who lost two games in two nights after it appeared they were ready to challenge Boston Celtics for the eighth and final playoff spot.
“I’m proud of our guys coming back off a trip and taking care of business,” said Indiana coach Frank Vogel. “We had an edge which is important when you have a losing streak. We’re not happy with how we played on the road and we want to make it up at home. If you’re not going to play .500 basketball on the road you need to be better than good at home.”
The Pacers have one of the league’s best home records at 17-3. That might make them good enough to eventually pass the Chicago Bulls who have a 1.5 game lead in the Central Division. Ironically the Bulls are 15-11 at home and 13-6 on the road. So if the Pacers are going to win the division, they’ll have to win the rest of their home games, which they might, and get near the .500 mark at home.
They hit 7-of-14 from the 3-point zone against the Pistons for 50 percent. After three straight losses, the Pacers felt right at home again.