West helps dismantle Pistons: Pacers win 98-79


INDIANAPOLIS — David West scored 18 points, George Hill had 15, and the surging Indiana Pacers beat the Detroit Pistons 114-82 on Friday night. Indiana has won three straight and eight of 10 games, including a 98-79 victory against Detroit on Jan. 30.

This one was a runaway.

The Pacers grabbed control with a 14-4 run at the start of the second quarter. Orlando Johnson had 11 points in the run, making back-to-back 3-pointers to help Indiana to a 48-23 lead.

Will Bynum scored 17 points for the stumbling Pistons, who have split their last four games.

Indiana picked up right where it left off in Wednesday's impressive 125-91 victory against the New York Knicks.

Paul George finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, but the Pacers didn't need another big night from the All-Star.

Indiana made 10 of its first 14 shots while building a 29-10 lead.

Hill scored seven points during the opening stretch.

Lance Stephenson also asserted himself early and set the tone with his aggressive play, taking the ball to the basket and making the Pistons pay for their failure to get back and stop the fast break.

Stephenson, starting in place of injured guard Danny Granger, scored six of his 10 points during the Pacers' initial run.