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Published: Monday, 12/16/2013

Smith scores 30 and Pistons hand Pacers first home loss with 101-96 victory

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Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi, back, comes from behind to knock the ball away from Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe in the first half Monday in Indianapolis.
Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi, back, comes from behind to knock the ball away from Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe in the first half Monday in Indianapolis.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Josh Smith had 30 points, Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss Monday night, stunning the Pacers 101-96.

The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ending a six-game skid in the series and a nine-game losing streak on the Pacers home court.

Lance Stephenson had a season high 23 points while Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), which was 11-0 at home coming into the game. Oklahoma City is the only NBA team unbeaten at home.

Detroit held a 55-40 rebounding edge and outscored the Pacers in the paint.

Indiana tied the score four times and got as close as 96-94 late in the fourth.



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