George has 21 in 4th, Pacers top Pistons | Inquirer Sports

George has 21 in 4th, Pacers top Pistons

/ 11:34 AM January 03, 2016

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) drives on Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Indianapolis. AP

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) drives on Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Indianapolis. AP

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 21 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 94-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.

At the final buzzer, a brief scuffle broke out at midcourt among several players.

George Hill had 18 points and Monta Ellis added 14 for the Pacers (19-14), who snapped a two game skid.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Ersan Ilyasova and Reggie Jackson each scored 12 points for the Pistons (18-16), who have lost four of five games.

The Pacers went on a 12-2 run in the third quarter to take a 62-53 lead after George made two free throws and a dunk.

In the fourth, George made a layup on a hard drive to the basket, then made three 3-pointers, including one to give the Pacers an 88-79 lead with 2:11 left to play.

When George scored with 22.6 seconds left to play to put Indiana ahead 92-82, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy picked up back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected.

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George made both free throws after that, too.

Even when the Pacers went on its run in the third, the Pistons stuck around.

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Morris hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third and Aron Baynes made a pair of free throws at the start of the fourth to get Detroit to 64-61.

Johnson converted a 3-point play to pull the Pistons to 71-69.

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George made two free throws and scored a layup on a hard drive to the basket to put the Pacers ahead 77-71 before he made back-to-back 3-pointers, including one to give the Pacers an 83-75 lead with 3:14 left to play.

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