INDIANAPOLIS – Darren Collison scored 20 points, Danny Granger added 17 and the Indiana Pacers used a 31-12 run in the second quarter to help lead them to a 111-101 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night.
Josh McRoberts added 15 points and Roy Hibbert 12 for the Pacers, who are 34-42 with six games remaining. Indiana maintained its hold on the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference — one game ahead of Charlotte.
Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Richard Hamilton added 19, Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe 14 each and Chris Wilcox 10.
Detroit, 11th in the conference, slipped to 26-48 with its fourth loss in five games. The only win was a 100-88 victory over the Pacers on Saturday.
Mike Dunleavy returned to the Pacers' lineup after missing 19 games with a broken thumb and scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.
The Pacers used two big inside plays early in the second quarter to change the game from a seesaw affair to a one-sided contest.
Jeff Foster came off the bench to follow a missed shot, drew the foul and made the free throw. On the Pacers' next possession, Josh McRoberts did the same, converting a missed shot, drawing the foul and making the free throw.
The Pacers subsequently had runs of 17-4 and 14-4, turning a five-point deficit into a 14-point, 55-41 lead 1:54 before the half. Foster scored six points to key the first run; Price led the way in the second spurt by scoring six. During those stretches, the Pistons made just four of 17 field goals.
Granger scored nine points as the Pacers opened the second half with a 15-4 run, extending their lead to 74-51 with 8:04 still remaining in the third period. Detroit missed four of six field goals during Indiana's run.
Hamilton and Stuckey led a Pistons charge that trimmed the deficit to 105-95 with 2:15 remaining, but Detroit could draw no closer than eight points in the last minute.