Detroit hands Indiana Pacers their first home loss
Josh Smith scored 30 points to help Detroit send Indiana to a 101-96 loss — the Pacers’ first setback at home this season.
The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS – Detroit beat Indiana at its own game Monday night.
The Pistons were tougher inside, tougher on defense and tougher at fending off challenges.
On a night the Eastern Conference’s best team didn’t look the part, Josh Smith scored 30 points and Greg Monroe had 13 points and 12 rebounds to help Detroit send Indiana to a 101-96 loss — the Pacers’ first setback at home this season.
“It’s impressive the way we came in and competed with the way the Pacers have been playing,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “We have a good basketball team.”
Detroit (12-14) proved it with a solid game.
The Pistons dominated on the glass with a 55-40 overall advantage and a 20-9 edge on offensive rebounds. They matched the Pacers’ shooting percentage of 43.2 percent, had one more three-pointer, outscored Indiana 44-38 in the paint and 22-14 on second-chance points.
For a Pacers team that prides itself on defense and rebounding, it wasn’t even close to its best.
The Pacers had gone 11-0 at home before Monday night. The loss leaves Indiana (20-4) with the second-best record in the league, behind Portland (21-4).
Lance Stephenson scored a career-best 23 points for the Pacers.
Webster excels as Wizards win
NEW YORK – Bradley Beal made a driving layup with six seconds remaining and former Seattle Prep player Martell Webster scored 30 points to lead the Washington Wizards to a 102-101 victory over New York.
“There was absolutely nobody even paying attention, so I just drove it in there,” Beal said of the final basket.
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 for New York, but missed a three-point shot as time expired.
Clippers beat Spurs
LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Chris Paul added 23 as the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers beat the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs 115-92.
Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, added 17 points for the Clippers.
Johnson leads Nets
NEW YORK – Joe Johnson made 10 three-pointers, most in the league this season, and scored a season-high 37 points as Brooklyn routed Philadelphia 130-94.
Johnson finished 10 for 14 from behind the arc, including 8 of 10 during an incredible third-quarter shooting performance. He passed the nine three-pointers made this season by Houston’s Jeremy Lin, who also did it against the 76ers’ inept perimeter defense, and Golden State’s Stephen Curry.
Johnson scored 29 points in the third, his most in any quarter in his career. The Nets won for the fourth time in five games.
Philadelphia has lost seven in a row.
• LeBron James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to lead host Miami to a 117-94 victory over Utah. James injured his ankle in the third quarter but dunked in the fourth.
“I turned my ankle, and it will be sore in the morning,” he said.
• Al Horford scored 19 points as Atlanta beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 114-100.