INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The hard part for the Indiana Pacers isn't over. It takes time to climb out of a slump.
"Once you're not playing well and you finally get a win, the hardest part is maintaining that consistency," Paul George said. "You have to understand that it's going to be different every night, but you got to find a way to build off the first win."
George had 27 points and 13 rebounds, David West scored 15 points and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game skid with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
George hit a 3-pointer from 35-feet to give the Pacers a 94-90 lead with 3:19 remaining and Indiana never trailed the rest of the way.
Josh Smith scored 15 of his 24 points in the first quarter and finished with five rebounds, and Greg Monroe added 16 points for the Pistons, who have lost four of their last five games.
Brandon Jennings hit a 3 to get Detroit within 94-93 before George scored, forced a turnover and West hit a jumper to give the Pacers a 98-93 lead with 1:35 left to play.
"We were locked in really early in this game," George said. "They made a late push when we were up a good eight points, they made a pretty good push. But I felt our guys were locked in throughout this whole game."
George's two free throws with 8:54 left in the third gave Indiana a 58-50 lead. The Pistons bounced back with a 9-0 run and Rodney Stuckey hit a 3-pointer to give Detroit a 74-73 lead with 13 seconds left in the third.
The Pacers gave fans mixed signals. At times Indiana's sluggish play showed signs of a team that continues to struggle with chemistry, shooting and turnovers.
The Pistons scored 17 points off 10 Indiana turnovers.