At other times the Pacers looked like the same old team fans were used to before the All-Star break.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse was abnormally silent when the Pistons went on an 8-0 run midway through the first quarter and took a 23-14 lead after Monroe scored with 4:19 left in the opening quarter.
Then the Pacers showed signs of life.
They went on a 12-2 spurt to close out the first. George scored to give the Pacers a 28-27 lead with 20 seconds left in the first.
Evan Turner dunked and West scored to give the Pacers a 35-32 lead with 8:03 remaining in the second quarter.
"We had good pace, we threw it up the floor, we attacked," Pistons interim coach John Loyer said. "I can't fault the way our guys played. They competed their butts off against the best team in the East."
The Pistons went on an 8-0 run to take 40-35 lead with 5:13 left in the second quarter.
Stephenson then sparked a 10-0 surge with a one-handed dunk and George closed it out with a 3 to give the Pacers a 45-40 advantage with 3:20 left in the half.
George's free throw with 31 seconds left in the second gave the Pacers a 50-46 lead at halftime.
The Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss of the season, 101-96 back on Dec. 16 — one of the few positives for Detroit this season. The Pacers won twice in Detroit, including a 112-104 overtime win on March 15.
Indiana hopes Wednesday's win over the Pistons is the start to getting back to playing at the level they were.
"You get a win, but you have to string a couple together," Pacers center Roy Hibbert said. "Winning is hard work. We have to see if we can keep it going."
It won't be easy.
The Pacers play three of their next four games on the road. They go to Toronto on Friday and will host Atlanta on Sunday before going on the road to Milwaukee and Miami next week.