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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- After losing centre Roy Hibbert to an injury after the first half, the Indiana Pacers turned to their defence, Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Pendergraph. Those efforts led to an 88-77 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. David West had 23 points and George Hill 18 points and seven assists for the Pacers. The win put the Pacers two games over .500 for the first time this season. Hibbert suffered a deep thigh bruise. But Indiana held the Pistons scoreless for 6:05 in the fourth quarter while also getting big efforts from reserve big men Hansbrough and Pendergraph. Hansbrough had 11 points and six rebounds in almost 25 minutes and Pendergraph two points and three rebounds in just under eight minutes. "Guys stepping up after we lost Roy to an injury," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "... Pendergraph and Hansbrough really stepped up." Paul George added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 18 points and added eight rebounds and Rodney Stuckey had 15 points and seven assists. Brandon Knight added 14 points. "It came down to a grind game in the last eight minutes of the game. They did what they do best and thats win grind games," Detroit rookie centre Andre Drummond said. "Theyre a great team and David West hit a lot of tough shots today. It was a learning game for us today." Kyle Singlers jumper brought Detroit within two at 68-66 with nine minutes left. But thats when the Pacers defence put the clamps on the Pistons offence, which didnt score again until Stuckeys driving layup with 2:55 remaining. "Thats what weve been preaching all year long: The defence is going to get us the wins," Hill said. West added: "We just try to make teams score through us or over us." Indiana scored 11 points during that span. West hit a free throw with 7:23 left, George put in a driving lay-in at 6:03, West hit a hook with 5:21 remaining, Hill hit a 3 with four minutes left, George made a free throw with 3:36 on the clock and Wests turnaround jumper gave the Pacers a 79-66 lead with 3:17 left. "Our crunch time defence has been solid for us this year," Vogel said. "And weve got big-time shot makers in George Hill and David West." Detroit coach Lawrence Frank lamented the Pistons dry spell. "Really, you look right at the 8:23 mark, it was a two-point game," he said. "From that point on, we missed five jumpers, we had two turnovers and a missed layup." Indiana took a 63-60 lead into the fourth quarter after Singlers 3-pointer with 1:29 left in the third and Drummonds put-back dunk with 49 seconds remaining in the quarter brought the Pistons to within three. Indiana led 42-38 at the half. The Pacers went on an early 15-0 run that gave them a 17-6 lead with 6:51 left in the first quarter after Gerald Greens 3-pointer. But the Pistons followed that up with a 14-3 spurt that allowed them to tie the game at 20 on Stuckeys driving layup with 1:59 remaining in the opening quarter. Notes: Vogel said he expected Hibbert to be ready for Indianas next game, on Tuesday at Milwaukee. ... Pacers guard Lance Stephenson didnt play because of a sprained right ankle. ... Both teams were playing for the second consecutive night. The Pacers beat Philadelphia 95-85 at home and Detroit lost 107-105 in double overtime to the Nets in Brooklyn. Wholesale Jerseys . According to a report from News 1130 in Vancouver, Lions GM Wally Buono confirmed the Jacksonville Jaguars interest in the 27-year-old signal caller. Cheap Jerseys . The event features some of the top NHL players from the 80s and 90s who will take on the Montreal Canadiens Alumni on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens Alumni roster includes Denis Savard, Vincent Damphousse, Donald Audette, Chris Chelios, Chris Nilan, Guy Carbonneau, Stephane Richer, Mathieu Dandenault, Steve Shutt, Richard Sevigny, Sergio Momesso and Alex Kovalev. . Balls regularly clear the fences and drive people in when he faces San Franciscos two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. nfljerseyschinawholesalecheaponsale . -- Given where the Kansas City Royals are, manager Ned Yost will savour any victory. Cheap Jerseys NFL . This week, Robin van Persie starts and shines for Manchester United as they earn their first win of the season, meanwhile the Swans show their teeth again and Chelsea is a perfect three-for-three. WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth drew a bases-loaded walk and Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly as the Washington Nationals rallied in the eighth inning and beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night for their third straight win. The Nationals improved to 10-3 -- they became the first team in the majors to reach 10 wins this season. Texas earned its 10th victory later in the evening. Washington drew three walks in the eighth and scored twice against three Astros relievers. Houston lost its fourth in a row. Ryan Mattheus (2-0) gave up two hits and a run in the eighth inning but got the win. Henry Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his third save. Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. The Nationals trailed 2-1 when Fernando Rodriguez (0-2) gave up a walk and a single to the first two batters in the eighth. Wesley Wright relieved and walked Adam LaRoche, loading the bases. Rhiner Cruz then came in and walked Werth, tying the game at 2. A forceout at the plate left the bases loaded for Ramos, who scored LaRoche with a sacrifice fly to centre field. Houston had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth. Jason Castro led off with a double and Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman held him there with a pair of highlight defensive plays -- a sliding catch in foul territory of a popped-up bunt and a diving catch on a sharp line drive -- before Jordan Schafers RBI single that just hopped past the glove of the diving LaRoche at first. For much of the game, it appeared the twwo teams were headed for a second straight 1-0 game, as the starters held both offences in check.dddddddddddd Zimmermann and Houstons Lucas Harrell both pitched into the seventh inning, allowing a run apiece. It is becoming a habitual line for Zimmermann, who is still waiting for his first win despite allowing one earned run over seven innings in each of his three starts this season. In his 21 innings pitched, the Nationals have scored a total of two runs, including one in the bottom of the seventh against Houston. Rick Ankiel doubled off the wall in left-centre field with one out and advanced to third on Harrells balk. Roger Bernadina tied the game at 1 with a two-out double that ended Harrells night. The Astros pushed the first run across in the fourth without getting a ball out of the infield. Schafer led off with an infield single, stole second, then advanced to third and scored on a pair of groundouts to first. NOTES: Nationals RHP Chien-Ming Wang (left hamstring) threw 35 pitches in a simulated game in Viera, Fla. Washington manager Davey Johnson said Wang would pitch a minor league rehab assignment in five days. ... Johnson said RHP Brad Lidge had suffered from vertigo the past four days, including Tuesday when he earned his second save, but was feeling better Wednesday. ... Houston LF Travis Buck left the game in the middle of the fourth with a mild left hamstring strain after getting an RBI on Schafers run. ... Houston RHP Bud Norris (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will face Nationals RHP Edwin Jackson (1-0, 2.57 ERA) in the final game of the four-game series Thursday. ' ' '

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