Pistons top Pacers 100-88 with big 2nd half

Richard Hamilton scored 23 points, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Indiana Pacers 100-88 on Saturday night. The Pistons went on a 21-3 run during the third quarter to take an 18-point lead. The Pacers, who are fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, cut the lead to six in the fourth quarter, but Hamilton drove for an easy layup, then made a nice pass to Rodney Stuckey for a layup to make it 90-80. Brandon Rush scored 19 points for the Pacers. Detroit's Charlie Villanueva, benched for the Pistons' loss to Cleveland on Friday, didn't play until the fourth quarter Saturday, but he played that entire period and made all five of his shots to finish with 13 points. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)