AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN (TICKER) —After a contentious ending to their contest on Saturday, the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons match up once again on Monday at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the back end of a home-and-home series.
Jermaine O’Neal sank a jumper as time expired to give the Pacers an 88-86 victory that did not become official until after the referees huddled to watch a replay and debated for more than 15 minutes before declaring the shot valid.
Brad Miller had 15 rebounds and did his best to contain league-leading rebounder Ben Wallace, who had 11 boards for Detroit in the loss.
Chauncey Billups scored 21 points and Richard Hamilton added 16 for the Pistons, who had won five of the last six games with Indiana. Detroit is 2 1/2 games behind first-place Indiana in the Central Division.
Detroit - the only team to win at Indiana this season - split its two home games against the Pacers this season.
The Pacers have won six of seven games, while the Pistons have lost two of three.