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Hayes sparks Pistons' rout of Pacers

Dec 29, 2007 - 4:48 AM By Chuck Klonke PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) - Jarvis Hayes didn't show any lingering effects from the food poisoning that sent him home early from the Detroit Pistons' practice Thursday.

Hayes came off the bench in the second quarter Friday and hit his first five shots, including three 3-point baskets, to lead the Pistons to a 114-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night

It was the seventh win in a row for Detroit. Indiana lost its second straight.

"I haven't been hitting my shots very well this month, so it was good to break out of it a little bit," Hayes said. "We were running off sets. They were having trouble guarding it and we made shots."

Richard Hamilton scored 23 points to lead five Pistons in double figures.

The Pistons were leading, 29-22, when Hayes entered the game in the second quarter.

Hayes' first basket triggered a 20-5 run that gave Detroit a 49-27 lead with 5:31 remaining in the first half. Hayes scored 10 points during the spurt while Hamilton added six and Jason Maxiell four.

Hayes had been in a shooting slump recently, making only 11-of-35 shots from the field in his last five games. He finished with 13 points - all in the first half - as the Pistons took a commanding 64-41 lead at the break.

Another 3-pointer by Hayes gave the Pistons their biggest lead of the first half, 58-34, with 2:17 remaining. Detroit's 64 first-half points matched its highest-scoring opening half of the season.

The Pistons connected on 16-of-24 shots in the 40-point second quarter that was their best of the year.

"That's as good as it gets," Detroit point guard Chauncey Billups said of the second-quarter outburst. "We were executing, getting stops and the shots were just going in.

"We made the extra pass a lot, turning down open shots to get other good shots. When we have it going like that, sometimes it's good to turn down a few shots and get other guys going."

One of those guys was Hayes.

"We got Jarvis going and my whole focus was to keep him going," Billups said. "He's been struggling a lot lately, so I passed up a couple of shots to get him going. It was just a trickle-down effect. Everybody got going."

As uplifting as the second quarter was for Detroit, it was that devastating for Indiana.

"They're a tough team offensively to match up with your defense," Pacers center Troy Murphy said. "Giving up 40 points in the second quarter is what really did it for us. They got a lot of easy shots, a lot of layups.

"You can't give up 40 points in a quarter and expect to be in a game with them. They're great. It seemed like they were getting whatever shot they wanted."

Both teams shot at a torrid pace in the third quarter, which ended with Detroit leading, 93-70. The Pistons shot 59 percent while Indiana made 12-of-19 shots (63 percent).

Jermaine O'Neal scored 12 of his team-high 25 points for the Pacers in the quarter. Hamilton countered with 13 for Detroit.

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