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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 98-79 win over Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

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David West scored 14 points and Lance Stephenson added 12 points and 11 boards to help the Pacers snap a three game skid.

Greg Monroe had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Rodney Stuckey scored 14 points for the Pistons, who have lost four of the last five.

Stephenson scored eight points as the Pacers went on an 18-2 run in the second quarter to take a 54-36 lead at halftime.

The Pistons played without forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye, who were listed as inactive before the game and are part of a three-team trade that will send them to Memphis. Indiana is acquiring Jose Calderon from Toronto and the Grizzlies are sending Rudy Gay to Toronto.

The Pistons had to find a way to make up for the difference. Prince started every game this season and averaged 11.3 points.

Pistons team officials wouldn't comment on the trade before the game.

Still they couldn't withstand Indiana's second quarter run.

The Pacers led 29-23 at the end of the first quarter, but the Pistons got back to within two points midway through the second quarter when Will Bynum hit a jumper to make it 36-34 before the Pacers went on a run.

Stephenson had a layup to start the 18-2 run and hit a 3-pointer after Hibbert made two free throws. West and Hibbert had baskets to put the Pacers up 47-34 with 2:50 remaining in the half.

Stephenson added a layup and then had a steal and was fouled by Monroe. Stephenson made 1 of 2 free throws before Hibbert scored to give the Pacers their 18-point lead at the break.

On the foul, Monroe was hit in the face and left for the locker room, but started the second half.

The Pacers jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game. West scored twice along with Stephenson and Hibbert.

The Pistons missed six straight shots and two free throws before they finally got on the board with a free throw by Brandon Knight on a defensive 3-second technical and then Stuckey scored to make it 6-3.

The Pacers pulled away again and went on an 8-0 run.

West and Stephenson scored again and Hill hit a 3-pointer and later a free throw to make it 14-7 midway through the first quarter.

Stuckey, who scored 12 points in the first quarter, ended the run with a shot to put the Pistons back within seven. Hibbert dunked, but Stuckey answered with another shot.

Later he hit a 3-pointer to pull the Pistons to 24-21.

The Pistons made a run in the third quarter, but never cut the deficit below nine points.

Hibbert scored early in the third before the Pistons went on a 9-2 run.

NOTES: Pacers president Donnie Walsh said Indiana hasn't been involved in talks with center Greg Oden as reported and that the team hasn't been approached. ... Pacers forward Paul George was recognized before the game for being the youngest player in franchise history for becoming an All-Star. ... Kyle Singler started in place of Prince, who was with the Pistons since the 2002-03 season.

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