Even with Jack and Tinsley's ineffectiveness, if we don't get whistled for the two consecutive Jermaine offensive fouls and the AJ BS call, we don't fall back by 5 with 4 minutes to go.
one other note:
Spooner called O'Neal for three fouls in a span of 52 seconds in the fourth quarter.
Spooner whistled O'Neal for a defensive foul with 9:49 to play and the Pacers leading 68-64. On the next possession, Spooner called on offensive foul when O'Neal was jockeying with Rasheed Wallace for position. After the Pistons pulled within 68-67, Spooner called O'Neal for another offensive foul with 8:57 left, the fourth foul of the game for the O'Neal. Detroit's Richard Hamilton hit a layup with 8:36 to play and the Pacers never led again.
The Pacers hit 2-of-7 free throws; the Pistons were 22-for-24.
"That third team out there, the discrepancy in free throw shooting -- they shot 24, we shot seven," Pacers guard Anthony Johnson said. ". . . It's unfortunate the game wasn't decided by the players tonight."