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David
12-16-2002, 07:10 AM
From ESPN.com:

The Indiana Pacers showed Philadelphia just how potent their starting five can be.

Jermaine O'Neal had 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 107-97 victory over the 76ers on Sunday.

O'Neal had his 12th double-double, Jamaal Tinsley scored 20, Brad Miller had 19, and Ron Artest and Reggie Miller each added 18 as the Pacers extended their Eastern Conference-leading record to 18-5.

It was the fifth time this season all five Indiana starters scored 18 or more points.

"We just did tonight what we've been doing all year,'' O'Neal said. "That's what has us with the second-best record in the NBA right now.''

Allen Iverson shot 12-for-26 and led the Sixers with 32 points. He did most of his damage in the first quarter, scoring 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Tinsley slowed Iverson by staying in front of him and forcing bad shots.

The Pacers scored 24 unanswered points on the fast break and continually drew fouls, extending their lead to 20 points early in the third quarter. The Pacers shot 25-for-40 from the line, while Philadelphia made 13 of 19.

"We've got so many options down low that, if we just keep pushing it inside, we're going to get to the line. Fifteen misses is too many, though,'' said Artest.

Those misses opened the door for a late Philadelphia rally.

Keith Van Horn, who scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, led the Sixers' comeback try, finally getting the better of O'Neal, who bullied him most of the game.

Van Horn scored eight points early in the fourth, and Eric Snow turned a steal into a layup as the Sixers closed within 96-90. Philadelphia missed on four shots at the basket and a shot-clock violation ended its possession.

But Reggie Miller hit a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining. Iverson countered with a 3 to make it 101-95.

Tinsley made two straight jumpers, including a one-handed, off-balance shot over Iverson from the baseline to seal the win.

"Jamaal is our Iverson,'' O'Neal said. "He's a guy that gets everybody involved and takes shots when he has shots to take.''

Tinsley downplayed his performance against Iverson.

"I was just trying to disrupt his game and limit what he does offensively,'' he said.

Philadelphia shot 41-for-85 from the field, and Indiana went 39-for-75.

"We're not a team, we don't play like a team,'' Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We don't share the ball. We don't defend. It's hard to be defensive minded when you are taking so many bad shots.''

Said Iverson: "I completely agree with Larry Brown. If that's the problem, we need to solve it. Coach is coach and if he says that's what is happening out there, we need to nip it in the bud.''

Brown, who coached the Pacers from 1993-1997, saw Miller break out of one of the worst shooting stretches in his career. Miller was scoreless from the field three times in the last six games, but connected on all three 3-point attempts and was 7-for-10 overall in 36 minutes Sunday.

The Pacers were the antagonists early as Artest flew into Iverson, knocking him onto his back. Artest was whistled for the flagrant foul and personal foul, and Iverson made two free throws.

On the Sixers' next possession, Tinsley fouled Iverson, though not nearly as hard as Artest. Tinsley protested, and Pacers coach Isiah Thomas came out of the coaches box, slightly past midcourt, and was hit with a technical by official Bennie Adams.

Iverson made three of four free throws with 1.3 seconds left, and the Pacers led by one at end of the first.

In the second, Derrick Coleman elbowed Brad Miller in the jaw while the Sixers were on offense. Miller made the first of two free throws, extending the Pacers' lead to six.

There were no hard feelings, though. Coleman came out during halftime shootaround and shared a laugh and a quick embrace with Miller.

Coleman and Reggie Miller earned suspensions when the two fought at Conseco Fieldhouse last season.

Perhaps Thomas' got in the ear of the officials as the Pacers seemed to be continually at the free-throw line. Brad Miller had 13 attempts in the first half to the Sixers' 12, prompting Brown to plead with the officials to call fouls both ways.

The Pacers went 14-for-20 from the line in the second, propelling them to a 65-50 halftime lead. The Sixers didn't help themselves from the field, missing eight straight shots in the second.

Game notes
The Pacers play at Dallas on Tuesday. The Pacers snapped Dallas' 14-game winning streak, and can end the Mavericks' 11-game home winning streak. ... Indiana's Jonathan Bender played with an injured left calf. He was injured Friday against Denver. ... Snow finished with 15 points. ...Indiana's 33 points in the second quarter and 65 points in the half are season highs.

Dooby
12-16-2002, 11:29 AM
OK, that is 99 points for the starters. So the bench produced only 8 points?