INDIANAPOLIS, May 6 (Ticker) -- Ron Artest
playing through pain was
not a surprise. Jamaal Tinsley's
Artest overcame migraine headaches to score 25 points and
Tinsley was nearly perfect from the floor en route to 17 as the
Indiana Pacers rolled to a 94-81 victory over the Miami Heat in
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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Jermaine O'Neal and the Pacers took a 1-0 lead over the Heat.
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Artest missed the shootaround and was considered questionable
for the series opener. But he was inserted in the starting
lineup and helped lead the Pacers to a decisive win.
The NBA Defensive Player of the Year made 7-of-17 shots from the
floor, 10-of-13 free throws, grabbed six rebounds and handed
out four assists.
"Ron was a monster," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "He has
such a great knack for the game. He makes difficult shots and
gets to the line. He's a great player."
Indiana led by as many as 23 points in third quarter, but Miami
climbed within eight twice in the final five minutes. Artest
answered with a pair of free throws both times and Reggie Miller
put away the game with a 3-pointer that gave the Pacers an
87-76 cushion with 3:09 left.
Indiana got a huge lift from Tinsley, who made 6-of-7 shots,
including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. He scored just 33 points
on 13-of-30 shooting in a first-round sweep of Boston.
"I was wide-open tonight and they were just falling," Tinsley
said. "When teams double (Jermaine O'Neal
) and Ron, they leave
"We weren't trying to leave him open," Van Gundy said.
"Statistically, he usually hits two or three of six attempts.
Today, he hit 5-of-6. They are a good shooting team and tough
to stop on the inside."
Miller finished with 12 points and O'Neal added 13 on 5-of-17
shooting for the Pacers, who shot just 44 percent (30-of-69)
from the floor but made 9-of-18 3-pointers and 25-of-32 free
"(The Heat) are a strong-willed team, we have to be as tough as
them," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "This is going to be a
tough series. Miami is an unrelenting team at both ends."
scored 22 points and Rafer Alston
added 17 off the
bench as Miami shot 38 percent (32-of-84) just two days after
finishing their grueling first-round series against the New
"Obviously, they defended us really well," Van Gundy said. "I
have no excuses. They just outplayed us."
collected 14 points and nine rebounds and Lamar Odom
had 12 and seven to help the Heat to a 47-39 rebounding
advantage. They grabbed 16 offensive boards.
Indiana had a 42-36 lead before Jeff Foster
and Jonathan Bender
capped the first half with back-to-back baskets to spark a 16-0
run. Tinsley buried a pair of 3-pointers as the Pacers opened
the second half with 11 straight points to take a 57-36 lead.
"It took us a while, but we finally got going. We just ran out
of time," Heat guard Eddie Jones
said. "We have to quit digging
ourselves into holes like we have all season."