INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers will attempt to
pull themselves out of unfamiliar territory when they host the
struggling New Orleans Hornets on Monday.
The Pacers, who have dropped 10 of their last 12 games, are one
game under .500 for the first time since April 12, 2002 - a
total of 190 games.
Indiana lost to the Detroit Pistons, 98-93, on Saturday in their
first meeting since the brawl at Auburn Hills on November 19.
Reggie Miller led the Pacers with 24 points.
Jermaine O'Neal scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting and matched
a season high with five blocks in his return after an
arbitrator reduced his suspension from 25 games to 15 last week
for his role in the brawl.
New Orleans dropped its 12th straight road game, falling to the
Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-91, on Sunday. The Hornets opened the
second half with a 14-0 run and put together a 10-0 spurt to
take a fourth-quarter lead before losing for the 16th time in 17
Lee Nailon led New Orleans with 18 points and Baron Davis added
14 in his second game since missing 18 games with a back injury.
The Hornets have not defeated an Eastern Conference opponent
this season and are 27-38 against the Pacers, including a 9-24
mark in Indiana.