SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 6 (Ticker) --
Jermaine O'Neal's performance Thursday
will go a long way to helping those in need, but the San Antonio
Spurs upstaged him on the scoreboard.
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Tim Duncan scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and
Tony Parker added 26 as the Spurs posted a 111-98 victory over
the Indiana Pacers.
O'Neal was one of seven players to pledge money to the Indian
Ocean tsunami relief effort. The Pacers' forward vowed $1,000
for every point he scored in this game, and while his 32 points
will provide plenty to aid the thousands victimized by the
disaster, it was not enough to overcome the Spurs.
Parker led the way early, scoring 17 points in the first half,
including eight in a 13-2 first-quarter run that erased San
Antonio's only deficit.
Duncan was just 2-of-7 with nine points in the first half, but
broke out after the break to offset O'Neal's second-half surge.
Duncan scored 10 points during an 18-10 burst early in the third
quarter, giving the Spurs a cushion. O'Neal had 14 points in
Two days after setting a franchise record with 15 3-pointers in
a rout of the the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio was 8-of-15
from the arc and held a 43-23 advantage on the boards.
O'Neal grabbed nine rebounds and Jamaal Tinsley added 18 points
and eight assists for the Pacers, who had won four straight.