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April 18, 2007 | Pacers 95, Wizards 98

And so this most frustrating, disappointing and maddening Pacers season in at least a decade ended with the players doing what they did so often – coming close, but not finishing the job – and the head coach talking of the team's future but not his own. The offseason has begun, and with the intrigue. In their final regular-season game, the Pacers rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game in the final minute but Indiana's Ike Diogu missed a pair of free throws and Washington's Darius Songaila did not, thus the Wizards escaped with a 98-95 victory Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. More

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April 17, 2007 | Pacers 102, Hawks 118

Confirming the meaninglessness of the outcome by their performance, the Pacers were dominated by Atlanta for most of the game as the Hawks closed out their season with a 118-102 victory Tuesday in Philips Arena. Four Atlanta starters scored at least 20 points, including 25 each from Josh Smith and Tyronn Lue, as the Hawks built an 18-point lead in the first quarter and, but for a brief lapse during the third period, had Indiana completely under control. Ike Diogu scored 20 off the bench to lead the Pacers (35-46), who lost their third in a row and fourth in five games heading into Wednesday night's finale against Washington in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers finished the year with a 13-28 road record, their worst since a 12-29 mark in 1990-91. More

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April 15, 2007 | Pacers 107, Nets 111

What has been likelihood for weeks became certainty Sunday evening. For the first time in 10 years, the Pacers won't be going to the playoffs. Vince Carter scored 35 points, eight in the final four minutes, as New Jersey claimed a 111-107 victory Sunday in Conseco Fieldhouse that brought an end to Indiana's pursuit of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Orlando's 88-86 victory over Boston Sunday evening gave the Magic (38-42) a three-game lead over the Pacers (35-45) with just two remaining. The Pacers lost their second in a row and third in four games because they could neither contain Carter nor recover to guard the Nets' 3-point shooters, who went 13-of-23 from the arc, including a perfect 6-of-6 from Bostjan Nachbar, who scored 25. More

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April 13, 2007 | Pacers 96, Heat 100

With the game on the line, and possibly much more, each team turned to its best player. While Miami soared with Dwyane Wade's return to full flight, the Pacers were floored as Jermaine O'Neal continued his earthbound struggle. Wade took over down the stretch, scoring 10 points with a pair of assists as the Heat wiped out an eight-point deficit to beat the Pacers 100-96 Friday at American Airlines Arena, dealing a near-fatal blow to Indiana's fading playoff hopes. Though the Pacers went to O'Neal repeatedly in the final minutes, he was only able to produce a pair of free throws and no baskets as he finished a 2-of-13 night that extended an untimely shooting slump. More

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April 11, 2007 | Pacers 104, Bucks 98

After a frustrating loss in Philadelphia Tuesday night, it became obvious the Pacers would require help to complete their playoff push. They got it from an unlikely source – the officiating crew – Wednesday night as two late calls played vital roles in their ability to preserve a 104-98 victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee. Hanging onto a 100-98 lead in the final minute, Mike Dunleavy rebounded Darrell Armstrong's missed 3-pointer on the baseline and signaled for a timeout while stepping out of bounds. One official waved off the timeout, which would've given the ball to the Bucks with a chance to at least tie with 14.2 seconds remaining. But the initial ruling was reversed and the Pacers were awarded the timeout, which preserved a critical possession. More

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April 10, 2007 | Pacers 86, Sixers 90

It isn't a neighborhood homeowners' association covenant of averages. It isn't a municipal ordinance of averages. It's the law of averages, and here's why: When a team that ranks dead last in the NBA in field goal percentage through 73 games suddenly goes on a shooting binge, as the Pacers had in hitting 53.8 percent in their previous three games, the law eventually will be enforced. The mathematical pendulum that took the shooting to improbable heights must ultimately swing the other direction. It swung back Tuesday night, and may have taken the Pacers out of the playoffs in the process. More

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April 7, 2007 | Pacers 105, Celtics 98

The long-term effects of the midseason trade with Golden State will remain the subject of debate among Pacers fans for years. For one night, however, that Warrior mentality saved the Pacers. Mike Dunleavy, Keith McLeod, Troy Murphy and Ike Diogu, the four players acquired in the deal, combined for 62 points on 22-of-33 shooting (66.7 percent) as the Pacers fought past a scrappy, pesky, annoying and ultimately undermanned Boston team 105-98 Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse. As a result, they have their first winning streak, albeit a modest two games, in two months. With three wins in their last four, the Pacers (34-42) remained one game behind Orlando (35-41) in the battle for the final playoff spot in the East. More

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April 6, 2007 | Pacers 112, Bobcats 102

With two starters out and leading scorer Jermaine O'Neal struggling through a rough shooting night, the Pacers had to find offense from somewhere else. As it turned out, they got it from just about everywhere else. Danny Granger scored a career-high 32 points on 11-of-14 shooting to lead seven players in double figures as the Pacers held off the Bobcats in Charlotte Friday night to snap an 11-game road losing streak. The Pacers (33-42) shot 54.8 percent from the field and moved just one game back of eighth-place Orlando in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. More

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April 3, 2007 | Pacers 85, Pistons 100

If this is a taste of the reward that awaits the Pacers, should they manage to climb into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, it might not offer much in the way of incentive. Though they shot well and appeared to be in control for most of the first half, the Pacers quickly lost it. Taking over in the third quarter by extending defensive pressure on the perimeter while also dominating the boards inside, the Pistons controlled the entire floor and turned a 14-point deficit into a 23-point lead in less than 21 minutes and went on to a 100-85 victory Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. More

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April 1, 2007 | Pacers 100, Spurs 99

For weeks, Rick Carlisle has been preaching the mantra, continually referring to Jamaal Tinsley as "our second-best player." With Jermaine O'Neal out once again due to injuries to his left knee and ankle, Tinsley assumed even more prominent status Sunday -- and proved up to the task.The oft-maligned point guard brought the Pacers back from a eight-point deficit in the final four minutes and scored the game-winning basket on a driving layup past Tim Duncan with 1.1 seconds remaining as the Pacers shocked San Antonio 100-99 in Conseco Fieldhouse. With Tinsley leading the charge at both ends, the Pacers outscored the Spurs 12-3 in the final 3:49, shutting the visitors out from the field. More

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March 30, 2007 | Pacers 87, Magic 95

Jermaine O'Neal's return was not enough to bring the Pacers back to life. Producing nearly twice as many turnovers (22) as assists (12), Indiana trailed throughout the second half on the way to a devastating 95-87 loss in Orlando Friday night that all but ended the Pacers' hopes of a 10th consecutive playoff berth. O'Neal, who missed Wednesday's 118-94 loss in New Jersey with a sprained left ankle, was back in the lineup but was ineffective, producing 10 points on 4-of-18 shooting while committing eight turnovers. The Pacers (31-41) slipped into a ninth-place tie with New York and fell 2½ games behind Orlando (34-39), which moved past New Jersey into seventh. More

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March 28, 2007 | Pacers 94, Nets 118

Without Jermaine O'Neal, who had provided nearly 40 percent of their offensive output in the previous two games, the Pacers looked lost offensively and confused defensively. The result was a discouraging 118-94 loss to the Nets Wednesday in Continental Airlines Arena that could ultimately cost the Pacers dearly in their pursuit of a 10th consecutive playoff berth. O'Neal, who was forced to sit out the game with a sprained left ankle incurred in Tuesday night's loss to Cleveland, had totaled 71 of the team's 184 points in the previous two games, or 38.6 percent. Not only did no one player step forward to accept a larger share of the scoring responsibility, there was no collective production from the handful of threats on the roster. More

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March 27, 2007 | Pacers 94, Cavaliers 105

Having re-established their ability to compete, the Pacers must take the next step if they are to salvage a playoff berth from this season. They must regain the ability to make the necessary plays at both ends of the floor to win. Though they put themselves in position to beat Cleveland, coming almost all the way back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit, the Pacers made costly mistakes – two from point guard Jamaal Tinsley – as the Cavaliers held on for a 105-94 victory Tuesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse. Trailing 89-85, the Pacers got a much-needed defensive stop. With the chance to make it a one-possession game and the crowd poised to erupt, Tinsley hoisted an ill-advised 3-point attempt that sailed over the rim and hammered off the backboard. More

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March 25, 2007 | Pacers 90, Bulls 92

Every once in awhile, this five-on-five game boils down to a one-on-one showdown between two premier players. In this case, it was seven-on-seven. Indiana's No. 7, Jermaine O'Neal, scored his team's final 14 points on his way to a season-high 39. But Chicago's No. 7, Ben Gordon, scored 31 including the game-winner as the Bulls pulled out a tough 92-90 victory over the Pacers Sunday in Conseco Fieldhouse. After Chicago took an 83-76 lead midway through the fourth, O'Neal took over, scoring all of the Pacers' points for a 5-minute span including a three-point play that gave them an 88-87 lead and a turnaround jumper over Malik Allen that tied it at 90-all with 1:02 remaining. More

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March 23, 2007 | Pacers 95, Heat 70

Anyone who saw this coming should stock up on lottery tickets. Miami entered on a roll, with 10 wins in 11 games, riding high and rekindling thoughts of an NBA championship defense. Indiana couldn't have been in a much deeper funk with 13 losses in 14 games, its worst slump in 17 years. Yet it was the Pacers that dominated from beginning to end, building a 30-point lead in the first 13½ minutes and maintaining a comfortable margin throughout on their way to a 95-70 blowout of the Heat Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse. More

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March 21, 2007 | Pacers 72, Spurs 90

The two teams that share the NBA's longest streak of consecutive playoff appearances met Wednesday night in AT&T Center. That number, nine, is about all the Pacers and Spurs share these days – and they may not even have that much longer. Tim Duncan scored 22 of his 27 points in the second and third periods, when San Antonio outscored Indiana 53-28 to blow open the game on the way to a 90-72 rout. The loss was the ninth in a row on the road and 13th in 14 games overall for the Pacers (30-37), who nonetheless remained ninth in the Eastern Conference, one-half game behind seventh-place New Jersey (31-37). More

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March 20, 2007 | Pacers 76, Rockets 86

Defense gave the Pacers an opportunity to beat Houston. Offense kept it from happening. Though Indiana held the Rockets without a field goal for 6½ minutes spanning the third and fourth quarters, the Pacers couldn't put together enough offense for a much-needed run. When Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming snapped Houston out of its funk, the home team responded with a 14-3 burst that led to an 86-76 victory for the Rockets Tuesday in Toyota Center. Both teams got good games from their star players but little else. The Pacers got 25 points from Jermaine O'Neal and 22 from Jamaal Tinsley, while the Rockets got 32 from Yao and a near triple-double from McGrady (20 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds), but no other player for either team scored more than seven. More

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March 17, 2007 | Pacers 113, Hawks 90

Though the Pacers had lost 11 in a row and were struggling mightly coming into Saturday night's meeting with Atlanta, perhaps a little good fortune might've been expected. How could a team with players with good Gaelic names like Murphy (from Notre Dame, no less), Dunleavy, O'Neal, Murphy, McLeod and Greene – run by coach Carlisle and front office bosses Bird (a former Celtic) and Walsh – possibly lose on St. Patrick's Day? Playing with the pluck of the Irish, the Pacers pounded Atlanta from start to finish in a 113-90 rout that stopped their losing streak one short of the franchise record set in 1988-89. More

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March 14, 2007 | Pacers 96, Wizards 112

If you're beginning to wonder what it's going to take for the Pacers to snap this losing streak, join the club. A 37-point game from Jamaal Tinsley wasn't enough Tuesday in Minnesota. The surprise return and 24-point performance from Jermaine O'Neal didn't get it done Wednesday night. Maybe having the whole team together at once, rather than one at a time, can be the next step. With Tinsley (leg) and Jeff Foster (back spasms) joining the list of injured just as O'Neal emerged from it, Gilbert Arenas scored 28 of his 35 points in the second half to spark Washington to a 112-96 victory over Indiana Wednesday night in Conseco Fieldhouse. O'Neal was expected to be in uniform but Coach Rick Carlisle said 90 minutes before tipoff he considered the six-time All-Star "a long shot" to play and planned to start David Harrison. More

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March 13, 2007 | Pacers 81, Timberwolves 86

This is what can happen when a team is on a nine-game losing streak: even with a 12-point lead and the ball in the closing seconds of the third quarter, even with their point guard riding a career game in which it seemed he couldn't miss, one mistake, one bad basket allowed, shatters a team's fragile confidence and turns a game completely around in an instant. Rashad McCants' steal and buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third period started Minnesota on a stunning 21-1 run that wiped out Indiana's 67-55 lead and sent the Timberwolves on their way to an 86-81 victory Tuesday in the Target Center. Though Jamaal Tinsley racked up a career-high 37 points – nearly half the Pacers' offensive output – Indiana nonetheless lost its 10th straight game to fall to 29-34 overall, tied with New York for seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. More

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March 11, 2007 | Pacers 88, Cavaliers 99

There were a few individual bright spots, but little in the way of collective progress. Doomed by a slow start that resulted in a 21-point deficit in the second quarter, the Pacers offered up a mild threat in the fourth period but couldn't climb all the way back in a 99-88 loss to the Cavaliers Sunday night in Cleveland. The Pacers (29-33) lost their ninth in a row, their longest losing streak since a franchise-record 12 from Jan. 26 through Feb. 23, 1989. They also lost their sixth straight on the road, where they fell to 11-20. Though the Pacers remained in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, their lead over eighth-place New York (29-34) was trimmed to one-half game. More

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March 10, 2007 | Pacers 96, Sixers 100

The end was all too familiar. The means, however, were refreshing. Missing three of their top six players (Jermaine O'Neal, Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels), the outmanned Pacers played with an effort and intensity missing throughout most of the past few weeks, battling to the wire before falling 100-96 to the surging Philadelphia 76ers Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse. With O'Neal and Daniels out with left knee injuries and Tinsley suspended for violating team rules, the Pacers put forth an unselfish and balanced, if occasionally sloppy, offensive effort and offered much more defensive aggression than reflected by the 76ers' point total. The visitors outscored the Pacers 28-10 from the free-throw line and 26-13 on points off turnovers, decisive figures on a night when the team had no margin for error. More

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March 7, 2007 | Pacers 72, Jazz 94

Jermaine O'Neal was unable to finish, and neither were the Pacers. With O'Neal sitting out most of the second half after aggravating a left knee injury that has bothered him for much of the season, the Pacers were outscored 27-11 in the fourth quarter as Utah pulled away for a 94-72 victory Wednesday in Energy Solutions Arena. Losers of seven in a row and 10 of 13, the Pacers (29-31) must now deal with the likely short-term absence of their leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker. "The question is when I am going to get back onto the court," O'Neal said. "Hopefully I can play in the next few games. I’ve been trying to stay with it, but it hasn’t really gotten any better, it’s gotten worse." More

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March 6, 2007 | Pacers 98, Kings 102

Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy combined for 34 points on 15-of-20 shooting in the second half to bring the Pacers nearly all the way back from a 20-point third-quarter deficit but the Kings held on for a 102-98 victory Tuesday night in Arco Arena. The Pacers (29-30) extended their longest losing streak of the season to six games and slipped below .500 for the first time since Dec. 11 (when they were 11-12). They had lost their previous five by double-digit margins; only once in franchise history (1988-89) had a team lost six by at least 10. Playing without Ron Artest, who has been "excused" from the team pending the outcome of his domestic violence case, the Kings (28-32) won their fourth in a row and fifth in six games, improving to 18-12 at home. More

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March 3, 2007 | Pacers 64, Clippers 87

The Los Angeles Clippers made a defensive stand against the Indiana Pacers that established a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a game. Even coach Mike Dunleavy made an unexpected defensive stop - against his own son. Corey Maggette scored 20 points and Elton Brand added 17 points and 12 rebounds in an 87-64 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. But the injury-riddled Clippers didn't need much offense against a team that shot 35.7 percent from the field. "This is a great record for us, especially at this time,'' Brand said. "Some of the guys that log a lot of minutes got some rest tonight. And when we can put that type of defense and intensity together for a full game, we are going to be hard to beat.'' Jamaal Tinsley had 16 points for Indiana, which lost for the fifth straight time since beating Milwaukee in double overtime on Feb. 21. More

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March 2, 2007 | Pacers 90, Suns 115

Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points apiece as seven of the eight Suns who played scored in double figures as Phoenix maintained a double-digit lead most of the second half on the way to a 115-90 rout of the Pacers Friday. It was Indiana's second consecutive blowout loss to the Suns, who won 103-92 in Conseco Fieldhouse Tuesday night. The Pacers (29-28) have lost four in a row overall by a total of 75 points, an average deficit of 18.8. Indiana dropped to 11-16 on the road and 1-4 since the All-Star break. Playing without injured forwards Shawn Marion and Boris Diaw, the Suns (45-14) nevertheless won for the sixth time in seven games and improved to 22-6 at home and 24-4 against Eastern Conference opponents. More

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February 27, 2007 | Pacers 92, Suns 103

The Pacers were trying to win a game. The Suns were trying to get one step closer to history. When the team with superior talent also has the bigger motivational carrot, ultimately, the odds are just too long to overcome. Though Indiana threw a scare into the visitors, building an 18-point lead late in the third quarter, Phoenix finished the game on an 18-4 run to pull away for a 103-92 victory Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Suns (44-13) improved to 14-0 on the road against Eastern Conference teams. If they win in Philadelphia Wednesday night, they'll become the first team in NBA history to sweep its non-conference schedule. Phoenix won its fifth in a row overall and 23rd in its last 26 road games. More

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February 25, 2007 | Pacers 93, Kings 110

It's no longer a statistical anomaly, or even a short-term trend. Defense is now, officially, a major problem. Allowing more than 100 points for the eighth time in nine games against a slumping Sacramento team without second-leading scorer Ron Artest, the Pacers were whipped 110-93 by the Kings, who were playing their third road game in four nights, Sunday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Sacramento blew the game open with a 40-point third quarter, with guards Kevin Martin and Mike Bibby combining for the first 31, the third straight game in which the Pacers have been steamrolled in one period. The Bucks scored 36 in the second last Wednesday and Toronto scored 40 Friday. In those three periods alone, the Pacers yielded 116 points and 41-of-59 shooting (.695). More

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February 23, 2007 | Pacers 88, Raptors 110

Long ago, in a previous century, in fact, Toronto ventured to Indianapolis and missed all six of its 3-point attempts. The date was Feb. 24, 1999, and it is memorable in that it was the last time the Raptors would come up empty. Their affinity for the arc was driven home once again Friday night as the Raptors bombed away for 13-of-20 shooting from the 3-point line, built a 27-point fourth-quarter lead and held on for a 110-88 victory over the visiting Pacers at Air Canada Centre. While extending its NBA record streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer to 669, Toronto won for the ninth time in 10 games at home (where it is 20-8) and improved its overall record to 30-25, tops in the Atlantic Division. The Raptors have gone 17-6 in their last 23 games. More

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February 21, 2007 | Pacers 136, Bucks 129 OT

The box score says Milwaukee shot 11-of-24 from the 3-point line, which means the Bucks missed more than they made. This flies in the face of perception, because it certainly seemed like the visitors made everything they tossed up Wednesday night, at least when it mattered. After watching multiple opportunities to win slip away in regulation and the first overtime, the Pacers finally came up with the necessary stops in the final minute of the second overtime to pull out a 136-129 victory over Milwaukee in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers had a five-point lead with 26.8 seconds left in regulation but couldn't hold it as Charlie Bell followed Michael Redd's layup by stealing the inbounds pass and draining a 3-pointer to tie it at 114-all. They led 122-119 and had the ball in the final minute of the first overtime but missed their final two shots, allowing Redd's 3-pointer to force another extra session. More

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February 14, 2007 | Pacers 114, Grizzlies 104

The lineup experiment had the desired effect for the second unit. The starters, on the other hand, may need a Plan B. Hoping to inject energy into the first unit while adding punch to the second, Coach Rick Carlisle opted to give rookie forward Shawne Williams a start Wednesday against Memphis, moving Danny Granger to the bench. Though Williams played just six minutes, Granger combined with Marquis Daniels to spark the reserve to a season-high 65 points in a 114-104 victory over Memphis Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse. The change in Granger's status had nothing to do with his fall in Sunday's victory over the Clippers, though he may have played his way right back into the lineup, scoring 21 points. More

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February 11, 2007 | Pacers 94, Clippers 80

Danny Granger lay face-down and motionless on the court for several minutes before being gingerly rolled over, strapped to a body board with his head and neck braced, lifted to a gurney and removed to a waiting ambulance. The crowd was stunned and silenced by the injury and so were the Pacers. A 20-point halftime lead was quickly whittled to seven by the visiting Clippers late in the third quarter in a run that surrounded Granger's tumble but the Pacers awakened from their short-lived funk and put down the visitors from Los Angeles 94-80 Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse. The news got even better Sunday evening when tests on Granger's neck were negative and he was released from Methodist Hospital. More

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February 9, 2007 | Pacers 95, Nuggets 102

Facing a 13-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Pacers promptly held Denver to 2-of-11 shooting, forced eight turnovers and outscored the visitors 28-6 from the field in the final period. But this is not the story of an inspiring comeback victory. It is the tale of a maddening defeat. Outscoring the Pacers 20-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets withstood the rally thanks to a constant stream of whistles that left the home team up in arms. Five technical fouls were called on the protesting Pacers, including two each and ejections for Coach Rick Carlisle in the third quarter and Darrell Armstrong in the fourth. Armstrong, who had been attempting to serve as an intermediary, took exception to something official Eli Roe said and erupted with 6:28 remaining. He had to be restrained by several teammates and kicked a chair on his way out of the arena. More

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February 7, 2007 | Pacers 102, Sonics 103

For most of the night, the Pacers thrived by the second chance. In the end, however, it proved their undoing. Seattle's only offensive rebound of the fourth quarter, by reserve forward Andre Brown, produced the game-winning points with 23 seconds left as the Sonics beat the Pacers 103-102 to snap their franchise-record 15-game road losing streak Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers led 99-92 with 3:38 remaining but missed eight of nine shots and committed two turnovers down the stretch, opening the door for Seattle's comeback. Brown, a D-League star signed by the Sonics last month, converted a three-point play with 54 seconds left to give the visitors a 101-100 lead. Jamaal Tinsley then put the Pacers back in front with a foray into the lane with 46 seconds remaining. More

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February 5, 2007 | Pacers 98, Warriors 113

Eventually, even the crowd ran out of energy. After vigorously booing Stephen Jackson for much of the night, the fans must've realized it wasn't having the desired effect. As though fueled by their ire, Jackson racked up a season-high 36 points to spark Golden State to a 113-98 victory Monday in Conseco Fieldhouse in the first meeting of the Pacers and Warriors since the teams swapped eight players in a blockbuster trade on Jan. 17. While the shorthanded Warriors got big games from former Indiana players Jackson and Al Harrington (16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals), the Pacers received no such boost from their principal acquisitions. Mike Dunleavy struggled through a 4-of-15 shooting night and Troy Murphy, in his first game back since suffering a broken nose, produced just three points and four rebounds in 17 minutes. More

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February 3, 2007 | Pacers 116, Grizzlies 110

He's been called the mystery man, the wild card, the X-factor in the Pacers' mega-trade with the Warriors. That's fine with Ike Diogu, as long as he's called. The young forward showed why he was considered by many to be the key to that deal by erupting for a season-high 19 points –14 in the second half – to spark the Pacers to their second consecutive comeback win. After wiping out a nine-point deficit late in the third period to beat the Lakers at home 95-84 Friday night, Indiana wiped out an eight-point deficit late in the third and rallied to beat the Grizzlies 116-110 Saturday night in Memphis. It was the third straight victory and sixth in seven games for the Pacers (26-21), who snapped a three-game road losing streak to improve to 11-14 away from Conseco Fieldhouse. More

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February 2, 2007 | Pacers 95, Lakers 84

Darrell Armstrong insists he's going to dunk at least once before the season ends. That would come as less of a surprise than the huge, extremely unlikely, play he made Friday night. Stretching every millimeter out of whatever vertical leap remains at age 38, Armstrong blocked Sasha Vujacic's fast-break layup attempt and followed that up by feeding Rawle Marshall for the game-tying baseline floater. He also contributed in more conventional ways, tossing in a couple of 3-pointers while igniting a 28-6 run that wiped out a nine-point deficit as the Pacers rallied in a big way to beat the Lakers 95-84 Friday before an lively crowd of 17,662 in Conseco Fieldhouse. More

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January 30, 2007 | Pacers 103, Celtics 96

A 20-point fourth-quarter lead nearly disappeared in an avalanche of turnovers and missed free throws, but the end result made the finish a little easier to digest, if something less than savory. With Jamaal Tinsley finishing off a season-high 28-point game with five free throws and a steal in the final minute, the Pacers held off a late Boston charge for a 103-96 victory over the slumping Celtics Tuesday at Conseco Fieldhouse. Coach Rick Carlisle summed up the unnecessarily angst-ridden finish nicely. "Wins are too hard to come by," he said, "to complain about them." Indiana led 76-56 entering the period and 90-72 with 3:54 remaining but slipped into cruise control a bit too early. More

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January 28, 2007 | Pacers 87, Pistons 95

Chris Webber doesn't have the quickness or athleticism of his younger days, but the veteran forward still knows how to make things happen. Webber made the two most important plays of the game, drawing Jermaine O'Neal's fifth foul to stop a furious Indiana rally, then tipping in a Chauncey Billups miss with 16 seconds left to seal Detroit's 95-87 victory over the Pacers Sunday in The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pacers trailed by 16 late in the third quarter but O'Neal scored 11 points in a 22-7 run that brought Indiana into a 79-all tie on Darrell Armstrong's 3-pointer with 5:56 remaining. But on Detroit's next possession, the savvy Webber sold O'Neal on a ball-fake and drew the foul that sent Indiana's hot hand to the bench – and the offense went with him. More

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January 27, 2007 | Pacers 102, Raptors 84

For a guy with less than two weeks as a primary option in the offense, Danny Granger already has developed a real knack for picking his spots. Granger scored 14 of his 18 points, including four 3-pointers, in the third quarter when the Pacers took control of the game on their way to a 102-84 victory over Toronto Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Granger scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime of the Pacers' last game, a 96-94 victory over Miami. His hot streak against the Raptors fueled a 30-point third quarter in which the Pacers built an eight-point lead heading into the fourth and won going away. The Pacers (23-20) won their third in a row, matching the season high, and improved to 13-7 at home. More

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January 24, 2007 | Pacers 96, Heat 94 OT

On a night when Jermaine O'Neal shot 4-of-20 from the floor, when the team committed 20 turnovers and posted a .393 field-goal percentage, somehow the Pacers found a way. Trailing Miami by 20 points late in the third quarter, the Pacers couldn't turn to any one player, so they relied on everybody. Darrell Armstrong and Jeff Foster played harassing defense that frustrated Dwyane Wade. Marquis Daniels kept slithering into the lane to make difficult shots. Danny Granger found his 3-point stroke. Troy Murphy never lost his. Add it all up and you get one of the most inspired victories of the season, a 96-94 overtime decision that stunned the defending NBA champions and spoiled the return of Shaquille O'Neal from a two-month absence due to knee surgery. More

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January 22, 2007 | Pacers 98, Bulls 91

Darrell Armstrong is supposed to be at the stage of his career where he plays a few minutes here and there, providing a little defense, a little energy and occasional shot-making. Circumstances dictated otherwise Monday night and Armstrong rolled back the clock. With Jamaal Tinsley missing his first game of the season with an illness and a sore lower back and newly acquired backup Keith McLeod out with an abdominal strain, Armstrong was thrust into the starting lineup and responded with a vintage performance. The 38-year-old veteran racked up 16 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot and made the game-clinching play as the Pacers held off a strong Chicago rally to beat the Bulls 98-91 at Conseco Fieldhouse. More

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January 20, 2007 | Pacers 106, Knicks 108

Another heartbreak was marching inexorably toward the Knicks, losers of two consecutive one-point games on last-second baskets. Only the Washington Wizards got a dunk and the New Jersey Nets a tip-in to beat New York. The Pacers could do no better than a 29-foot 3-point attempt from Danny Granger that missed everything and Indiana fell two points short in a 108-106 loss Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Veteran newcomers Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy were solid in their Indiana debuts. Dunleavy scored 14 points, all in the third quarter – the Pacers' best of the game – and Murphy racked up a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double in 23 minutes off the bench. But the Pacers once again struggled defensively, allowing a fourth straight opponent to score in triple figures. More

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January 18, 2007 | Pacers 101, Heat 104

The trade with Golden State was made not just to acquire the new players involved, but to create opportunities for some already on hand – namely, Danny Granger and Marquis Daniels. Based on their performances as starters Thursday night, that aspect of the deal could be a resounding success. Granger scored a career-high 28 and Daniels a season-high 23 and the Pacers nearly wiped out a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit against the torrid-shooting Miami Heat before falling 104-101 in AmericanAirlines Arena. Shawne Williams' 3-pointer cut the lead to 102-101 with 13.8 seconds left but Dwyane Wade scored on a drive and Granger missed a well-defended 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Heat escaped. Wade scored 33 for Miami (18-20) won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 9-9 at home. More

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January 12, 2007 | Pacers 113, Mavericks 115 OT

In close games against quality opponents, big shots make headlines but little things make the difference. Little things like boxing out and getting the rebound after a much-needed defensive stop. Little things like finishing the play when you catch the ball under the basket. Little things like communicating on defense to prevent shooters from getting open looks. Little things like making free throws when needed. And little things like missing free throws when needed. Though they turned in a noble effort and gave themselves ample opportunity to beat the NBA's best team, the Pacers couldn't come up with enough of those little things and wound up falling 115-113 in overtime Friday to Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 43 points, including eight of the Mavericks' 12 points in overtime, as the visitors won for the 30th time in 34 games and improved to 30-8 overall. More

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January 10, 2007 | Pacers 97, Celtics 84

It didn't exactly go according to script but, then, little has for the Pacers this season. Against a struggling Boston team that began the night without three starters, including its top two scorers, and then lost two more key players to knee injuries during the game, Indiana watched an 18-point fourth-quarter lead cut to four but Danny Granger sparked a game-clinching 13-point run as the visitors pulled away for a 97-84 victory Wednesday in TD Banknorth Garden. Granger's 3-pointer with 4:09 remaining ended an 0-of-8 shooting drought that spanned more than 7 minutes. It also deflated the Celtics, who finally were overwhelmed by their circumstances down the stretch. More

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January 9, 2007 | Pacers 91, Hawks 72

With Jermaine O'Neal hobbling on a sore ankle and the offense struggling without its primary low-post presence, the Pacers' options were limited. They needed a strong game from Al Harrington and they had to play strong defense against an athletic and explosive Atlanta team. Shaking off a nightmarish first half in which he missed his first seven shots, Harrington heated up to score 14 in a row in the third quarter as the Pacers broke open a close game and cruised to a 91-72 victory over the Hawks Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers (19-16) held Atlanta to season opponent lows in points and field-goal percentage (.321) and improved to 10-5 at home, 8-3 on the first night of back-to-back games. More

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January 6, 2007 | Pacers 100, Hornets 93

The Pacers had their big three and little else. The Hornets had everything but their big three. Ultimately, talent made the difference but not until the undermanned Hornets threw a major scare into the Pacers before falling 100-93 Saturday in Oklahoma City's Ford Center. Al Harrington (27), Stephen Jackson (27) and Jermaine O'Neal (22) combined for more than three-fourths of the Pacers' scoring output against a New Orleans/Oklahoma City team missing injured stars Chris Paul, Peja Stojakovic and David West. The Hornets tied it at 83-all in the fourth quarter but the Pacers did not relinquish the lead. More

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January 4, 2007 | Pacers 91, Mavericks 100

Two players had 20-10 double-doubles, the team dominated the boards and led much of the night. But when it came decision time, the Pacers were uncertain while the Mavericks were unequivocal. While Devin Harris took over, scoring 14 of his career-high 24 points in the final 9 minutes, the Pacers missed 10 shots in a row and 16 of their final 18 as Dallas wiped out a four-point lead and pulled away for a 100-91 victory Thursday. The Pacers had a three-game road winning streak snapped and dropped their second in a row to fall to 17-16 overall, 8-11 on the road despite three players with double-doubles. Al Harrington had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jermaine O'Neal 20 points and 16 rebounds and Jeff Foster 10 points and 12 rebounds. More

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December 30, 2006 | Pacers 102, Bobcats 113

Perhaps more than any other NBA team, the Charlotte Bobcats are going to miss that synthetic basketball. The Pacers, on the other hand, will bid it a happy adieu and hope the disappearance of the slippery orb will enable them to get a grip on their elusive consistency. Racking up 246 points on consecutive nights, their last games before the leather ball returns in 2007, the Bobcats followed Friday night's triple-overtime stunner over the Lakers by dominating the fourth quarter to pull away for a 113-102 victory over the Pacers Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers (17-15) failed for the seventh time to extend a winning streak to three games, dropping to 9-5 at home. The Bobcats (9-21) won consecutive games for the first time all season and picked up their first-ever victory in Indianapolis. More

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December 29, 2006 | Pacers 93, Pistons 92

On a night when every run was a marathon – and there were several – it was somehow fitting that the guy with the most energy would prove the ultimate survivor. With the game tied and time on the verge of expiring, Darrell Armstrong chased down a deflected pass, ball-faked streaking Carlos Delfino off his feet, and then stood firm to absorb the full weight of the much bigger Detroit defender crashing into him from behind, drawing a decisive foul with nine-tenths of a second remaining. After collecting his battered frame from the floor, Armstrong missed the first free throw but pushed in the second to deliver the Pacers a wildly erratic but substantially rewarding 93-92 victory over the Pistons, the top team in the Eastern Conference, on their home floor Friday night. More

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December 26, 2006 | Pacers 81, Rockets 76

Tracy McGrady returned. Jermaine O'Neal did not. What appeared to be a favorable matchup quickly changed personalities for the Pacers, who were thrust into a grinder. But thanks to active rebounding, solid defense and timely scoring, Indiana fought past Houston 81-76 Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers built a nine-point fourth-quarter lead but had to hold on, outscoring Houston 8-3 in the final 2 minutes as free throws by Danny Granger and Darrell Armstrong in the closing 20 seconds shut the door. Indiana snapped a two-game home losing streak to improve to 16-14 overall, 9-4 at home. The Rockets (16-12), playing without injured center Yao Ming, lost to an Eastern Conference team for just the second time in 11 meetings. More

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December 23, 2006 | Pacers 71, Timberwolves 78

Words fail to describe the level to which the Pacers sank Saturday night. Which is somehow fitting, since everything else failed, as well. Tying franchise NBA record-lows with eight points in the third quarter and 21 in the second half, the Pacers blew a 10-point halftime lead and lost 78-71 to Minnesota. Their second half also tied for the fifth-lowest point total in NBA history. Keep in mind, this was a Minnesota team riding a four-game losing streak in which it had allowed an average of 106.8 points per game. A slumping team, missing an injured starter, that promptly missed 12 of its first 14 shots to fall behind by 16. A team that "rallied to win" by shooting 38.2 percent in the second half. A team on which only two players scored in double figures and four of the five starters combined to shoot 6-of-27. More

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December 22, 2006 | Pacers 100, Hawks 90

When the Hawks play the Pacers, Al Harrington just can't lose. Undefeated in the series as a member of the Hawks last year, Harrington returned to Atlanta with the Pacers and scored 20 points to help spark a 100-90 victory Friday night. Another player obtained from Atlanta, Stephen Jackson, racked up 27 points for the Pacers, who won their second in a row despite an illness that left Jermaine O'Neal in the locker room at halftime taking intravenous fluids. The Pacers kept the Hawks at arm's length most of the second half and led by at least nine points the entire fourth quarter. Both players made big plays in the fourth quarter. Jackson hit consecutive baskets, including a 3-pointer, to make it 95-80 with 3:05 remaining. More

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December 20, 2006 | Pacers 101, Sixers 93

Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson combined for 59 points, 16 in the fourth quarter, as the Pacers snapped a five-game road losing streak with a 101-93 victory over the 76ers Wednesday in Philadelphia. O'Neal raised his season high for the second game in a row, finishing with 34 points, while Jackson scored 25, six in a row after the 76ers had cut Indiana's lead to one point late in the fourth quarter. The Pacers improved to 14-13 overall, 6-10 on the road. Playing their first game since the Allen Iverson era came to a close with Tuesday's trade to Denver, the 76ers dropped their 12th in a row, their longest losing streak since the 1996-97 season, and fell to 5-19. More

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December 17, 2006 | Pacers 94, Jazz 104

There's nothing about the Utah Jazz that overwhelms you. Except, of course, the way the team plays, collectively and intensely at both ends of the court. At the end of the game, it must feel like getting carved up by a butter knife. You don't even realize the threat until it's too late. The Pacers simply had no answers for Utah's thoroughly complete effort Sunday. Though able to slice 10 points from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit, they were unable to get any closer before falling 104-94 before 15,329. Indiana's six-game home winning streak was snapped and the Pacers dropped to 13-13 overall, 8-3 in Conseco Fieldhouse. Utah ended a seven-game losing streak to the Pacers dating back to Dec. 2, 2002, and improved to 18-6 overall, 7-4 on the road. More

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December 15, 2006 | Pacers 112, Knicks 96

As much as they professed to enjoy playing for Isiah Thomas when he was their head coach, the Pacers – at least those that remained from those years – seemed to enjoy beating him even more. Blowing open the game behind Danny Granger's second-quarter explosion, the Pacers dominated the Knicks in a 112-96 rout, spoiling Thomas' first game back as head coach Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse. Granger scored a career-high 25 including 15 in the second period when the Pacers turned a nine-point deficit into a 17-point lead. The margin remained at least 15 points the rest of the game. Indiana won its sixth in a row at home, matching its longest streak in two seasons, and improved to 13-12 overall and 8-2 at home. The Knicks dropped to 9-16 overall, 5-6 on the road. More

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December 13, 2006 | Pacers 101, Pistons 90

They have had moments, runs, dominant quarters and halves but the Pacers hadn't put together a complete game this season. They did so in impressive fashion against Detroit, riding a variety of strong performances highlighted by Jermaine O'Neal's 12-point fourth quarter to a very solid 101-90 defeat of the Pistons Wednesday night before 15,817 in Conseco Fieldhouse. O'Neal, who finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds in his first game back after missing three with an injured left hamstring, scored 12 in a row as the Pacers took an 87-82 lead and stretched it to 99-88 to put the visitors away. The Pacers won their fifth consecutive home game to improve to 12-12 overall, 7-2 at Conseco Fieldhouse, where they've beaten the two best teams in the Eastern Conference (including Orlando last Wednesday) by double-figures margins. More

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December 11, 2006 | Pacers 91, Bulls 106

The end was relatively familiar – a slow start leading to a double-digit road loss. The means, however, couldn't have been much different. Playing without three starters – Stephen Jackson was suspended, Jermaine O'Neal nursing a sore left hamstring and Al Harrington the victim of a bug that spread quickly through several members of the team – the undermanned Pacers stumbled out of the gate but put forth a game effort thereafter. But the ultimate result was a fifth consecutive road loss, 106-91, to the Bulls Monday in Chicago. The Pacers allowed at least 100 points for the sixth straight road game and dropped to 11-12 overall, 5-10 on the road. Chicago won for the eighth time in nine games to move past Indiana in the Central Division standings at 11-10 overall, 8-2 at home. More

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December 9, 2006 | Pacers 75, Cavaliers 107

Dealing with the Cavaliers, on the road, on the second night of the eighth back-to-back set of the young season, would be a challenge even at full strength. Entering said game without Jermaine O'Neal and finishing without Stephen Jackson turned it into a mess. Cleveland jumped on the Pacers immediately and didn't let up, leading by double figures most of the way en route to a 107-75 rout Saturday. O'Neal missed his second game in a row with a sore left hamstring that will be re-evaluated before the Pacers play in Chicago Monday night. Jackson, who started at small forward as Coach Rick Carlisle opted to go with a small lineup including Sarunas Jasikevicius at shooting guard, was sent to the locker room by Carlisle late in the second quarter for what was described as "conduct detrimental to the team." More

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December 8, 2006 | Pacers 108, Trailblazers 95

After a forgettable first half, Jamaal Tinsley put together a memorable second and finished with 20 points, eight assists, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots to spark the Pacers to a 108-95 comeback victory over Portland Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse. Tinsley had just two points, three assists and four turnovers in the first half but took charge after intermission along with Stephen Jackson, who led the team in scoring for the second game in a row with 25. Coach Rick Carlisle made a critical lineup change to start the third period, going small with Sarunas Jasikevicius at shooting guard and Jackson at small forward but that group completely dominated the Blazers in a game-turning 28-7 run. More

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December 6, 2006 | Pacers 94, Magic 80

When one team is playing the last of a six-game road trip and the other is playing the first home game after 11 days on the road, the result is usually not going to raise basketball to the level of high art. All things considered, though, the Pacers might consider it suitable for framing. Using their slightly less tired legs to jump on Orlando early and never relenting, Indiana rode a season-high 26 points from Stephen Jackson, 26 more from Al Harrington and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds from Jeff Foster to a 94-80 victory over the Magic Wednesday night. More

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December 4, 2006 | Pacers 87, Lakers 101

Finally finding their energy late – too late, as it turned out – the Pacers managed to slice a deficit that had been as large as 23 points to seven in the fourth quarter but couldn't climb all the way out of the hole dug in the first half and ended their longest road trip of the year with a 101-87 loss to the Lakers in Staples Center Monday night. The Lakers played most of the second half without Kobe Bryant, who sprained his right ankle when he landed awkwardly on Jeff Foster's foot while trying an acrobatic move to the basket early in the third period but managed to hold off the Pacers without their superstar. More

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December 2, 2006 | Pacers 101, Nuggets 121

Maybe it was the thin air. Maybe it was the fourth road game in five nights. Maybe it was the seven sets of back-to-backs in the first 18 games. Maybe it was all of those things in varying degrees, but the Pacers did not have the legs to run with the Nuggets Saturday night. Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 38 as Denver blew open the game in the third quarter and rolled to a 121-101 victory at Pepsi Center. The Pacers lost their second in a row to fall to 9-9 overall, 5-7 on the road. Denver won for the 10th time in 12 games after starting the season 0-3 to improve to 10-5 overall, 5-3 at home. The Nuggets beat the Pacers for the fifth straight time, a streak that was last matched bridging the 1975-76 and '76-77 seasons. More

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December 1, 2006 | Pacers 103, Sonics 105

Once again, it came down to the last shot. This time, however, it wasn't in the Pacers' hands. Luke Ridnour left the door open by missing a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left, but slammed it shut by flipping in an off-balance shot at the buzzer to lift the Sonics to a 105-103 victory over the Pacers Friday night in Seattle. Ridnour put Seattle ahead 101-99 with his team's first 3-pointer of the game (after 12 misses) with 43 seconds remaining but, after the teams traded scores, he blew the chance to lock it up at the line. With no timeouts remaining, the Pacers hustled the ball up the floor and into the hands of Jermaine O'Neal, who hit a jumper from the left elbow to tie it at 103-all. But the Pacers left 6.3 seconds on the clock, time enough for Ridnour to make amends for his errant free throws. More

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November 29, 2006 | Pacers 108, Warriors 106

For a team that was supposed to struggle from the 3-point line this season, the Pacers have managed to do quite a bit of damage from long range. Trailing by four points with 40 seconds remaining, the Pacers got consecutive 3-pointers from Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson, the latter with one second left, to upend Golden State 108-106 Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Harrington tied his career high with six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 28 points. His trey with 34.1 seconds left cut the lead to 106-105. After Baron Davis missed a 15-footer with 11 seconds left, Danny Granger got open for a 3-pointer in the corner but missed. Trying to keep the rebound away from a poised O'Neal, Davis tapped the rebound out to Jackson, who swished his trey from the top of the arc. More

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November 28, 2006 | Pacers 105, Trailblazers 97

For all the gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands about the starting lineup, the Pacers may well have discovered something more important Tuesday night: the finishing lineup is what really matters. With reserves scoring 10 points in a decisive 11-2 run midway through the fourth quarter, the Pacers pulled away to beat the Trail Blazers 105-97 in The Rose Garden. It was the sixth straight victory over the Blazers for the Pacers, who improved to 8-7 overall and 4-5 on the road. Portland dropped to 6-10 overall and 4-4 at home after its third consecutive loss. More

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November 26, 2006 | Pacers 83, Raptors 92

Andrea Bargnani is starting to show why the Toronto Raptors took a chance on the soft-shooting Italian forward with the top pick in the draft. Chris Bosh had 17 points and 11 rebounds and four other Raptors reached double figures in scoring, and Toronto held on for a 92-83 victory over the slow-starting Indiana Pacers on Sunday. Bargnani had 14 points for the Raptors, who never trailed. Toronto outscored Indiana 32-17 in the first quarter and began the second quarter on a 14-2 run, including eight points from Bargnani. The Italian forward - the first European taken No. 1 overall - got off to a slow start this season, but has played better in recent games as coach Sam Mitchell has given him more playing time. More

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November 24, 2006 | Pacers 97, Cavaliers 87

They didn't win the battle of the boards. They didn't shoot well, either inside or out. They played maybe their worst first half of the season; considering their penchant for slow starts, that's saying something. It's beginning to look like the Pacers simply need to create a little adversity, sometimes a lot, to get their blood flowing. Trailing by 16 in the first quarter and 12 at the half, the Pacers dominated the second, holding Cleveland to 31 points on 7-of-32 shooting to rally for a stunning 97-87 victory Friday before a sellout crowd of 18,165 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Jermaine O'Neal scored 29 points while Jamaal Tinsley (19 points, six assists, five rebounds, three steals) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (12 of his 15 points in the second half) were deeply involved in the second-half comeback. More

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November 22, 2006 | Pacers 91, Magic 96

Orlando left the back door open but the Pacers couldn't find their way out. After taking an eight-point lead with 2:37 remaining, the Magic offered numerous opportunities for the visitors to stage a comeback, missing seven of 10 free throws and making just one field goal but Indiana was unable to capitalize and was left with a 96-91 loss Wednesday night. The Pacers had a two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 6-6 overall, 3-4 on the road. Orlando improved to 6-1 at home and 8-4 overall; the Magic has an 18-2 record in its last 20 home games dating back to last season. After taking the Thanksgiving holiday, the Pacers return to action Friday night in Conseco Fieldhouse against Cleveland before playing their next six on the road. More

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November 21, 2006 | Pacers 93, Bucks 88

Once again, the Pacers were on the precipice of a frustrating defeat. Once again, they found a way to keep it from happening. This time, however, they needed a lot of help from some unlikely saviors. Jamaal Tinsley and Stephen Jackson keyed a game-closing 14-point run as the Pacers wiped out a seven-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Bucks 93-88 Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse. It was the second victory over the Bucks in four nights for the Pacers, who improved to 6-5 overall and 3-2 at home. The Bucks lost their third straight to fall to 3-8 overall, 2-5 on the road. More

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November 18, 2006 | Pacers 102, Bucks 100

Ten games into a six-month season might seem a tad early to declare a "must-win" game, but that was the message Jermaine O'Neal sent with the Pacers riding a three-game losing streak into Milwaukee. With Al Harrington out due to back spasms and two new starters in the lineup, the Pacers came out disjointed and flat and fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first half but came back strong in the second to pull out a 102-100 victory over the Bucks. Jeff Foster, who replaced Harrington in the lineup, scored on a putback of an air-balled 3-pointer by Jamaal Tinsley with 36 seconds left to make the difference for the Pacers (5-5), who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 on the road. More

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November 17, 2006 | Pacers 91, Nets 100

Rick Carlisle was concerned, and justifiably so, about another poor start that forced the Pacers to play from behind most of the night. The finish wasn't much to behold, either. The Pacers missed four of five shots and committed four turnovers in the final 2½ minutes as New Jersey finished the game on a 10-2 run to quell an Indiana rally and pull out a 100-91 victory Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse. Once Jermaine O'Neal and Al Harrington escaped from the jail of first-half foul trouble, the Pacers came back to life. With their two star forwards combining for 27 points in the second half, Indiana wiped out a 14-point deficit to take a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't finish the deal. More

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November 15, 2006 | Pacers 88, Celtics 114

Rebounding was viewed as a potential problem entering the season. Two weeks in, it already has become a crisis. Dominated on the boards for the second game in a row, this time 53-33, the Pacers were flattened by Boston 114-88 Wednesday night. With the unheralded duo of Kendrick Perkins and Ryan Gomes outplaying Indiana stars Jermaine O'Neal and Al Harrington, the Celtics seized control of the game in the first quarter and blew it open in the third to snap a three-game losing streak and pick up their second victory in eight games. Paul Pierce (32) and Wally Szczerbiak (20) carried the offense. The Pacers, who've been outrebounded by 43 in their last two games, lost their second in a row overall and third straight on the road to fall to 4-4. More

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November 11, 2006 | Pacers 80, Bulls 89

No matter what uniform he wears, Ben Wallace haunts the Pacers. The veteran center, off to a slow start in Chicago after leaving Detroit as a free agent, came alive to pull 18 rebounds as the Bulls dominated the boards 51-28 to wipe out a 12-point second-half deficit and beat the visiting Pacers 89-80 Saturday at United Center. Kirk Hinrich's 3-pointer with 19.9 seconds left clinched the victory for the Bulls, who scored 11 points in a row via second-chance points in the fourth quarter. The Pacers split a four-game, five-night week and dropped to 4-3. Chicago, which had lost three of four after routing Miami in the season opener, improved to 3-3. More

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November 10, 2006 | Pacers 93, Magic 83

On a night when energy was at a premium, the Pacers got a huge lift from one of their most relentless players. Al Harrington continued his recent scoring binge with 32 points as the Pacers took control of the game with an 18-2 run bridging the third and fourth periods and held on to beat Orlando 93-83 Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Harrington, who has averaged 25.3 points in the last four games after a slow start to the season, scored nine of his points in the pivotal run. He got strong support from Danny Granger, who scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting. The Pacers (4-2) improved to 2-1 at home while Orlando (3-3), which was led by Jameer Nelson's 19 points, dropped to 0-2 on the road. More

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November 8, 2006 | Pacers 91, Wizards 117

If the Pacers players were hoping to convince Coach Rick Carlisle to give them a long-awaited day off in the middle of a four-game, five-night stretch Thursday, they didn't offer much of an argument. Carlisle said after Tuesday's victory over Philadelphia that he intended to conduct practice every day until the team showed the necessary consistency of effort. But the Pacers followed that encouraging performance with their worst effort of this season, allowing Washington's Gilbert Arenas to rack up an easy 40 points as the Wizards blew open the game in the second quarter, led by as many as 36 points in the second half and coasted to a 117-91 victory Wednesday night in the Verizon Center. More

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November 7, 2006 | Pacers 97, Sixers 86

They just keep coming, these Pacers reserves. This time it was Rawle Marshall's turn. Playing because Sarunas Jasikevicius came down with a sore back, Marshall stepped in and scored a career-high 16 points, eight in the second quarter when the Pacers took control of the game on their way to a 97-86 victory over Philadelphia Tuesday at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers (3-1) won their second in a row and removed the 76ers (3-1) from their perch as the only unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference by playing staunch defense in the second and third periods and getting a wide variety of offensive contributions. The Pacers outscored the Sixers 60-32 and limited them to .325 shooting in the second and third periods while rolling up an 80-55 lead entering the fourth quarter. More

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November 4, 2006 | Pacers 109, Knicks 95

The lineup didn't change, but the mindset did. Playing aggressively from the outset, the Pacers never trailed and held off several threats to beat the Knicks 109-95 Saturday, spoiling their home opener in Madison Square Garden. Coach Rick Carlisle had threatened to shake up the lineup after a 100-91 home loss to the Hornets the night before, largely because of poor starts, but that wasn't an issue thanks largely to Harrington's instant offense and Jermaine O'Neal's staunch defense (five blocked shots). The finish was taken care of by reserve guards Darrell Armstrong and Sarunas Jasikevicius, who combined for 21 fourth-quarter points after the Knicks had cut the lead to one point, reversing the momentum and helping the Pacers pull away for their second victory in three games, both on the road. More

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November 3, 2006 | Pacers 91, Hornets 100

Already, Rick Carlisle may have seen enough. Two games into the season, both featuring disturbingly slow starts, have led the coach to consider changing the starting lineup. Though they were able to rally to beat the Bobcats in Charlotte Wednesday night, they wound up fading down the stretch in a 100-91 loss to the Hornets in their home opener Friday night before a sellout crowd (18,165) in Conseco Fieldhouse. Aside from a third-quarter burst sparked by 38-year-old reserve Darrell Armstrong, the Pacers were a step slow throughout the night. The Hornets used a 14-point fourth-quarter run to take an 83-74 lead and effectively put the game away. Chris Paul (16 points, six assists) engineered the rally and Rasual Butler was the finisher, scoring all 11 of his points in the final 10:18. More

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November 1, 2006 | Pacers 106, Bobcats 99

Here's what was wrong with Sarunas Jasikevicius' jump shot: it was the preseason. When the lights came on, so did Jasikevicius' game as he matched his career high with 20 points in 21 minutes off the bench to spark the Pacers to a 106-99 victory over the Bobcats in the season opener for both teams Wednesday night in Charlotte. Jermaine O'Neal shook off first-half foul trouble to score 18 of his 20 points in the second half. He and Jasikevicius combined for 10 points in a pivotal 14-6 third-quarter run that pushed the visitors to a 75-67 lead that they maintained the rest of the game. The Pacers (1-0) picked up their first victory in three tries in Charlotte Bobcats Coliseum and won their fifth straight opener. More

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