SARUNAS JASIKEVICIUS
Brought major life off the bench, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the second half, adding three assists and two rebounds. He shot 6-of-11 overall, 2-of-3 from the 3-point line.
RICK CARLISLE
"I’ve never seen anything like this, where we’re lethargic and then fight back and compete. I told them after Milwaukee, they're screwed up, but I love them. They are good kids. They’ve got competitive spirit and they’ve showed it."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 36, Cavaliers 24
Fast-break points:
Cavaliers 9, Pacers 8
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 18, Cavaliers 13
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 24, Cavaliers 4
Starters scoring:
Pacers 62, Cavaliers 55
Bench scoring:
Pacers 35, Cavaliers 32
The Pacers have played on the day after Thanksgiving 12 times in the last 13 years, only missing during the lockout of 1998 when there were no games in November. Their record in those games, all at home, is 9-3.
The Pacers begin a stretch of six consecutive games on the road Sunday afternoon in Toronto against Chris Bosh and the Raptors (1:00). Please note, this game will not be televised.
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  • INDIANA 97, CLEVELAND 87
    Scrambling Pacers Rally To Beat Cavs

    By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 24, 2006


    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.

    The Pacers improved to 7-6 overall and 4-2 at home with their next six games on the road. Cleveland dropped to 8-5 overall and 2-4 on the road.


    PLUSES

    As bad as it was in the first, when the Cavs got any shot they wanted, the team defense was inspired in the second. Cleveland went nearly seven minutes without a basket in the third quarter and had another stretch of nearly eight minutes in the fourth. The Cavs had more turnovers (eight) than baskets (seven) in the second half and finished with 19 miscues overall while the Pacers had just seven turnovers.

    O'Neal scored 13 of his 29 from the foul line, adding six rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Tinsley continued to excel with another strong all-around performance. Jasikevicius played with confidence and passion and helped fuel the rally. Al Harrington fought through a bad first half and finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Danny Granger didn't make a shot but contributed in a big way to a defense that kept LeBron James from taking over, limiting him to 6-of-14 shooting, though he scored 16 of his 30 from the line.


    MINUSES
    Coach Rick Carlisle started his fifth lineup, reaching deep into the rotation to pull out Rawle Marshall as the starter at shooting guard, in hopes of solving the team's problem with stumbling out of the gate, but to no avail. The Pacers trailed after the first quarter (27-12) for the 10th time and at halftime for the ninth time. They shot poorly throughout the game (.395 overall, 4-of-19 from the 3-point line) and were outrebounded 42-40 but compensated by protecting the ball and outscoring the Cavs 33-26 from the line.
    MOMENTS
    Trailing 47-31, the Pacers showed a brief spark, scoring nine in a row to close to 47-40 but the Cavs finished strong to take a 12-point lead into the break. It was 60-50 early in the third when the Pacers simply took over, not with lightning-quick burst, but rather a grinding, methodical, relentless and ultimately effective stretch in which they outscored Cleveland 19-3 take a 69-65 lead.

    The Cavs briefly rallied to take a 74-73 lead on Daniel Gibson's free throws with 9:09 remaining but Jasikevicius hit four jumpers and O'Neal scored twice on strong moves inside in a 12-2 run that gave the Pacers an 85-76 lead with 4:28 remaining. The Cavs closed to 85-79 but a Tinsley 3-pointer, followed by a Stephen Jackson post-up, put it away.


    TIDBITS
  • Marshall started his first game of the season, replacing Marquis Daniels at shooting guard. Daniels totaled 14 points in three starts after replacing Stephen Jackson, who 10.8 points but shot .330 in nine starts. Marshall started nine games with Dallas last season, averaging 17.7 minutes, 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds.
  • Daniels did not play for the first time this season. Jackson replaced Marshall in the lineup to start the second half.
  • The Pacers posted their fourth sellout (18,165) in six home games.
  • Maceo Baston, Shawne Williams and David Harrison (sore left shoulder) were inactive for the Pacers.
  • Scot Pollard, who left the Pacers to sign as a free agent with Cleveland, was inactive for the third straight game. Pollard has made just two appearances totaling nine minutes with the Cavs.