JAMAAL TINSLEY
Dictated the tempo throughout, scoring 10 points with 15 assists, four steals and just two turnovers.
RICK CARLISLE
"It's very important. We've got four new guys we're trying to get our fans acquainted with as players and as people and we're trying to re-energize our franchise here. We've let some opportunities pass by and that's why today was so important. This stretch is one where we've got to take advantage of it."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 48, Clippers 20
Fast-break points:
Pacers 12, Clippers 6
2nd-chance points:
Clippers 18, Pacers 12
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 21, Clippers 13
Starters scoring:
Pacers 68, Clippers 65
Bench scoring:
Pacers 26, Clippers 15
In their last two games, both at home, the Pacers have been outscored 52-14 from the free throw line, including 20-3 by the Clippers.
The final home game before the All-Star break comes Wednesday against Pau Gasol and the Grizzlies (7:00) in Conseco Fieldhouse.
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  • INDIANA 94, L.A. CLIPPERS 80
    Granger Falls But Pacers Rise

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 11, 2007


    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.

    Marquis Daniels returned from a seven-game absence due to left knee tendinitis and made a difference off the bench, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, while Jamaal Tinsley played a quietly effective game, racking up 10 points and 15 assists. The bulk of those were to Jermaine O'Neal, who scored 21 and blocked four shots to pass Rik Smits as the franchise's career leader, and Mike Dunleavy, who scored 20 on 9-of-12 shooting against his father's team.

    The Pacers (27-24) snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 16-10 at home while the Clippers (25-26), playing their sixth of a seven-game trip, fell to 8-18 on the road.


    PLUSES

    This was more reflective of the way the Pacers need to play with their reconstructed team, with Tinsley dictating the tempo, O'Neal active and aggressive inside, Daniels weaving into the lane and Dunleavy firing away from the perimeter. The Pacers shot .494 overall and had 28 assists against just 11 turnovers. The defense held the Clippers to .368 shooting and forced 20 turnovers. The Pacers dominated points in the paint 48-20.
    MINUSES
    Granger's injury came about with 4:38 in the third quarter when Elton Brand blocked his shot, then on the follow-through inadvertently hit the back of Granger's neck with his elbow. According to a statement released from the Pacers during the fourth quarter, Granger was taken to Methodist Hospital for examination, was "awake and responsive and was able to move his arms and legs" upon arrival. After a round of tests on his neck including X-rays, no structural injuries were found and Granger was released. He is officially listed as day-to-day with a sore neck.
    MOMENTS
    The Pacers dominated the second quarter, putting together a 10-0 run to open a 34-26 lead then finishing the half with a 16-0 burst to make it 52-32 at the break. The Clippers' 32 points were the fewest the Pacers have allowed in the first half and the 20-point intermission margin was the largest of the season. The Clippers shot 10-of-35 in the half and had 14 turnovers.

    The visitors found their spark in the third quarter as Cuttino Mobley and Sam Cassell each scored 11 points, including a 3-pointer by Cassell that cut the deficit to 69-62 late in the period. But the Pacers scored the final eight points of the quarter. Tinsley finished it off with a jumper, then a steal that led to Daniels' fast-break layup, and it was 77-62 heading into the fourth.

    There was one more push from the Clippers, a 10-point run early in the fourth that cut it to 83-76, but O'Neal scored twice in a row and Dunleavy drove for a basket that made it 89-76 with 3:16 remaining and the game was in hand.


    TIDBITS
  • O'Neal's history-making block came with 8:02 in the fourth quarter when he snuffed a block attempt by Corey Maggette. O'Neal raised his total to 1,113 blocks. Smits had 1,111.
  • The Pacers were without backup point guard Darrell Armstrong, who was suspended one game by the NBA for his ejection, tantrum during Friday's loss to Denver, as well as his postgame criticism of the officials.
  • Keith McLeod, slated to pick up Armstrong's minutes, injured his back during the pregame warmups and landed on the inactive list. Orien Greene then moved into the backup point guard role, playing 10 minutes.