Scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
"I think this was big (emotionally) because I think if we lost this game it would've been a real meltdown. But we came out and competed for 48 minutes and got it done."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 36, Hornets 36
Fast-break points:
Hornets 10, Pacers 2
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 18, Hornets 12
Points off turnovers:
Hornets 18, Pacers 14
Starters scoring:
Pacers 91, Hornets 70
Bench scoring:
Hornets 23, Pacers 9
Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson and O'Neal combined for 76 points on 25-of-44 shooting (.568). The other nine Pacers totaled just 24 points on 8-of-26 shooting (.308).
The Pacers return home to face high-scoring Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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    Behind Big Three, Pacers Survive Hornets

    At Oklahoma City | Jan. 6, 2007

    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.

    Indiana (18-16) snapped a two-game losing streak by winning for the fourth time in its last five road games, improving to 9-11 away from Conseco Fieldhouse. The Hornets (12-21) lost their fourth in a row, seventh in eight games and 11th in 13 and fell to 7-9 at home.


    Harrington and Jackson carried the Pacers early, combing for 21 of the team's 23 first-quarter points, and continued to contribute throughout the night. O'Neal didn't score until the second quarter but picked his spots well and scored nine of his 22 in the fourth quarter, including seven in a row during a pivotal stretch. Harrington shot extremely well (10-of-12), while Jackson made 13-of-14 free throws. Jamaal Tinsley scored five of his 13 in the final 90 seconds. The Pacers shot well (.471).
    When a team has more turnovers (16) than assists (13), it is lucky to survive, but that the Pacers did. Aside from Harrington (3-of-3), the rest of the Pacers were 3-of-15 from the arc including 2-of-7 from Tinsley. The defense was unable to contend with Desmond Mason's variety of high-arcing angular shots around the basket has he wound up with a season-high 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting, and five other Hornets scored in double figures.
    Any thoughts the Pacers had of an easy night were quickly put to rest. Twice they bolted to nine-points leads in the first quarter and twice the Hornets came right back, including a 13-4 run to tie it at 25-all early in the second. Jackson, Harrington and O'Neal scored 44 of the Pacers' 50 first-half points as they took a four-point lead into the break but Mason heated up in the third quarter as the Hornets forced a 60-57 lead on his three-point play. Harrington and Tinsley then combined for a 10-point run that gave the visitors a seven-point lead but they were unable to continue the momentum.

    The Hornets' last big thrust came in the form of an 8-3 run that forced an 83-all tie with 4:24 remaining. But O'Neal scored twice in a row inside to once again put the Hornets on their heels and this time they stayed there. Tinsley hit consecutive floating jump shots in the final 90 seconds to make it 93-86 and Jackson closed it out at the free throw line, making six in a row in the final 22 seconds.

  • The start of the game was delayed roughly 10 minutes by malfunctioning shot clocks.
  • Little-used reserve Orien Greene was given a rare opportunity as the first point guard off the bench in the first quarter, but wound up playing less than 6 minutes.
  • Already without three injured starters that combine for 64.5 points per game, the Hornets also missed key reserve Bobby Jackson, who returned from a 16-game absence due to a cracked rib Thursday in a loss to Detroit but was held out of the game for precautionary reasons.
  • Devin Brown started at point guard in place of Jannero Pargo for the Hornets and produced 11 points and five assists. Pargo scored 14 off the bench.