TROY MURPHY
Missed his first five shots but not many more, racking up a season high 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point line. Murphy also had nine rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and a steal.
JIM O'BRIEN
“(Tyson Chandler) was a big loss for them. It was a big loss for us that we didn't have Jermaine O'Neal in the middle. We've played a lot of practices without Jermaine and we have pretty good depth at the big positions. Our guys knew what they had to do."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 40, Hornets 28
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 20, Hornets 3
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  • Starters scoring: Pacers 89, Hornets 63
  • Bench scoring: Hornets 30, Pacers 16
  • Including his 13 assists against just two turnovers Wednesday night, Jamaal Tinsley has racked up 36 assists and just five turnovers in the last three games. As a team, the Pacers totaled 14 turnovers in the last two.
    After taking Thanksgiving off, the Pacers return to action Friday at home against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks (8 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WIBC 1070-AM).
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  • INDIANA 105, NEW ORLEANS 93
    O'Neal sits but Pacers make a stand

    At New Orleans | Nov. 21, 2007


    Coming off their worst defensive performance in years and without their best defensive player, the Pacers nevertheless managed to shut down one of the hottest teams in the league.

    Holding the Hornets to 38 points on 39 percent shooting in the second half, the Pacers compensated for the loss of Jermaine O'Neal with a wide variety of exceptional performances to win 105-93 Wednesday night in New Orleans.

    The Pacers (5-7) bounced back nicely from a 134-114 home loss to the Lakers Tuesday night by handing the Hornets (9-4) their third loss in six home games.

    "We've played a lot of practices without Jermaine and we have pretty good depth at the big positions," said Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien. "Our guys knew what they had to do."

    O'Neal sat out the game due to swelling in his left knee and O'Brien indicated the absence might be enforced until the franchise forward can get back to full strength, conditioning and productivity.

    "We have to do something about getting his situation rectified," said O'Brien. "It's very frustrating for Jermaine. … We need him at full strength to be a good basketball team."

    Either from discomfort in the left knee or a lack of conditioning from lost practice time, O'Neal has been obviously laboring, posting averages of 13.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocked shots and .388 field-goal shooting in his 10 appearances.

    The scoring slack was picked up by Troy Murphy, who produced a season-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. Murphy missed his first five shots but went 7-of-11 thereafter. Danny Granger was impressive in the first regular-season game in his hometown, scoring 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and pulling nine rebounds. Mike Dunleavy scored 14 of his 18 in the second half, adding seven rebounds and four assists.

    The conductor was Jamaal Tinsley, who played a masterful game with 18 points, 13 assists – against just two turnovers – and two steals. He dominated his matchup with New Orleans star Chris Paul, who managed eight points on 3-of-12 shooting and 10 assists.

    "I'm just going out and playing basketball," Tinsley said. "Jim O'Brien has given me a lot of freedom and I'm just trying to be creative and get guys open shots. I'm getting in the lane and guys are knocking down their shots. It's just good team basketball."

    David West scored 23 to lead the Hornets. Peja Stojakovic scored 17 but did not make a field goal in the second half. Melvin Ely had 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. New Orleans was also shorthanded, playing without center Tyson Chandler, out with a hyperextended knee.

    The Pacers took control in the third period, opening with a 13-2 run buoyed by a pair of Granger 3-pointers to take a 67-57 lead. After the Hornets chipped it back to 71-66, Dunleavy hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 in an 11-3 run that extend the margin to 82-69.

    Five Pacers scored in a 12-2 run early in the fourth quarter that made it 94-77 and the Hornets would offer no further threat.


    NOTEWORTHY
  • In O'Neal's absence, Jeff Foster and Murphy started together in the frontcourt for the first time this season and combined for 31 points and 22 rebounds.
  • Granger was making his first regular-season appearance in his hometown. The Pacers' games against the Hornets the previous two seasons were in Oklahoma City.
  • Paul returned after a two-game absence due to a sprained ankle.