MIKE DUNLEAVY
Broke out of a brief slump with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including 3-of-6 from the 3-point line, adding three rebounds and three steals.
JIM O'BRIEN
“A great team victory for us. We played a fourth really good team this week. We'd played some good basketball this week but didn't come away with a win. I thought our guys did an outstanding job concentrating and keeping the tempo where it needed to be."
  • Points in the paint: Jazz 56, Pacers 44
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 14, Jazz 7
  • Second-chance points: Jazz 15, Pacers 13
  • Points off turnovers: Pacers 29, Jazz 23
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 65, Jazz 54
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 52, Jazz 43
  • The Pacers outscored the Jazz by 31 points during the 25 minutes Shawne Williams was on the floor.
    After two days off, the Pacers return to action against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, who make their only visit of the season to Conseco Fieldhouse Tuesday (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WIBC 1070-AM).
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  • INDIANA 117, UTAH 97
    Pacers stand firm, rout Jazz

    By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 17, 2007


    It was happening again.

    In less than two minutes, Utah took 10 points off the Pacers' seemingly comfortable halftime margin, and it looked like Indiana was in the early stages of yet another second half fade.

    This time, however, they didn't buckle. They dug in, dug down, withstood that surge and went about the business of finishing what they started – namely, a pummeling of a very good Utah team. With Mike Dunleavy scoring a game-high 25 points and several other players making major contributions, the Pacers routed visiting Utah 117-97 Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    Indiana (4-6) snapped a six-game losing streak.

    "This was a very important win for us," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "I didn't see any frustration in our guys. I talked to Jermaine (O'Neal) before practice this morning and he expressed what the players felt – that we can be a solid team. They went out and proved it. It's very important to win against a team with Utah's pedigree."

    The Pacers dominated the first half in rolling up a 65-46 lead but they'd blown four halftime leads in their losing streak, including a 25-point advantage against Denver. Utah scored the first 10 points of the third period to close to 65-56, prompting O'Brien to call a timeout and make two defensive substitutions, bringing in Shawne Williams and Jeff Foster.

    "There was no motivational talking during the timeout," O'Brien said. "They had a 10-0 run and we didn't challenge one shot. Of their next 11 shots, we challenged 10 of them. It all comes down to defense. You get stops and you get rebounds, you're going to get out and run."

    Dunleavy scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in a 13-point counterpunch that put the Pacers up 88-64 late in the third and Utah would offer up no further threat.

    "They just man handled us all night," said Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan. "They came out and got after us right away. … They had all the energy. They looked fresh. They looked like they were having fun playing. They came out and dominated the ball game. They weren’t going to lose another game. They came prepared not to lose another game."

    Williams and Marquis Daniels played major roles off the bench. Williams scored 16 points with eight rebounds and three blocked shots, while Daniels had 17 points in 15 minutes, hitting 7-of-8 from the field. Danny Granger scored 19, hitting 6-of-10. Jamaal Tinsley had a strong floor game with eight points, 13 assists and just one turnover and dominated his matchup with Utah star Deron Williams, who managed eight points, six assists and six turnovers.

    “We came out, moved the basketball, got open looks and got them to fall," Tinsley said. "We made fast, crisp passes and played within ourselves. We competed on both ends of the floor and got results."

    Carlos Boozer led Utah (7-4) with 19 points but pulled just four rebounds. Andrei Kirilenko scored 12.

    ' "Take your hats off to them," said Boozer. "They just kicked our butts."