CARLOS BOOZER
Utah's star forward had his way, scoring 22 points in 24 minutes on 9-of-14 shooting, producing four rebounds and three steals.
JIM O'BRIEN
"They got us down with a big lead early in the first quarter and we never could recover. They outplayed us in every phase of the game and 26 turnovers is not going to win a basketball game for you. It certainly was no fun. The guys never gave up, we just couldn't close the gap enough to make it a game."
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 40, Jazz 32
  • Fast-break points: Jazz 25, Pacers 14
  • Second-chance points: Jazz 13, Pacers 8
  • Points off turnovers: Jazz 28, Pacers 17
  • Starters scoring: Jazz 57, Pacers 54
  • Bench scoring: Jazz 54, Pacers 35
  • In the first two games of their five-game Western Conference road trip, the Pacers committed 48 turnovers, including 26 against the Jazz.
    The Pacers head to Phoenix to face Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and the Suns Wednesday (9 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-AM 1070)
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  • UTAH 111, INDIANA 89
    Tinsley returns, but offense still missing

    At Salt Lake City | Jan. 8, 2008


    If the Pacers were counting on Jamaal Tinsley's return to cure what ails them, they may need to seek a second opinion.

    Though Tinsley was back in the starting lineup after a five-game absence due to a strained hamstring, the Pacers showed the same deficiencies that have contributed to the team's current funk – too many turnovers, too few free throws, flat spots in the defensive rotations and long lapses of lifeless play – in losing 111-89 at Utah Tuesday night.

    It was the second loss in a row and seventh in eight games for the Pacers (16-20), who play the third of their five-game road trip Wednesday night in Phoenix. Indiana has dropped six straight on the road after a promising 8-5 start. Utah (19-17) improved to 13-3 at home.

    Tinsley, who was cleared to play after practicing Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, played 29 minutes and produced 13 points, five assists, zero rebounds and six turnovers.

    "It's good to have him back on the basketball court," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "I don't think he's crazy about his turnovers but he's a pure point guard that we need out there and hopefully he'll be able to stay healthy for the rest of the year."

    The Pacers averaged 95.2 points, .416 shooting, 18.2 assists, 18.4 turnovers and 11.0 fast-break points in the five games Tinsley missed but continued their offensive struggle upon his return. They committed 26 turnovers against just 17 assists and shot .430 from the field, including a dreadful 5-of-24 (.208) from the 3-point line.

    Danny Granger scored 17 in 23 minutes for the Pacers, hitting 5-of-7 shots and pulling seven rebounds but committed four fouls. Mike Dunleavy scored 12 with seven rebounds. Jermaine O'Neal extended his recent slump, totaling nine points and four rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Utah was led by Carlos Boozer's 22 points in 24 minutes. Matt Harpring (16), Kyle Korver (12) and Jason Hart (11) all made major contributions to Utah's 54 bench points. Deron Williams had 10 points and nine assists.

    The game was essentially decided in the first 16 minutes when the Pacers committed 13 turnovers and made just seven baskets while falling behind by 28 points (50-22).

    The Pacers committed 10 turnovers, shot 7-of-20, and were outscored 15-4 from the free-throw line and 16-4 on the fast break in a first quarter in which they fell behind 40-19. The deficit continued to grow in the opening minutes of the second quarter and was 67-43 late in the half when the visitors offered up their only challenge of the game, scoring 11 in a row to close to 67-54 early in the third period.

    But Utah put the ball in Boozer's hands and the powerful forward responded by scoring eight quick points as the lead grew back to 80-59 and that was that.

    "They got us down with a big lead early in the first quarter and we never could recover," said O'Brien. "They outplayed us in every phase of the game and 26 turnovers is not going to win a basketball game for you. It certainly was no fun. The guys never gave up, we just couldn't close the gap enough to make it a game."


    NOTEWORTHY
  • The current starting lineup of Tinsley, Dunleavy, Granger, O'Neal and Troy Murphy dropped to 4-9.
  • The Pacers dropped to 2-9 in the first games of back-to-back sets. They're 7-3 in the second games.
  • The Pacers did not outscore their opponent from the free-throw line for the 19th consecutive game as Utah enjoyed a 27-16 advantage.