Scored early and often on his way to a season-high 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 2-of-3 from the arc, adding six assists and three rebounds.
"Steve Jackson played his best game of the year and it couldn't have come at a better time because he had a tough matchup with Grant Hill and did a solid job on him. And he hit a lot of big shots during the whole game."
Points in the Paint:
Magic 44, Pacers 38
Fast-break points:
Pacers 15, Magic 9
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 16, Magic 11
Points off turnovers:
Magic 21, Pacers 9
Starters scoring:
Pacers 78, Magic 57
Bench scoring:
Magic 23, Pacers 16
Al Harrington's driving bucket in the closing seconds of the second period gave the Pacers just their second double-digit halftime lead (52-42) of the season and first since the third game, Nov. 7 against Philadelphia, when they led 51-36.
High-scoring forward Zach Randolph of Marion, Ind., makes his annual visit with the Portland Trail Blazers Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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    Pacers Find Energy To Stop Magic

    At Conseco Fieldhouse | Dec. 6, 2006

    When one team is playing the last of a six-game road trip and the other is playing the first home game after 11 days on the road, the result is usually not going to raise basketball to the level of high art.

    All things considered, though, the Pacers might consider it suitable for framing. Using their slightly less tired legs to jump on Orlando early and never relenting, Indiana rode a season-high 26 points from Stephen Jackson, 26 more from Al Harrington and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds from Jeff Foster to a 94-80 victory over the Magic Wednesday night.

    The Pacers (10-10), who went 2-4 on their just-completed Western Conference sojourn, returned to .500 and snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory, improving to 5-2 at home. Even with the loss, Orlando maintained the best record in the Eastern Conference (14-6) and is a solid 7-5 on the road. The Magic completed its longest road trip of the year at 4-2.


    Beyond the statistics, the team played with energy and resolve often missing in recent outings, a welcome sight particularly under the difficult circumstances. Jackson had by far his best game of the year, a smooth, controlled effort that included 11-of-17 shooting overall, 2-of-3 from the arc and six assists. Harrington made 10-of-15, 2-of-4 from the arc, and pulled six rebounds. Jermaine O'Neal couldn't find his shot (3-of-14) but had his fifth straight double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, adding a pair of blocked shots. Foster matched his career rebounding high for the second time in three games. The Pacers shot .481, outrebounded the Magic 48-34 and outscored Orlando 21-3 from the 3-point line.
    Turnovers continue to run high as the Pacers committed 18, four apiece by Jackson and O'Neal. Orlando's Dwight Howard continued to prove problematic with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting but he wasn't a factor on the boards, pulling eight rebounds. Grant Hill scored 14 on 7-of-7 shooting in the first quarter but made just one basket the rest of the night. Point guards Jameer Nelson and Carlos Arroyo combined for 23 points but shot 7-of-23 and produced just two assists.
    The Pacers closed the second and third periods well, gaining advantage in the second and control in the third. Jamaal Tinsley had a pair of buckets and Harrington also scored twice as the Pacers closed the half on an 11-4 run that pushed the lead to double figures (52-42) for the first time. Orlando hung around most of the third period, trailing 67-59 late, but the Pacers scored the final nine points of the quarter, including a 3-pointer and a layup from Harrington, to push the lead to 76-59 entering the fourth. Orlando offered up no challenge down the stretch.
  • Tinsley limped to the locker room in the first quarter to have his left leg wrapped above the knee, but returned midway through the second quarter.
  • After allowing their previous three opponents to score at least 60 points in the first half, the Pacers held Orlando to 42, thanks largely to a second-quarter effort that limited the Magic to 15 points on 6-of-19 shooting.
  • The Pacers led after the first quarter (28-27) for just the fifth time this season and at the half (52-42) for the sixth time.
  • When the Pacers face Portland Friday in Conseco Fieldhouse, it will mark the first time this season they will play consecutive home games.
  • Indiana picked up a rare delay of game technical foul in the fourth quarter when Orien Greene, obviously unprepared to be called upon, entered the game with his jersey untucked.
  • Making just his second NBA appearance, Orlando rookie J.J. Redick scored his first 3-pointer as a pro to close the Magic's scoring.