JERMAINE O'NEAL
Raised season high to 34 points, going 13-of-21 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line, adding 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.
RICK CARLISLE
"The start was poor, but that's an old subject...that's like beating a horse that's been dead for two weeks. That's a problem for us but we're going to keep working on it. We knew Philadelphia was going to play hard and we knew that we would have to grind this thing to get it. Two guys played great; Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson played out of this world with huge plays."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 40, Sixers 30
Fast-break points:
Sixers 9, Pacers 3
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 13, Sixers 9
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 11, Sixers 9
Starters scoring:
Pacers 81, Sixers 62
Bench scoring:
Sixers 31, Pacers 20
The Pacers have rallied from double-digit deficits to win seven games already this season, the most of any NBA team.
High-scoring forward Joe Johnson and the Hawks await the Pacers Friday (7:30 p.m.) in Al Harrington's first game back in Atlanta since returning to Indiana in an offseason trade.
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  • INDIANA 101, PHILADELPHIA 93
    O'Neal, Jackson Take Care Of Sixers

    At Wachovia Center | Dec. 20, 2006


    Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson combined for 59 points, 16 in the fourth quarter, as the Pacers snapped a five-game road losing streak with a 101-93 victory over the 76ers Wednesday in Philadelphia.

    O'Neal raised his season high for the second game in a row, finishing with 34 points, while Jackson scored 25, six in a row after the 76ers had cut Indiana's lead to one point late in the fourth quarter.

    The Pacers improved to 14-13 overall, 6-10 on the road. Playing their first game since the Allen Iverson era came to a close with Tuesday's trade to Denver, the 76ers dropped their 12th in a row, their longest losing streak since the 1996-97 season, and fell to 5-19.


    PLUSES

    O'Neal continued not only to score in large quantities, but at significant times as he is emerging as a true fourth-quarter go-to threat. His 34 points came on 13-of-21 shooting overall and 8-of-9 from the line and he added 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Jackson shot 9-of-15, including 3-of-5 from the arc, for his 25 points, adding three assists and a block. Danny Granger was solid off the bench with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and six rebounds. Jeff Foster had eight points and 11 rebounds. Sarunas Jasikevicius stepped up for the struggling Jamaal Tinsley and had six assists off the bench. The Pacers shot 50 percent overall, won the boards 40-33 and committed just five turnovers in the second half.
    MINUSES
    It's becoming numbingly redundant to talk of slow starts and sloppy first halves, so let's just say it'll be an assumption until proven otherwise. Al Harrington's mini-slump continued as he shot 3-of-11 and scored just seven. Tinsley followed his 3-of-18 game against the Jazz with a 2-of-9 outing for seven points.

    The Sixers got 20 points apiece from Andre Iguodala (who also had seven assists, five rebounds, four steals and six turnovers) and Kyle Korver (8-of-14 from the field, 2-of-4 from the arc). Samuel Dalembert scored 16 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks and Willie Green scored 16 with five points and four assists, although he shot 6-of-17.


    MOMENTS
    As has become the norm, the Pacers crawled out of the gate, trailing throughout the first half. The 76ers scored the first seven points of the second quarter to push the advantage to 34-24 and it was 47-37 late in the half when O'Neal and Jackson sparked a 10-1 finishing push to cut the deficit to 48-47. The Pacers thought they'd tied it with a Jackson 3-pointer at the buzzer but the replay review ruled his foot was on the line and changed it to a two-point shot. The Pacers were plagued by their usual problems, committing 10 turnovers and allowing the 76ers to shoot 50 percent from the field.

    The defense started to pick up in the third quarter and the Pacers were able to string together a 13-3 run to take their first lead of the game and push it to 68-62. Granger scored eight points in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, including a three-point play that made it 82-74 with 6:47 remaining. But the offense went dry, going more than 5 minutes without a basket and the Sixers rode Korver's hot shooting on a 10-2 run that tied the game at 84-all with 4:13 left.

    With the Sixers swarming O'Neal, Jackson broke the drought with a long jumper for a 90-87 lead, then followed up with a layup that pushed the advantage to 92-87 with 1:18 remaining. Korver made the Sixers' only shot in a 4-minute stretch to cut it to 92-89 but O'Neal hit a baseline jumper, the Sixers came up empty on their next possession and the Pacers closed it out at the line.


    TIDBITS
  • The Pacers ended a streak of allowing at least 100 point in six consecutive road games.
  • Andre Miller and Joe Smith, the players acquired from the Nuggets for Iverson, were not in uniform for the 76ers.
  • Philadelphia also played without forward Chris Webber, who missed his third game in a row with foot and ankle injuries. Indianapolis native Alan Henderson started in hisplace.