TROY MURPHY
Had his biggest game since joining the Pacers with 22 points, including 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
RICK CARLISLE
"Tough loss. We worked so hard to get the lead there in the fourth and just had a string of missed shots, they made some good plays and the second-chance opportunities really got us in the last minute, minute-and-a-half. We got a couple of good chances, it just didn't happen for us. Seattle battled, so give them credit, but this is one we shouldn't have let get away."
Points in the Paint:
Supersonics 58, Pacers 34
Fast-break points:
Supersonics 16, Pacers 8
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 29, Supersonics 13
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 27, Supersonics 21
Starters scoring:
Pacers 80, Supersonics 74
Bench scoring:
Supersonics 29, Pacers 22
In the first 47 games of the season, Jamaal Tinsley attempted more than 20 shots just once. In the last two games, Tinsley has attempted 50 shots, including 26 against Seattle.
The Western Conference homestand continues as high-scoring Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets visit Conseco Fieldhouse Friday (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana)
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  • SEATTLE 103, INDIANA 102
    Sonics Make Most Of Second Chance

    By Conrad Brunner | Feb. 7, 2007


    For most of the night, the Pacers thrived by the second chance. In the end, however, it proved their undoing.

    Seattle's only offensive rebound of the fourth quarter, by reserve forward Andre Brown, produced the game-winning points with 23 seconds left as the Sonics beat the Pacers 103-102 to snap their franchise-record 15-game road losing streak Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    The Pacers led 99-92 with 3:38 remaining but missed eight of nine shots and committed two turnovers down the stretch, opening the door for Seattle's comeback. Brown, a D-League star signed by the Sonics last month, converted a three-point play with 54 seconds left to give the visitors a 101-100 lead. Jamaal Tinsley then put the Pacers back in front with a foray into the lane with 46 seconds remaining.

    Danny Granger played solid defense on Ray Allen, forcing Seattle's top scorer into a tough shot that missed but Brown was there to score on the putback. The Pacers then got three second-chances after Tinsley missed on their final possession, but missed them all.

    Playing without Jermaine O'Neal (bruised left knee), Indiana (26-23) lost its second in a row to fall to 15-9 at home. Seattle (18-31) won its fifth road game in 24 tries and swept the season series from the Pacers, winning the two games by a combined total of three points.


    PLUSES

    In O'Neal's absence, Tinsley (25 points, eight assists, six rebounds) and Troy Murphy (22 points, 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, eight rebounds, two blocked shots) picked up the scoring slack. Granger had 16 with six rebounds. Mike Dunleavy and Darrell Armstrong scored 11 apiece. Jeff Foster had 12 rebounds and Ike Diogu a near double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. The Pacers won the boards 53-35, had season highs in 3-pointers made (13) and forced 20 turnovers.
    MINUSES
    O'Neal's absence was obvious in Seattle's 58 points in the paint as the Sonics took full advantage of the lack of any shot-blocking presence inside. Seattle shot .553 overall and had assists on 27 of 42 baskets. Allen scored 33 with nine assists and five rebounds. Chris Wilcox scored 17, Mickael Gelabale 12 and reserves Earl Watson and Damien Wilkins 10 apiece.
    MOMENTS
    Neither team was able to establish much of a comfort zone at any point in what was a relatively tight game throughout. Murphy came out hot in the third quarter, hitting three in a row from the 3-point line and totaling 15 points as the Pacers threatened to take control. Granger scored the final eight in a 12-point run that pushed the Pacers into their biggest lead, 83-72, early in the fourth. Rather than yielding to their circumstances, the Sonics played with a greater sense of urgency and responded immediately behind Allen with a 13-4 count to cut the lead to 87-85. The Pacers seemed to regain their footing as 3-pointers from Armstrong and Murphy helped them rebuild a 99-92 lead but the offense went dry and the defense couldn't protect the lead.
    TIDBITS
  • O'Neal missed the game with a bruised left knee suffered Saturday in Memphis. He needs five blocked shots to pass Rik Smits (1,111) to become the franchise's all-time leader in that category.
  • Marquis Daniels missed his sixth game in a row with left knee tendinitis.
  • The Pacers shot worse inside the arc than beyond it, shooting .367 on two-point attempts and .464 on 3-pointers.
  • With Foster replacing O'Neal, the Pacers employed their 14th starting lineup of the season.