JAMAAL TINSLEY
Took over in the second half and finished with 20 points, eight assists, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots.
RICK CARLISLE
"The guy (Jamaal Tinsley) is a terrific player. The first half was a struggle but a lot of the pressure was on him to make things happen and when that happens there's a greater possibility for mistakes and everybody looked bad. After halftime the guys did a better job adjusting to the kind of game it was."
Points in the Paint:
Trail Blazers 46, Pacers 42
Fast-break points:
Pacers 20, Trail Blazers 13
2nd-chance points:
Trail Blazers 17, Pacers 11
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 25, Trail Blazers 24
Starters scoring:
Pacers 73, Trail Blazers 41
Bench scoring:
Trail Blazers 54, Pacers 35
After committing 12 turnovers in the first half while falling behind 53-42, the Pacers committed just four more in the second half, when they outscored Portland 66-42.
The Pacers try to take a 2-0 lead in the season series against LeBron James and the Cavaliers Saturday night in Cleveland (7:30, FSN-Indiana).
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  • INDIANA 108, PORTLAND 95
    Tinsley Comes Alive To Spark Comeback

    By Conrad Brunner | Dec. 8, 2006


    After a forgettable first half, Jamaal Tinsley put together a memorable second and finished with 20 points, eight assists, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots to spark the Pacers to a 108-95 comeback victory over Portland Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    Tinsley had just two points, three assists and four turnovers in the first half but took charge after intermission along with Stephen Jackson, who led the team in scoring for the second game in a row with 25. Coach Rick Carlisle made a critical lineup change to start the third period, going small with Sarunas Jasikevicius at shooting guard and Jackson at small forward but that group completely dominated the Blazers in a game-turning 28-7 run.

    The Pacers played without Jermaine O'Neal, who also will miss Saturday's game in Cleveland with a sore left hamstring, but won their second in a row overall and seventh straight against Portland to improve to 11-10 and 6-2 at home. Portland, in the midst of a six-game road trip, lost for the seventh time in eight games to fall to 7-14 overall, 3-8 on the road.


    PLUSES

    Tinsley's second-half dominance was dazzling; he had 18 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals after intermission. Jackson looks to be regaining his shooting stroke after a long slump as he shot 8-of-16 for his 25 points, adding five rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. Al Harrington scored 16 with three assists and Jeff Foster snagged 13 rebounds. Off the bench, Danny Granger provided 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and a block and Jasikevicius scored 11 with three assists. Maceo Baston made his first career NBA start at age 30 and played well with nine points, two rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots.
    MINUSES
    The Pacers struggled mightily against Portland's matchup zone defense for most of the first half, committing 12 turnovers and shooting just .359. Randolph put up another big number with 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting but pulled just four rebounds. Juan Dixon (17 points), Jamaal Magloire (14 points, seven rebounds) and Travis Outlaw (13 points, five rebounds, two blocks) were effective off the bench but aside from Randolph, Portland's starting lineup totaled 12 points on 4-of-19 shooting.
    MOMENTS
    The Pacers jumped out to a 13-2 lead but that was it for the first half. Indiana proceeded to shoot 2-of-17 while committing eight turnovers in an 8½ minute span while Portland put together a 32-9 run to build a 34-22 lead early in the second quarter. Just when it appeared Granger had brought the Pacers back, scoring eight quick points as Indiana closed to 44-39, another turnover barrage fueled an eight-point Portland run and the Blazers took a 53-42 lead into the break.

    Tinsley and Jackson took over at both ends of the floor in the third quarter, combining for 20 of the points in the 28-7 run that gave the Pacers a 72-62 lead late in the third quarter. Portland trade to climb back into it, getting as close as five (77-72) in the fourth quarter but consecutive dunks by Harrington and Baston and a pair of free throws from Tinsley pushed the lead to 95-81 with 4:07 remaining, effectively quelling Portland's hopes.


    TIDBITS
  • O'Neal's left hamstring will be re-evaluated before the Pacers play in Chicago Monday night. Carlisle characterized the brief respite as a precautionary move designed to prevent a potential long-term problem.
  • David Harrison returned to action after missing the last 12 games with a strained left shoulder. He played just under 6 minutes, scoring two points with three rebounds.
  • The Pacers started their seventh lineup of the season.