Pacers-Jazz Insider 070307

Scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-4 from the 3-point line, adding three assists and a steal off the bench.
"The first major concern I have is Jermaine (O'Neal)’s health. He aggravated a sore left knee, and he is going to have to get it checked out (Thursday) and see where things are. …He’s been playing hurt the majority of the season, in some shape or form. As always, the long-term health of a 28-year-old, six-time All-Star, is more important than trying to keep him playing right now if it’s not the right thing."
Points in the Paint:
Jazz 32, Pacers 24

Fast-break points:
Jazz 17, Pacers 6

2nd-chance points:
Jazz 10, Pacers 6

Points off turnovers:
Jazz 23, Pacers 10

Starters scoring:
Jazz 59, Pacers 48

Bench scoring:
Jazz 35, Pacers 24

The Pacers have lost seven in a row by an average margin of 17.7 point. Four of those losses were by at least 20 points. Utah, on the other hand, has won five in a row by an average margin of 20.6 points.

The Pacers' only home game in a two-week span comes Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse against Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • UTAH 94, INDIANA 72

    O'Neal Injured As Skid Continues

    At Salt Lake City, Utah | March 7, 2007

    Jermaine O'Neal was unable to finish, and neither were the Pacers.

    With O'Neal sitting out most of the second half after aggravating a left knee injury that has bothered him for much of the season, the Pacers were outscored 27-11 in the fourth quarter as Utah pulled away for a 94-72 victory Wednesday in Energy Solutions Arena.

    Losers of seven in a row and 10 of 13, the Pacers (29-31) must now deal with the likely short-term absence of their leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker.

    "The question is when I am going to get back onto the court," O'Neal said. "Hopefully I can play in the next few games. I’ve been trying to stay with it, but it hasn’t really gotten any better, it’s gotten worse."

    Utah (42-19) won its fifth in a row and 15th in 17 games while sweeping the Pacers for the first time since the 1996-97 season.


    Troy Murphy was aggressive once again, scoring 15 points and blocking two shots, but he shot 6-of-15 and pulled just three rebounds while committing four turnovers. Darrell Armstrong brought a spark off the bench with 12 points and three assists. Danny Granger had 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot, and O'Neal scored 11 (with just two rebounds and no blocks) before leaving.


    Starting guards Jamaal Tinsley and Mike Dunleavy combined to shoot 3-of-19, and were outscored by Utah's Deron Williams and Derek Fisher 28-10. The Pacers shot .377 overall, the fourth time in the streak they've failed to reach 40 percent, and were outrebounded 47-35. They also committed 23 turnovers – 12 in the fourth quarter – that fueled Utah's 17-6 advantage in fast-break points.

    The Jazz didn't have any big individual performances, they just played consistently hard and smart, with plenty of movement on offense and a cohesive defense. Williams led the way with 17 points and six assists. Carlos Boozer had 14 points, 16 rebounds and four assists, and Matt Harpring scored 14 off the bench. Fisher scored 11 with four rebounds and four assists. The Jazz didn't shoot particularly well (41 percent overall, 1-of-9 from the arc) and committed 17 turnovers but still were much sharper than the Pacers.


    Utah started every quarter with a rush and thus never trailed. Runs of 7-0 to start the second quarter and 12-2 late in the period pushed the Jazz to a 50-37 halftime lead as Dunleavy – the hottest Indiana shooter coming in – attempted just one shot while the ice-cold Tinsley went 0-of-8. Utah enjoyed advantages of 29-19 on the boards and 15-5 in free throws made in the half as Boozer dominated inside, getting all 14 of his points and 13 of his rebounds.

    After O'Neal limped out with 11:19 left in the third period, Dunleavy and Murphy fueled a 9-2 surge that cut the deficit to 57-48. The Pacers finished the period with a 7-0 run capped by a Murphy 3-pointer that ut it to 67-61 entering the fourth.

    Rather than building on that momentum, the Pacers fell flat as Utah opened the fourth with a 16-4 run to build an 83-65 lead. Indiana managed just two baskets in the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter and wound up 3-of-12 with 12 turnovers in the period.

  • The Pacers' last seven-game losing streak came from Nov. 28 through Dec. 11, 2004.
  • Marquis Daniels sat out for the 11th time in 17 games with tendinitis in his left knee.
  • Maceo Baston missed his third in a row with a dislocated toe.
  • The Pacers dropped to 9-17 against Western Conference teams and 5-10 on the second night of back-to-back sets.
  • The Jazz snapped a three-game home losing streak to Indiana and improved to 9-0 against Central Division teams.