Friday , Nov , 07 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers Team Report – November 7

=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – November 7 ===

(Sports Network) – Ron Artest scored 21 points to lead Indiana to an 87-81 win
over the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena Thursday.

Anthony Johnson contributed 17 points, while Jermaine O’Neal added 15 points
and seven boards for the Pacers, who have won three straight games and snapped
a four-game losing streak at the Meadowlands.

The Pacers opened up a 55-39 lead with just under nine minutes left in the
third period on O’Neal’s jump hook. The lead reached 19 points moments later,
but the Nets ended the frame on a 9-0 run and trimmed the gap to 64-54 after
three quarters.

Indiana quickly got back on track to start the fourth as it began the period
on a 7-0 spurt, capped by Artest’s breakaway dunk with 9:24 left in the game.
The Pacers were able to hold on for the six-point victory.

Indiana’s bench outscored New Jersey’s reserves 34-7.

The Pacers host rookie sensation LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers
tonight.

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