Friday , Nov , 21 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers and Hornets battle in the “Big Easy”

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Two of the top teams in the Eastern
Conference will take to the hardwood tonight when the New Orleans Hornets
welcome the Indiana Pacers to New Orleans Arena for a Central Division
showdown.

The Hornets won their fourth straight game Wednesday with an 81-73 victory
over the Boston Celtics at FleetCenter.

Baron Davis scored 17 points in the win over Boston, while Jamaal Magloire
added 15 points and 12 rebounds. P.J. Brown chipped in 12 points and hauled in
a game-high 16 boards for the Hornets.

With a win tonight, the Hornets would match the best 13-game start in
franchise history.

The Hornets have won nine of their first 12 games to match the best start in
the franchise’s 16-year history, set in 1997-98 and matched last season. They
are trying to match the team-record 10-3 start, which was achieved last
season.

New Orleans is 5-1 as the host this season.

The Pacers picked up their third straight win Wednesday with a 91-78 victory
over the Los Angeles Clippers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Al Harrington started in place of injured forward Jermaine O’Neal and turned
in a solid effort, scoring 22 points and grabbing nine rebounds. O’Neal was
scratched before tip off due to tendinitis in his right knee and is listed as
day-to-day.

The 25-year-old O’Neal lead’s the team in scoring (18.6 ppg), rebounds (10.2)
and blocks (2.7 bpg).

Kenny Anderson and Austin Croshere added 13 points apiece for the Pacers, who
have won eight of their last nine contests. At 9-2, the Pacers have the NBA’s
best record.

Against Los Angeles, the Pacers dominated the paint with 44 points to the
Clippers’ 30. Overall, Indiana has held five opponents under 80 points this
season.

Indiana is a perfect 5-0 on the road this season.

The Pacers are currently in first place in the Central Division — just one-
half game ahead of New Orleans.

In 2002-03, the Pacers won three of the four meetings between the two squads.
However, New Orleans won the last encounter, winning 81-71 in Indiana on March
11, 2003.

Overall, the Hornets have won four of the last seven meetings between the two
squads.

The Hornets have won six of 10 and eight of the last 13. However, Indiana
leads the all-time series, 36-25.

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