Jermaine O’Neal takes on former team
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers continue their five-game
West Coast road trip tonight when they pay a visit to Rasheed Wallace and the
Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Jermaine O’Neal, who spent the first four years of his career in Portland,
scored a season-high 34 points, hauled down 14 boards and blocked eight shots
in a dominating performance, leading the Pacers to an 89-82 win over the
Phoenix Suns Monday at America West Arena.
Portland traded O’Neal and center Joe Kleine to the Pacers for center Dale
Davis in August 2000.
Al Harrington scored 18 points to go along with six rebounds and seven
assists on Monday, while Reggie Miller collected 15 points for the Pacers, who
followed up a Sunday demolition at the hands of the Lakers with their ninth
win in 10 games.
Indiana forward Ron Artest (back) is expected to play tonight, while guard
Jamaal Tinsley (personal) is questionable.
The Pacers, who are 1-1 on the current swing, are 8-1 on the road this season.
The Trail Blazers found more trouble with the law on Tuesday, as power forward
Zach Randolph was arrested early in the morning after being stopped by police
in North Portland for driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The 6-foot-9 power forward was released from the county justice center and is
facing a misdemeanor charge that could be punishable by up to one year in
prison or a fine between $1,000 and $5,000.
Randolph’s play has been a big positive for the Blazers this season. The
former Michigan State star has scored 20 or more points in nine of Portland’s
17 games this season.
Portland comes into tonight’s game well rested and it has not played since
defeating the New Jersey Nets 97-93 on Friday, as Damon Stoudamire scored a
season-high 28 points and handed out seven assists.
Randolph netted 26 and pulled down nine rebounds for the Blazers, who snapped
a two-game skid with the victory.
Portland is 8-2 at home.
Last season, the Blazers won both games with the Pacers and have won three
straight and five of the last six meetings with Indiana. The Pacers have also
lost three straight and five of their last six in Portland.