Saturday , Dec , 06 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers Team Report – December 6

=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – December 6 ===

(Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal scored 30 points and hauled down nine
boards to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 101-94 win over the Seattle SuperSonics
at KeyArena on Friday.

Al Harrington contributed 18 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Foster collected
14 boards. Reggie Miller added 14 points for the Pacers, who have won 10 of
their last 12 games.

The Pacers trailed 45-44 after the first half, but scored 36 points in the
third quarter to put the game away. Indiana opened up the first eight minutes
of the period on a 25-4 run, and led 80-60 heading into the fourth.

The 36-point quarter for Indiana was the most given up by the Sonics in a
stanza this season.

Ronald Murray sank two free throws with 5:41 to go to cut the Pacers’ lead to
10 points at 90-80. Indiana’s lead remained in double-digits until there was
2:41 to play, when Rashard Lewis buried a three-pointer to make it 92-85.

However, O’Neal got free for a dunk with less than two minutes to go, pushing
the lead back up to nine points and effectively ending the contest. Seattle
made a frenetic defensive stand in the final minute, but couldn’t get the
Pacers’ lead below five.

Indiana will head back to the court on Sunday against Sacramento.

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