Wednesday , Feb , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers Team Report – February 18

=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – February 18 ===

(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers got their post-All-Star slate off on
the wrong foot on Tuesday, as they dropped an 89-75 decision to the New
Orleans Hornets at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Jermaine O’Neal paced the Pacers with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, while Ron
Artest finished with 13 points off the bench for Indiana, which had a three-
game winning streak snapped.

Artest was benched for the start of the game for missing a practice on Monday
night. He said he missed the workout because he did not return in time from
Sunday night’s All-Star game in Los Angeles. He was not on the flight that was
originally scheduled for him and had to take a later flight.

The Pacers were attempting to become the first team in the NBA this season to
reach 40 wins.

On the bright side Al Harrington returned to the lineup for the Pacers after
missing the last two games with a sore knee. He received a cortisone shot for
the knee last week, but it did not help. Harrington, though, has said he will
play through the pain.

Indiana will return to the action on Friday against Washington.