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Indiana Pacers Team Report – February 21

=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – February 21 ===

(Sports Network) – Reggie Miller scored 24 points to lead Indiana to a 96-87
win over Washington at the MCI Center on Friday.

Jamaal Tinsley added 19 points and 10 assists, while Jermaine O’Neal also
scored 19 and grabbed 10 boards for the Pacers, who have won four of their
last five games.

Jeff Foster had a game-high 13 rebounds in the win.

Earlier Friday, Indiana All-Star forward Ron Artest was placed on the injury
list one day after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left
thumb. The Pacers activated forward James Jones from the injured list to fill
Artest’s roster spot.

The Wizards trailed by 11 at halftime, but came storming back in the third
quarter as they began the period on a 10-0 burst. Jerry Stackhouse, who keyed
the run with six points, helped close the margin to 50-49.

Indiana rebounded from the early barrage and increased its advantage to 59-51
midway through the stanza. However, the Wizards used a 16-3 run, highlighted
by nine points from Gilbert Arenas, to claim a 67-62 lead. Washington held a
71-68 edge after 36 minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Arenas’ three-pointer with 10:15 remaining staked the
Wizards to a 77-69 lead, but Indiana shrunk the deficit to 81-77 on Miller’s
three-pointer midway through the period.

The Pacers climbed within two moments later and grabbed an 86-85 advantage
lead on Tinsley’s basket with two minutes left. After Arenas put Washington
ahead by one, O’Neal scored with just over two minutes left, which ignited a
game-clinching 10-0 run, to give Indiana an 88-87 advantage.

Tinsley’s three with 1:05 left made it 91-87 and he added another three-
pointer off the glass with 37.4 seconds remaining. Miller then capped the
scoring with two free throws.

The Pacers are off until Sunday when they host the Utah Jazz.

IND