Monday , Mar , 22 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers try to get back on winning track

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers try to put the brakes
on a two-game losing streak tonight as they host Central Division rival
Chicago at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Indiana is in first place in the Central, five games ahead of the Detroit
Pistons. The Pacers are also the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

This is the third meeting of the season between the two squads. The previous
two games were played in Chicago, as each team picked up a victory. The clubs
will play again on April 14th at Indiana.

The Pacers have lost three of their last four contests. On Saturday, Indiana
fell 99-95 to the Memphis Grizzlies at The Pyramid. Jermaine O’Neal poured in
a game-high 28 points and hauled down 11 boards in the loss for the Pacers.

Ron Artest added 23 points on 10-19 shooting in 38 minutes of action against
Memphis. Jeff Foster contributed 17 points in the setback.

Indiana is 24-12 on the road this season. The Pacers are 7-0 in Monday games.

Chicago has lost 10 straight and 11 of its last 12 at Indiana. The Bulls last
win at Indiana was on March 17, 1998.

The Bulls come into tonight’s contest on a two-game winning streak. On
Saturday, Chicago tallied an 87-81 win over the New York Knicks at the United
Center.

Eddy Curry and Jamal Crawford both scored 25 points to lead Chicago to the
victory. Curry added 14 rebounds and Crawford dished out nine assists for the
Bulls, who have won consecutive games for the fifth time this season. Antonio
Davis contributed 11 points in the win.

Chicago is 3-7 in Monday games this season. The Bulls are a brutal 7-27 on the
road.

The home team has won five of six and seven of the last nine contests in this
series.

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