Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers Team Report – April 1

=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – April 1 ===

(Sports Network) – The Pacers locked up the Central Division title Wednesday
night with a 111-78 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Ron Artest poured in a game-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead
the Pacers to the win. Al Harrington came off the bench to post a double-
double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, as the Pacers earned home- court
advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. It marked the fourth
division title in the club’s history.

Jermaine O’Neal chipped in 16 points and a career-high seven assists for
Indiana, which won at home for the ninth time in its last 10 games as the

The Pacers, who led by double-digits since the 7:41 mark of the first quarter,
snapped a four-game losing streak to Milwaukee and beat every team in the
Eastern Conference at least once this season. The Bucks defeated Indiana in
Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

Rick Carlisle became just the second coach in NBA history to win division
titles in each of his first three seasons. Carlisle won two Central titles
with Detroit in 2002 and 2003. Pat Riley is the other coach to accomplish the

Jamaal Tinsley missed the game due to a viral sinus infection. It is unknown
when Tinsley will return to the court.

Indiana shot an amazing 56.3 percent from the field in the contest, including
9-of-20 (.450) from three-point range. The Pacers hit 12-of-18 from the free
throw line.

The Pacers will likely have it in neutral on Friday night, when they host the
Toronto Raptors.