Indiana Pacers Team Report – April 15
=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – April 15 ===
(Sports Network) – Al Harrington scored a team-high 22 points, leading the
playoff-bound Indiana Pacers to a 101-96 win over the lowly Chicago Bulls on
Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse in the season-finale for both clubs.
Jermaine O’Neal chipped in with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers
(61-21), who have already secured the top-seed in the Eastern Conference and
will face the Boston Celtics in the opening round of the playoffs in a rematch
of last year’s first round.
Boston stunned the Pacers last season by eliminating them in six games, their
third consecutive first-round exit.
Fred Jones added 12 points and Jonathan Bender contributed with 11 off the
bench for Indiana, which now owns a franchise-best record since joining the
NBA prior to the 1976-77 campaign. The club posted a 58-24 mark under first-
year coach and current team president Larry Bird in 1997-98.
The Pacers and Celtics will play the first game of the best-of-seven series
on Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse.