Indiana Pacers Team Report – November 21
=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – November 21 ===
(Sports Network) – The undermanned Indiana Pacers found themselves on the
losing end of an 86-83 decision against the Orlando Magic on Saturday at
Fred Jones poured in a career-high 31 points for the Pacers, who dressed the
league minimum eight players, but played only six due to injuries to Jamaal
Tinsley and Scot Pollard.
David Harrison had 19 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
Earlier in the day, the NBA suspended Indiana’s Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson
and Jermaine O’Neal indefinitely for their parts in Friday night’s fight
between the Pacers and Pistons. Indiana won the game 97-82 before it was
called. Detroit’s Ben Wallace was also suspended indefinitely by the league.
The suspensions stemmed from an incident that occurred with 45 seconds left as
Wallace was fouled by Artest and the Pistons center took exception to what he
deemed a hard foul and gave Artest a two-handed push to the face.
After that, the fighting continued by the scorer’s table as players came off
both benches to continue the melee on the court. The Detroit fans then lost
control and began throwing cups filled with liquid and ice at Artest, who was
surprisingly staying out of harm’s way on top of the table. Artest was hit in
the head with a flying cup and immediately raced into the stands where he
started punching whom he thought was the culprit.
Jackson and O’Neal were also involved in fights, both on the court and in the
stands, before finally being escorted to the locker room. O’Neal apparently
knocked an onrushing fan out cold and charges could be pressed against the
Jones also got into an altercation in the stands as a fan was punching the
back of his head while he was in the middle of a scuffle.
Indiana will return to action on Tuesday against Boston.