Thursday , Jan , 27 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers Team Report – January 27

=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – January 27 ===

(Sports Network) – For the second time since the Motown Melee, the Detroit
Pistons run with the arch-rival Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse this
evening. Stephen Jackson, who was suspended 30 games for his part in the fight
with Detroit’s fans, will be facing Detroit for the first time since the
melee.

Jackson actually returned to the court on Wednesday night, but he didn’t make
much difference as the Pacers dropped a 100-86 decision to Boston. Jermaine
O’Neal had a game-high 24 points for Indiana, which suffered its third loss in
four games.

Jackson started and scored 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting in the defeat, while
Fred Jones chipped in 11 points off the bench. The Pacers hit 44.1 percent
from the field, but only 5-of-18 (.278) from three-point range. Indiana also
drained just 21-of-31 (.677) from the charity stripe.

To make room for Jackson on the active roster, Michael Curry was placed on the
injured list with a strained right hamstring.

The Pacers lost the rebounding war, 41-32, and committed 15 turnovers in the
losing effort. Jamaal Tinsley sat out with a sinus flu and Jonathan Bender
missed the game with a sore right knee. Tinsley is questionable for tonight’s
game, while Bender is expected to miss the contest.

Indiana, which has lost two straight after winning its previous three home
games, is only 10-8 in its friendly confines this season. The Pacers have
their next two contests and four of their next five at home.

Indiana has lost the back end of back-to-back games four straight times. The
Pacers have lost seven of their last 11 games and are 13-18 since the fight.

These teams have split a pair of meetings this season with the road team
winning both games. Detroit downed the Pacers, 98-93, at Conseco Fieldhouse on
December 25. Indiana has won five of seven and six of the last nine meetings.
The Pistons have won four of their last seven at Indiana.

The Pacers will finish up their week’s worth of work on Saturday against the
Denver Nuggets at Conseco.

IND