Monday , Dec , 05 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers set to begin homestand

(Sports Network) – While the Indiana Pacers finished off a tough five-game
road trip with a winning record (3-2), the team lost ground to the streaking
Detroit Pistons. They hope to close the gap on the idle Pistons when they
begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday.

In a 107-102 loss at Seattle on Sunday, Ron Artest led all scorers with 30
points. Forward Jermaine O’Neal chipped in 22 points and Sarunas Jasikevicius
had 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Indiana forward Austin Croshere (hip flexor) did not play and Jamaal Tinsley
missed his second straight game with a sore left groin.

On the five-game road trip, O’Neal shot 41-for-85 (48.2 percent) from the
floor. Jasikevicius shot an amazing 11-for-14 (78.5 percent) from behind the
three-point line.

The Pacers begin a three-game homestand with a game against Dallas
(11-5) on Tuesday. Washington (7-8) and Memphis (12-5) will follow the
Mavericks in a homestand that ends Saturday night.

The Pacers are 5-2 at Conseco Fieldhouse. They were 25-16 at home last