Jackson, O’Neal fuel Pacers to easy win over Wizards
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson scored 30 points to lead
the Indiana Pacers over the Washington Wizards, 111-87, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Jermaine O’Neal added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who ended a
two-game slide and won for just the second time in five outings. O’Neal and
Jackson combined to shoot 25-of-36 for Indiana, which shot a blistering 59
percent from the floor for the game.
“I needed it,” said Jackson of his offensive performance. “I’ve been in a
slump lately. I was able to get a feel for my shots early and kept it going
throughout the game.”
Gilbert Arenas had 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Wizards,
who have dropped eight of their last 11 games. Antawn Jamison tallied 16
points and 12 rebounds for Washington, which scored just 57 points over the
final three quarters.
Washington led 30-18 after one quarter, but things started to fall apart on
the Wizards in the second. Ahead 42-28 nearly four minutes into the second,
the Wizards were outscored 22-9 the rest of the period and held a slim 51-50
advantage going into the locker room.
Indiana never held a lead in the first half, but went ahead for the first time
early in the third quarter. After taking their first advantage at 52-51 on an
O’Neal bucket in the opening seconds of the half, the game was tied at 55-55
when the club went up for good.
A Sarunas Jasikevicius basket started a 10-2 burst that gave the Pacers a
65-57 advantage following a Jackson three-point play with eight minutes left
in the stanza.
Washington managed to draw within 65-60 after a Jarvis Hayes three-pointer,
but that would be as close as the Wizards would get the rest of the way.
Indiana scored 22 of the final 33 points of the quarter to go into the fourth
with a commanding 87-71 cushion.
The Pacers were never threatened over the final 12 minutes and coasted to the
“It was a rough start with a lot going on,” said Indiana head coach Rick
Carlisle. “But tonight, we showed real signs of a group being tied together.
I’m proud the way the guys fought back.”
Jasikevicius ended with 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for
Indiana, which played without the injured Ron Artest.
Artest missed the game with a wrist injury…Caron Butler had 14 points off
the bench for the Wizards…Hayes, Brendan Haywood and Etan Thomas had 10
points apiece for Washington…The Wizards fell to 3-6 on the road this
season…Indiana improved to 6-3 at home…Fred Jones had 17 points and
Anthony Johnson had 10 points and nine assists for Indiana…Washington shot
just 34.1 percent for the game…The Wizards also hit just 4-of-20 three-