Pacers, minus O’Neal and Tinsley, rout Sonics
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Fred Jones connected on 10-of-16 shots and
scored a season-high 26 points, as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Seattle
SuperSonics, 115-96, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Stephen Jackson added 22 points and Sarunas Jasikevicius netted a career-high
20 for the Pacers, who snapped a four-game losing streak and were playing
without Jermaine O’Neal (pneumonia) and Jamaal Tinsley (partially torn bicep).
“I knew I had to put a lot more on my shoulders,” Jones said. “I’ve gotten a
lot more confident in my game and I’ve been trying to take advantage of it.”
Ray Allen led the Sonics with 24 points and Ronald Murray added 18 points in
the loss, Seattle’s second in a row.
“In the first quarter, we gave up too many easy points,” Allen said. “It seems
like its a fairly even game through the other three quarters. But these first
quarters have been a problem.”
Indiana opened the game hitting its first seven shots and quickly jumped out
to 16-8 lead in the first quarter. After Jackson misfired on a three-pointer,
the Pacers then reeled off an 11-0 run, highlighted by five points from Jones
and a Jackson trey.
Jackson netted 13 in the opening frame and Indiana hit 7-of-10 from beyond the
arc for a 38-23 edge.
The Sonics were able to chip into the lead with a 12-5 spurt, capped by
Allen’s three-point play to make the score 54-45 with 3:36 left in the half.
However, the Pacers built upon their 63-47 halftime lead with a 16-2 streak,
bridging the second and third quarters, finished with Anthony Johnson’s long-
distance shot to make the score 70-47.
The third period ended with Indiana up, 89-71, as Jones hit a three-pointer
with less than a second left. Allen connected on 4-of-5 shots and scored 13
points in the quarter.
Jasikevicius scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth to keep the rout going,
as Seattle could not muster a run to get back in the game.
Seattle’s Danny Fortson scored two points in his return from a two-game
suspension…Indiana plays 10 of its next 15 games on the road…The Pacers
scored a season-high in points…Allen is averaging 27.8 points and 4.8
three-pointers in his last four games…Jones has scored 20 plus points in
back-to-back games…Indiana shot 52.1 percent from the floor compared to
Seattle’s 44.9 percent…Johnson hit 3-of-4 three pointers.