Indiana wins despite being short-handed
=== Indiana wins despite being short-handed ===
(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers (16-12) halted a four-game losing streak
with Monday’s 115-96 win over the Seattle SuperSonics at the Conseco
Fred Jones connected on 10-of-16 shots and scored a season-high 26 points as
the Pacers cruised to the easy victory. Stephen Jackson added 22 points and
Sarunas Jasikevicius netted a career-high 20, who were missing three starters
– Jermaine O’Neal, Jamaal Tinsley and Ron Artest.
O’Neal was suffering from a bout with pneumonia, while Tinsley has a partially
torn right bicep. Artest, the team’s best all-around player, continues to
sit at home waiting to be traded.
The injuries and illness left Pacers coach Rick Carlisle with a starting
lineup that included center David Harrison, Austin Croshere, Danny Granger,
Jackson and Anthony Johnson.
Still, Indiana shot 52.1 percent from the floor.
The Pacers were 6-7 in December, their first losing month in almost a year and
will likely be without O’Neal and Tinsley for Wednesday’s game against Denver.
Indiana plays 10 of its next 15 games on the road starting with a four-game
western road trip that sees the team visiting Denver (15-17), Golden State
(17-14), Sacramento (12-17) and the Los Angeles Lakers (15-15). The Pacers are
just 6-8 on the road this season.
This will be the first meeting with Denver this season. Last year the Nuggets
swept both games including a 96-87 win at home in March.