Pacers continue road trip at Sacramento
(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers play the third contest of a four-game
road trip when they visit the Sacramento Kings tonight at ARCO Arena.
Indiana is 1-1 on its current road swing. On Thursday, Stephen Jackson hit a
clutch basket with just over a minute remaining on his way to a 27-point
effort, as the Pacers held off the Golden State Warriors, 99-89, at The Arena
Austin Croshere added 17 points and nine rebounds in the win over Golden State
for the Pacers, who have won two of their last three contests after a four-
game losing streak. Danny Granger had 13 points for Indiana, which played its
third straight game without All-Star forward Jermaine O’Neal.
O’Neal (pneumonia), Scot Pollard (flu) and guard Jamaal Tinsley (biceps) are
all questionable for tonight’s game for Indiand. O’Neal, who last played on
December 30th aganst Toronto, leads the Pacers in scoring (22.3 ppg) and
rebounding (10.0 rpg).
The Pacers are 7-9 as the visitor this season. They will visit the Lakers on
Monday in the finale of the current road trip.
Sacramento plays the second of a brief two-game homestand. Mike Bibby poured
in a game-high 32 points and added eight assists to lead the Kings past the
Los Angeles Clippers, 118-114, on Friday in a shootout at ARCO Arena.
Brad Miller contributed 26 points, while Peja Stojakovic netted 19 to go along
with 13 rebounds in the win over the Clippers for the Kings, who have won
three of their last four games overall. Kevin Martin finished with 17 points
in the victory.
The Kings are 9-10 at home this season.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Pacers
are scheduled to host Sacramento on March 17th at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Kings have won six straight after losing the last five meetings in this
series. Indiana has lost three straight after winning its last two at