Friday , Apr , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Road wins hard to come by for Indy

(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers have to improve on their road success if
they want to be one of the eight teams in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Indiana has dropped six in a row on the road and owns a weak 13-24 record as
the visitor this season.

On Wednesday at home, Peja Stojakovic and Stephen Jackson scored 25 points
apiece to help Indiana end a five-game losing streak with a 111-103 triumph
over the Toronto Raptors. Guard Fred Jones missed his second game in a row
with a sore left thumb.

With the win the Pacers moved a 1/2 game behind the sixth-seeded Milwaukee
Bucks in the East and 1 1/2 games ahead of the Chicago Bulls.

Now the Pacers will hit the road for a pair of games in New York and Detroit.
Indiana will then open a three-game homestand after the short road swing.

On a hot note, Stephen Jackson has averaged 23.5 points in the last two games
for the Pacers, who are 12-5 when the offense scores at least 100 points.

Also, rookie guard Sarunas Jasikevicius is averaging 8.5 points in almost 17
minutes a game over the past four contests.