O’Neal, Pacers deal Sixers first loss
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal led a balanced attack with
16 points and 11 rebounds, helping Indiana to a 97-86 victory over the
Rawle Marshall also scored 16 and Al Harrington finished with 14 points and
eight rebounds for the Pacers, who beat the Sixers for a third straight time
and gave Philadelphia its first loss of the season.
“The defensive energy we had tonight was the best we’ve had all year and we
needed it against these guys,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “It shows real
unity when you can get 12 guys to commit to the defensive end. That’s why a
game like tonight is encouraging.”
Danny Granger also had 14 points for Indiana, which used big runs in the
second and third quarters to pull away for its second straight victory.
Allen Iverson led the way with 20 points for the Sixers, but he shot just 8-
of-22 from the field. Willie Green and Kyle Korver each ended with 14 points
for Philadelphia, which had won its first three contests. However, the Sixers
were outrebounded, 52-32, on Tuesday.
“We’re a team that likes to get out and run and we can’t do that when you
don’t rebound,” Iverson said. “You can’t teach it. It’s the same as hustle.
You have to want it more than the other team. It’s something we have to
address early on here.”
The Sixers were within 40-34 with three minutes left in the second quarter,
but the Pacers went on an 11-2 spurt to end the half. Harrington started the
spurt with a jam and Stephen Jackson finished it with a layup in the final
A 10-2 run early in the third extended Indiana’s advantage to 64-41 after
Jackson drained a three-pointer with 6:15 left in the period.
Indiana’s lead stood at 80-55 going into the fourth, and the Sixers never
closed under double digits the remainder of the game.
Jamaal Tinsley had 11 points and Jackson scored 10 for the Pacers, who won
despite 22 turnovers.
“This was a big team effort,” Tinsley said. “We came out and put together 48
minutes. This is the first time we have been able to do that this year.”
Andre Iguodala had 10 points and seven boards for Philadelphia.
“We never got into a flow tonight and the boards killed us and made it a long
night for us,” Korver said. “But it’s only one game. We’re off to a 3-1 start
and if you would have told us that we would start out 3-1, we’d have a
The Sixers scored six in a row during the first quarter and led 23-20 after 12
After Iverson opened the second with a layup, Indiana scored 10 in a row early
for a 30-25 lead.
The Sixers went 1-of-7 from three-point range…Jeff Foster had 10 rebounds
for Indiana…Indiana was 7-of-18 from beyond the arc…Philadelphia has lost
17 of its last 24 at Indiana.