Pacers open brief homestand with Magic
(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers are back home from a six-game road trip
and will host the Orlando Magic tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers have lost three straight and went 2-4 on their recent trip. On
Monday Indiana suffered a 101-87 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples
Jermaine O’Neal led the Pacers with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Sarunas
Jasikevicius added 16 points and five assists, while Danny Granger had 15
points for Indiana, which will host Orlando and Portland with hopes of
improving a 4-2 mark at home this season.
Meanwhile, the Magic will close out a six-game road trip on Wednesday in
Indiana and are 4-1 so far on the swing.
Orlando, which leads the Southeast Division, posted a 92-89 victory on Monday
over the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena.
Jameer Nelson hit the winning three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to help the
Magic snap an 11-game skid at Sacramento. Dwight Howard tallied 18 points and
16 rebounds for the Magic, who won in Sacramento for the first time since
December 19, 1993.
Nelson ended with 14 points and Carlos Arroyo scored 12 for Orlando, which won
for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 7-4 away from TD
Waterhouse Centre this season.
Orlando and Indiana have split a pair of meetings so far this season. Indiana
posted a 93-83 triumph on November 10 at Conseco Fieldhouse before the Magic
countered with a 96-91 victory in Orlando 12 days later.
The Pacers have won five of seven and eight of the last 13 meetings in the
series, while Orlando has dropped three in a row and 10 of 14 at Indiana.