O’Neal lifts Pacers over Grizzlies
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jermaine O’Neal posted 23 points and
nine rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers continued their season-long six-game
homestand at Conseco Fieldhouse with a 114-104 victory against the Memphis
Grizzlies, a team who has still never beaten them as the visitor.
The Pacers received a scare on Sunday when forward Danny Granger was taken off
the floor in a stretcher after taking an accidental elbow to the back of his
neck and falling to the floor in the third quarter of Indiana’s 94-80 win over
the Clippers. He had tests taken on his neck that were negative and he was
later released from Methodist Hospital.
Granger returned to score 21 points and grab five rebounds with a pair of
assists for the Pacers, who played their last game before this weekend’s All-
Star break. Indiana will wrap its homestand after the break next Wednesday
Marquis Daniels scored 18 points and Mike Dunleavy added 14. Jamaal Tinsley
contributed eight assists in the win, Indiana’s second straight.
Rudy Gay scored a career-high 31 points for the Grizzlies, who have split
their last four contests. Memphis lost the first game of the series at home on
Pau Gasol posted 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Hakim Warrick scored 15
points. Mike Miller added 12 points and nine boards. Guard Damon Stoudamire,
who was questionable for the game because of flu-like symptoms, notched four
points and four assists in the loss.
The matchup was the first of a four-game road trip for Memphis, with the next
three games of the trek coming after the All-Star break. The club will resume
the swing Tuesday in Seattle as it will try to work on its league-worst 3-23
Memphis set the tone early, going on a 13-4 run midway through the first
capped by a Gasol bank shot, and led 33-26 heading into the second.
But, Indiana exploded on a 16-6 spurt to open the second stanza capped by an
Ike Diogu slam with 6:19 remaining for a three-point Pacers lead. The
Grizzlies closed the half on a 9-2 run capped by Gay’s trey in the final
minute to hold a 56-51 halftime advantage.
The Pacers came out strong again, opening the second half on an 11-3 burst
capped by a Troy Murphy three with 8:30 left for another three-point lead.
They led 87-83 with one more quarter to play.
Warrick’s three-point play early in the fourth cut Memphis’s deficit to three,
but Indiana scored the next six points, and cruised to victory down the
Memphis has traveled to Indiana 11 times in franchise history and each time
has left with a defeat. The club has also been bad in general this season on
the road, having lost four in a row and 14 of 15 away from Memphis…The two
clubs met for the second and final time this season. Indiana took the first
battle on February 3 in Memphis and has won five of the last six games in the