Sunday , Dec , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Indiana Pacers Team Report – December 26

=== Indiana Pacers Team Report – December 26 ===

(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers fell to the Detroit Pistons, 98-93, at
Conseco Fieldhouse on Christmas Day.

This marked the first meeting between the teams since the disgraceful brawl
that took place at The Palace on November 19. Indiana won that fight-marred
affair, 97-82. The game had to be stopped because of the fracas and NBA
commissioner David Stern showed no mercy as he suspended Indiana’s Ron Artest
for the remainder of the season for his part in the incident. Stern also
suspended eight other players for their parts in the melee that started on the
court and eventually found its way into the seats and included the fans.

Artest’s teammate, Stephen Jackson, received a 30-game suspension, while
Indiana All-Star Jermaine O’Neal was originally scheduled to miss 25 contests.
However, O’Neal was available for this game after a federal judge upheld an
arbitrator’s ruling that reduced the suspension to only 15 games.

Reggie Miller scored 24 points and O’Neal added 21 for the Pacers, who have
dropped three straight and 10 of their last 12 contests. Fred Jones netted 15
points and Jeff Foster chipped in 10 points and 16 rebounds in the setback.

The Pacers are off until Monday when they host the New Orleans Hornets. It
will be the first of two meetings this season between the squads. The teams
will play once again on January 19th at New Orleans.