Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/9

Game 1: Friday, January 9th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 24th

Pacers 103

(52-19, 28-7 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    8:00 PM ET, March 24, 2004

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 30 25 19 2599
    IND 28 20 31 24103

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

    Ind: M. World Peace 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 8 Stl, 2 Blk

    Dallas (44-26) at Indiana (51-19) 8:00 pm EST

    INDIANAPOLIS ( news services) -- The Indiana Pacers likely will be without Most Valuable Player candidate Jermaine O'Neal on Wednesday when they host the Dallas Mavericks at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    O'Neal sprained his left knee in a collision with Chicago's Ronald Dupress early in the second quarter off Indiana's 101-77 rout of the Bulls on Monday and had to be helped to the locker room.

    An MRI on Tuesday revealed a bone bruise, but no damaged ligaments in O'Neal's knee. But he is listed as doubtful. Seven-foot forward Jonathan Bender, who has missed the last two games with a sprained right shoulder, was placed on the injured list.

    Bender, injured Friday night against Sacramento, has played in only 18 games this season while serving several stints on the injured list with left knee problems. He's averaging 7.1 points.

    The Pacers activated center Primoz Brezec to take Bender's spot on the roster.

    Reggie Miller scored 17 points Monday and Ron Artest and Al Harrington added 15 apiece for the Pacers, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.

    Dallas had won four of five before losing at Philadelphia on Monday, 107-98, to drop to 1-1 on a five-game Eastern Conference road trip.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points to pace the Mavericks, who allowed the 76ers to shoot 55 percent.

    Indiana beat Dallas on the road on January 9, 92-80, and is aiming for its first season sweep since the 1995-96 campaign.