INDIANAPOLIS (ESPN.com news services) -- The Indiana Pacers return home after a
wild night in Detroit and look to extend their winning streak to
four in a row when they take on the Orlando Magic on Saturday.
The Pacers posted a 97-82 victory over the Pistons in a game
that was called with 45 seconds to play.
In one of the craziest melees in NBA history, Stephen Jackson,
Ron Artest and Jermaine O'Neal all landed haymakers on unruly
Pistons fans, who showed the worst side of their behavior by
throwing everything from plastic bottles to chairs at members of
the Pacers, who fought back -- literally.
The NBA suspended Artest, O'Neal and Jackson, who were to begin serving their suspensions
Saturday night against Orlando.
Due to the suspensions, the Pacers likely will have to put injured players in uniform in order to meet the league's rule of dressing at least eight players, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports.
Indianapolis had dressed only 10 players for the pistions game, and only has seven healthy players available to face the Magic on Saturday. Reggie Miller, Jeff Foster and Anthony Johnson are on the injured list.
The Pacers will likely have to put Scot Pollard and/or Jonathan Bender in uniform against Orlando, even though they are both hurt and won't play, anticipates Stein.
Artest led the way for the Pacers with 24 points and O'Neal
The Magic are looking to duplicate their home success on the
road but have had little success doing so thus far. Steve
Francis scored 33 points and Hill added a season-high 32 as the
Magic pulled away for a 107-92 victory over the Utah Jazz on
Wednesday to remain perfect at home.
Francis and Hill made a combined 24-of-34 shots, including
7-of-8 in the final period to seal the win. The tandem has
averaged a combined 50.8 points per game at the TD Waterhouse
Centre, leading Orlando to its first 4-0 home start since the
1998-99 season, when it won its first 10.
Orlando has lost three road games in a row after knocking off
New Orleans, 90-89, on November 5.