Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/20

Game 1: Saturday, November 20th
Game 2: Saturday, January 15th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 22nd
Game 4: Monday, April 18th

Magic 86

(6-3, 2-3 away)

Pacers 83

(7-3, 3-2 home)

8:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 T
ORL 26 20 19 2186
IND 20 24 21 1883

Top Performers

Orl: G. Hill 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

Ind: F. Jones 31 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Orlando (5-3) at Indiana (7-2) 8:00 pm EST

INDIANAPOLIS ( 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,'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 scored 20.

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.