INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jamaal Tinsley watched as his improbable
heave from just inside the halfcourt line banked in at the buzzer.
Too bad it didn't count.
Tinsley's apparent game-winner was waved off after officials
reviewed the play, and the Orlando Magic escaped with an 85-84
victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Indiana blew a chance to tie the score at 85-all with 3.3
seconds left when Reggie Miller was fouled by Doug Christie while
shooting a 3-pointer. But Miller, who has made a career of hitting
clutch shots, made only two of three foul shots to leave the Pacers
a point short.
"He missed it," said Jermaine O'Neal, who finished with 38
points and 15 rebounds. "Just like I missed six (free throws). I
missed six big ones."
The Pacers put Jameer Nelson on the free throw line with 2.6
seconds left. The rookie missed both attempts, setting up Tinsley's
"I just caught it and shot it," said Tinsley, who had 12
points and four assists. "I guess it wasn't good."
Hedo Turkoglu had 23 points and Grant Hill added 19 points and
eight rebounds for Orlando, which almost blew an 18-point
Turkoglu, who was inserted into the starting lineup after
Orlando traded Cuttino Mobley, had 19 points in the first half. The
new role is suiting Turkoglu -- he's averaging 18.7 points and six
rebounds in his three starts.
"The trade will allow him to flourish a little bit more," Hill
said. "I've seen him everyday since training camp and I think he's
an All-Star in the making."
For Indiana, it was a disappointing loss following two
impressive wins over Memphis and Phoenix. The Pacers shot 38
percent from the field and didn't give O'Neal much help on offense.
Tinsley was the only other Pacer to score in double figures.
"I don't think that's really an issue," O'Neal said. "The
issue is getting off to a better start."
Despite the poor start, Indiana was able to get back into the
game midway through the fourth quarter. The Pacers cut a 12-point
deficit to 71-65 after a 6-0 run with 6:43 left.
Hill responded by scoring Orlando's next nine points to keep the
Pacers at bay.
O'Neal came back with a bucket to make the score 83-82 with 28
seconds to go, but Kelvin Cato hit two free throws to extend the
lead to three with 7 seconds left.
"It was just one of those blue-collar games," Orlando coach
Johnny Davis said. "Each team was slugging it out in the fourth
Miller became the Pacers career-leader in assists,
finishing with three. Miller entered Saturday's game tied with Vern
Fleming with 4,038. ... Christie finished with two points in his
first game playing with the Magic. ... Pacers coach Rick Carlisle
got a technical foul for arguing a non-call late in the second
quarter. ... Orlando's Dwight Howard got a technical for arguing a
call in the third quarter. ... Jonathan Bender scored eight points
in his first game back from a knee injury. ... Pacers forward
Michael Curry missed the game with flulike symptoms.