Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Wednesday, November 3rd
Game 2: Friday, February 25th
Game 3: Sunday, March 13th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 6th

Cavaliers 82

(31-22, 10-17 away)

Pacers 106

(28-26, 16-12 home)

Coverage: FSOH

8:00 PM ET, February 25, 2005

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 27 14 20 2182
IND 27 31 20 28106

Top Performers

Cle: Z. Ilgauskas 20 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

Ind: S. Jackson 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

Indy's reserves take over in second quarter

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers were one of the few teams not to make a trade before Thursday's deadline. That suited coach Rick Carlisle just fine.

Over the past three weeks, the Pacers have proved they can win with their current roster -- even without the suspended Ron Artest.

Indiana won a season-high fifth straight game Friday night, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-82. Starting point guard Jamaal Tinsley missed the game with a bruised foot and center Jeff Foster sat with back spasms, but that still didn't stop the Pacers from winning for the eighth time in their last 10 games.

"If there was a trade that would have helped us, we would have made it," Carlisle said. "Coming into the deadline, we had won seven out of nine, so there was no need to panic.

"Larry Bird is not going to panic. He knows what we have, and we have a good team. It's just getting together now."

Stephen Jackson led Indiana with 28 points, including the team's last 11 in the fourth quarter. Jermaine O'Neal added 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Indiana, which shot 52 percent.

"I am beginning to let the game come to me," Jackson said. "I want to work hard and score off my teammates' screens."

LeBron James had a tough night from the field, scoring 21 points on 9-of-25 shooting. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks for Cleveland, which shot 36 percent and committed 15 turnovers.

"Our intensity just wasn't there," James said. "We have to play better. We have a tough stretch coming up, and if we don't get things right, we can lose four straight."

Indiana took control of the game in the second quarter, thanks in part to its reserves. Eddie Gill started a 12-0 run with a 3-pointer, helping the Pacers open a 47-33 lead.

Indiana's bench outscored the Cavaliers by themselves in the second quarter, 20-14. For the game, the Pacers' reserves held a 37-18 advantage over Cleveland's bench.

"That's our job to come in and provide a spark," said Pacers forward Austin Croshere, who had 10 points and six rebounds. "We mixed things up a little bit, got some offensive rebounds, knocked down some shots and got the big lead."

Cleveland cut the deficit to 52-39 with 1:24 left in the second quarter, but the Pacers scored six of the final eight points of the half to take a 58-41 lead.

Indiana didn't let up in the third quarter, quickly extending its lead to 66-45 after O'Neal's basket. Cleveland gradually chipped away, getting within 76-61 after a three-point play by James with less than a minute left in the period.

The Cavaliers added two more baskets to start the fourth to trail 78-65, but that was as close as they would get. Jackson sealed the victory, scoring all 11 Pacers points in the last 4:39.

"It was a bad effort," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. "We have to pick it up and move on."

Game notes

Jiri Welsch made his debut with the Cavaliers. He entered the game late in the first quarter and scored zero points in five minutes. Cleveland acquired Welsch from Boston on Thursday for a 2007 first-round draft pick. ... Scot Pollard started at center for the Pacers in place of Foster. ... The Pacers have beaten Cleveland 10 times in their last 11 games.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 82 106
FGM-FGA 33-91 (.363) 40-77 (.519)
3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 8-20 (.400)
FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 18-27 (.667)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 26-49 11-41
Assists 15 26
Turnovers 17 10
Steals 8 8
Blocks 6 6
Fast Break Points 9 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 24

Top Performers

Zydrunas Ilgauskas Ilgauskas
Points: 20
Reb: 15
Ast: 0
Stl: 1
Blk: 4
Stephen Jackson Jackson
Points: 28
Reb: 5
Ast: 4
Stl: 2
Blk: 0