Scratched from the starting lineup because he overslept and
missed a morning shootaround, Jackson came off the bench late in
the first quarter, hit his first four shots and finished with 22
points Friday night as the Indiana Pacers beat Golden State 101-83.
"I have no problem with coming off the bench. I totally respect
the coach's decision," Jackson said. "It was my fault, not being
there this morning. I wanted to come off the bench and contribute
just as much as I contribute when I'm starting."
Jackson, who had a season-high 30 points at Utah on Tuesday, has
led Indiana in scoring in seven of the past eight games. Even
though he began the first and third quarters on the bench, he still
played 33 minutes, more than any player on either team.
"He called in this morning and said he overslept. These things
happen," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "When it happens, he
misses a start. It's no big deal. But it may have worked out better
for us tonight because he really juiced up our bench."
With James Jones starting in place of Jackson, the Pacers took
an early lead on Miller's shooting but still led only 21-15 before
Jackson entered the game with under 4 minutes left in the opening
Jackson hit his first shot seconds later, a 3-pointer, and had a
driving layup at the end of the quarter to put Indiana up 30-20. He
then scored eight points in a 16-2 run starting the second period,
and the Pacers pulled away to a 46-22 lead before Jackson's first
"We just never got into any rhythm at all," Dunleavy said.
"You would have thought we would have played this team pretty
close when you consider all of the injuries and other problems that
Indiana has had."
A basket by Troy Murphy midway through the second quarter was
Golden State's first field goal of the period. The Pacers matched
their 24-point lead on two free throws by Miller, then a layup by
Anthony Johnson gave Indiana its biggest lead so far at 54-28.
Unlike Tuesday, when Indiana blew a 25-point lead before coming
back late to beat Utah, the Pacers stayed in front of the Warriors
the rest of the way. With Jackson back on the bench at the start of
the third quarter, Miller, Jones and Johnson hit their first shots,
and Indiana pulled ahead 74-47 before Jackson returned.
"I cheered the guys on who started. They got us off to a great
start," Jackson said. "I'm just happy it's over with."
The Pacers took an 84-59 lead into the fourth quarter, then held
off a late comeback that cut the lead to 13 points with under 2
minutes to go.
"We just came out with not much energy," Warriors coach Mike
Montgomery said. "Indiana really shot the ball well and got into a
rhythm. We just didn't have much cooking tonight."
Dale Davis, signed last week on the same day the Pacers put
Jermaine O'Neal on the injured list, had eight points, seven
rebounds and two blocked shots. ... The Warriors are 3-4 with one
game left, at Atlanta on Saturday, on an eight-game road trip,
their longest in 40 years. ... The win was only Indiana's second in
nine games against Pacific Division teams this season. ... Warriors
reserve Calbert Cheaney, the college player of the year at Indiana
in 1993, received a warm welcome from fans when he entered the game
in the second quarter. ... Jason Richardson, averaging 23.3 the
past six games, was in foul trouble and scoreless in 16 minutes in
the first half and finished with five points. ... Miller hit all
six free throws he took, stretching his streak to 51 in a row, one
short of his club record.