INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Stephen Jackson kept finding himself with
open looks. And though he wasn't connecting with any regularity, he
When he was done, Jackson had scored 28 points and the Pacers
had hit 37 of 43 free throws to beat the fading Utah Jazz 103-84
Utah outshot Indiana from the field, but the Pacers spent much
of the night at the free throw line. Jackson shot just 6-of-16 from
the field, but was 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 12-of-12 on free
"Tonight, my teammates set blocks and screens, and I was able
to come off of them and make some shots," Jackson said. "We also
outrebounded them, which means we got a lot of second shots. We
must sustain this play for the rest of the season."
"Against this team, you have to outrebound them," said Pacers
coach Rick Carlisle. "Holding them to three second-chance points
was probably the key to the game. The presence he (Davis) gives us
on the inside makes a difference, especially in the absence of
O'Neal is sidelined indefinitely after injuring his right
shoulder at Denver on March 3.
Indiana never trailed after putting together a 7-0 run over a
1:46 span of the first quarter.
Gordan Giricek fueled an 11-5 run in the second quarter as Utah
closed to 39-35 with 2:46 to go before intermission, but Davis hit
a free throw, Miller made a jumper from the free throw line, and
Jackson added two free throws for a 44-37 halftime lead.
Miller scored six points and Jackson four in a 10-0 run that
pushed the lead to 63-45 midway through the third quarter. Utah did
not respond, much to the dismay of coach Jerry Sloan.
"Some of the guys still play hard, but some sometimes don't,"
he said. "We're struggling right now in so many areas, it really
makes it tough."
The Pacers placed center David Harrison on the injured list
with a sore left knee and activated center John Edwards, who had
been out since Jan. 15 with a strained right quad. ... Sloan still
needs one victory to tie Red Auerbach for sixth place on the NBA's
regular-season coaching win list. Sloan is 937-604. ... The Pacers
have been outscored in the paint in eight of the last nine games.
Utah held a 30-26 edge Wednesday. ... Miller is averaging 19 points
in his last five games.