Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/11

Game 1: Tuesday, October 11th

Pacers 103

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Nets 105

(1-0, 1-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, October 11, 2005

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
IND 26 33 20 24103
NJ 32 25 19 29105

Artest returns to court in Pacers' loss to Nets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Zoran Planinic's driving layup with 5.9 seconds left gave the New Jersey Nets a 105-103 preseason victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, spoiling Ron Artest's return to the NBA.

Indiana's Jimmie Hunter had tied the score 103-103 on a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining. Planinic took the inbounds pass from midcourt and drove the right side for the winning points. Nets rookie Antoine Wright then stole the ball from Indiana's Eddie Gill.

Artest had eight points, three rebounds and three personal fouls in 12 minutes in his first NBA action since last Nov. 19, when he was involved in a brawl involving players and fans in a game against Detroit at The Palace at Auburn Hills.

The 6-foot-7 forward was suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs, and he and four teammates were sentenced to one year's probation and community service for their role in the melee.

Hunter scored 17 points for the Pacers, who played without Jermaine O'Neal (thigh) and Greg Foster (Achilles).

Vince Carter led the Nets with 18 points.

Nets forward Marc Jackson left the game in the final minutes with a strained groin, according to coach Lawrence Frank.

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