Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/13

Game 1: Thursday, October 13th
Jazz92Final
Pacers99

Jazz 92

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Pacers 99

(1-1, 1-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, October 13, 2005

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 10 27 34 2192
    IND 14 26 25 3499

    Lithuanian guard shines in the third quarter

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Rookie Sarunas Jasikevicius made Ron Artest's first home appearance a whole lot sweeter.

    Jasikevicius, a 29-year-old Lithuanian who played college ball at Maryland, had 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night as the Indiana Pacers came from behind and beat the Utah Jazz 99-92.

    "I'm beginning to feel comfortable, but I'm still a long ways off," said Jasikevicius, who played the past seven years in Europe and signed with Indiana as a free agent in August.

    "I am a rookie as an old man. I'm just trying to get my rhythm, get in shape, fit in and help this team to win," he said.

    Jasikevicius hit 6-of-9 shots, added three rebounds and a team-high four assists.

    "He played great; everybody played great. ... But it's the preseason," Artest said. "The guys are getting in shape, getting ready. He (Jasikevicius) is a really good point guard. He's not as good on defense; we're going to have to help him a lot. But he can run the show."

    Artest, playing his first game at home since he was suspended following the brawl with Detroit fans last November, had 23 points, but Indiana still trailed by seven after a basket by Utah rookie Deron Williams early in the final period.

    Two free throws each by Artest and Austin Croshere made it 77-74, then after Williams scored again, two more free throws by Croshere and a 3-pointer by Jasikevicius tied the game. There was one more tie before a basket by Stephen Jackson put the Pacers in front for good.

    "I like the way we finished the game," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said.

    "We know Sarunas can do things offensively, no question. His biggest adjustments are defensively and learning the personnel in the league. You saw the reason why we felt he was an important acquisition."

    Jasikevicius and Jackson, who finished with 15 points, combined for 18 of Indiana's final 20 points.

    The Jazz (1-1) pulled within 96-92 on a 3-pointer by Williams with 32 seconds to go, but Jasikevicius scored the final basket and free throw to clinch the win for the Pacers (1-1).

    Williams, the third overall pick in the draft, led Utah with 17 points.

    "I like to take over the game. It's how I've always been," said Williams, who played at Illinois. "I have to be more aggressive and hit my shots.

    "We're coming along and once we get in a rhythn, we'll be OK," he said.

    Artest, who missed the final 73 regular-season games and all of the playoffs because of his suspension by the league, was the focus of Indiana's offense at the beginning. He scored the Pacers' first two baskets and took five shots in the first four minutes of the game. His third basket put Indiana up 10-5 midway through the opening period.

    The Jazz managed only three free throws in a stretch of almost eight minutes before a basket by Mehmet Okur cut Indiana's lead to 14-10 at the end of the quarter.

    With reserves in the game, Utah came back in the second quarter, tying the game seven times before two free throws by Williams put the Jazz up 35-33 with under two minutes left in the half. Indiana regain a 40-37 lead at the half, but Utah took control in the third quarter and had its biggest lead at 73-65 early in the final period.

    For the second straight game, Indiana was without Jermaine O'Neal because of a bruise to his right thigh.

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