Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Friday, December 2nd
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Trail Blazers78
Game 2: Wednesday, February 8th
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Trail Blazers 69

(17-30, 5-17 away)

Pacers 101

(24-22, 15-7 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, February 8, 2006

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 12 21 15 2169
    IND 28 13 25 35101

    Top Performers

    Por: Z. Randolph 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Ind: P. Stojakovic 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Pacers outrebound Portland 61-38, get easy win

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers avoided a letdown this time.

    The Pacers followed Saturday's win over the Detroit Pistons with a 101-69 rout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

    Stephen Jackson scored 25 points, and the Pacers held the Blazers to 26.7 percent shooting to claim their third straight win. Indiana set a franchise best in field-goal percentage defense, and it was the lowest percentage allowed in an NBA game this season.

    In November, the Pacers followed a Thanksgiving night blowout win over Cleveland with a home loss to struggling Atlanta. The Pacers also have home losses to Chicago and Toronto, which both had losing records.

    The Pacers knew they couldn't let that happen again if they wanted to keep the momentum going from back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and the Pistons. Portland entered Wednesday's game 12 games below .500.

    "After winning those last two games, those were big games for us, it all would have been for nothing if we didn't come in here and win this game tonight," Jackson said. "We know we can beat these guys. We wanted to come in here and match their effort."

    Peja Stojakovic added 23 points for the Pacers. It was the second time in three games the Pacers set a season high for margin of victory.

    Zach Randolph had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, but he shot 6-for-19 from the floor. Portland has lost six of nine since a four-game winning streak.

    "We weren't together all night and didn't compete," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "We just didn't show up as a basketball team and do the things necessary to win. The Pacers rebounded well and dominated the game in every area."

    David Harrison had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, and Scot Pollard added 16 rebounds for the Pacers. Indiana outrebounded Portland 61-38 to win its fifth in a row in the series.

    The Pacers have outrebounded opponents by an average of 58-42 during the winning streak. Pollard said the Pacers haven't changed their level of emphasis on rebounding.

    "It's always a focus," he said. "You get more possessions, you win games. "We've just been hustling more and going after it more. It's coming to us."

    Pollard has had double figures in rebounds in three of his last four games.

    "I'm playing the way I always play, it's just that the ball is landing in my hands more often," he said.

    Randolph was coming off a 28-point, 12-rebound effort in loss to Denver on Saturday. He had averaged 26 points in his previous four games. He had only four points after the break.

    The Pacers shot 52 percent from the field in the first quarter to take a 28-12 lead. Stojakovic had 12 points and Jackson 10 in the period.

    The Pacers limited Portland to 25 percent shooting in the first half to take a 41-33 lead at the break.

    The Pacers took control for good early in the third quarter. Two 3-pointers apiece from Stojakovic and Jackson gave Indiana a 57-37 lead with 5:55 left in the period.

    Stojakovic bounced back from a 3-for-14 effort against Detroit by going 9-of-15. Jackson shot 10-for-17 from the floor.

    "I think the guys we have are playing well together on both ends of the court," Jackson said. "We're sharing the ball, we're helping each other on defense, not relying on one man to guard his man all the time. We give each other a lot of help."

    Game notes


    Randolph is from Marion, Ind. ... Portland fell to 5-17 on the road. ... The Pacers have won the first three games of a seven-game homestand. ... The Pacers improved to 3-0 with the starting lineup of Jackson, Stojakovic, Pollard, Jeff Foster and Anthony Johnson. They are 3-1 since Stojakovic came to the Pacers in the trade that sent Ron Artest to Sacramento ... Stojakovic is averaging 18.5 points since the trade.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    POR
    IND
    Points 69 101
    FGM-FGA 20-75 (.267) 39-90 (.433)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 13-30 (.433)
    FTM-FTA 26-36 (.722) 10-15 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-38 22-61
    Assists 8 28
    Turnovers 14 16
    Steals 11 7
    Blocks 6 7
    Fast Break Points 4 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 25 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 33

    Top Performers

    Portland
    Indiana
    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 25
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2