- Indiana 108, Sacramento 83
By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer
January 8, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Jackson scored 17 of his 31 points while hitting five 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Jermaine O'Neal had 12 points and eight rebounds in his return to Indiana Pacers' lineup in a 108-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
Fred Jones scored 18 points for the Pacers, who hit 13 3-pointers and cruised to their second straight victory on a tough road trip thanks to two prolonged runs in the middle quarters. Jackson hit four consecutive 3-pointers during a decisive run in the third, when Indiana guaranteed it would snap a six-game losing streak against the Kings.
With their final basket, the Kings avoided surpassing their biggest loss ever to the Pacers, a 26-point defeat in 1993. Sacramento also was one point better than in its biggest loss of the season, a 26-point defeat in Oklahoma City on opening night.
Kenny Thomas had 21 points for the injury-depleted Kings, who showed none of the life from their 118-114 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers two nights earlier. Leading scorer Mike Bibby went 1-for-10 before getting benched in the third quarter, and Peja Stojakovic had 12 points.
O'Neal didn't start and played just 22 minutes after missing the last three games with the flu, but the Pacers didn't need him. Jones, Austin Croshere and Sarunas Jasikevicius combined for seven 3-pointers against Sacramento's pathetic perimeter defense, and the Pacers led by 35 points late.
Indiana took control with a 23-6 run in the second quarter, getting eight points apiece from Jackson, O'Neal and Jones on the way to a 60-39 halftime lead. The Kings, outrebounded 30-16 while shooting just 36 percent, were booed off the floor again.
Indiana then made a 19-6 run shortly after halftime, with Jackson's fourth straight 3-pointer staking the Pacers to an 80-47 lead with 7:20 left in the quarter. Jackson blew on his hot fingers, while Bibby and Stojakovic were benched by coach Rick Adelman after the ensuing timeout.
Jackson added another 3-pointer later in the quarter, tying the Kings franchise record for the most in a quarter by an opponent. Both clubs' reserves played the fourth quarter, and Bibby sat away from the Kings' huddle during the rest of the night's timeouts, gazing into the crowd while Adelman spoke to the team.
The Kings dropped to 9-11 at home, losing as many games as they did all last season. Sacramento has been one of the NBA's toughest home teams since Adelman's arrival in 1998, but his club will have its worst record at Arco Arena during his tenure with one more loss.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim has missed five straight games with a broken jaw, and Bonzi Wells has missed seven straight with a torn groin muscle. Neither first-year Kings starter is expected back any time soon.
While O'Neal returned, G Jamaal Tinsley remained sidelined for the Pacers, missing his fifth straight game with a torn biceps muscle. ... C Scot Pollard, the popular former Sacramento backup, also was back in uniform after missing the last game with the flu. He got a loud ovation when he got off Indiana's bench in the third quarter. ... Pacers C David Harrison got a technical foul for arguing while his team was ahead by 33 points with 3:39 to play.