Philadelphia at Indiana

O'Neal's 16 points send Sixers to first loss of season

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal isn't ready to call the Indiana Pacers a contender just yet.

O'Neal had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pacers handed the Philadelphia 76ers their first loss of the season with a 97-86 victory Tuesday night.

Even after double-digit victories in their last two games, O'Neal knows the Pacers still have plenty of work in front of them.

"We can't win any championships in the first four games," said O'Neal, who added four blocks. "It's one game at a time, but so far, so good."

Reserve Rawle Marshall added 16 points, Danny Granger and Al Harrington each had 14, Jamaal Tinsley had 11 and Stephen Jackson scored 10.

"We had people scoring from all different positions," said Granger, who also grabbed six rebounds. "It was just a total effort, and that's what we're going to need."

Allen Iverson finished with 20 points on 8-of-22 shooting from the field for the 76ers (3-1), who trailed by at least 10 points the entire second half. Kyle Korver and Willie Green each scored 14.

For the second time in its past three games, Philadelphia was outrebounded by 20 or more. The Pacers held a 52-32 rebounding edge on Tuesday.

"You can't teach rebounding," Iverson said. "We're not going to be able to win basketball games if we don't rebound the ball."

The Pacers used their defense and rebounding to take control in the second quarter.

After falling behind by three at the end of the first period, Indiana used a 10-2 run to jump ahead. The Pacers extended their lead to 51-36 at the half by scoring 11 of the final 13 points before the break.

Indiana started the second half by hitting three 3-pointers, two by Harrington, to push its lead to 60-39. The 76ers cut the deficit to 64-47 with 5:10 left in the third quarter, but O'Neal's layup halted Philadelphia's momentum.

The 76ers began the fourth quarter with five straight points, which included a powerful one-handed dunk by Steven Hunter over Pacers center Jeff Foster, but Foster came right back and stopped the run with a basket of his own.

"The defensive energy we had tonight was the best we've had all year," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "It shows real unity when you can get 12 guys to commit to the defensive end."

The 76ers struggled to get scoring from anyone besides Iverson through the first three quarters.

"We just never got another guy to score," Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Notes

  • O'Neal said he slightly sprained his left ankle during the third quarter after coming down awkwardly on a shot attempt. He said he will play in Wednesday's game at Washington.
  • Iverson's streak of six straight games with 30 or more points dating to last season ended.
  • Pacers guard Sarunas Jasikevicius missed Tuesday's game with a sore back. He's listed as day-to-day.
  • Carlisle was whistled for his first technical foul this season after arguing a no-call early in the third quarter.
  • Philadelphia forward Alan Henderson, a former Indiana University star, received a nice ovation from the crowd at Conseco Fieldhouse when he entered the game late in the second quarter.
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Allen Iverson goes up against Indiana's Jeff Foster. Iverson finishes with 20 points. (Getty Images)
Allen Iverson goes up against Indiana's Jeff Foster. Iverson finishes with 20 points. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Philadelphia (3-1) 2313193186
Indiana (3-1) «2031291797
PHI:A. Iverson 20 Pts
PHI:A. Iguodala 7 Reb
PHI:A. Iverson 3 Ast
IND:J. O'Neal 16 Pts
IND:J. O'Neal 11 Reb
IND:S. Jackson 6 Ast
Players of the Game
IndianaPhiladelphia

R. Marshall

A. Iverson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
16522003
Philadelphia
A. Iverson, PG398-224-503120
A. Iguodala, SG375-60-173110
C. Webber, PF243-101-23127
S. Dalembert, C182-40-05034
K. Ollie, PG161-50-01332
K. Korver, SF295-103-353214
S. Hunter, C233-41-33117
W. Green, SG227-160-042314
R. Carney, SF140-20-01020
S. Randolph, PF91-10-02002
I. McFarlin, PF72-32-31036
A. Henderson, PF10-00-00000
L. Williams, SGDid Not Play
B. Jones, SFDid Not Play
S. Smith, SFDid Not Play
Totals 37-8311-1732162186
 44.6%64.7% 
Indiana
S. Jackson, SF355-120-026310
A. Harrington, SF316-120-081314
J. Tinsley, PG303-114-555311
J. O'Neal, PF287-132-2113216
J. Foster, C212-41-210235
D. Granger, SF305-92-362214
R. Marshall, SF255-56-652016
M. Daniels, SG192-91-22106
D. Armstrong, PG152-40-02315
D. Harrison, C30-10-00010
J. Powell, PF30-20-01020
M. Baston, PFDid Not Play
O. Greene, PGDid Not Play
S. Jasikevicius, PGDid Not Play
S. Williams, SFDid Not Play
Totals 37-8216-2052252097
 45.1%80.0% 
Other Games
Atl 104 Final
Cle 95
Sea 87 Final
Mia 90
Hou 86 Final
Mem 80
GS 93 Final
NO 97
Min 88 Final
LAL 95