INDIANAPOLIS -- The only difference between this game and Mike Conley Jr.'s dream scenario is that he didn't win.
Conley, who played high school ball at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, was the No. 4 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft after playing one year at Ohio State. He returned as an NBA player to the building where he won three Indiana state championships and grew up watching the Pacers.
"Playing against the Pacers for the first time is something I've always wanted to do," he said. "I really set myself out to try to play well and do the right things tonight."
With about a dozen family members and several former teammates in the crowd, Conley played a preseason-high 29 minutes. Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni decided not to play starter Damon Stoudamire so he could get a better look at Conley, who entered the game with 5:31 left in the first quarter and immediately got an assist on a feed to Rudy Gay.
"Today, he seemed more assertive going to the basket and getting in there," Iavaroni said.
Indiana has scored at least 97 points in each preseason game. The Pacers scored 117 in their previous game, a victory at New Orleans.
"We feel good about where we're at," O'Neal said. "We're creating a winning attitude. Our style is a lot more fun to watch because everybody's getting involved."
The Pacers shot 57 percent in the second quarter to take a 63-42 lead. Indiana led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter, but Memphis whittled that down to 93-81 by the end of the period.
Conley made a 3-pointer with 8:57 to go to cut Indiana's lead to 97-91. A steal and layup by Conley with 7 minutes left made it a 103-96 Pacers lead, but Memphis never got closer than five points the rest of the way.
Conley had 10 points and four assists in the fourth quarter.
"A couple of guys still tell me I need to slow myself down and be more patient," Conley said. "I come into the game and try to do too much, or try to get involved too quickly. I need to just settle down, and I think I did that as the game went on."
Conley said a victory would have made it a perfect return.
"That's a dream kind of game for me to get a double-double," he said. "Ultimately, I would have loved to have won the game tonight -- that's the one thing I didn't do."