Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Friday, November 2nd
Game 2: Wednesday, December 26th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 5th
Game 4: Friday, March 29th

Magic 98

(31-29, 14-19 away)

Pacers 111

(30-30, 18-12 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    8:00 PM ET, March 5, 2002

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 23 26 20 2998
    IND 26 30 26 29111

    Top Performers

    Orlando: T. McGrady 13 Pts, 11 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Indiana: J. Tinsley 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 12 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Tinsley resurfaces as Pacers win again without Miller

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jamaal Tinsley is making the most of Reggie Miller's absence.

    Tinsley had a career-high 30 points and added 12 assists Tuesday night as the Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic 111-98, their second straight victory without the suspended Miller.

    "I was more focused tonight. We needed this win," said Tinsley, who had 14 points in the first quarter and 22 in the first half. "I wanted to be aggressive from the start.

    "I'm the kind of player that I feel if I've got an open shot, I should take it."

    The rookie's previous high was 29 points against Atlanta in November.

    With Miller suspended for the second straight game for fighting with the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Magic constantly double-teaming Jermaine O'Neal, Tinsley played 43 minutes and repeatedly found himself open for easy shots.

    He hit 12-of-20 for the game, including 5-of-9 3-pointers.

    "He's been working on his shot a lot. Tonight, it came through for him," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "I think he wanted to push the ball early, and he discovered he was able to get to the basket. I could see his confidence growing as the game went on.

    "When people start doubling Jermaine, they're coming off Jamaal and leaving him open. He's going to make them pay."

    Indiana stretched the lead to 15 points early in the fourth quarter before 3-point baskets by Pat Garrity and Mike Miller and a basket and two free throws by Tracy McGrady moved Orlando within 96-90.

    Tinsley then hit a 3-pointer, his fifth of the game, and the Magic never came closer than nine points.

    Orlando coach Doc Rivers and guard Darrell Armstrong were ejected with just over two minutes to go. A basket by O'Neal and 3-pointer by Ron Artest, who started in place of Miller, then gave the Pacers a safe 109-94 lead.

    "The refs didn't see the game I saw," Rivers said. "We took charge after charge and they would not make a call. That was the worst-officiated game ever.

    "I was hoping the first technical would change things," said Rivers, who had both technicals in the fourth quarter. "I tried to remain calm, but when it continued I felt I had to make a statement."

    O'Neal and Austin Croshere added 18 points each for Indiana, while Artest had 17 and Brad Miller 14. Garrity, who hit 4-of-6 3-pointers, led Orlando with 18 points. Mike Miller added 17 and Troy Hudson had 16.

    McGrady, tied for sixth in the league in scoring at 25 points a game, was guarded by Artest, who held him to 13 points on 5-of-21 shooting. As a team, the Magic shot 39.8 percent.

    "It was great team defense," McGrady said. "Everytime I got past one guy, they had another guy right there waiting on me. Everytime I made a move, there's two guys hanging on me. It was tough."

    Tinsley, who had just five points in Indiana's victory at Sacramento on Sunday, matched that with his first 3-pointer, tying the game midway through the opening period. He had Indiana's next seven points and assisted on a basket by O'Neal that gave the Pacers their biggest lead up to that point, 20-14.

    The Magic tied the game three times in the second quarter, but a basket and three straight free throws by Artest put the Pacers ahead for good.

    Orlando pulled within one with three minutes to go, but Tinsley hit another 3-pointer, stole the ball and fed Croshere for a fast-break dunk. After a basket by McGrady, Kevin Ollie scored and Tinsley hit another 3-pointer for a 56-47 lead.

    A tip-in at the buzzer by Horace Grant cut Indiana's lead to 56-49 at halftime.

    Game notes

    Tinsley hadn't led the Pacers in scoring since he had 28 and 29 points in consecutive games in November, 47 games ago. ... Magic owner Rich DeVos announced earlier Tuesday he has changed his mind and will not sell the team. "For him to make a statement like that is a reassurance to us. I know I am (reassured), personally," Monty Williams said. ... O'Neal's 11 rebounds gave him 2,001 for his five-year career. ... The Pacers are 3-0 against the Magic with one more meeting this season. Tinsley averaged 10.5 points in Indiana's first two victories over the Magic. .. McGrady, the NBA East player of the month for February, averaged 28 points over the previous 11 games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 111
    FGM-FGA 39-98 (.398) 40-79 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 6-21 (.286) 7-17 (.412)
    FTM-FTA 14-19 (.737) 24-31 (.774)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-46 8-46
    Assists 24 28
    Turnovers 11 19
    Steals 11 8
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (3/0) 19 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 13
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 3
    Jamaal Tinsley Tinsley
    Points: 30
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1