INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jamaal Tinsley is making the most of Reggie
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
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
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
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
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.
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.