Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 20th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 22nd
Game 4: Friday, January 31st

Raptors 98

(10-33, 5-18 away)

Pacers 101

(30-12, 19-1 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:00 PM ET, January 22, 2003

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 28 24 19 2798
    IND 19 23 26 33101

    Top Performers

    Tor: A. Williams 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 9 Ast, 5 Stl, 1 Blk

    Ind: J. O'Neal 18 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 10 Blk

    O'Neal's triple-double fuels another Pacer home win

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jermaine O'Neal had a rare triple double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, and made the winning three-point play with 3.2 seconds left as the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 101-98 Wednesday night.

    Erick Strickland scored 19 points and Reggie Miller 16 as the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers (30-12) couldn't shake the lowly Raptors until the final seconds.

    It was Miller who opened the lane for O'Neal to score the easy basket in the closing seconds. Miller flattened Antonio Davis, leaving O'Neal wide open for a dunk. He hit the free throw to make it 100-97.

    Toronto's Lindsey Hunter made a free throw and missed the second intentionally. Ron Artest grabbed the rebound, hit one of two to seal the victory and improve Indiana's home record to a league-best 19-1.

    O'Neal set career and Pacers records for blocked shots. He had four blocks in the first half, and three each in the third and fourth periods.

    Brad Miller had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who fell behind early against the Raptors.

    The Raptors entered shooting only 41 percent from the field, but against the Pacers, they made 17 of their first 34 shots, never trailed and led by as many as 13 in the first half.

    Voshon Lenard led the Raptors with 19 points, Jerome Williams had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Alvin Williams added 17 points.

    In their two other meetings this year, Toronto took halftime leads of 57-44 and 56-49 but lost both games. The Raptors met the same outcome Wednesday.

    The Pacers trailed 71-68 at the end of three quarters, but went ahead 85-81 after two straight baskets by O'Neal. The Raptors regained the lead until two straight baskets by Ron Mercer put Indiana ahead for good at 91-89.

    Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley hit a 3-pointer as time expired in the first half to make it a 52-42 deficit. The review by officials Ted Bernhardt, George Toliver and Leon Wood took less than the NBA-mandated two minutes.

    The outcome of Indiana's victory over Detroit on Saturday was in doubt for 17 minutes as officials dawdled in ruling O'Neal's winning jumper good.

    The NBA's new instant replay rule allows officials to review plays in the final seconds of a quarter.

    Game notes

    Indiana's Jeff Foster was whistled for a flagrant foul in the second quarter. It was Indiana's ninth flagrant this year. ... Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens remains one victory away from 100 with four different teams. ... The Pacers need to beat Seattle on Friday for Isiah Thomas to coach the Eastern Conference in the Feb. 9 All-Star game. ... O'Neal's previous high for blocks was eight in a triple overtime game on March 13, 2001 at Houston. Five other Pacers had nine blocked shots.

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