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Indiana outrebounded 56-38

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- After their last game against the Indiana
Pacers, the New Orleans Hornets vowed to be more physical the next
time.

Jamal Mashburn had 20 points, and Baron Davis added 19 points
and eight assists to lead the Hornets past the Pacers 89-75 Tuesday
night.

Robert Traylor had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets,
who outrebounded the lackadaisical Pacers 56-38 and were the
aggressors from the opening tip.

"They played a dominant game," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle
said. "Physically, they pounded us."

The Pacers tied a season low in shooting 33 percent from the
floor, including 4-for-22 from 3-point range, and were outscored
44-20 in the paint.

The last time these two teams met, the Pacers' Al Harrington and
the Hornets' George Lynch and Jamaal Magloire were ejected for
fighting. Harrington and Lynch were the primary participants, and
Magloire was ejected for diving into the pile. All three players
were fined $10,000.

After that game, which Indiana won 91-84, the Hornets complained
that the Pacers committed cheap shots, and vowed to be more intense
the next time around.

They asserted themselves early Tuesday, taking the ball hard to
the basket and controlling the offensive and defensive boards.

"We wanted to come out and be aggressive on both ends of the
floor," Traylor said. "This is the time when things get really
going. For us, we really need to come out and make a statement.
Tonight was a big night for us."

Davis was the initiator for much of the team's success. Time and
again he got to basket easily and either finished the drive himself
or found teammates for easy baskets.

"That was the key to this victory -- those easy buckets we were
getting," Davis said.

Things didn't come nearly as easily for the Pacers, who couldn't
hit the open shots and gave an uninspired performance on both ends
of the floor. Jermaine O'Neal was double-teamed nearly every time
he touched the ball, and led Indiana with 17 points.

"When you get outrebounded by close to 20, you've got 17
turnovers and you shoot 30 percent, you've got to go back to basics
-- moving the basketball, get our offense moving crisper and
cleaner, get our legs under us," Reggie Miller said.

Indiana forward Ron Artest was benched for the start of the game
for missing a practice on Monday night. Artest missed the workout
because he did not return in time from Sunday night's All-Star game
in Los Angeles.

Harrington started in his place, and was replaced by Artest with
5:37 to play in the first quarter. Artest shot just 1-for-10 from
the field, but was 11-for-16 on free throws to finish with 13
points.

"Distractions don't help the situation," Carlisle said. "But
this thing tonight can't be blamed on one guy. We all own it."

After shooting 52 percent in the second quarter to take a 53-45
halftime lead, New Orleans opened the third quarter with a 12-4 run
to take control.

Magloire had four points and Mashburn scored six during the run
to give the Hornets a 65-49 lead.

Magloire finished with 11 points and nine rebounds before
fouling out late in the game.

It's exactly the way the Hornets, who are as healthy as they've
been all season, wanted to start after the All-Star break, as they
begin digging out of what is now a 9{-game hole in the Central
Division.

"We're better than what our record shows," Davis said. "With
me and Mash healthy, we're going to be a team to reckoned with in
the East."

Game notes
Pacers G Fred Jones received a loud ovation before the game
for winning the slam dunk championship Saturday during All Star
Weekend. ... Hornets coach Tim Floyd said injured G David Wesley
was still at least a week away from being ready to play. Wesley was
placed on the injured list Jan. 17 with a sprained right ankle. ...
Carlisle was given a technical foul at 5:14 of the first while
arguing for a foul call on Harrington.

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