NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, January 6th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (16-13) at San Antonio Spurs (26-7), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers try for their season-high fifth straight win this evening when they kick off a four-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs at the SBC Center.
On Tuesday, Jermaine O'Neal poured in a career-high 55 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Indiana to a 116-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Conseco Fieldhouse.
O'Neal ended 18-of-28 from the floor and was 19-of-25 from the charity stripe for the Pacers, who have won four straight for the second time this season. Jamaal Tinsley chipped in 14 points and seven boards, while Jeff Foster contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Indiana, which also won four straight to start the season, improved to 10-1 this season when scoring at least 100 points.
O'Neal's previous career-high was 39 points set on November 12, 2004 against Philadelphia. O'Neal's 25 free throw attempts also established the Pacers' NBA record for most tries in a game.
The 26-year-old O'Neal has averaged 29.4 points and 10.6 rebounds in the five games he has played since returning from his 25-game suspension. He has also recorded three double-doubles in those games.
The Pacers, who will also visit the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies on the swing, have won three of their last four games on the road and are 7-7 away from home this season.
San Antonio, meanwhile, also comes in on a winning note after Bruce Bowen netted 24 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc, in the Spurs 100-83 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the SBC Center on Tuesday night.
Tim Duncan registered 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Brent Barry added 14 points for the Spurs, who have won six of their last seven games. Manu Ginobili netted 13 points in the victory.
San Antonio, which will be playing the middle contest of a three-game homestand tonight, has won seven straight at home and is 15-1 in its arena this season.
The Spurs split their two matchups with the Pacers last season and have won three of the last four and six of the last eight matchups in the series. Indiana has also lost two straight and five of its last six in San Antonio.
01/06 10:16:01 ET