NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 7th (All times eastern)
Seattle SuperSonics (17-31) at Indiana Pacers (26-22), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After failing to outduel a figment of their past, the Indiana Pacers resume a six-game homestand tonight when they welcome the road challenged Seattle SuperSonics to Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers lost the opener of the stand on Monday when Stephen Jackson returned to Indiana as a member of Golden State and dropped a season-high 36 points to lead the Warriors over the Pacers, 113-98.
It was the first meeting between the two clubs since they completed an eight- player trade on January 17 that sent Jackson, Al Harrington, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell from Indiana to Golden State in exchange for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod.
Harrington also returned to haunt his old club, ending with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
All-Star Jermaine O'Neal had 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Pacers, who had their three-game winning streak broken. Jamaal Tinsley ended with 22 points, 10 assists and four steals, and Dunleavy had a good showing versus his ex-teammates with 11 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
The loss to Golden State also snapped a five-game home winning streak and moved the Pacers to 15-8 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana is also 3 1/2 games behind Detroit in a tight race for the Central Division lead.
The Pacers will also host Denver, the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis and Milwaukee on the stand.
Seattle comes into Indiana with a meager 4-19 mark on the road and has lost a franchise-worst 15 straight road tilts. The SuperSonics have not recorded a win away from KeyArena since downing the Clippers in Los Angeles on November 22.
The club's previous record for most consecutive road losses was 14, set over two seasons. The losing spurt began in March of 1976 and lasted until December 1, 1977.
Seattle's most recent road setback come on Monday when the club fell to the Washington Wizards, 118-108. Ray Allen poured in 29 points, tallied seven assists and grabbed seven boards for Seattle, which lost its fifth in a row overall.
Chris Wilcox scored 24 and totaled 10 boards for the Sonics, who are dead last in the Northwest Division.
Seattle has won four of its last five games against the Pacers, however, including a 105-103 win in Seattle on December 1. In that game, Luke Ridnour hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Sonics the win.
The Sonics have lost three of their last four trips to Indiana.
02/07 10:50:07 ET