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Tinsley's big finish leads Pacers to 119-110 win over Wizards in opener

Thursday, November 1, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jamaal Tinsley scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Washington Wizards 119-110 on Wednesday night to give coach Jim O'Brien a win in his debut.

Tinsley also had nine rebounds and eight assists.

Mike Dunleavy had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Danny Granger added 20 points and 13 boards for the Pacers.

The Pacers won without forward Jermaine O'Neal, who sat out with a hyperextended left knee. Center Troy Murphy also missed the game with a strained left Achilles' tendon.

Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 34 points, including a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to force overtime. Antawn Jamison had 27 points and 16 rebounds, Caron Butler had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Brendan Haywood added 10 points and 13 boards.

Tinsley scored with 3:34 left in overtime to give Indiana a 108-106 lead. Jamison tried to answer, but David Harrison slammed his shot against the backboard with both hands. Dunleavy made a 3-pointer at the other end to give Indiana a 111-106 lead with 2:41 remaining.

Arenas made two free throws with 1:37 to go to cut Indiana's lead to 111-108, but that was as close as the Wizards would get. A 3-pointer by Granger with 43 seconds left made it 116-108.

In regulation, Marquis Daniels made a 3-pointer with 1:10 left to give Indiana a 101-96 lead, but Jamison answered by making a 3-pointer while falling to the ground to make it 101-99.

After Daniels missed a shot, the Wizards worked the clock and got the ball to Arenas. He drove to the hoop and missed. A foul was called against Indiana on the offensive rebound, and Butler made the second of two free throws to cut Indiana's lead to 101-100 with 8.9 seconds to go.

Tinsley made two free throws with 6.8 seconds left to make it 103-100 before Washington worked for a final shot.

Arenas, who had missed his first six 3-point tries, stuck one from the top of the key to force overtime.

Washington made 32 of 45 free throws, while the Pacers were 30-of-36.

It was Arenas' first regular-season game since April 4. He missed the final eight and the playoffs last season with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.

It also marked a return for Butler, who missed the final 10 regular-season games and the playoffs with a broken right hand.

At Indianapolis

Washington23 22 25 33 7 -- 110
Indiana28 20 22 33 16 -- 119

WASHINGTON (110) -- Jamison 8-25 8-9 27, Butler 6-17 7-11 19, Haywood 4-8 2-4 10, Arenas 10-25 13-19 34, Stevenson 1-4 0-0 3, Young 1-2 0-0 3, Blatche 1-4 0-0 2, Daniels 2-4 0-0 4, Songaila 2-8 2-2 6, Mason 1-2 0-0 2, McGuire 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 36-99 32-45 110.

INDIANA (119) -- Diogu 5-11 3-3 13, Granger 7-17 1-2 20, Foster 3-8 0-0 6, Tinsley 6-15 6-8 20, Dunleavy 7-17 8-10 25, Harrison 4-5 5-5 13, Daniels 3-8 2-2 9, Diener 2-6 0-0 5, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Rush 1-4 0-0 3, Owens 0-1 5-6 5, Totals 38-92 30-36 119.

3-Point Goals--Washington 6-20 (Jamison 3-6, Young 1-1, Stevenson 1-2, Arenas 1-8, Songaila 0-1, Mason 0-1, Butler 0-1), Indiana 13-29 (Granger 5-9, Dunleavy 3-5, Tinsley 2-5, Daniels 1-3, Rush 1-3, Diener 1-4). Fouled Out--Foster. Rebounds--Washington 56 (Jamison 16), Indiana 56 (Granger 13). Assists--Washington 15 (Jamison, Daniels, Arenas 3), Indiana 20 (Tinsley 8). Total Fouls--Washington 30, Indiana 33. Technicals--Indiana defensive three second 2. A--16,212 (18,345).


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Ya! Go Pacers! We all knew that you could play hard and win!

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