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« on: November 29, 2007, 01:17:08 am »

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) --
If the Indiana Pacers were tired, they didn't show it when it mattered against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Mike Dunleavy had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers built a big third-quarter lead then held off the Portland Trail Blazers 95-89 on Wednesday night.

Jeff Foster added 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Pacers, who won for the second straight night. Danny Granger had a team-high 23 points.

"We're a very persistent running team" Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We're at our best when we're running and we did that in the third quarter."

Portland's Travis Outlaw narrowed it to 89-86 with a turnaround jumper with less than a minute left, but Jamaal Tinsley's 18-foot-jumper with 24.9 seconds remaining made it 91-86 and sealed it.

Tinsley had 15 points and 10 assists.

"He can really get it going down the stretch, and he made some great plays," Dunleavy said.

The Pacers again played without Jermaine O'Neal, who has a sore left knee and is day-to-day. Indiana has won four of five without him.

Outlaw led the Blazers with 26 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 22. Brandon Roy had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Roy, last season's Rookie of the Year, admittedly hasn't played well for the past two games.

"It's tough for me, but I've got to play through it and play through it," Roy said. "I don't think it's mechanics. It's confidence more than anything else."

Portland has lost seven of its last eight games, including an 85-74 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday. The Blazers have lost eight straight to the Pacers overall.

AP - Nov 29, 12:55 am EST
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Down by as many as 12 points and booed by the home fans in the third quarter, the Blazers narrowed it to 69-68 on Joel Przybilla's dunk. Outlaw's free throw tied it.

After Outlaw blocked Kareem Rush's shot, Sergio Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer to give the Blazers the lead and it stayed close the rest of the way.

The Pacers were coming of a 112-110 victory at Denver the night before. Dunleavy scored 30 points, two shy of his career best.

"On a back-to-back after a great win last night in Denver, we get a great third quarter and then Jamaal hits some big shots down the stretch," O'Brien said.

The Blazers went up by as many as nine points early in the game, after Brandon Roy's 3-pointer and consecutive layups from Outlaw made it 22-13 in the first quarter.

The Pacers kept up and Dunleavy tied it at 31 with a 3-pointer and Jamaal Tinsley made a pair of free throws to put Indiana ahead.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth until Roy's tip shot made it 44-40 for the Blazers. After Dunleavy made a layup to narrow it, Aldridge hit an 18-foot jumper to give the Blazers a 46-42 lead at the break.

The Pacers went on a 17-0 run in the third quarter, capped by Tinsley's layup that made it 57-49. The crowd at the Rose Garden booed the home team.

Granger's 3-pointer made it 67-55 for the Pacers at the end of the quarter.

Indiana outscored Portland 25-13 in the third quarter.

"Tonight it wasn't the stretch that hurt us, it was the third quarter," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "We had so many open looks and just didn't knock them down."
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