Originally created 05/12/05

Pacers find way to tie semifinals



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The NBA's most resilient team bounced back again.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points, Reggie Miller had 19 and Jeff Foster grabbed 20 rebounds Wednesday night to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Detroit Pistons 92-83 in Game 2, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.

The Pacers trailed for two-plus quarters before taking over with an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter. They lost 96-81 in Game 1.

O'Neal prevented the Pacers from trailing by more than 15 in the first quarter with eight points, then led their surge in the third with 10 points.

Miller made a running jumper and a 3-pointer to put Indiana ahead for the first time with 4:10 left in the third. The Pistons scored the last six points of the quarter to take a 69-68 lead.

After five more lead changes, the score was tied at 77 midway through the fourth quarter.

Miller's 3-pointer put Indiana ahead 82-77 with just under 5 minutes left.

The Pistons had won eight consecutive home games in the playoffs, dating to last year's conference finals.

Foster gave the Pacers a huge lift off the bench with 14 points, Jamaal Tinsley had 12 points and 12 assists and Stephen Jackson added 13 points.

Detroit's Tayshaun Prince scored 24, Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton each had 14 and Chauncey Billups scored 13.

The next two games in the best-of-seven series are in Indianapolis on Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

Miller, who plans to retire after the season, scored just two points in each of the first two quarters before closing strong in the second half. He scored six points in the series opener.



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