INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Utah Jazz 93-83 Friday night.
Austin Croshere and Stephen Jackson each added 16 points for the Pacers, who won for the first time since management said it would look to honor Ron Artest's public request to be traded. Croshere was 4-of-5 on 3-pointers.
Mehmet Okur led Utah with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Indiana bounced back from Wednesday's 85-71 loss at Boston, its worst offensive showing of the season. O'Neal shot 5-for-19 against the Celtics, but went 10-for-19 against the Jazz.
Utah had won two in a row, including a surprising victory over Detroit on Monday. The Jazz led 62-61 at the end of the third quarter, but Indiana opened the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Anthony Johnson and Croshere.
Utah was 4-of-19 in the period.
The Pacers made 28 of 33 free throws, while Utah was 19-of-30.
Indiana missed its first eight shots to open the game. The Pacers had 12 turnovers in the first half, but O'Neal scored 14 points to help Indiana take a 38-37 lead into the break.
Deron Williams scored 10 points in the third quarter. The Jazz made eight consecutive shots during one stretch and led by as many as five points in the period.
Williams scored 14 points, Jarron Collins 13 and Matt Harpring 12 for the Jazz.
Notes: Utah was called for defensive three seconds three times.... Utah's Robert Whaley missed the game with a hand laceration. Whaley cut his hand on glass the same night he was involved in a bar fight. He later told the Jazz he cut his hand while taking a sharp kitchen knife away from his 2-year-old son, and is facing disciplinary action for lying to the team.... Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley started after missing the last five games with a strained left quad. He finished with two points and four assists in 28 minutes.
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