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Ron Artest scored 24 points to help Indiana win its second consecutive game. The Rockets' top scorer, Tracy McGrady, missed the game because of a strained back.

The short-handed Rockets (3-7) lost their third in a row.

Indiana led 38-37 at halftime before Stephen Jackson scored eight points in the third quarter to give the Pacers a 58-52 lead heading into the fourth.

Houston

MinFGFTO-TAPFPts.Totals 24029-7112-135-33112674Bowen 19:430-20-00-0130Howard 32:415-101-11-81611Yao 42:098-218-94-131424Head 33:113-80-00-3247Wesley 40:285-90-00-64012Anderson 35:236-140-00-11313Norris 8:080-12-20-1012Barry 7:430-10-00-1110Swift 15:362-51-10-0035Mutombo 4:580-00-00-0010

Percentages: FG .408, FT .923. Three-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Wesley 2-2, Anderson 1-4, Head 1-4, Barry 0-1). Blocked Shots: 4 (Yao 4). Turnovers: 19 (Yao 4, Anderson 4, Wesley 3, Howard 2, Mutombo 2, Swift 2, Bowen, Head). Steals: 4 (Wesley 2, Yao, Head). Technical Fouls: Defensive Three Second, 10:11 first.

Indiana

MinFGFTO-TAPFPts.Totals 24030-7220-3212-43181985Artest 37:159-206-74-52224O'Neal 38:475-105-112-111115Pollard 23:141-40-01-7042Jackson 37:596-102-20-23217Tinsley 30:432-100-00-4834Harrison 11:441-30-23-4042Jones 20:461-33-40-1026Jasikevicius 17:172-72-40-2207Croshere 22:153-52-22-7218

Percentages: FG .417, FT .625. Three-Point Goals: 5-22, .227 (Jackson 3-7, Jones 1-2, Jasikevicius 1-5, Croshere 0-1, O'Neal 0-1, Artest 0-3, Tinsley 0-3). Blocked Shots: 3 (O'Neal, Jones, Harrison). Turnovers: 12 (Jackson 4, Tinsley 3, Jones 2, Croshere, O'Neal, Pollard). Steals: 9 (Artest 3, Tinsley 3, Jones, Pollard, Jackson).

A: 16,024 (18,345). T: 2:14.