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Pacers roll past Portland to halt losing streak

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Lou Amundson scored a career-high 21 points to help Indiana beat the Portland Trail Blazers 92-75 on Tuesday night, snapping the Pacers' four-game losing streak.

Amundson shot 10 for 11 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds for the Pacers. His previous season high in scoring was 11, but he had 13 points in the fourth quarter alone.

Paul George, Danny Granger and George Hill each added 11 points for the Pacers. Hill returned after missing two games with a sprained left shoulder.

Indiana led by as many as 29 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points and Nolan Smith added 10 for the Trail Blazers, who shot a season-low 31.3 percent from the field and made a a season-low 20 field goals. Portland's five assists were the fewest by an NBA team this season.

Indiana shot 54 percent to lead 48-38 at halftime. Hill led the Pacers with 11 points and David West had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Aldridge led Portland with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting in the first half while the rest of the team went 4 for 19. The Trail Blazers outscored Indiana 19-3 from the free-throw line in the first half to stay in the game.

Indiana began extending the lead early in the second half. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Granger put the Pacers up 58-41.

A three-point play by Tyler Hansbrough after the Pacers won a jump ball gave the Pacers a 66-47 lead, and an acrobatic layup by Darren Collison on a broken play pushed Indiana's lead to 20 points. A left-handed fastbreak layup by Collison bumped the lead to 72-50, and a 3 by George helped the Pacers take a 75-52 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Back-to-back layups by Amundson pushed the lead to 79-54 and forced Portland to call timeout.

An alley-oop from A.J. Price to Dahntay Jones increased Indiana's lead to 87-60. From there, the crowd chanted "Lou" every time Amundson touched the ball, hoping he would add to his surprising stat line.

PORTLAND (75)

Wallace 1-4 3-4 5, Aldridge 5-15 7-9 17, Camby 0-0 0-2 0, Felton 2-8 1-1 5, Batum 3-11 3-4 9, Przybilla 1-1 2-2 4, Matthews 1-5 6-8 9, Crawford 2-7 4-4 9, N.Smith 3-3 2-2 10, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, C.Smith 1-3 2-2 4, Babbitt 1-5 0-0 3, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-64 30-38 75.

INDIANA (92)

Granger 4-8 1-2 11, West 5-10 0-0 10, Hibbert 4-9 0-0 8, Collison 3-10 2-2 8, George 5-9 0-0 11, Jones 2-6 0-0 4, Hill 5-9 0-4 11, Hansbrough 2-6 4-5 8, Amundson 10-11 1-2 21, Price 0-2 0-0 0, Pendergraph 0-0 0-0 0, Stephenson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 40-82 8-15 92.

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Indiana19292717-92

3-Point Goals_Portland 5-22 (N.Smith 2-2, Babbitt 1-3, Matthews 1-4, Crawford 1-5, Wallace 0-1, Aldridge 0-1, Felton 0-2, Batum 0-4), Indiana 4-11 (Granger 2-3, Hill 1-2, George 1-2, Price 0-1, Hansbrough 0-1, Jones 0-1, Collison 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Portland 44 (Przybilla, Wallace 6), Indiana 57 (West 10). Assists_Portland 5 (Felton 2), Indiana 24 (Price 6). Total Fouls_Portland 14, Indiana 25. Technicals_Indiana defensive three second. A_10,933 (18,165).



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