Indiana (38-21) at Golden State (29-30)

Cloudy Currently: Oakland, CA
Temp: 61° F
  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Tue Mar 4, 2003
  • TV: FSBA
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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (TICKER) —The Indiana Pacers take the best record in the Eastern Conference out West to begin a pivotal four-game road trip when they face the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

Indiana snapped a six-game skid on Saturday with a 107-98 victory over Milwaukee. Brad Miller collected 29 points and 12 rebounds and made all 11 foul shots while Reggie Miller netted 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Despite the Pacers’ struggles, they are one-half game ahead of New Jersey in the conference race and 1 1/2 games in front of Detroit in the Central Division. Indiana has lost five straight road games entering this trip that includes games with the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland and Sacramento.

Indiana is just 10-9 against Western Conference opponents, including a 3-7 mark on the road.

Ron Artest and Jermaine O’Neal each scored 23 points as Indiana shot 53 percent in a 116-104 victory over Golden State on January 11. Reggie Miller scored 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Jamaal Tinsley carved up the defense for 14 assists.

Antawn Jamison scored 33 points on 14-of-22 shooting and Gilbert Arenas added 16 points for Golden State. Troy Murphy had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Golden State has won five straight and is two games behind Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Arenas scored 26 points as the Warriors posted a 92-90 victory over Detroit on Saturday.

Jamison scored 22 points and Murphy and Erick Dampier each netted 12 for Golden State, which has won 11 of the last 15 home games.

Golden State has excelled against Eastern Conference opponents with a 15-6 mark. The Warriors have lost three straight against the Pacers.

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