NBA: Indiana 95, Cleveland 85

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 24 points to lead five players in double figures Monday night, carrying Indiana to a 95-85 victory over Cleveland.

NBA: Chicago 86, Indiana 75

CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Jamal Crawford and Kirk Hinrich each scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures Saturday as Chicago posted an 86-75 win over Indiana.

NBA: Indiana 103, Atlanta 92

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 20 points and Fred Jones added a career-high 18 off the bench Friday night to propel Indiana past Atlanta, 103-92.

NBA: Indiana 93, Washington 79

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Jermaine O'Neal, Al Harrington and Jeff Foster each grabbed nine rebounds as Indiana dominated the boards Tuesday in a 93-79 victory over Washington.

NBA: Sacramento 91, Indiana 88

SACRAMENTO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Brad Miller had his second career triple-double in his first game against his former team Sunday night as Sacramento fought off Indiana, 91-88.

NBA: Indiana 101, Seattle 94

SEATTLE, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Jermaine O'Neal and Al Harrington scored 11 points apiece in the third quarter Friday night as Indiana beat Seattle, 101-94.

NBA: Indiana 89, Phoenix 82

PHOENIX, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Indiana held Stephon Marbury to 14 points as Jermaine O'Neal collected a season-high 32 and 14 rebounds in an 89-82 victory Monday over Phoenix

NBA: Indiana 90, Philadelphia 77

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 21 points and Ron Artest and Al Harrington flirted with triple-doubles Friday night as Indiana fought off Philadelphia, 90-77.

NBA: Indiana 93, New York 70

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and 11 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter Thursday night as Indiana downed New York, 93-70.

NBA: Indiana 98, Minnesota 75

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Ron Artest led six players in double figures with 20 points Tuesday as Indiana extended its winning streak to six games with a 98-75 win over Minnesota.

NBA: Indiana 89, Orlando 78

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Jermaine O'Neal had 22 points and 19 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers remained unbeaten on the road with an 89-78 victory Monday over the Orlando Magic.

NBA: Indiana 76, New Orleans 75

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- David West missed a wide-open layup at the buzzer Friday night, allowing Indiana to remain unbeaten on the road with a 76-75 victory over New Orleans.

NBA: Indiana 91, Los Angeles Clippers 78

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Al Harrington took advantage of a starting opportunity with 22 points and nine rebounds Wednesday night as Indiana beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 91-78.

NBA: Indiana 95, New York 94

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Jermaine O'Neal scored his only points of the second half with three seconds left Saturday as Indiana posted a 95-94 victory over New York.

NBA: Indiana 85, Philadelphia 74

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Indiana held Philadelphia scoreless for the first six minutes of the final quarter Sunday and rolled to its fifth straight victory, 85-74.
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Jermaine O'Neal
Indiana Pacers Jermaine O'Neal discusses the first quarter technical foul of Jamaal Tinsley with referee Tommy Nunez, Jr. on November 30, 2005 in Phoenix, AZ. (UPI Photo/Will Powers)

Jermaine Lee O'Neal (born October 13, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics. The 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 255 lb (115 kg) forward-center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility for the 1996 NBA Draft straight out of high school. He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 17th pick of the first round, but O'Neal was unable to break into the first team in Portland and was traded to the Indiana Pacers in 2000. In his eight seasons with the club, he was voted an NBA All-Star six times, made the All-NBA teams three times, and was voted the NBA Most Improved Player in the 2001–02 season. He also helped Indiana reach the NBA Playoffs six times, including the Conference Finals in the 2003–04 season. He was traded to the Toronto Raptors before the 2008–09 season began, and traded to the Miami Heat midway through the same season. O'Neal joined Boston prior to the 2010–11 season.

Jermaine O'Neal was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Both he and his elder brother, Clifford, were raised single-handedly by his mother, Angela Ocean. Ocean worked hard to support her sons, and left her children largely to their own devices. O'Neal found his love for athletics at a young age. Tall and quick, he enjoyed both football and basketball, but basketball was his favorite sport. Two of his basketball heroes are Hakeem Olajuwon and Bill Russell; O'Neal often marveled at the former's approach to the game, while he loved watching the latter's video highlights of his duels with Wilt Chamberlain.

Each summer, he would play for an AAU team, and impressed onlookers with his athleticism and his ability to handle the ball with both hands. By the time he turned 14, the 6'4" O'Neal—now a confident guard who could drain three-pointers—entered Eau Claire High School of the Arts as a freshman in 1992. In his first meeting with basketball coach George Glymph, he made the bold promise to become the best player in the school's history. While O'Neal's first season was hardly noteworthy (he even played as quarterback for the Eau Claire team) things changed when he grew five inches over the next year and a half, and he was inspired to develop into a defensive powerhouse like his idol Russell. Glymph built his team's defense around O'Neal, and Eau Claire featured one of the most imposing frontcourts around. With O'Neal averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and 9 blocks a game, Eau Claire captured its third straight 3A state title in 1995.

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