Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal (7) works for position against Milwaukee Bucks forward Zendon Hamilton during the third quarter, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, in Indianapolis. O'Neal scored a game-high 55 points in the Pacers' 116-99 win.
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INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal scored a career-high and NBA season-high 55 points and had 11 rebounds to carry the Indiana Pacers to a 116-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
The All-Star has made an immediate impact since an arbitrator reduced his 25-game suspension for fighting with Detroit fans to 15 games, with Indiana going 4-1.
O'Neal's 55 bested Allen Iverson's 54 points on Dec. 18, also against the Bucks.
He shot 18-for-28 from the field and 19-of-25 from the line, just missing George McGinnis' franchise record of 58 points, set while the Pacers were in the ABA in 1972. O'Neal's 25 free throw attempts were also a franchise record.
Kings 105, Knicks 98
NEW YORK Maurice Evans came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points, and Sacramento defeated the Knicks for its eighth win in nine road games.
Chris Webber scored 22 points, Peja Stojakovic had 21, Mike Bibby added 19 and Brad Miller 16 for the Kings, who got only two points in 29 minutes from starting shooting guard Doug Christie.
Evans, a 6-foot-5 swingman who was used sparingly by Minnesota two years ago before playing professionally in Italy, made up for what Christie failed to provide. He shot 7-for-9 from the field to surpass his previous career high of 13 set three games earlier against Golden State.
Wizards 112, Nets 88
WASHINGTON Larry Hughes matched his season high with 33 points and the Wizards made a franchise-record 14 3-pointers in a victory over New Jersey.
Vince Carter had a season-high 31 points on 15-for-23 shooting for the Nets. Jason Kidd added 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for New Jersey.
Spurs 100, Lakers 83
SAN ANTONIO Bruce Bowen scored a career-high 24 points, including five 3-pointers, and helped limit Kobe Bryant to 17 points in San Antonio's win.
San Antonio matched a franchise record by making 15 3-pointers. The defense-oriented Spurs held the Lakers to just 32 points in the first half.
Suns 122, Timberwolves 115
MINNEAPOLIS Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points before being ejected and helped Phoenix overcome Kevin Garnett's career-high 47 points.
Minnesota cut a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to five, but lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
Shawn Marion added 28 points, Steve Nash put up 20 points and 16 assists and the Suns withstood the late charge to improve to 14-1 since a 97-93 home loss to Minnesota on Dec. 4.
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