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Miller secures Pacers win

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2003

MIAMI -- Reggie Miller sank a 3-pointer with 1:10 left to put the Indiana Pacers ahead to stay, then added a layup with 41 seconds left in a 102-95 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.

Indiana forward Ron Artest had two confrontations with Heat coach Pat Riley, and he made an obscene gesture from center court as the Pacers rallied in the final period. The Heat lost after leading at the start of the fourth quarter for the eighth time.

Wizards 98, Suns 93

WASHINGTON -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 33 points and blocked Scott Williams' dunk attempt in the final minute as Washington held on to beat Phoenix after blowing a 15-point lead in the second half.

Stackhouse's runner in the paint broke a 91-all tie with 40 seconds left, and he preserved the lead by appearing out of nowhere to block Williams' power drive down the lane a few seconds later.

Nets 92, Nuggets 66

DENVER -- Richard Jefferson scored 23 points and Kenyon Martin had 17 points and nine rebounds, leading New Jersey over the turnover-prone Denver Nuggets.

Lucious Harris added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Nets, who used a 20-4 run in the second quarter to take control.

Cavaliers 104, Clippers 100

CLEVELAND -- Ricky Davis scored 32 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with nine seconds left to give Keith Smart his first victory as Cleveland coach.

Davis scored 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers snapped a six-game losing streak and ruined the return of Andre Miller to Cleveland. It was the Cavaliers' first win at home since Dec. 23.

Timberwolves 106, Spurs 95

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett tied his season high with 34 points to lead Minnesota to a bruising victory over San Antonio, the Timberwolves' sixth straight win.

Garnett grabbed 10 rebounds and shot 14-for-19 from the floor for Minnesota, which has won nine of 11.

Rockets 100, Grizzlies 95

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Steve Francis scored 22 points and Yao Ming had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Houston over Memphis.

Yao, who has seen his minutes reduced lately, hit two free throws with less than 20 seconds left. Francis made two more with 3 seconds remaining to wrap up the victory and end Houston's four-game losing skid.

Bucks 108, Hornets 93

NEW ORLEANS -- Sam Cassell had 25 points and 10 assists, and Michael Redd scored 22 points -- including six 3-pointers -- to lead Milwaukee over New Orleans.

The Bucks shot nearly 53 percent from the field and hit 13 of 26 3-pointers en route to their sixth straight road victory and eighth win in nine games overall.



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