INDIANAPOLIS Al Harrington had 24 points and six rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season with a 101-79 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
The Pacers broke the game open with a 14-2 run in the first four minutes of the second half to take a 66-46 lead. Reggie Miller then hit three straight 3-pointers to give Indiana a 27-point lead, turning the remaining 17 minutes into garbage time.
Miller scored 15 points in the quarter and was 4-for-4 from 3-point range. He finished with 18 points, including five 3-pointers.
Joe Johnson had another strong game for the Suns, scoring 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
Cavaliers 94, Heat 93
CLEVELAND Ira Newble blocked Dwayne Wade's shot in the final second, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 30 points on 14-for-16 shooting as Cleveland matched its win total from last season.
Rookie LeBron James added 27 points 11 in the fourth quarter and Dajuan Wagner scored a huge basket with 7.9 seconds left for the Cavs, who won despite not having forward Carlos Boozer.
Magic 104, Wizards 100
WASHINGTON Tracy McGrady had 39 points, nine rebounds and five assists to send Washington to its fourth straight home loss.
Larry Hughes scored 12 straight points to pull the Wizards to 96-90 with 2:59 left, but McGrady answered with six consecutive points to put the game away.
Pistons 106, Celtics 103
BOSTON Chauncey Billups scored eight of his 21 points in the final five minutes as the Pistons spoiled John Carroll's debut as coach of the Celtics.
In his first full day on the job since Jim O'Brien's resignation, Carroll watched his team rally from a 68-54 deficit midway through the third quarter and take a 93-90 lead with 2:56 left.
Raptors 94, 76ers 84
TORONTO Donyell Marshall had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors ended a five-game losing skid.
Allen Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, missed his second straight game because of sprained right index finger. Philadelphia has lost four straight and six of seven, falling to 19-27.
Trail Blazers 88, Grizzlies 76
MEMPHIS, Tenn. The longest winning streak in Grizzlies history ended at eight games.
Randolph had 21 points and nine rebounds and Rasheed Wallace added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Portland, which has won the first two games on a three-game road trip.
Hornets 101, Bucks 100
NEW ORLEANS Jamal Mashburn made his first game of the season one to remember, scoring New Orleans' final 13 points.
Mashburn, returning from minor knee surgery, started slow but was 8-for-10 in the second half and finished with 24 points.
Jazz 91, Mavericks 88
SALT LAKE CITY Raja Bell made two free throws with 12.3 seconds left and finished with 18 points against his former team to help the Utah snap the Mavericks' nine-game winning streak.
Andrei Kirilenko had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his second game after missing four with a sprained ankle.
Nuggets 115, Bulls 99
DENVER Marcus Camby grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony added 21 points and seven rebounds, helping the Denver Nuggets snap a season-long three-game losing streak.
It was the 45th time in 48 games that Anthony has scored in double figures. Camby's rebounds were seven short of the franchise record held by Dikembe Mutombo.
Kings 99, Rockets 94
HOUSTON Mike Bibby equaled a season high with 28 points as the Sacramento Kings, after trailing for most of the game, rallied for a victory.
A record crowd of 18,209 saw the game, including Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb both in town for the Super Bowl.
Lakers 96, Supersonics 82
LOS ANGELES Gary Payton had 24 points against his former team, and Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Fox returned to action.
The Lakers won despite Ray Allen's third career triple-double and first this season. Allen had 22 points and season-high totals of 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
O'Neal missed 12 games because of a strained right calf, and Fox was playing for the first time since tearing a tendon in his left foot nine months ago.
Warriors 97, Timberwolves 90
OAKLAND, Calif. Erick Dampier recorded his 23rd double-double with 21 points and 19 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors spoiled Kevin Garnett's triple-double and snapped Minnesota's five-game winning streak.
Garnett had his second triple-double of the season with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists.
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