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Pacers top Celtics without suspended Thomas

Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal, Brad Miller and Reggie Miller all had double-doubles as the Indiana Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 109-100 Saturday night while playing without suspended coach Isiah Thomas.

Thomas, who will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars, was suspended for two games Saturday by the NBA for his role in a fight between two players during a loss to Toronto. Assistant coach Brendan Malone earned the win against Boston and will also coach Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wizards 109, Hornets 104

WASHINGTON -- With two starters out, Michael Jordan had to do nearly everything for the Washington Wizards. And he did -- scoring a season-high 45 points in 44 minutes.

Jordan, the only reliable scoring threat on a team missing Jerry Stackhouse and Larry Hughes, shot early and often in his second 40-point game of the season. He was 18-for-33 from the field, 9-for-10 from the free-throw line and was out of the game for only four minutes -- a second-quarter rest in which the Hornets took the lead with a 14-4 run.

Pistons 106, Nets 84

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chauncey Billups scored 27 points, including 20 in the first quarter, as the Detroit Pistons built an early lead and maintained it without their best player.

Kenyon Martin tied his season-high with 29 points for the Nets, who had won four straight.

Spurs 67, Heat 65

MIAMI -- Tony Parker made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in a game which saw the teams combine for the ninth-fewest points since the 24-second shot clock was introduced in 1954.

Travis Best missed a 3-point attempt for Miami and Caron Butler missed a jumper inside the free throw line in the final 18 seconds.

Mavericks 122, Nuggets 100

DALLAS -- Nick Van Exel had a season-high 30 points, including five 3-pointers in the third-quarter, and Michael Finley added 22 points as the Dallas Mavericks shook off a sluggish start. Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Shawn Bradley had 12 points and nine rebounds to help Dallas improve to 21-3 at home and a league-best 37-9 overall.

Bucks 107, Knicks 100

MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell scored 24 points and Anthony Mason matched a season-high with 13 rebounds as Milwaukee won for the 10th time in its last 12 games.

Milwaukee is two games over .500 for the first time this season, a streak that coincides with the return of Toni Kukoc, who missed 18 games after hand surgery.

Suns 116, Warriors 107

PHOENIX -- Stephon Marbury scored 32 points and Shawn Marion had 29 points and 15 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns reached a season-high point total.

The two All-Stars took charge in the fourth quarter, combining to score 14 of the Suns' final 16 points, including eight straight points by Marion. Marion finished 14-of-21 from the field and Marbury was 16-of-17 from the foul line. Amare Stoudemire added 15 points and Casey Jacobsen had 12 for the Suns.

SuperSonics 90, Bulls 77

SEATTLE -- Rashard Lewis scored 23 points and Desmond Mason added 20 points in a rare starting appearance as Seattle won for the third time in four games.

Gary Payton had 20 points and eight assists for Seattle.

Rookie Reggie Evans grabbed 12 rebounds and the Sonics had a 51-40 advantage on the boards.

Jalen Rose scored 23 points while Donyell Marshall added 14 and Jamal Crawford 12 for Chicago.

Lakers 99, Jazz 87

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored 42 points, and Shaquille O'Neal had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers won their third straight.

Karl Malone scored 26 points for the Jazz, who made only three of their first 20 shots and went 11-for-38 in the first half after entering with a league-leading .470 field goal percentage.

John Stockton had 14 points and six assists for Utah. The Jazz are 2-1 under assistant coach Phil Johnson, who is guiding the team during Jerry Sloan's seven-game suspension for shoving an official. The Lakers broke the game open with a 9-0 run that extended their lead to 91-77 after Malone's layup cut the margin to five points.



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