Pacers rip Bulls, snap two-game skid

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS Reggie Miller scored 17 points and Ron Artest and Al Harrington each added 15 to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 101-77 Monday night.

Jamaal Tinsley finished with 11 points, eight assists and three steals as Indiana snapped a two-game skid. The Eastern Conference-leading Pacers have not lost three in a row all season.

Jeff Foster had 11 points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot, helping to make up for the loss of Jermaine O'Neal to an injury.

The All-Star forward left the game in the second quarter with a sprained left knee. He will be reevaluated Tuesday.

Eddie Curry led the Bulls with 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

Knicks 96, Hawks 84

NEW YORK Nazr Mohammed had 18 points and 13 rebounds in his first game against his former team, and New York pulled away early in the fourth quarter to defeat Atlanta.

Mohammed, dealt to the Knicks last month in a three-team trade also involving Tim Thomas and Keith Van Horn, played as though he had something to prove against the team he spent nearly three years with. He shot 7-for-11 in just 24 minutes.

Penny Hardaway added 14 points and Stephon Marbury had 11 points and 11 assists for the Knicks, who swept the season series from the Hawks for the first time since 1974-75.

Another ex-Hawk, DerMarr Johnson had 14 points, one of his best performances in 11 games since signing with New York as a free agent.

Stephen Jackson had 20 points for the Hawks, who lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

76ers 107, Mavericks 98

PHILADELPHIA John Salmons had career highs with 21 points and five 3-pointers to lead Philadelphia over Dallas.

Kenny Thomas tied a season-high with 27 points and added 13 rebounds. Rookie Willie Green had 19 points for the Sixers, who were without All-Star Allen Iverson, out with a knee injury.

Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points on 11-for-20 shooting to lead Dallas, which had won two straight.

Nuggets 102, Clippers 80

DENVER Carmelo Anthony had 22 points to lead six Denver players in double figures, helping the Nuggets end a three-game losing streak.

Denver opened up a 16-point lead in the first quarter and shot 50 percent to turn back several Los Angeles runs for its fifth win in 17 games.

Los Angeles couldn't get much of anything going for its fourth consecutive loss and 12th in 14 games. The Clippers shot 36 percent and couldn't get any closer than six points after falling behind big early.

Predrag Drobnjakoing had a season-high 24 points for Los Angeles.

Rockets 93, Trail Blazers 85, OT

PORTLAND, Ore. Yao Ming had 28 points and 13 rebounds and Houston beat Portland in overtime.

Steve Francis added 22 points for the Rockets after being fined $25,000 earlier in the day for cursing during a live television interview at halftime Sunday and for criticizing the officials.

Zach Randolph led the Trail Blazers with 20 points and Damon Stoudamire scored 17 of his 19 points during a second-half rally.

The Blazers rallied from 17 points down midway through the third quarter to take a 81-75 lead late in the fourth. Yao then made the Rockets' last three shots to send it to overtime.

The Trail Blazers made just one of eight shots in overtime.

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