Pacers topple Miami

Posted: Friday, April 01, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS — Stephen Jackson was having an awful night, missing 10 consecutive shots at one point, before everything took a sharp turn for the better.

Jackson forced overtime by making a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left, then put the Pacers ahead for good on another 3 with 1:54 remaining to lead Indiana to a 114-108 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

''I get down on myself a lot, but my team constantly tells me, 'You have one more big one in you?''' Jackson said.

It was the third straight overtime game between the teams, and Indiana extended its winning streak over the Heat to 12 in a row.

Jackson finished with 29 points, while Reggie Miller had 31.

Miller shot 11-for-18 from the field and made all eight of his free throws for Indiana, which defeated the Heat 106-100 in Miami on Jan. 21 and 93-91 at home Feb. 23.

For Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 37 points, Damon Jones had 27 and Shaquille O'Neal 24. O'Neal, who grabbed 13 rebounds, did not score in overtime after tallying 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Indiana trailed 92-86 with 1:43 remaining, but Anthony Johnson hit a jumper from the free-throw line and a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 92-91 with 29 seconds left.

Wade, who scored the Heat's last six points of regulation, made a shot to give Miami a 94-91 lead with 10.1 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, Jackson missed a 3, Dale Davis grabbed an offensive rebound and Austin Croshere passed to Jackson just to the right of the top of the key. His 3-pointer tied it, and Wade missed an alley-oop attempt off an inbounds pass on the final play of regulation.

Bulls 102, Cavaliers 90, OT

CHICAGO — Overcoming LeBron James' game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, the Chicago Bulls scored the first 11 points of overtime and posted their eighth straight win.

James tied the game at 88 by hitting a high-arching 3-pointer from 26 feet, but the Bulls regrouped in a hurry and held Cleveland without a basket in the extra period, outscoring the Cavs 14-2.

Tyson Chandler scored five of his 15 points in overtime and had 14 rebounds as the Bulls made up for the absence of starting center Eddy Curry. Ben Gordon scored 21 and had a career-high eight assists, while veteran Antonio Davis added 17 points — four in overtime — while playing 48 minutes at age 36.

Drew Gooden scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers, and James added 26 on 10-of-28 shooting, missing all three of his shots in overtime.

Timberwolves 105, Lakers 96

LOS ANGELES — Kevin Garnett had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and six teammates scored in double figures as the Timberwolves gained their fifth straight victory, matching a season-high.

The Timberwolves won 15 of their first 23 games, lost 22 of their next 35, and now have won 10 of their last 14.

Never before have the teams that met in the conference finals one season failed to make the playoffs the next, but the Timberwolves (38-34) and Lakers (33-38) are both in jeopardy of missing out.

Kobe Bryant had 26 points for the Lakers, who have lost nine of 10.



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