Miller moves past 'The Logo'

Forward scores 19 points to hit 12th on all-time scoring list

Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

 

  Toronto Raptors Jalen Rose puts pressure on Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller as he shoots during NBA action in Toronto, Monday April 11, 2005. Miller passed Jerry West to become the 12th highest all time scorer in the NBA during the Pacers 94-90 win over the Raptors. AP PHOTO/Adrian Wyld, CP

Toronto Raptors Jalen Rose puts pressure on Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller as he shoots during NBA action in Toronto, Monday April 11, 2005. Miller passed Jerry West to become the 12th highest all time scorer in the NBA during the Pacers 94-90 win over the Raptors.

AP PHOTO/Adrian Wyld, CP

TORONTO— Reggie Miller scored 19 points to pass Jerry West for 12th on the all-time scoring list and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 94-90 Monday night.

Miller has 25,201 points, nine more than the man on the NBA logo. Miller passed West with a 3-pointer 40 seconds into the second half. The 18-year veteran is retiring at the end of the year, and players and coaches on both sides paid tribute to him before his last game at the Air Canada Centre.

Stephen Jackson, Dale Davis, Jeff Foster, Anthony Johnson, Austin Croshere and Eddie Gill each added nine points for the Pacers.

Indiana can clinch a playoff spot at home Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets. The Pacers are vying with Chicago for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Jalen Rose had 26 points for the lottery-bound Raptors, who have lost eight of 11.

Cavaliers 114, Magic 106

ORLANDO, Fla.— LeBron James scored 33 points and Drew Gooden had 27 for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who took a half-game lead ahead of idle Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference playoff's seventh seed.

Robert Traylor added 20 points for the Cavaliers, who stayed within two games of sixth-place Washington. The Wizards visit Cleveland on Friday.

James, playing 48 minutes for the third time in the last six games, also had seven rebounds and six assists. In his last three games, he has averaged 36.7 points, 10 rebounds and 7.7 assists.

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando, losers of four straight and five of six. The Magic are 4 1/2 games behind the 76ers with five games remaining.

Steve Francis also scored 23, while DeShawn Stevenson had 21.

James put Cleveland up 86-76 with a three-point play off his own miss of a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Wizards 119, Bucks 112

WASHINGTON— Gilbert Arenas dished out a season-high 13 assists while passing up shots in the win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Antawn Jamison had 32 points to help the Wizards end a five-game skid and re-establish some momentum as they anticipate their first playoff berth since 1997. Washington (42-35) also clinched its first winning season since 1998 and gave coach Eddie Jordan his 100th NBA coaching victory.

Michael Redd scored 35 points, and Erick Strickland added a season-high 22 for the Bucks, who fell behind in the first quarter and trailed the rest of the game in their 12th consecutive road loss.

Bobcats 110, Hawks 105, OT

ATLANTA— Keith Bogans scored 21 points to lead seven Charlotte players in double figures in a matchup of the two worst teams in the NBA.

The Bobcats snapped an eight-game losing streak and kept the Hawks from their first two-game winning streak of the season. Brevin Knight had 17 points for Charlotte and Emeka Okafor added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Mavericks 110, Grizzlies 89

DALLAS— Josh Howard scored 23 points and Keith Van Horn added 14 to spoil the Grizzlies' first chance to clinch a playoff spot.

Memphis endured its worst loss under coach Mike Fratello and second-worst of the season; the Grizzlies lost to Minnesota by 25 on Nov. 26 when Hubie Brown was still in charge.

Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who clinched the West's No. 4 seed in its previous game. They won their season-best eighth straight at home and improved to 11-2 under coach Avery Johnson.

Pistons 85, Bulls 84

CHICAGO— Chauncey Billups scored 28 points, including the game-winning basket with 8.2 seconds left, to help the Detroit Pistons clinch the Central Division.

Billups scored seven points in the extra session to lead a Pistons' comeback after Chicago scored the first eight points. Detroit scored 12 of the final 15 points to escape with the victory.

The Pistons' division title gives them the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They've won seven straight and handed the Bulls just their second loss in 14 games.

Kirk Hinrich scored 15 points to lead the Bulls, who guaranteed themselves a playoff berth on Saturday.

Nuggets 122, Warriors 106

DENVER— Carmelo Anthony scored 11 of his 32 points during a key third-quarter run and Andre Miller had 16 assists, helping Denver clinch consecutive playoff appearances for the first time in a decade.

DerMarr Johnson had 20 points and Earl Boykins added 12 points and 10 assists for Denver, which won for the 22nd time in 24 games.

Baron Davis had 28 points and Jason Richardson added 26 for the Warriors.

The Nuggets reached the playoffs last season for the first time since 1995.

Rockets 90, SuperSonics 78

SEATTLE— Tracy McGrady scored 38 points for Houston, and the Rockets kept the Seattle SuperSonics from clinching the Northwest Division for a fifth straight game.

Ray Allen led Seattle with 18 points, but made only 7 of 22 shots. The Sonics, who have been trying to wrap up the division title for more than a week, dropped their fifth straight.

Yao Ming had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Houston. McGrady shot 14-of-25, grabbed 11 rebounds and had four assists.

Suns 108, Lakers 97

LOS ANGELES— Joe Johnson had 26 points and Phoenix hit a franchise-record 19 3-pointers.

Johnson made six 3s, Jim Jackson hit seven to finish with 25 points, and Shawn Marion had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who won their league-best 31st road game. Steve Nash added 15 points and 16 assists.

The Suns lead idle San Antonio by a full game in their bid to land the Western Conference's top seed.

Kobe Bryant had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Lakers lost for the 15th time in 17 games.



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