Indiana's Miller up to his old playoff tricks

Last-second 3-pointer pushes Pacers past Philadelphia; Jazz, Spurs, Hornets post wins

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Reggie Miller hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 79-78 victory over Philadelphia in Game 1 of their first-round series Saturday.

Miller, who had missed 16 of his first 20 shots, came around a screen and took a pass from Jalen Rose before launching a 3-pointer from 25 feet that rattled in. The 76ers had a final chance, but Allen Iverson lost his dribble and couldn't get a shot off.

Miller had 17 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 12 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for Indiana, which rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit. Travis Best had 16 points and 10 assists.

Iverson, who won his second scoring title in three years by averaging 31.1 points, had just 16 points.

Jazz 88, Mavericks 86

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone scored 26 points and John Stockton had 12 points, 18 assists and two go-ahead free throws with 25.8 seconds left as Utah scored the final six points.

In an emotional, closely contested opener to the best-of-five series, the Jazz prevailed in a frenzied atmosphere and took a 1-0 lead into Tuesday night's Game 2 in Salt Lake City.

Dallas coach Don Nelson was ejected in the fourth quarter, and the referees called seven technical fouls and one flagrant foul.

Michael Finley led the Mavericks with 26 points.

Spurs 87, Timberwolves 82

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan had 33 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks as San Antonio beat Minnesota in Game 1.

Duncan's 15-foot bank shot over Dean Garrett with 12.7 seconds left all but sealed the win for San Antonio, which overcame a poor third quarter and shut down Garnett in the fourth.

Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with 25 points.

Hornets 106, Heat 80

MIAMI -- Jamal Mashburn scored 28 points against his former team as Charlotte took a 1-0 lead by piling on the most points Miami has allowed all season.

Traded last August after four seasons in Miami, Mashburn came to Charlotte with a reputation for wilting in the clutch, especially at playoff time. But he rose to the occasion Saturday, as did his teammates.

Baron Davis scored 23 points and David Wesley 17 for the Hornets, who repeatedly beat the lethargic Heat in transition and dominated the boards. By the midpoint of the third quarter, the Heat trailed 70-42 -- their largest deficit this season.

Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Mason and Eddie Jones started together for the first time, but their disjointed play made Miami look like a team at the start of training camp.

Mourning, playing his 14th game in a comeback from kidney disease, had 14 points and just three rebounds in 27 minutes. He left the game midway through the fourth quarter with a cut near his right eye that was expected to require stitches.

Game 2 is Monday in Miami.

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