Pacers demolish Atlanta

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2004


  Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal, right, shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier in the first quarter, Wednesday, Nov.17, 2004, in Indianapolis. AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal, right, shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier in the first quarter, Wednesday, Nov.17, 2004, in Indianapolis.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS Jermaine O'Neal had 25 points and 13 rebounds to offset a dazzling performance by friend and former teammate Al Harrington in the Indiana Pacers' 93-86 victory Wednesday night over the Atlanta Hawks.

Austin Croshere added 13 points, 13 rebounds and two electrifying dunks in the fourth quarter to help the Pacers ward off the Hawks.

Harrington, who spent his first six seasons in Indiana before being traded in the offseason for Stephen Jackson, scored 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting in his first game against his former team.

Harrington dropped a pretty 18-foot fadeaway over Ron Artest to give the Hawks a 74-71 lead with 6:28 to play, but the Pacers responded with a 16-4 run to take control. Croshere had two dunks and O'Neal hit a nifty turnaround in the lane during the spurt.

Wizards 110, Celtics 105, OT

WASHINGTON Antawn Jamison scored 27 points, Gilbert Arenas had 25, and Washington shut out Boston for the first 4:47 of overtime.

Jared Jeffries added a career-high 15 points in his first start of the season. He also blocked a jumper by Paul Pierce in overtime and drew a crucial charge on Pierce in the extra period. Pierce led the Celtics with a season-high 37 points, but didn't score in overtime until making a 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds.

The Wizards blew a 13-point halftime lead but erased a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit as they broke a two-game losing streak. Gary Payton recovered from a scoreless first half to get 17 points for the Celtics, who had a three-game winning streak.

Magic 107, Jazz 92

ORLANDO, Fla. Grant Hill scored 32 points and Steve Francis had season highs of 33 points and 11 assists for the Magic.

Mostly shooting jumpers over Andrei Kirilenko, usually a dependable defensive stopper, Hill was 13-for-18 in his best offensive performance since scoring 36 points against Minnesota on April 10, 2000.

Playing a season-high 41 minutes, Hill added five rebounds and five assists. It was the kind of all-around display that had become a distant memory for Hill because of his repeated ankle woes since he signed with Orlando before the 2000-01 season.

Pistons 93, Timberwolves 85

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chauncey Billups scored 15 of his 21 points in the third quarter and revitalized Detroit rallied to beat Minnesota.

Billups, Ben Wallace and coach Larry Brown also returned to the Pistons after absences. Billups missed the previous game a loss in Utah with a sprained ankle. Wallace was out two games because of a death in his family and Brown missed five games including three losses with a hip problem.

SuperSonics 79, Nets 68

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Despite starting the first half 0-for-10 and the second half 0-for-8, Seattle got some timely offense from Rashard Lewis and improved the NBA's best record to 8-1.

Seattle's eighth straight win came against a Nets team that had more fouls (29) than field goals (26) and committed 23 turnovers.

Lewis scored 17 points and Ray Allen, Danny Fortson and Vladimir Radmanovic added 14 each as Seattle improved to 2-0 on a six-game, 10-day road trip.

Suns 95, Hornets 84

NEW ORLEANS Amare Stoudemire's career-high 38 points one night after he scored 34 at Dallas led Phoenix over the winless Hornets.

The Hornets attempted only two foul shots, tying an NBA low and breaking the team mark they set in Milwaukee on Saturday night when they took only three

Steve Nash had 12 assists to go with 16 points. Shawn Marion scored 23 points, including consecutive 3-pointers after the Hornets had nibbled a 12-point deficit down to five early in the fourth quarter.

Nuggets 112, Raptors 106

DENVER Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and Kenyon Martin added 24 points and 16 rebounds for Denver.

The Nuggets overcame a sluggish first half by making 14 of 23 shots in third quarter and 30 of 34 free throws overall after entering the game shooting just 69 percent from the foul line. Andre Miller had 14 points and seven assists, and Bryon Russell added 12 points.

Heat 113, Bucks 106

MILWAUKEE Shaquille O'Neal scored a season-high 26 points, and Eddie Jones had 27 to help Miami beat the Bucks for the second time in four days.

Dwyane Wade added 18 points and seven assists, but missed extending his streak of six consecutive games with at least 20 points. He fouled out with 1:11 to go and was hit with a technical.

Damon Jones had 17 points, including eight free throws in the final minute for the Heat.

Grizzlies 101, Trail Blazers 82

PORTLAND, Ore. Bonzi Wells scored 25 points against his former team, and Memphis beat Portland for its first road victory of the season.

Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who led by as many as 34.

Warriors 98, Bulls 85

OAKLAND, Calif. Jason Richardson had 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Golden State beat winless Chicago.

Speedy Claxton added 14 points and 11 assists before fouling out late for the Warriors, who won at home for the first time in four games this season.

Lakers 103, Clippers 89

LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant had 23 points, six rebounds and a season-high 11 assists, and Chucky Atkins scored 12 of his 17 points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter for the Lakers.

The Lakers are 18-3 against the Clippers at Staples Center since the arena opened five years ago, and have a 27-3 record in the last 30 games between the teams.

Corey Maggette led the Clippers with 24 points, and Bobby Simmons had 23 points and eight rebounds. Chris Mihm scored 15 points for the Lakers.

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