Pacers topple Atlanta

Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS -- Al Harrington scored a career-high 40 points and Brad Miller added 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-97 Monday night, becoming the first Eastern Conference team to reach 20 victories.

Ron Artest added 24 points and Jamaal Tinsley had 14 assists for the Pacers (20-8), who improved to 13-1 at home. They'd lost three of four, with the three defeats coming on the road.

Nets 99, Bulls 83

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lucious Harris scored 20 points as the Nets won their 10th straight home game and spoiled rookie Jay Williams' return to New Jersey.

Jason Kidd scored 19 points and Richard Jefferson added 18 as the Nets improved to 15-1 at home. The team record for consecutive home wins is 13.

Cavaliers 74, Heat 72

CLEVELAND -- Rookie Smush Parker's 3-point play keyed an 11-2 game-ending spurt, and Eddie Jones missed a driving layup with 4.5 seconds left to preserve the Cavaliers' victory.

Miami rookie Caron Butler was far short with a 12-footer over Jumaine Jones just before the final horn, ending the Heat's three-game winning streak.

Bucks 108, Magic 103

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Ray Allen had 35 points and made the big shots down the stretch, starting with a 3-pointer with 1:16 remaining.

Two free throws by Orlando's Mike Miller cut the Milwaukee lead to 97-95 with 1:44 remaining, but Allen then made his long-range shot.

Mavericks 92, Wizards 86

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki hit a jumper as the shot clock expired, then put back a rebound for another score as the Mavericks took control in the final minutes.

Nowitzki tied his season high with 17 rebounds and scored 10 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter as Dallas bounced back from its first home loss to improve to 13-1 at American Airlines Center.

Jazz 96, Rockets 91

HOUSTON -- Karl Malone scored 10 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter -- including six in the last 1:30 -- to bring the Utah Jazz from seven points down.

Matt Harpring had eight of his 25 points in the final period as the Jazz won their third straight game.

Spurs 99, Hornets 94, OT

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan scored 29 points and tied a career high with 23 rebounds, and the Spurs held the Hornets scoreless for the final 3:15 of overtime.

Bruce Bowen tied a career high with 21 points, while Malik Rose added 19 for the Spurs, who have won four straight.

Suns 89, SuperSonics 88

PHOENIX -- Stephon Marbury shot just 3-for-12 but sank a leaning 13-footer with a half-second to play to lift the Suns.

After a timeout, the Sonics had a final chance to win. Brent Barry threw an inbounds lob from halfcourt to the basket for Desmond Mason, but Shawn Marion blocked the shot as the buzzer sounded.

Marion had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Marbury had 12 assists and Penny Hardaway matched his season high with 20 points to lead the Suns, who have won seven of eight and climbed six games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 season.

Lewis had 24 points and Predrag Drobnjak 21 for the Sonics, who have lost four in a row and six of seven.

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