EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jermaine O'Neal scored 31 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 96-83 win over the New Jersey Nets on Thursday night, just hours after a judge ruled that he didn't have to serve the final 10 games of a suspension.
Jeff Foster added 16 points and a season-high 16 rebounds as the Pacers won their third straight game, matching their longest streak since the Nov. 19 brawl in Detroit that led to multiple suspensions.
O'Neal got a 25-game suspension, but an arbitrator reduced it to 15 games last week allowing him to return to action. U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels upheld that decision in New York about three hours before the Pacers and Nets took the court.
SuperSonics 94, Hawks 79
ATLANTA - Ray Allen scored 20 points and Rashard Lewis added 17 to lead the SuperSonics, who overcame the ejections of Jerome James and Danny Fortson to beat the Hawks.
Heat 89, Pistons 78
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Dwyane Wade had 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds to lead Miami past Detroit.
Wade's first NBA triple-double helped extend the Heat's franchise-record winning streak to 13 games.
Spurs 114, Trail Blazers 80
PORTLAND, Ore. - Tim Duncan had 19 points and nine rebounds and Tony Parker added 18 points to lead San Antonio. The Spurs won their fourth straight and seventh in eight games.
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