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Pacers' Bender Back on Injured List With Sore Knee

Saturday, February 5, 2005; Page D10

Indiana placed F Jonathan Bender on the injured list yesterday because of a sore right knee and activated rookie C David Harrison.

Bender, who has played only seven games this season because of a number of ailments, hurt his knee during Wednesday's 98-97 home loss to the Raptors.

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Harrison had been out since Jan. 14 with a concussion.

The Pacers also were without three starters for last night's game against Dallas. Stephen Jackson was suspended on Thursday for one game for berating officials after the loss to Toronto, Jeff Foster sprained his lower back against the Raptors, and Jamaal Tinsley bruised his left foot Monday at Philadelphia.

76ERS COACH MISSES GAME: Philadelphia Coach Jim O'Brien missed last night's game against the Hawks because of the flu.

Associate head coach Lester Connor took O'Brien's place.

"He really had to be wiped out because he doesn't normally miss a game," Connor said.

SUNS MAKE MOVES: Phoenix activated G Leandro Barbosa from the injured list and released G William "Smush" Parker.

Barbosa sprained his ankle when he stepped on Steve Nash's foot during practice Jan. 18. He was placed on the injured list the next day and missed nine games.

Parker was on his second 10-day contract when he was released.

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