Stephen Jackson forced overtime by making a three-pointer with 0.2 of a second left, then put the Pacers ahead for good on another three-pointer with 1 minute 54 seconds remaining to lead Indiana to a 114-108 victory last night over the Miami Heat in Indianapolis.
"I get down on myself a lot, but my team constantly tells me, 'You have one more big one in you?' " Jackson said.
It was the third straight overtime game between the teams, and Indiana extended its winning streak over the Heat to 12 in a row.
Jackson finished with 29 points, while Reggie Miller had 31 points and 13 assists. Miller made 11 of 18 shots and all eight of his free throws for Indiana, which defeated the Heat, 106-100, in Miami on Jan. 21 and, 93-91, at home Feb. 23.
For Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 37 points, Damon Jones had 27 and Shaquille O'Neal 24. O'Neal, who grabbed 13 rebounds, did not score in overtime after tallying 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Pacers Coach Rick Carlisle was succinct in his explanation. "At the end of regulation, we needed a miracle and got one," he said.
BULLS 102, CAVALIERS 90: Overcoming LeBron James's game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, host Chicago scored the first 11 points of overtime to win its eighth straight.
James tied the game at 88 by hitting a high-arching three-pointer from 26 feet, but the Bulls regrouped in a hurry and held Cleveland without a basket in the extra period, outscoring the Cavs, 14-2.
Tyson Chandler scored five of his 15 points in overtime and had 14 rebounds as the Bulls made up for the absence of starting center Eddy Curry. Ben Gordon scored 21 points and had a career-high eight assists, while veteran Antonio Davis added 17 points -- four in overtime -- while playing 48 minutes at age 36.
The eight-game winning streak is Chicago's longest of the season and extended the Bulls' lead over Cleveland in the East to 2 1/2 games.
TIMBERWOLVES 105, LAKERS 96: In Los Angeles, Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 12 rebounds to offset 26 points from Kobe Bryant, in a meeting of teams that last year played in the Western Conference finals, but now are likely to miss the playoffs. Minnesota has won five in a row.