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Hornets Nudge Past the Pacers

Associated Press
Thursday, January 20, 2005; Page D06

Lee Nailon scored 30 points, and Dan Dickau's 17 points included a late go-ahead free throw that helped the Hornets to an upset of the Indiana Pacers, 90-87, last night in New Orleans.

Rodney Rogers had 12 points, the last on a stunning play as he slapped the rebound from Dickau's missed free throw out of Jermaine O'Neal's hands, sending the ball into the hoop with 3.7 seconds left.

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Jamaal Tinsley scored 28 points for the second night in a row, but unlike a night earlier in Houston, it wasn't enough for a Pacers victory. Tinsley scored 18 in the fourth quarter. His straightaway three-pointer with 25 seconds left pulled the Pacers, who trailed by 10, into an 87-all tie.

But Tinsley was called for a foul as Dickau drove inside with 5.2 seconds to go, setting up the Hornets' game-clinching three-point possession on Dickau's free throw and Rogers' putback.

O'Neal finished with 24 points, but his three missed free throws in the fourth quarter and his failure to stop Rogers' late putback gave the Hornets the opening to win their third straight home game.

• GRIZZLIES 88, SUNS 79: With guard Steve Nash -- the NBA assists leader -- out with back spasms, host Phoenix saw its losing streak extend to five games.

Three reserves led the Grizzlies, who won their fourth in a row and 10th in 11 games. Bonzi Wells scored 16, Stromile Swift had 14 and Brian Cardinal 13 for Memphis, which set a franchise record with its fourth straight road win. Jason Williams was the only Grizzlies starter in double figures with 11 points.

The Suns had season lows in points and field goal shooting (33 percent) for the second game in a row.

Nash, who missed the previous two games with a bruised thigh, was ready to return early this week, then twisted his back when his backup Leandro Barbosa stepped on his foot in practice Tuesday.

• SPURS 80, CLIPPERS 79: Tony Parker scored 25 points, including a game-winning driving layup in the final seconds in San Antonio.

Manu Ginobili, who missed Monday's win over Washington with a thigh bruise, scored 13 points for San Antonio, which has the NBA's best home record at 21-1.

• CAVALIERS 107, TRAIL BLAZERS 101: LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, as Cleveland sent host Portland to its fifth straight loss.

James is 20 years and 20 days old, younger than Lamar Odom, who was 20 years and 54 days old when he became the youngest to do it on Dec. 30, 1999 while with the Los Angeles Clippers. That was James' 15th birthday.

• CELTICS 92, BULLS 83: Paul Pierce scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and rookie Al Jefferson added a career-high 17 points to help snap visiting Chicago's seven-game winning streak. The win was Boston's 10th in its last 12 home games.


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