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Miller Scores 39, Pacers Top Lakers

Associated Press
Saturday, March 19, 2005; Page D05

Reggie Miller scored 39 points, his highest total in nearly 4 1/2 years, and the Indiana Pacers held off a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 103-97, last night in Indianapolis.

Miller made a three-pointer with 59 seconds left to give the Pacers a 95-90 lead, then made six straight free throws in the final 24 seconds to seal the victory.

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Miller's 39 points were his most since he had 41 against Milwaukee on Nov. 8, 2000.

Stephen Jackson had 19 points and five assists, and Anthony Johnson added 13 points and 11 assists for the Pacers, who improved to 5-2 in their past seven games.

The Lakers trailed by as many as 15 in the second half before a 13-5 run to start the fourth quarter made it 83-82 with just over six minutes left. Indiana pushed the lead to 88-82 after five straight points from Johnson, but Los Angeles scored eight of the next 10 points to make it 90-90 with 1 minute 47 seconds left.

Johnson gave the Pacers a two-point lead with a jumper, and Miller put the game away with a three-pointer while falling into the Lakers' bench.

76ERS 93, CAVALIERS 81: Allen Iverson tore the bandage off his chipped thumb and scored 31 points, and Chris Webber added 14 in leading Philadelphia to a victory in Cleveland.

Kyle Korver added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the 76ers, who improved to 6-5 since Webber arrived in a trade.

Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, chipped a bone in his left thumb Tuesday night in a win over the Lakers.

KNICKS 106, HAWKS 92: Stephon Marbury scored 24 points and Tim Thomas added 23 as visiting New York kept its playoff hopes alive.

Ending a two-game losing streak and winning on the road for just the eighth time this season, the Knicks held Atlanta without a field goal for nearly nine minutes after Tom Gugliotta's 15-footer produced a tie at 84 with 9:40 remaining.

NETS 94, JAZZ 80: Vince Carter scored 10 of his 23 points in the pivotal third quarter, and Jason Kidd had 10 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds to lead New Jersey to the home victory.

Carter and Kidd sat out the fourth quarter with the Nets firmly in command.

Andrei Kirilenko led Utah with 15 points as the Jazz dropped its eighth straight.

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