HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, OCT. 21 -- Reggie Miller made a layup with 59 seconds remaining to give Indiana a three-point lead and the Pacers went on to hand the Washington Bullets their fourth straight loss, 97-96, tonight at the Halifax Forum before 3,478.

The Bullets' preseason mark is 0-4; the Pacers are 3-2.

The Bullets trailed for most of the first quarter but reserve guard Tony Harris scored 17 of his 21 points in the second quarter to lift them to a 50-41 halftime lead. The Bullets led by 18 points in the third quarter and took a 76-66 lead into the final period.

But Miller struck, scoring 17 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, rallying the Pacers, who outscored Washington by 31-20 in the final period.

Vern Fleming made two free throws with 1:30 remaining to give Indiana a 95-94 lead, then Miller hit a driving layup with just under a minute left to give the Pacers a 97-94 advantage. The Bullets' A.J. English hit a running one-hander from five feet with less than 20 seconds to go to pull the Bullets within one point.

Harvey Grant led the Bullets with 22 points.