The Indiana Pacers opened their new home--Conseco Fieldhouse--by beating the Boston Celtics, 115-108, last night behind 29 points from Reggie Miller.
Indiana's 10th consecutive victory over the Celtics was before a sellout crowd of 18,345.
Miller, honored at halftime as one of the 50 greatest players in Indiana basketball history, had 15 points in the opening quarter.
Larry Bird, who was honored at halftime along with Miller in recognition of being selected among the 50 greatest players in Indiana history, has never lost to his former team in eight games as a coach.
"I'd rather beat them than anyone in the league," said Bird, who received one of the biggest ovations when he was introduced. "I wonder what it would have been had we been down 15 at the half."
Boston, which had won its first three games, was led by Antoine Walker with 21 points. Kenny Anderson added 20 and Paul Pierce 19.
CAVALIERS 102, KNICKS 93: In Cleveland, Shawn Kemp scored 25 points and made 17 of 18 free throws, including a team-record 13 in the first quarter to help Cleveland to its third straight win after a season-opening loss in New York.
Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell each scored 22 points for the Knicks and John Wallace had 18.
Brevin Knight had 18 points and Danny Ferry added 13 to support Kemp, who fouled out with 2.4 seconds to play.
TRAIL BLAZERS 97, LAKERS 82: Scottie Pippen scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half to lead undefeated Portland at home. Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers with 21 points and 10 rebounds, but he was ejected with his second technical foul in the fourth quarter.
TIMBERWOLVES 114, KINGS 101: Kevin Garnett had 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead Minnesota in the second of a two-game series in Tokyo. Chris Webber led the Kings with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the game that was broadcast to 131 countries.
SUPERSONICS 99, JAZZ 94: Gary Payton scored 22 points and Ruben Patterson 21 as Seattle overcame a 17-point second-half deficit at home. Karl Malone scored 31 points to become the fourth NBA player to score more than 29,000. He has 29,012 in his career, trailing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419), and Michael Jordan (29,277).
BUCKS 121, PISTONS 111: Sam Cassell scored 28 points as Milwaukee stormed back from a 17-point deficit at home and remained the Eastern Conference's only unbeaten team. Glenn Robinson, hampered by foul trouble in the first half, scored seven points during a third-quarter run and finished with 15. Ray Allen's three-pointer with 7:16 to play gave Milwaukee a 97-94 lead, its first since the first quarter.
GRIZZLIES 109, NUGGETS 94: Mike Bibby scored 17 points and added a franchise-record 16 assists to lead Vancouver in front of 12,159, the smallest announced crowd to attend a Grizzlies home game. Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryant Reeves scored 22 points as the Grizzlies (1-2) ended a nine-game losing streak dating to the end of last season. Othella Harrington added 20 points, marking only the second time the Grizzlies had three players score 20 or more points in a game.
HAWKS 113, BULLS 97: Dikembe Mutombo scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead seven scorers in double figures in host Atlanta's first victory of the season. Isaiah Rider came off the bench to score 18 points for the Hawks, who opened the season with two losses. Rookie Elton Brand, the overall No. 1 draft pick, and Toni Kukoc each had 21 points for the Bulls. Brand also had 12 rebounds.
MAVERICKS 120, WARRIORS 97: Michael Finley scored 23 points and Cedric Ceballos had 22, leading six players in double figures as Dallas ruined the home opener for Golden State.