The frustration is over for 19-year-old Al Harrington, who spent most of his rookie season watching the Indiana Pacers play.
Harrington, who scored only 45 points as a rookie coming out of high school last season, has scored in double figures in all five games this month. Last night, he had 17 of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as Indiana topped the visiting Orlando Magic, 116-101.
"Al worked as hard as he possibly could this summer to make himself a basketball player," Indiana Coach Larry Bird said.
Reggie Miller scored 21 points for Indiana, which had six players in double figures.
"Last year was frustrating," Harrington said. "I learned a lot by me sitting and watching. It really helped me, and it's showing now."
Darrell Armstrong scored 22 points for Orlando.
* TIMBERWOLVES 93, KNICKS 90: In Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett scored 15 of his career-high 35 points in the fourth quarter for Minnesota and blocked Marcus Camby's shot with five seconds left. Allan Houston scored 29 points for New York and Latrell Sprewell added 20.
* RAPTORS 123, PISTONS 106: Doug Christie scored 24 points, and Vince Carter added 22 points and 11 rebounds as visiting Toronto won its fourth straight. Christie and Carter were among seven Raptors in double figures. Grant Hill led Detroit with 25 points.
* SONICS 109, CAVALIERS 103: In Cleveland, Gary Payton had 27 points and nine assists, and Vin Baker added 24 points and 13 rebounds to spark Seattle. Shawn Kemp led the Cavaliers with 22 points and Andrew DeClercq had a career-high 19.
* HEAT 128, MAVERICKS 105: Jamal Mashburn, a former first-round pick of Dallas, scored 34 points as Miami topped the visiting Mavericks for the 15th straight time. Miami has not lost to Dallas since Dec. 10, 1991, at Reunion Arena.
CAPTION: Pacers' Sam Perkins, right, traps Orlando's Monty Williams along the baseline in fourth quarter.