Reggie Miller scored 13 of his 20 points in the final 4 minutes 51 seconds yesterday to lead the visiting Indiana Pacers over the injury-depleted Los Angeles Clippers, 92-87.
In his fourth game back from being sidelined by a bone bruise on his right ankle, Miller shot 7 for 14 and made two of his seven three-point tries.
He made a 14-foot jumper to put Indiana up by a point with 1:17 remaining, added a 22-footer for an 88-85 edge 16 seconds later, then made two free throws for a 90-87 lead with 10 seconds left.
Talking about being more of a role player than the go-to-guy for the Pacers now, the 37-year-old Miller said his ailing ankle also is a factor.
"Now it's probably going to be worse because I'm playing more minutes," said Miller, who played 34 minutes. "I thought I was going to come back and play 20-25 minutes and call it a day, win or lose.
"But once you get out there and start to sweat a little bit, I think there's a sense of urgency that we can actually win the game. Then I just say, 'Forget about my ankle; I'll worry about it later.' "
Elton Brand led the Clippers, losers of eight of their last 11, with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and rookie Marko Jaric had 25 points.
* RAPTORS 92, GRIZZLIES 87: Alvin Williams scored 20 points, including four in the final 40 seconds, and handed out eight assists to lead short-handed Toronto on the road.
Williams's basket with 38 seconds to play gave the Raptors an 88-87 lead. He added two free throws with 15 seconds remaining as Toronto outscored Memphis 8-0 down the stretch.
Vince Carter, who sealed the game with a breakaway dunk with two seconds left, led Toronto with 27 points. Antonio Davis scored 14 and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Toronto won its second straight after a six-game losing streak. Memphis has dropped two straight.
* CELTICS 95, HORNETS 86: Paul Pierce scored 30 points, and Antoine Walker added 26 against visiting New Orleans, which played without all-star guard Baron Davis for the first time in four seasons.
Davis, the team's second-leading scorer, sat out because of back pain, ending his consecutive games streak at 248. It was the first time Davis has missed a game in his four-year career. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Courtney Alexander.
Jamal Mashburn paced the Hornets with 33 points, and David Wesley had 18.