The Indiana Pacers showed Philadelphia just how potent their starting five can be.
Jermaine O'Neal had 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 107-97 victory over the 76ers yesterday in Indianapolis.
O'Neal had his 12th double-double, Jamaal Tinsley scored 20, Brad Miller had 19 and Ron Artest and Reggie Miller each added 18 as the Pacers extended their Eastern Conference-leading record to 18-5.
It was the fifth time this season all five Indiana starters scored 18 or more points.
"We just did tonight what we've been doing all year," O'Neal said. "That's what has us with the second-best record in the NBA right now."
Allen Iverson shot 12 for 26 and led the 76ers with 32 points. He did most of his damage in the first quarter, scoring 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Tinsley slowed Iverson by staying in front of him and forcing bad shots.
The Pacers outscored Philadelphia, 24-0, on fast-break points in the first half and continually drew fouls, extending their lead to 20 points early in the third quarter. The Pacers shot 25 for 40 from the line, while Philadelphia made 13 of 19.
"We've got so many options down low that, if we just keep pushing it inside, we're going to get to the line. Fifteen misses is too many, though," Artest said.
* PISTONS 101, NETS 91: Zeljko Rebraca scored a season-high 21 points and Corliss Williamson added 17 as host Detroit won the battle of last season's Eastern Conference division champions.
Chauncey Billups added 16 points and Richard Hamilton 15 for Detroit, which has won 15 times in New Jersey's last 16 visits to the Palace. The Pistons are 8-1 overall against the Nets during the last three seasons.
Detroit, which got 58 points from its reserves, won for the fourth time in five nights, while New Jersey saw its season-best winning streak snapped at five games.
"I think our bench was the difference tonight," Pistons Coach Rick Carlisle said. "They really stepped up and let us fight our way back into the game. Z made a major impact with his scoring and Corliss was consistent, as always."
* KINGS 107, HORNETS 92: Chris Webber had 28 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists as Sacramento extended its home unbeaten streak to 12 games.
Webber shot 12 for 16 as the Kings beat New Orleans for the fifth straight time at Arco Arena and won for the eighth time in 11 games overall.
Doug Christie made all five of his three-point attempts and finished with 21 points for Sacramento.
* LAKERS 107, MAGIC 84: Shaquille O'Neal scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as host Los Angeles snapped a two-game losing streak. Kobe Bryant added 21 points and Derek Fisher had 19 for the Lakers.