Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Pacers earn OT win by controlling Carter late


NBA roundup

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Ron Artest shut down Vince Carter in the fourth quarter and the Indiana Pacers scored the first eight points of overtime to win their sixth consecutive game, 94-84 over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Jamaal Tinsley opened the extra period with a 3-pointer, Jermaine O'Neal hit a jumper and Reggie Miller added a deep 3-pointer as the shot clock was winding down to give Indiana an 89-81 lead.

Artest led Indiana with 23 points, and O'Neal overcame a poor shooting night to finish with 20 points and 18 rebounds.

Carter led Toronto with 28 points, but managed just one point after the third quarter. He missed two chances to put the Raptors ahead in the final 30 seconds of regulation.

Grizzlies 94, Spurs 88

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Pau Gasol scored 27 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and Memphis gained its 40th win of the season.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for San Antonio.

76ers 89, Bulls 81

CHICAGO - Kenny Thomas had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Aaron McKie added 21 points as Philadelphia overcame the absence of Allen Iverson, who has a knee injury.

Rockets 90, Clippers 85

HOUSTON - Steve Francis had 24 points and Yao Ming scored eight of his 19 points in Houston's fourth-quarter rally. The Rockets, who trailed 73-71 in the final quarter, earned their third straight victory and fifth in a row over the Clippers.

Celtics 87, Knicks 84

NEW YORK - Paul Pierce had 23 points, including a difficult jumper with 24 seconds left, to help give Boston a six-game winning streak - its longest this season.

Allan Houston scored 23 points and Thomas had 17 for New York, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Heat 100, Magic 89

MIAMI - Reserve Rasual Butler scored 19 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and Miami won its third consecutive game.

Orlando's Tracy McGrady led all scorers with 26 points.

Nuggets 117, Wizards 87

WASHINGTON - Voshon Lenard scored 27 points and rookie Carmelo Anthony added 26 as Denver ended a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in 10 games. The Nuggets, clinging to the final Western Conference playoff spot, moved 1 1/2 games ahead of ninth-place Utah.

Gilbert Arenas scored 23 points for the Wizards, who clinched a sixth consecutive losing season.

SUPERSONICS: Brent Barry, Seattle's starting point guard until he broke the ring finger on his right hand Jan. 27, was activated. The Sonics were 5-15 in the 20 games Barry missed because of the injury.




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