O’Neal Gives Pacers OT Win Over the 76ers

From Associated Press

Jermaine O’Neal knew he was getting the ball. He made sure he came through.

O’Neal’s one-handed turnaround jumper with 1.6 seconds left in overtime gave the Indiana Pacers a 105-104 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night in Philadelphia.

“The last play was set up for me,” O’Neal said. “If Reggie [Miller] was wide open, he would have taken it, but he told me he’d get me the ball. It was a situation where I knew their defense would play me in the middle. I knew if I got to the baseline, they’d have trouble getting help.”

Al Harrington had 28 points and Miller scored 19 for the Central Division-leading Pacers, who ended a two-game losing streak.


Allen Iverson scored 32 points and Derrick Coleman, starting his first game this season, had 18 points and 14 rebounds. Coleman’s three-point basket in the final minute of the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime.

Washington 100, Boston 95 -- Michael Jordan converted a three-point play with 32.8 seconds left -- his only points of the fourth quarter -- and Jerry Stackhouse scored 37 points at Boston to help the Wizards win their fourth in a row.

New Jersey 101, Atlanta 94 -- The Nets took control with an early 12-0 run at Atlanta and went on to extend their winning ustreak to 10 games.

Jason Kidd and Lucious Harris each scored 21 points for the Nets. Jason Terry scored 27 points for the Hawks, who lost their fifth in a row.

Memphis 106, New Orleans 102 -- Jason Williams scored 28 points and handed out 14 assists to save the host Grizzlies, who nearly blew a 31-point, third-quarter lead.

The Hornets pulled to within 97-96 when Courtney Alexander made a 12-foot turnaround shot with 2:51 to play.


Chicago 113, Utah 98 -- Jalen Rose scored 31 points at Chicago and reserve Marcus Fizer had a season-high 28 to help the Bulls end a 10-game losing streak to the Jazz.

Rose, playing all 48 minutes two days after having flu, had seven assists and five rebounds.

Dallas 86, Denver 71 -- Michael Finley had 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki recovered from a two-point first half to finish with 18 points for the Mavericks.

Reserve Raef LaFrentz had 16 points and 11 rebounds, both season highs, to help Dallas improve to 17-2 at home and a league-best 28-5 overall.

Milwaukee 106, Cleveland 94 -- Ray Allen scored 13 of his 27 points during a decisive third-quarter run for the Bucks at Cleveland.

Allen made three three-point shots and scored 16 points in the third quarter, including 13 in a 3:50 span when the Bucks built a 65-62 lead into an 81-71 advantage.


Golden State 99, Miami 85 -- Antawn Jamison scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at Oakland, and the Warriors won for the fifth time in six games.

Gilbert Arenas also scored 22 for the Warriors, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Heat.

Orlando 103, New York 100 -- Tracy McGrady had 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the host Magic ended a two-game losing streak.

Latrell Sprewell led the Knicks with 28 points. All of the Knick starters scored in double figures.

Detroit 82, Toronto 74 -- Cliff Robinson had season highs with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Pistons, who have won 10 of 13, handed the Raptors their 11th consecutive loss.