The bench did it for the Indiana Pacers Sunday.

Sam Mitchell and fellow reserves Byron Scott and Vern Fleming scored Indiana's first 23 points in a 30-11 fourth quarter as Indiana broke away for a 106-87 win over Miami at Indianapolis."I think that's the best half of defense we've played all year," coach Larry Brown said after the Pacers held Miami to 31 second-half points, 11 in the fourth quarter after the teams entered the period tied.

Reggie Miller and Dale Davis scored 16 points each to lead eight Pacers in double figures.

The teams were tied 76-all after three quarters until the Pacers broke aweay to keep Miami winless in its 13 trips to Market Square Arena.

Kevin Willis paced Miami with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Glen Rice added 13, but scored only 3 after the first quarter.

The victory was the Pacers' third straight, while the Heat dropped their third in a row and are now 1-3 since Alvin Gentry replaced Kevin Loughery as head coach.

"Byron and Sam came in and really won this one for us," said Miller. "We were not able to play our game during the first half, but we were able to regroup the second half and came out and played together better."

Mitchell finished with 13 on 5-of-6 shooting, including his first three-pointer of the year, in just 12 minutes of action. Scott added 11 and Fleming 10. Rik Smits finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, despite continued problems with back spasms.

The Heat shot 60 percent in the first half and led 56-49 at intermission. Matt Geiger and Rice had 10 points each. The Heat led by as many as 13 before Miller hit back-to-back 3-pointers to close the gap.

But Davis scored 11 points to lead a third-quarter rally that saw the hosts take a 66-65 lead at the 6:49 mark, the first Pacer lead since the opening minutes. Willis helped Miami keep pace with 10 third-period points and five rebounds, as the two teams traded leads eight times and were tied three times in the see-saw quarter.

Then came the finale.

"Our fourth quarter was just disastrous," Gentry said. "We turned the ball over and our transition defense was just awful."

Timberwolves 100, Magic 95

At Minneapolis, Isaiah Rider scored 33 points, including 13 straight during Minnesota's third-quarter comeback, as the Timberwolves beat the Orlando Magic 100-95.

Rider added 10 rebounds as the Wolves, losers of eight of their previous 10, sent the Magic their fourth straight road loss before a Target Center record crowd of 19,934.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 36 points for the Magic, who also lost to the Timberwolves in their only visit to Minneapolis last season.

The Magic took a 58-46 lead early in the third quarter, but the Wolves responded with a 25-6 run capped by 13 straight points by Rider, taking a 71-64 lead with 1:13 left in the period.

Orlando scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to take a 75-74 lead. But Minnesota ran off 12 straight points, including seven by Chris Smith, and led 86-75 with 7:26 remaining.

Sean Rooks, who scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, scored four straight points to give Minnesota a 93-82 lead with 2:24 left.

Minnesota got 22 points from Christian Laettner. Anfernee Hardway scored 19 for the Magic.

Minnesota led by as much as 30-21 early in the second quarter. But O'Neal scored 14 of the Magic's first 18 points in the quarter, and a 12-point run capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson put the Magic ahead 45-38.

O'Neal scored 21 points in the first half, and Orlando took a 48-44 lead into halftime.

Tom Gugliotta, whom the Wolves acquired in a trade with Golden State Saturday, attended the game but did not play because he had not yet completed his physical exam.

Knicks 122, Rockets 117

At New York, Patrick Ewing had 31 points and nine rebounds and won his personal duel with Hakeem Olajuwon as the New York Knicks beat the Houston Rockets 122-117 in a reprise of last year's NBA title series.

Ewing, frustrated in the Knicks' loss to Olajuwon and Houston last June, got some payback the day after the Rockets were honored at the White House for their title.

Playing inspired defense against Olajuwon, Ewing helped the Knicks get the jump on the Rockets, building as much as a 13-point lead in the first half and 14 in the final quarter before a late Houston comeback on the 3-point shooting of Sam Cassell and Mario Elie.

The win gave the Knicks, who lost to the Rockets in seven games last year, a season sweep of the Rockets, whom they beat earlier this season in Houston.

Clyde Drexler had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his third game for Houston since being acquired from Portland, and Cassell scored 23, including a 53-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer ending the first half.

Olajuwon, who hit just two of his first 11 shots but rebounded to finish with 27 points, nailed two shots in the final 30 seconds of the half and then went on a third-quarter tear, scoring 10 points as Houston nosed in front for the first time in the game at 75-73.

Ewing responded with six straight points and 11 in the period as the Knicks retook the lead and led 87-81 after three quarters.

But the Rockets, led by Cassell, came after the Knicks one more time.

New York went without a field goal for 3:37 and an 8-1 Houston run narrowed New York's 12-point lead 98-93. The Knicks then took off on a 13-4 tear keyed by consecutive 3-point goals by Derek Harper and John Starks. That opened the lead to 111-97 with 3:27 to play.

When the Rockets narrowed it to three points in the last half-minute, Harper and Starks each nailed a pair of free throws to seal it for New York

Starks, who missed Friday night's game with a partial dislocation of his left shoulder, scored 18 points and had four 3-pointers. Harper finished with 17 and Charles Smith had 21.