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Pacers double hapless Blazers, 124-59, to land in record book

It was a blowout of historic proportions.

For the first time in the NBA's 51-year history, one team scored more than twice as many points as the other Friday night as the Indiana Pacers, surprising even themselves, pulled off the feat with the second-most lopsided victory in NBA history, a 124-59 drubbing of the Portland Trail Blazers in Indianapolis."We played well, but I didn't think we would be capable of holding an NBA team under 60 points, a team with so many offensive weapons," Reggie Miller said. "We really have to pat each guy on the back in here for busting their behinds for 48 minutes."

The Blazers barely surpassed the NBA record low of 57 points and came within three points of matching the worst rout in league history - a 148-80 loss - 68 points - by Miami to Cleveland in 1991.

"It all started with the defense the first half," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "I don't think we've played defense any better than that. Tonight we played about as well as we could."

CELTICS 120, WARRIORS 88: Antoine Walker had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists despite sitting most of the second half, leading the Celtics to their largest margin of victory this season.

Boston has won three of four games since acquiring Kenny Anderson. He had 10 assists and has 19 assists in the past two games without a turnover.

LAKERS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 91: Shaquille O'Neal scored 35 points and Los Angeles held Minnesota scoreless over the final 2:28.

Eddie Jones scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half for the Lakers, who improved to 3-1 in the midst of their six-game, nine-day road trip - their longest of the season.

PISTONS 90, CAVALIERS 87: Jerome Williams blocked a shot by Shawn Kemp that would have tied it, and Grant Hill split a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left for Detroit.

Carl Thomas, forced into critical minutes due to the injury to rookie Derek Anderson, shot an airball on a 3-point attempt as time expired to give the Cavs their ninth loss in 12 games.

76ERS 79, NUGGETS 78: Derrick Coleman had 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers denied the Denver Nuggets a go-ahead basket in the final 13.9 seconds of a victory.

Allen Iverson added 18 points and six assists and Theo Ratliff had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, who completed their first sweep of the Nuggets since the 1993-94 season. Philadelphia won for only the eighth time in 28 road games.

RAPTORS 115, MAGIC 107 (3 OT): Doug Christie scored 35 points and Chauncey Billups made key plays in the extra periods as the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic in triple-overtime. Christie helped the Raptors climb back from a 14-point deficit in regulation and the Magic were outscored 12-4 in the final overtime.

SUPERSONICS 90, HAWKS 88: At Seattle, Vin Baker's 10-footer over Alan Henderson with 3.1 seconds won the game. After Baker's winning shot, Tyrone Corbin inbounded from midcourt and Christian Laettner's 3-point attempt from the right corner bounced off the rim.

SUNS 104, CLIPPERS 99: At Los Angeles, Antonio McDyess scored 22 points and Jason Kidd got four of his 15 points in the final 67 seconds as Phoenix held off Los Angeles.

Isaac Austin had 24 points and Eric Piatkowski added 22 for the Clippers.