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Miller reaches milestone as Pacers upend the Kings

INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Miller reached some milestones Sunday.

Miller scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and became the first NBA player to accumulate 2,000 3-pointers, leading the Pacers to a 101-95 victory over Sacramento. Miller also became the 21st player in NBA history to score 21,000 points in a career.

Miller wasn't the only Pacers' star.

Al Harrington scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, and the Indiana defense shut down Sacramento for 4:33 in the fourth quarter as the Pacers rallied from a seven-point third-quarter deficit to knock the Kings out of first place in the Pacific Division.

The Kings loss, coupled with a Los Angeles Lakers victory, left Sacramento one-half game behind the Lakers.

Indiana seized control early and led the entire first half.

But Sacramento opened the second half with a 7-2 run that tied the score at 48, then surged into the lead with an 11-3 spurt midway through the third quarter.

Indiana closed the quarter on a 10-1 run to regain the lead, 72-70, then used a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter to build an 83-73 lead with 8:10 remaining. Less than two minutes later, Miller completed a four-point play.

T-WOLVES 91, CAVALIERS 76: At Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame a sluggish start to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-76 Sunday.

The Wolves also got 17 points from Terrell Brandon, and 13 points and 12 rebounds from reserve LaPhonso Ellis.

Minnesota, which was 0-for-6 from 3-point range in the first half and trailed by as many as eight points, hit all four of its 3-pointers in the third quarter and outscored the Cavaliers 30-14.

Minnesota opened the half with a 13-4 run to lead 60-51. The Cavaliers cut the deficit to 60-57 but Anthony Peeler hit his second 3-pointer of the quarter put the Wolves up 65-57.

Ellis hit a 3 at the buzzer to give Minnesota a 77-61 lead.

Cleveland made just four of 16 shots in the quarter after shooting 47 percent in the first half.

BUCKS 100, PISTONS 96: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Glenn Robinson scored 24 points and Sam Cassell added 21 as the Milwaukee Bucks capitalized on a poor fourth quarter by Jerry Stackhouse and beat the Detroit Pistons 100-96 Sunday night.

Stackhouse scored 16 points, 14 under his average, and missed all nine of his field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter as well as two free throws.

Ben Wallace led Detroit with a season-best 18 points and 21 rebounds, but missed four of six free throws including two with nine seconds left. Joe Smith had 16 and Corliss Williamson 15.

Jason Caffey added 17 points for Milwaukee.

The margin was three, 95-92, when Stackhouse missed two free throws with 1:29 left. Robinson, though, couldn't put the game away as his jumper went in and out.

Stackhouse missed a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left, and Caffey slammed home Allen's miss at the other end to make it 97-92 with 24 seconds left.