INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Miller scored 28 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 89-79 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
Jermaine O'Neal overcame foul trouble and scored 12 of his 20 points in the final quarter, when the Pacers took control.
Fittingly, it was Miller who sealed the victory. He nailed a 3-pointer with 48.5 seconds left to give the Pacers an 84-73 lead. The shot brought the near-sellout crowd to its feet, chanting "Reggie! Reggie!"
MAGIC 124, CELTICS 118 (OT): At Orlando, Fla., Tracy McGrady had 42 points, Drew Gooden scored a career-high 32 and Orlando made its first four shots in overtime to beat Boston.
McGrady had his fourth 40-point outing of the season. He opened the extra period with a 3-pointer, making up for his missed 3 that would've won the game as time ran out in regulation.
After Paul Pierce and Jiri Welsch made consecutive baskets to put the Celtics up 115-114, Gooden's jumper gave Orlando the lead for good. Keith Bogans and Juwan Howard then scored on back-to-back possessions while the Celtics missed their next five shots during their first overtime game of the season.
Gooden shot 12-for-18, and made his second and third 3-pointers of the season.
KNICKS 108, SUPERSONICS 88: At New York, Lenny Wilkens turned Stephon Marbury loose and enjoyed a laugher in his first game as coach of New York. Marbury had 17 assists before going to the bench for good with nine minutes remaining in a 108-88 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.
Repeatedly looking to shoot the first open shot, the Knicks had the kind of offensive freedom not seen from the home team at Madison Square Garden in quite some time. Keith Van Horn scored 30 points in just 28 minutes and Allan Houston added 18 in a game that turned into a blowout before halftime.
Two days after Don Chaney was fired, Wilkens was introduced with no fanfare during pregame introductions. But the fans were chanting Wilkens' name by the third quarter — and again more in the fourth — after seeing an example of how he'll try to open up the offense.
PISTONS 98, WIZARDS 77: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Detroit won its 11th straight game Friday, routing Washington behind Richard Hamilton's 17 points. Chauncey Billups added 12 points and 10 assists for the Pistons, who hadn't won 11 in a row since the 1990-91 season. They can match the franchise record of 13 consecutive wins set in their 1989-90 championship season with victories in Milwaukee on Saturday and at home against San Antonio on Sunday.
Tayshaun Prince added 16 points for the Pistons, and Mehmet Okur had 13 points and nine rebounds.
SUNS 104, WARRIORS 93: At Phoenix, Joe Johnson scored a season-high 26 points on 12-for-16 shooting — most of them from the outside — and Phoenix beat Golden State.
Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire added 21 points apiece for the Suns, who shot a season-high 56 percent. Marion shot 7-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers. He also grabbed nine rebounds, had four steals and blocked three shots.
Johnson, who fell one point shy of his career high, lifted Phoenix out of trouble with outside jumpers three times in the final 6:14. He sank an 18-footer and was fouled for a three-point play to make it 98-87 with 4:26 to go, then made a floating runner with 2:53 left to put the Suns up 100-91.
MAVERICKS 91, NUGGETS 88: At Denver, Michael Finley scored five points in the final 1:26, and Dallas held on to beat Denver. Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points for Dallas, which led by eight points with 4:56 remaining but saw the margin reduced to one. Andre Miller scored 28, including eight straight Denver points to cut the lead to 89-88, but Finley accounted for the final margin with two free throws with 5.7 seconds left.
Finley and Antawn Jamison each had 16 points for the Mavericks, who won their third straight game, and Antoine Walker had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Rodney White added 14 points for Denver. Nene had 12 points, and Carmelo Anthony had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Nowitzki's two free throws made it 86-78 with 4:56 left, but Miller scored four of the next six Denver points, making it 86-84.
Finley hit a 3-pointer with 1:26 left for an 89-84 lead.
KINGS 103, LAKERS 83: At Sacramento, Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points and the Kings routed the injury-depleted Lakers in an anticlimactic meeting of archrivals. Mike Bibby had 21 points for the Kings, who won their fourth straight and improved the NBA's best record to 28-9. But the Kings attached almost no significance to the win. Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, Horace Grant and Rick Fox all missed the game.
HEAT 87, CLIPPERS 85: At Los Angeles, Eddie Jones capped a 21-point effort with a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute and Miami held off the Clippers, ending a four-game losing streak. Lamar Odom, added 11 points and 15 rebounds.