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Pacers spoil Cavs' streak

James' poor shooting ends 8-game win streak

Cleveland's LeBron James (23) tries shooting between Indiana's Austin Croshere, left, and David Harrison during the second quarter Thursday.
Cleveland's LeBron James (23) tries shooting between Indiana's Austin Croshere, left, and David Harrison during the second quarter Thursday.
Darron Cummings, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Ron Artest scored 21 points and the Indiana Pacers took advantage of LeBron James' shooting problems to rout Cleveland 98-76 on Thursday night, snapping the Cavaliers' winning streak at eight games.

James led Cleveland with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but he shot just 6-of-20 from the field. He never found his rhythm with Artest guarding him. James missed his first eight shots and didn't make a field goal until 1:57 left in the first half.

The Pacers (7-3) won their third game in a row while the Cavaliers (9-3) missed the chance to become the first Eastern Conference team to win 10 games.

Indiana held the Cavaliers to 25 percent shooting (9-for-36) in the first half and took a 47-30 lead into the break.

The Pacers extended their lead to 21 points in the third quarter.

Cleveland averaged a league-best 105 points per game coming in, but was held to 38 percent shooting and tied its season low for points.

Indiana played its second consecutive top-notch defensive game. The Pacers held Houston to 74 points on Sunday.

Artest made 6-of-12 shots and grabbed five rebounds.

Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 17 points and made 5-of-6 3-pointers and Jermaine O'Neal added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers.

Drew Gooden scored 16 points and Larry Hughes added 13 for the Cavaliers.

Notes: Reggie Miller and Cheryl Miller both worked on TNT's television broadcast team, Reggie as a color commentator and Cheryl as a sideline reporter. It was the first time the brother-sister combination worked a game together. Reggie, a former Pacer, retired last year. The fans greeted him with a standing ovation during a break halfway through the first quarter.

LAKERS 108, SUPERSONICS 96: At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 29 of his 34 points in the last 18 minutes, and the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat Seattle.

Bryant had only five points before making a 3-pointer with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter. Then, he scored 11 points in the last 1:33 of the period to spark an 11-4 run that gave the Lakers a 79-71 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Bryant kept it going as the final period began, scoring his team's first seven points capped by an off-balance jumper as the shot clock expired, making it 85-76. The Sonics didn't pose a serious threat after that.

Bryant, who shot 2-of-16 from 3-point range in the first 10 games of the season, made four from beyond the arc in this game.

Lamar Odom added 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Lakers.

Rashard Lewis led the Sonics with 32 points.