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Pacers win game of attrition

Associated Press
Published February 3, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - With four major stars missing from Monday night's game between the Lakers and Pacers, it didn't figure to be a pretty contest. It wasn't, but Indiana proved to be better without Jermaine O'Neal than the Lakers were minus Shaquille O'Neal.

Ron Artest had 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Al Harrington added 16 points to lead the Pacers to an 85-72 win over the Lakers on Monday night.

"It's a quality win, Shaq or no Shaq," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said.

Shaquille O'Neal was suspended for one game without pay, and Jermaine O'Neal sat out after straining his neck in Saturday's win over Boston. The Lakers also were without injured stars Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone.

Artest attempted a career-high 27 shots and Austin Croshere had eight fourth-quarter points.

PISTONS 102, HEAT 100 (OT): Richard Hamilton hit a 14-footer with 14 seconds left to win it for visiting Detroit. Two free throws by Miami's Caron Butler tied it at 96 with 16 seconds left in regulation and Detroit's Chauncey Billups missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, forcing overtime.

CLIPPERS 101, HAWKS 95: Elton Brand scored 22 for visiting Los Angeles. Atlanta squandered another chance for its first winning streak of the season, falling to 0-15 coming off wins.

NETS 91, HORNETS 70: Jason Kidd had 14 points and 12 assists to help visiting New Jersey to its fifth consecutive win and fourth under new coach Lawrence Frank.

GRIZZLIES 106, WARRIORS 101: Pau Gasol and Lorenzen Wright scored 18 points each for host Memphis, which trailed 82-78 after three quarters. Golden State got within 102-100 on a 3-pointer by Speedy Claxton with 32.6 seconds left to cap a 9-2 run, but got no closer.

NUGGETS 116, BLAZERS 97: Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high 39 on 14-of-22 shooting for host Denver, which pulled away in the second half with runs of 15-6 and 17-5.

SPURS 83, JAZZ 65: Tim Duncan had 31 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots as visiting San Antonio extended its winning streak over Utah to 16 games.

SUNS 99, ROCKETS 79: Shawn Marion scored 14 of his 31 in the third quarter for host Phoenix, which put the game out of reach with a 17-5 run midway through the fourth.

SUPERSONICS 109, BULLS 97: Ray Allen scored 11 of his 27 in the third quarter for host Seattle, which began the second half with a 12-2 burst that broke it open after a tie at 54 in the first half.

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