Miller's 21 gets him to 25,000, lifts Indy

By wire services
Published March 24, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS - Reggie Miller scored 21, becoming the 13th player with 25,000 points, to lead Indiana past San Antonio 100-93 on Wednesday.

"It's a nice accomplishment, obviously, to do it in front of the home crowd," Miller, 39, said. "But more importantly, it keeps us in the playoff hunt."

Indiana, which got 18 points from Austin Croshere, Stephen Jackson and Anthony Johnson, stayed ahead of Philadelphia, Orlando and New Jersey in the race for the East's final two spots.

Miller, who is retiring after the season, entered needing eight points to reach 25,000.

He scored six during the first 5:13 then reached the milestone by making two free throws with 2:08 left in the first quarter. He stands at 25,013 and is chasing Jerry West (25,192) for 12th all-time.

Miller's 15-footer capped a 16-5 third-quarter run that put Indiana up 77-60. The Spurs answered with seven in a row. But James Jones beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer for Indiana to make it 80-67.

KNICKS 107, CELTICS 82: Jamal Crawford scored 21 to help host New York hand Boston only its second loss in 13 games since reacquiring Antoine Walker.

The Celtics had won the teams' previous three meeting by an average of almost 19 points, and the first half Wednesday included seven technical fouls, a flagrant foul and verbal spats between Crawford and Ricky Davis and Boston's Paul Pierce and Tim Thomas.

The Knicks used a 19-1 run to take a 54-34 lead. Jerome Williams and Maurice Taylor capped it with dunks, Williams swinging from the rim after his. The Celtics cut it to nine with 2:28 left in the third, but the Knicks closed the quarter with a 9-1 run.

76ERS 107, PISTONS 84: Allen Iverson had 39 points and 10 assists and Andre Iguodala had a triple double (10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) for host Philadelphia.

Detroit was without leading scorer Richard Hamilton, who sprained his left ankle Sunday. Rookie Carlos Delfino made his second start and scored three.

The 76ers made their first eight shots and nine of 10 to lead by 14 in the first quarter and were not challenged from there.

BULLS 94, RAPTORS 85: Eddy Curry scored 16 in visiting Chicago's eighth consecutive victory against Toronto.

The Bulls opened the second quarter with a 19-0 run. Down 21 early in the third, the Raptors cut it to eight with help from a 12-1 run and seven fourth-quarter turnovers by the Bulls. But Antonio Davis' three-point play made it 91-80 with 3:56 left.

The Bulls played without Kirk Hinrich because of a strained left hamstring. The second-year guard, averaging 15.5 points and 6.7 assists, was the only Bull to start every game this season.

SUNS 120, BOBCATS 105: Shawn Marion had 26 points and 10 rebounds in Phoenix's franchise-record 28th road win. The Suns, who also tied a franchise record with their ninth consecutive road win, went 27-14 in 1993 and 1995.

Down 70-47 at halftime, Charlotte, which played without forward Keith Bogans because of back spasms, rallied against Phoenix's reserves. It cut it to 91-81 on Jason Hart's 3-pointer 1:24 into the fourth.

The Suns reinserted their starters and got an alley-oop from Quentin Richardson to Marion. After an Emeka Okafor dunk for Charlotte, Steve Nash made a long jumper and Jim Jackson consecutive 3-pointers for a 16-point lead.

TIMBERWOLVES 107, HORNETS 102: Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Eddie Griffin made key plays down the stretch for host Minnesota.

Troy Hudson scored 12 of his 18 during the first quarter and Minnesota, which did not trail, shot 63 percent in the first half to lead by 15. New Orleans scored six in a row to pull within five in the fourth. But Griffin made two free throws and converted a three-point play to make it 97-89 with just more than four minutes left.

Magic signs ex-UCF star

ORLANDO - The Magic signed CBA guard Mark Jones to a 10-day deal. He replaces swingman Hedo Turkoglu, who was placed on the injured list with a broken left wrist sustained Monday.

After being named Trans America Athletic Conference player of the year as a senior at Central Florida in 1997-98, Jones played professionally in Venezuela, France and the Philippines.

This season, Jones averaged 20.8 points, fourth in the CBA, with Great Lakes (Mich.).

BOBCATS: Forward Gerald Wallace was activated from the injured list after missing seven games with bruised ribs. In 53 games, he has averaged 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 30 minutes. Also, forward Theron Smith was placed on the injured list because of swelling in his right knee. In 33 games, he has averaged 3.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.5 minutes.

TIMBERWOLVES: Forward Mark Madsen is out for the season with a ruptured ligament in his right wrist. Madsen, averaging 2.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 14.7 minutes, was hurt March15 against Dallas.