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Pacers' Harrington finds touch

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 5, 2006


Pacers 109, Knicks 95

NEW YORK - Al Harrington snapped out of an early slump with 32 points, and Indiana sent the Knicks to their fifth straight home-opening loss Saturday night.

Taking advantage of New York's poor defensive effort, Harrington shot 14-of-24 from the field. A key offseason acquisition for the Pacers, he was only 4-for-19 for 12 points in the first two games.

The Pacers shot 67 percent (25-of-38) in the second half to spoil the first home game of Knicks coach Isiah Thomas.

Steve Francis scored 25 and Eddy Curry had 22 for New York, which hasn't won a home opener since Oct. 30, 2001. Stephon Marbury went 1-for-9 for four points.

Thomas coached the Pacers from 2000-03, leading them to three playoff appearances before he was fired.

Leading by five at halftime, Indiana hit its first 11 shots in the third quarter.

INDIANA (109): Granger 3-6 0-0 6, O'Neal 8-15 1-2 17, Harrington 14-24 2-2 32, Jackson 4-13 0-0 10, Tinsley 4-6 0-0 8, Daniels 1-5 0-0 2, Foster 2-2 0-0 4, Jasikevicius 5-10 5-5 16, Armstrong 5-6 0-0 13, Harrison 0-1 1-2 1, Baston 0-0 0-0 0, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-88 9-11 109.

NEW YORK (95): Frye 3-6 0-0 6, Richardson 5-12 4-5 15, Curry 10-20 2-5 22, Francis 6-9 12-13 25, Marbury 1-9 1-2 4, Crawford 2-9 0-0 4, Lee 1-2 2-2 4, Cato 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 5-11 2-3 13, Balkman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-79 23-30 95.

Indiana 22 23 32 32 - 109

New York 14 26 36 19 - 95

3-Point Goals-Indiana 8-19 (Armstrong 3-4, Harrington 2-3, Jackson 2-6, Jasikevicius 1-2, Granger 0-1, Tinsley 0-1, Daniels 0-2), New York 4-17 (Francis 1-1, Marbury 1-2, Robinson 1-4, Richardson 1-5, Frye 0-1, Crawford 0-4). Fouled Out-Francis. Rebounds-Indiana 47 (O'Neal, Harrington 7), New York 49 (Richardson 9). Assists-Indiana 23 (Tinsley 14), New York 14 (Francis 6). Total Fouls-Indiana 27, New York 17. Technicals-Curry, Marbury. A-19,763. (19,763).

Wizards 124, Celtics 117

WASHINGTON - Gilbert Arenas emerged in a big blue boxer's robe during pregame ceremonies at the Wizards' home opener. Then, doing what he always seems to do, he followed a terrible game with a knockout performance.

Three days after scoring only seven points on 2-for-12 shooting in a season-opening loss at Cleveland, Arenas put up 44 and went 14-for-25, leading the Wizards past the turnover-prone Celtics.

Arenas scored 16 in the third quarter, when the Wizards pulled away.

BOSTON (117): Pierce 6-14 10-14 23, Szczerbiak 10-16 9-9 33, Perkins 0-1 0-0 0, Gomes 2-5 2-2 6, Telfair 8-12 4-4 24, Jefferson 5-9 0-0 10, Allen 2-4 5-7 9, Rondo 2-3 0-0 4, West 1-3 2-2 5, Olowokandi 0-0 0-0 0, Green 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 37-70 32-38 117.

WASHINGTON (124): Butler 6-14 8-8 20, Jamison 13-22 1-4 29, Thomas 3-5 1-3 7, Stevenson 1-5 3-4 5, Arenas 14-25 11-12 44, Hayes 0-3 0-0 0, Haywood 1-2 0-2 2, Daniels 4-5 7-9 15, Mason 1-1 0-0 2, Ruffin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-82 31-42 124.

Boston 28 29 31 29 - 117

Washington 35 23 40 26 - 124

3-Point Goals-Boston 11-23 (Telfair 4-6, Szczerbiak 4-8, Green 1-2, West 1-2, Pierce 1-5), Washington 7-18 (Arenas 5-10, Jamison 2-5, Hayes 0-1, Butler 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Boston 54 (Pierce 12), Washington 35 (Jamison 8). Assists-Boston 21 (Telfair 6), Washington 22 (Arenas 6). Total Fouls-Boston 31, Washington 27. Technicals-Boston Defensive Three Second, Thomas. A-20,173. (20,173).

Bobcats 92, Cavaliers 88

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Raymond Felton scored 23 to lead the Bobcats to their first win over Cleveland in eight tries.

Cleveland owned the Bobcats the past two seasons behind LeBron James, who averaged 34 points over the past three meetings and seemingly scored at will against the young franchise.

James, who scored 35 against the Spurs, never got into a rhythm and was held to just 16. He shot just 3-of-13 from the floor as rookie Adam Morrison kept him off balance.

CLEVELAND (88): James 3-13 9-10 16, Gooden 7-14 7-10 21, Ilgauskas 4-8 6-8 14, Hughes 4-12 4-7 12, Snow 2-3 0-2 4, Da.Jones 1-7 0-1 3, Marshall 4-9 3-4 14, Varejao 2-2 0-0 4, Wesley 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-71 29-42 88.

CHARLOTTE (92): Wallace 3-5 0-0 7, Okafor 5-8 2-4 12, Voskuhl 0-3 2-2 2, Felton 4-9 11-13 23, Knight 7-13 3-4 17, May 6-13 2-2 14, Morrison 4-12 3-5 13, Robinson 1-2 0-0 2, Harrington 1-3 0-0 2, Ely 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-70 23-30 92.

Cleveland 28 22 16 22 - 88

Charlotte 20 26 23 23 - 92

3-Point Goals-Cleveland 5-23 (Marshall 3-8, James 1-3, Da.Jones 1-6, Hughes 0-3, Wesley 0-3), Charlotte 7-13 (Felton 4-6, Morrison 2-6, Wallace 1-1). Fouled Out-Varejao, Okafor, Voskuhl, Wallace. Rebounds-Cleveland 60 (Gooden 16), Charlotte 43 (May 9). Assists-Cleveland 14 (James 7), Charlotte 21 (Knight 7). Total Fouls-Cleveland 25, Charlotte 36. Technicals-Cleveland Defensive Three Second, Morrison. A-19,147. (19,077).

Pistons 95, Grizzlies 86

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton had 24 points and five players scored in double figures for the Pistons.

Rasheed Wallace added 15 points, Nazr Mohammed and Jason Maxiell finished with 13 apiece and Tayshaun Prince scored 12 for Detroit. Hakim Warrick scored 21 for Memphis.

MEMPHIS (86): Miller 4-10 2-2 11, Warrick 7-16 7-8 21, Tsakalidis 2-5 0-0 4, E.Jones 1-4 2-4 4, Stoudamire 1-5 2-2 5, Atkins 5-13 8-11 19, Gay 4-11 0-0 10, D.Jones 3-3 0-1 6, Roberts 1-4 2-4 4, Cardinal 0-1 2-2 2, Lowry 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-74 25-34 86.

DETROIT (95): Prince 5-9 0-0 12, Wallace 7-9 1-2 15, Mohammed 5-9 3-4 13, Hamilton 9-17 6-6 24, Billups 1-9 5-6 7, McDyess 0-2 0-0 0, Delfino 3-6 0-0 7, Murray 2-3 0-0 4, Maxiell 5-9 3-4 13, Hunter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-73 18-22 95.

Memphis 25 15 22 24 - 86

Detroit 23 23 24 25 - 95

3-Point Goals-Memphis 5-13 (Gay 2-4, Stoudamire 1-1, Atkins 1-2, Miller 1-5, E.Jones 0-1), Detroit 3-13 (Prince 2-3, Delfino 1-4, Hamilton 0-1, Wallace 0-1, Billups 0-4). Fouled Out-Hamilton. Rebounds-Memphis 50 (Gay 9), Detroit 45 (Wallace 13). Assists-Memphis 17 (Atkins, Warrick 5), Detroit 26 (Billups 10). Total Fouls-Memphis 21, Detroit 27. Technicals-Memphis Defensive Three Second 2, Detroit Defensive Three Second, Wallace, Mohammed. A-22,076. (22,076).

Bucks 104, Kings 91

MILWAUKEE - Michael Redd scored 26, Charlie Villanueva had 25 as the Bucks won their home opener.

Andrew Bogut had 21 points and eight rebounds for Milwaukee, which had lost four in a row and nine of its past 10 against Sacramento since January 2002. The Kings were led by reserves John Salmons (18 points) and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (15).

SACRAMENTO (91): Artest 2-9 3-6 7, Thomas 3-4 0-0 6, Miller 2-5 0-0 4, Martin 5-14 4-4 15, Bibby 4-15 3-5 12, Salmons 6-11 4-5 18, Abdur-Rahim 5-10 5-6 15, Price 5-9 0-1 10, Garcia 0-2 0-0 0, Taylor 0-1 0-0 0, Williamson 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 34-85 19-27 91.

MILWAUKEE (104): Patterson 4-7 2-2 10, Villanueva 11-17 0-0 25, Bogut 7-10 7-7 21, Redd 9-16 4-5 26, Williams 6-7 1-1 15, Bell 0-6 0-0 0, Skinner 0-1 1-2 1, Blake 1-4 0-0 2, Gadzuric 0-2 0-0 0, Ilyasova 0-1 4-4 4, Markota 0-1 0-2 0, Noel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-72 19-23 104.

Sacramento 27 28 16 20 - 91

Milwaukee 30 19 37 18 - 104

3-Point Goals-Sacramento 4-20 (Salmons 2-2, Martin 1-4, Bibby 1-6, Garcia 0-1, Miller 0-1, Price 0-2, Artest 0-4), Milwaukee 9-17 (Redd 4-6, Villanueva 3-4, Williams 2-2, Bell 0-1, Ilyasova 0-1, Blake 0-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Sacramento 45 (Thomas 7), Milwaukee 52 (Bogut 8). Assists-Sacramento 22 (Bibby 7), Milwaukee 29 (Williams 12). Total Fouls-Sacramento 21, Milwaukee 18. Technicals-Milwaukee Defensive Three Second, Williams. A-18,717. (18,717).

Rockets 107, Mavericks 76

HOUSTON - Yao Ming scored 36 and Rafer Alston had 14 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds to help the Rockets romp in their home opener.

Luther Head had 17 points and Kirk Snyder added 12 for Houston, which shrugged off an off night by Tracy McGrady to beat Dallas for the first time since March 6, 2005.

The Mavericks never found a way to shut down Yao, who sank 12 of 16 shots.

DALLAS (76): Nowitzki 10-18 3-3 24, Jo.Howard 7-13 2-3 16, Diop 1-1 1-2 3, Terry 0-5 1-2 1, Buckner 1-5 1-1 3, Dampier 1-3 0-2 2, Stackhouse 2-7 4-4 8, An.Johnson 4-5 0-0 11, Croshere 1-5 0-0 2, Dev.Harris 1-4 2-2 4, Ager 0-1 0-0 0, Barea 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 29-70 14-19 76.

HOUSTON (107): Battier 2-6 0-0 4, Hayes 1-4 0-0 2, Yao 12-16 12-12 36, McGrady 4-11 0-3 8, Alston 4-10 2-2 14, Mutombo 1-1 0-0 2, Snyder 3-6 6-6 12, Novak 2-2 0-0 5, Wells 1-4 0-0 2, Head 6-8 2-2 17, Ju.Howard 0-0 0-0 0, Spanoulis 1-1 3-5 5. Totals 37-69 25-30 107.

Dallas 16 22 23 15 - 76

Houston 25 27 23 32 - 107

3-Point Goals-Dallas 4-12 (An.Johnson 3-3, Nowitzki 1-1, Jo.Howard 0-1, Barea 0-1, Buckner 0-1, Croshere 0-1, Stackhouse 0-2, Terry 0-2), Houston 8-16 (Alston 4-6, Head 3-4, Novak 1-1, McGrady 0-1, Snyder 0-1, Battier 0-3). Fouled Out-Hayes. Rebounds-Dallas 42 (Dampier 9), Houston 41 (Alston 8). Assists-Dallas 13 (Terry 4), Houston 26 (Alston 12). Total Fouls-Dallas 24, Houston 23. Technicals-Dallas Defensive Three Second, Dallas coach Av.Johnson, Nowitzki, Houston Defensive Three Second. A-18,245. (17,982).

Mavericks: Forward Josh Howard was fined $5,000 by the league for shoving San Antonio's Bruce Bowen on Thursday. Howard was called for a flagrant foul.