Magic stop Pacers rally
Published: Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 3:17 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS - Hedo Turkoglu had 23 points and Grant Hill added 19 points and eight rebounds as the Orlando Magic held off a furious finish by Indiana Pacers for an 85-84 victory on Saturday night.
Reggie Miller missed a chance to tie the game from the foul line with 3.3 seconds left and Jamaal Tinsley's desperation heave from halfcourt banked in, but it was ruled he shot after the buzzer.
Jermaine O'Neal had 38 points and 15 rebounds to lead Indiana (18-17), which had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Steve Francis scored 17 for Orlando, which nearly let an 18-point first-half lead slip away in the fourth quarter.
After Kelvin Cato's two free throws gave Orlando an 85-82 lead with 7 seconds remaining, Miller was fouled by Doug Christie while shooting a 3-pointer. But Miller, a 94 percent foul shooter, missed the first free throw before making the next two.
Juan Dixon scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and helped the host Wizards to their seventh straight win, sending Phoenix to its first three-game losing streak of the season.
The Wizards made up a 10-point, second-half deficit and pulled ahead with a 16-0 run in a game that had a rare MCI Center sellout crowd standing and cheering thunderously for much of the final minute.
Gilbert Arenas scored 26 points, Larry Hughes had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Antawn Jamison had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Wizards. But it was reserve guard Dixon who was the late sparkplug for the second straight night.
Richard Hamilton scored 25 points for the Pistons, who extended their season-long winning streak to five games. Detroit has won 12 of 16 since falling to .500 on Dec. 11.
Allen Iverson had 28 points and 13 assists, tying a season high, for the 76ers.
The winning streak is Chicago's best since Michael Jordan led the team to 13 consecutive wins late in the 1997-98 championship season. The Bulls, who lost their first nine games this season, have won 12 of 15 overall.
Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Eddie Griffin grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Pau Gasol added 22 points and eight rebounds, and Bonzi Wells scored 21 points for Memphis, which won for the eighth time in nine games. James Posey, 4-for-7 from 3-point range, finished with 14.
The Hawks led 88-65 with 8:51 left to play, but had to survive a late scare as the Bobcats cut the lead to single digits in the final minute. Jason Hart scored 13 of his 19 points in the final period to lead the comeback attempt.
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