Pacers edge Heat behind Miller's 31
Published: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 12:57 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS - Stephen Jackson forced overtime by making a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left, then put the Pacers ahead for good on another 3 with 1:54 remaining to lead Indiana to a 114-108 victory Thursday night over the Miami Heat.
It was the third straight overtime game between the teams, and Indiana extended its winning streak over the Heat to 12 in a row.
Jackson finished with 29 points, while Reggie Miller had 31 points and 13 assists. Miller shot 11-for-18 from the field and made all eight of his free throws for Indiana, which defeated the Heat 106-100 in Miami on Jan. 21 and 93-91 at home Feb. 23.
For Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 37 points, Damon Jones had 27 and Shaquille O'Neal 24. O'Neal, who grabbed 13 rebounds, did not score in overtime after tallying 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Indiana trailed 92-86 with 1:43 remaining, but Anthony Johnson hit a jumper from the free-throw line and a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 92-91 with 29 seconds left.
Wade, who scored the Heat's last six points of regulation, made a shot to give Miami a 94-91 lead with 10 seconds remaining.
After a timeout, Jackson missed a 3, Dale Davis grabbed an offensive rebound and Austin Croshere passed to Jackson just to the right of the top of the key. His 3-pointer tied it, and Wade missed an alley-oop attempt off an inbounds pass on the final play of regulation.
Jackson's 3-pointer with 1:54 left in overtime gave Indiana a 104-102 lead, and Keyon Dooling missed a 6-footer for Miami. Davis made two foul shots after grabbing an offensive rebound, making it 106-102. After Wade missed a jumper, Miller knocked down a 15-footer for a six-point lead.
Davis had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Anthony Johnson had 16 points and 13 assists.
The game was close throughout, with 16 ties and 15 lead changes.
James tied the game at 88 by hitting a high-arching 3-pointer from 26 feet, but the Bulls regrouped in a hurry and held Cleveland without a basket in the extra period, outscoring the Cavs 14-2.
Tyson Chandler scored five of his 15 points in overtime and had 14 rebounds as the Bulls made up for the absence of starting center Eddy Curry. Ben Gordon scored 21 and had a career-high eight assists, while veteran Antonio Davis added 17 points - four in overtime - while playing 48 minutes at age 36.
Drew Gooden scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers, and James added 26 on 10-of-28 shooting, missing all three of his shots in overtime.
The eight-game winning streak is Chicago's longest of the season and extended the Bulls' lead over Cleveland in the East to 2¶ games.
Chandler converted a three-point play with 2.8 seconds left after a splendid pass from Gordon to put the Bulls up 88-85 in regulation. But after a timeout, James curled to get the inbounds pass and when the Bulls didn't foul him, he took one dribble and let fly with his 3-pointer from the left side of the arc.
Curry, the team's leading scorer, remained in Charlotte for treatment of an irregular heartbeat that prevented him from playing Wednesday night as well. But Chandler and Davis took up the slack.
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