Pacers snap four-game skid
Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Fred Jones scored 26 points and Stephen Jackson added 22 to help the Indiana Pacers snap a four-game losing streak with a 115-96 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Monday night.
Jones hit 10-of-16 field goals to lead the Pacers (16-12) to their highest scoring output of the season.
Jackson scored 13 points in the first quarter and the Pacers scored 11 of the game's first 13 points.
The Pacers began by hitting seven 3-pointers in the first quarter as they shot 14-of-21 (66.7 percent) from the field and raced out to a 38-23 lead.
Jackson made three 3-pointers, Anthony Johnson hit both of his, and Jones and Sarunas Jasikevicius each converted a single attempt.
Seattle was able to close to 54-45 late in the second quarter, but the Pacers responded with a 9-2 run to end the period and push the lead to 63-47.
Stephon Marbury scored 32 points, including seven in the third overtime, and added 10 assists against his former team as host New York outlasted Phoenix.
Eddy Curry and rookie David Lee each converted three-point plays in the third overtime for the Knicks, who needed to play a triple-overtime game for the first time in 13 years to avoid taking sole possession of the NBA's worst record.
Chris Paul scored 24 points and had 11 assists and David West took advantage of visiting Charlotte's depleted front line to score 20 points in New Orleans' win against the Bobcats.
West had six points during an 11-2 run that gave New Orleans the lead for good late in the third quarter.
Michael Redd scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and Mo Williams added 13 points and nine assists to lead visiting Milwaukee over Chicago.
The Knicks said they would not comment further on the suspension, and coach Larry Brown would not address James or his status before the Knicks' game against the Phoenix Suns.
"I'm not commenting on Jerome," Brown said.
The 7-foot-1 James, who spent the past four seasons with Seattle, has been a disappointment after signing a five-year, $30 million contract with New York. He has been limited to just 14 games because of conditioning and injury issues, averaging 3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 10.4 minutes.
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