Pacers defeat Heat in OT to spoil Shaq's return


Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit to beat the Miami Heat 96-94 Wednesday night.

The Pacers' victory spoiled the return of Shaquille O'Neal, who came off the bench after missing 35 games while recovering from knee surgery. O'Neal finished with five points and five rebounds in 14 minutes.

Dwyane Wade, who missed Miami's victory at New York on Monday due to a sprained left ankle, scored 32 points.

After Indiana overcame a 65-45 third-quarter deficit, Granger gave the Pacers an early lead in overtime with a three-point play, and Troy Murphy's jumper extended the edge to 96-92 with 42 seconds left.

Following Jason Kapono's basket to cut the deficit to 96-94, the Heat got the ball back with 5.4 seconds remaining and called a timeout. With the clock nearing zero, Kapono's potential game-winning 3-pointer appeared to go in before bouncing back out.

SUNS 112, KNICKS 107

Amare Stoudemire scored 26 of his 30 points in Phoenix's big second half, and the Suns beat host New York for their second 15-game winning streak of the season.

Barely a month after establishing the longest winning streak in franchise history, the Suns equaled it by turning things around after a sluggish first half in the second night of a back-to-back.

Steve Nash finished with 22 points and 14 assists as the Suns scored 63 points in the second half after an un-Sunslike 49 in the first two periods. Shawn Marion added 20 points, Leandro Barbosa had 15, and Stoudemire grabbed 11 rebounds.

Phoenix became the first team to have two separate 15-game winning streaks in the same season since the Los Angeles Lakers had streaks of 19 and 16 in a row during the 1999-00 season. The Suns will go for a franchise-record 16th straight win Friday night at Milwaukee in the third game of a five-game trip.

PISTONS 103, BOBCATS 92

Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and Rasheed Wallace added 11 of his 20 in the fourth quarter to help visiting Detroit salvage a season series split with Charlotte.

Chris Webber added 19 points for the Pistons, who shot 52 percent in winning their third straight game.

It wasn't easy for Detroit, which has struggled against Charlotte all season. The Bobcats had won the last two meetings, including a 103-96 win in Detroit two weeks ago.

RAPTORS 90, HORNETS 88

Chris Bosh scored a season-high 35 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 1:01 left, and host Toronto rallied for a win over New Orleans.

Jose Calderon had four points and a block in the final 30 seconds for the Raptors, who trailed by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter.

Bosh pumped his fists after his 3-pointer tied it at 81. Calderon followed with a layup to give Toronto its first lead of the game with 28.4 seconds left. Bobby Jackson tried to drive past Calderon for a layup on the next play, but Calderon blocked his shot and followed with two free throws,

Jackson followed with a layup with 14.6 seconds left, but Bosh made two free throws with 13.8 seconds remaining to make it a four point lead. Bosh finished 11-for-19 from the field and 12-for-18 from the line.

HAWKS 82, CELTICS 76

Joe Johnson and Josh Smith each scored 21 points as visiting Atlanta handed Boston its ninth straight loss.

The Celtics have dropped 16 of their last 18 and are tied with Philadelphia for fewest wins in the Eastern Conference at 12.

Zaza Pachulia added 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Atlanta, which snapped a three-game losing streak and has won both meetings with Boston this season.

Boston, already without leading scorers Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak, also lost Al Jefferson due to an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

76ERS 118, CAVALIERS 115, 2OT

Andre Iguodala scored eight points in the second overtime and finished with a with a season-high 34 as visiting Philadelphia handed Cleveland an embarrassing loss.

Samuel Dalembert added 20 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the second OT as the Sixers snapped a five-game losing streak on the road and won for just the third time in 20 games outside Philly.

Kyle Korver's two free throws with 2.1 seconds left put the Sixers ahead by three, and Philadelphia held on when LeBron James, who made two 3-pointers in the final 8 seconds to get Cleveland within one, was long with a 3 before the horn.

James scored a season-high 39 points — 13 in the second OT — and Larry Hughes added 26 for the Cavaliers, who have dropped five of six and have lost two straight at home where they are 15-5.

Cleveland, the NBA's worst free-throw shooting team at 68 percent, went 25-of-34 from the line. The Sixers, meanwhile, went 26-of-27 on their free throws with Iguodala making all 12 of his attempts.

Rodney Carney had 18 points and Andre Miller 16 with eight assists for the Sixers.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.

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