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Pacers 95, Mavericks 94



Published: Sat, February 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Pacers 95, Mavericks 94

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 23 points and Anthony Johnson added a season-high 21, including two free throws with 4.6 seconds to go, to help the Indiana Pacers snap a six-game losing streak with a 95-94 victory over Dallas on Friday night. The two free throws by Johnson, who did not miss a shot from the field, gave Indiana a 95-92 lead, and he intentionally fouled Dirk Nowitzki to avoid the possibility of a tying 3-pointer. Nowitzki made the first free throw, then accidentally banked the second one in after trying to miss in hopes of a rebound. Nowitzki led Dallas with 32 points, Jerry Stackhouse added 21 and Michael Finley had 13. Fred Jones and Austin Croshere added 14 points each for the Pacers, who played short-handed with two starters injured and a third, Stephen Jackson, serving a one-game suspension for berating officials at the end of Wednesday night's loss to Toronto.

Raptors 103, Wizards 100

TORONTO -- Jalen Rose had 26 points, Rafer Alston scored all 16 of his points in the second half and Toronto overcame a 22-point deficit to match the biggest comeback in franchise history. Donyell Marshall added 20 points for the Raptors, who also overcame a 22-point deficit in a victory over Washington on April 19, 1996. On Wednesday night, Toronto rallied from a 19 point third-quarter deficit to beat Indiana. Antawn Jamison had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards in their season-high four straight. Gilbert Arenas had 21 points before being ejected in the third quarter.

76ers 103, Hawks 85

PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson had 22 points and 12 assists, and Kyle Korver made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Philadelphia. Korver hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter then another early in the fourth after the Hawks pulled within single digits.

Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien missed the game because of the flu. Associate head coach Lester Connor took O'Brien's place. Antoine Walker led Atlanta with 14 points.

Celtics 112, Magic 100

BOSTON -- Raef LaFrentz scored seven of his 19 points in a 20-4 fourth-quarter run to help Boston improve to 3-0 against Orlando this season. Paul Pierce scored 18 points on a 5-for-16 shooting night, Gary Payton added 17 points and Ricky Davis had 16. Steve Francis scored 26 points for Orlando before fouling out with 2:39 to play. Hedo Turkoglu added 22 points.

Bucks 92, Clippers 90

MILWAUKEE -- Michael Redd scored 32 points, including the go-ahead basket with 15 seconds left, for the Bucks. Desmond Mason added 15 points for the Bucks to help end the Clippers' three-game winning streak and prevent Los Angeles (23-24) from climbing above the .500 mark for the first time in February since the 1992-93 season. Elton Brand had a season-high 31 points and added nine rebounds for the Clippers, 1-1 on their nine-game trip.

Associated Press




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