Sunday, February 2, 2003

NBA: Penalized Pacers prevail

Thomas notified of suspension, but Indy tops Celtics

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - It was just another night at the office for Indiana: Show up, find out who's suspended and win at home.

"We got our normal notice as soon as we got to the game. At 4:45, someone's suspended. That's kind of normal," Brad Miller said with a laugh.

Jermaine O'Neal, Brad Miller and Reggie Miller all had double-doubles as the Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 109-100 Saturday night while playing without suspended coach Isiah Thomas.

Thomas, who will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars, was suspended for two games Saturday by the NBA for his role in a fight between two players during a loss to Toronto. Assistant coach Brendan Malone earned the win against Boston and also will coach Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I only need 800 more to get into the Hall of Fame," Malone quipped.

The Pacers, who haven't lost three in a row, snapped just their fourth two-game losing streak of the season.

Wizards 109, Hornets 104

WASHINGTON - With two starters out, Michael Jordan had to do nearly everything for the Washington Wizards. And he did - scoring a season-high 45 points in 44 minutes in a victory over New Orleans.

Jordan, the only reliable scoring threat on a team missing Jerry Stackhouse and Larry Hughes, shot early and often in his second 40-point game of the season. He was 18-for-33 from the field, 9-for-10 from the free throw line and was out of the game for only four minutes - a second-quarter rest in which the Hornets took the lead with a 14-4 run.

The 44 minutes were Jordan's most in regulation this season. He had 53 in a double-overtime game against Indiana.

Jamal Mashburn scored a season-high 39 points, and David Wesley scored 16 for the Hornets, who have dropped four of five. They are 1-3 since Baron Davis went out with a knee injury.

Pistons 106, Nets 84

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Chauncey Billups scored 27 points, including 20 in the first quarter, as Detroit maintained the lead without their best player in a win over undermanned New Jersey. Kenyon Martin tied his season high with 29 points for the Nets, who had won four straight.

Spurs 67, Heat 65

MIAMI - Tony Parker made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left as San Antonio defeated Miami, in a game which saw the team's combine for the ninth-fewest points since the 24-second shot clock was introduced in 1954.

Travis Best missed a 3-point attempt for Miami and Caron Butler missed a jumper inside the free throw line in the final 18 seconds.

Suns 116, Warriors 107

PHOENIX - Stephon Marbury scored 32 points and Shawn Marion had 29 points and 15 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns reached a season-high point total.

The two All-Stars took charge in the fourth quarter, combining to score 14 of the Suns' final 16 points, including eight straight points by Marion. Marion finished 14-of-21 from the field and Marbury was 16-of-17 from the foul line.

Bucks 107, Knicks 100

MILWAUKEE - Sam Cassell scored 24 points and Anthony Mason matched a season-high with 13 rebounds as Milwaukee won for the 10th time in its last 12 games.

Mavericks 122, Nuggets 100

DALLAS - Nick Van Exel had a season-high 30 points, including five 3-pointers in the third-quarter, and Michael Finley added 22 points for Dallas.

Marquette 82, UC 76
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Rankings become least of concerns

Xavier 66, Richmond 52
Victory a little sweeter for West

No. 7 Kentucky 87, South Carolina 69
Miami 57, Buffalo 55
Ohio State 65, Northwestern 52
No. 8 Louisville 95, No. 19 Indiana 76
Syracuse stuns No. 2 Pitt
Texas A&M denies Knight 800th victory
Top 25 roundup: Who's No. 1? Maybe Texas
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Women: UConn blasts No. 1 Duke
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Bengals Q&A
Ditka interested in coaching Lions
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Hula Bowl: South 27, North 24
Paterno: 2006 might be final year at Penn State
Grambling QB wins Gaither Award

Streaking Champali adds WEBN at Turfway
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Groeschen: St. X swimmers step up
Schmidt: Former prep football stars get shot at pros
Withrow gets top seed in Division I
Sectional tournament pairings
St. Henry hits All 'A' state
Ohio boys games
Ohio girls games
Ky. boys games
Ky. girls games
Prep sports results

Herron pulls away by 4 strokes in Hope Classic

NBA: Penalized Pacers prevail

MacInnis, Roy lead West to skills victory
NHL YoungStars: East 8, West 3
NHL All-Star notebook
Ducks waddle past Admirals

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NASCAR notebook

Ex-GCL, XU players skip along in ACC
Local man knows story behind numbers
Enquirer's Page Two power rankings

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