Pacers snap Jazz's winning streak

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Pacers 89, Jazz 74

Pacers 89, Jazz 74

In Indianapolis, Reggie Miller scored 19 points and Sam Perkins added 15 as Indiana snapped Utah's seven-game winning streak by beating the Jazz 89-74 on Friday night.

Miller and Perkins fueled an 18-4 run to stretch a four-point edge to an 87-71 lead with two minutes left in the game. Perkins hit two of his five 3-pointers, and Miller scored on a fast-break layup and a baseline drive.

Both teams shot poorly in the first half. The Pacers, who led 34-30 at the half, went 30-of-75 (38.5 percent) from the field for the game, to 36.3 percent (29-of-80) for the Jazz.

Karl Malone scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Utah. Jeff Hornacek added 15 points for the Jazz.

Magic 113, Raptors 98

In Orlando, Florida, Rookie reserves Chucky Atkins and Corey Maggette each scored 16 points to pace Orlando over Toronto.

The Magic, who allowed the Raptors to score 66 points in the first half, held Toronto to just 32 points in the second half. Orlando scored 14 of the first 15 points in a decisive fourth quarter run, to take a 96-83 advantage. Toronto was just 4-for-19 in the fourth quarter.

Vince Carter scored 17 of his team-high 23 points in the first half.

76ers 77, Bulls 74

In Philadelphia, Eric Snow's jumper with 15.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter lifted Philadelphia to victory over Chicago.

Snow drove down the lane and sank a 10-footer to put Philadelphia ahead by two. Then, on the defensive end, he knocked the ball out of the hands of Ron Artest, who was driving for the tying basket. The ball hit off of Artest's knee and bounced out of bounds.

Corey Benjamin led Chicago with 16 points as the Bulls dropped to 0-13 on the road this season.

Hornets 99, Cavaliers 86

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Eddie Jones powered Charlotte to its seventh straight victory by nearly outscoring the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter of the Hornets triumph.

Jones had 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter, when the Hornets outscored the Cavs 29-15 on the way to improving to 11-1 at the Charlotte Coliseum.

Shawn Kemp had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which shot 38 percent one game after shooting a season-high 56 percent.

Lakers 97, Timberwolves 88

In Minneapolis, Shaquille O'Neal delivered on his pledge not to have back-to-back rotten nights. All he needed was an average one, by his standards.

O'Neal, who managed only nine points in a victory at Atlanta the night before, had 24 in Los Angeles' victory over reeling Minnesota.

Kobe Bryant's 28 points led the Lakers to their 12th victory in 13 games. They handed the Wolves their eighth straight loss, the biggest skid of the Flip Saunders era and their worst drought since the club dropped 16 straight in April 1994.

Kevin Garnett led the Wolves with 28 points and 21 rebounds.

Spurs 103, Celtics 94

In San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half as San Antonio beat Boston.

The Spurs, who have won three straight games, connected on 42 of 54 free throw attempts in a foul-plagued game that saw Boston commit 37 fouls. Eric Williams, Tony Battie and Calbert Cheaney all fouled out and Antoine Walker was ejected with just over five minutes remaining.

Dana Barros had 18 points to lead the Celtics, who have lost four straight games.

Suns 110, Trail Blazers 102

In Portland, Oregon, Jason Kidd got his first triple-double of the season with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Phoenix used a 36-point third quarter to defeat Portland.

Clifford Robinson scored 14 of his 23 points in the pivotal third and hit all four of his 3-pointers as the Suns won their second straight game since Scott Skiles took over for Danny Ainge as coach on Monday.

Damon Stoudamire had 22 points and Scottie Pippen 19 and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who had beaten the Suns 13 of the previous 16 times, including a 3-0 sweep in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Clippers 92, Warriors 91

In Los Angeles, Lamar Odom's 2.5-meter (eight-foot) running jumper with 11.9 seconds remaining capped a 23-point effort by the rookie as Los Angeles rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 1:21 to beat Golden State.

Reserve forward Tony Farmer tied a career high with 19 points, nine of them in the fourth quarter, and John Starks 18 for the injury-depleted Warriors.