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Miller torches ‘careless’ Suns in 22-point Indiana win

The Arizona Republic

By BOB YOUNG

The Arizona Republic

INDIANAPOLIS – It was fitting Reggie Miller would pick Retro Night at Conseco Fieldhouse to turn back the clock.

It was throwback night for the Suns, too. They threw the ball back to Miller and Indiana all game, recording 23 turnovers in a 101-79 loss to the Pacers.

“We were too careless with the ball,” said Suns forward Shawn Marion, who wears No. 31 because he grew up admiring the 38-year-old Miller.

“They were unforced turnovers, too, which we don’t usually do,” Marion said. “Then Reggie started bombing from about halfcourt, and it was a wrap right there.”

Playing as he did during his prime, Miller scored 15 of his 18 points in the third quarter, turning a competitive game into a rout. It was vintage Miller during a span of 1:21 when he hit three straight three-point shots.

Elsewhere

Lakers 96, Supersonics 82: Gary Payton had 24 points against his former team, and Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Fox returned for host Los Angeles.

O’Neal, who missed 12 games with a strained right calf, had seven points and five rebounds in 18 minutes. Fox, playing for the first time since tearing a tendon in his left foot nine months ago, scored two points in eight minutes.

Kings 99, Rockets 94: Ex-Arizona Wildcat Mike Bibby equaled a season high with 28 points as host Sacramento rallied after trailing for most of the game.

Jazz 91, Mavericks 88: Raja Bell made two free throws with 12.3 seconds left and finished with 18 points against his former team to help host Utah beat Dallas.

Warriors 97, Timberwolves 90: Erick Dampier had his 23rd double-double with 21 points and 19 rebounds as host Golden State snapped Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.

Nuggets 115, Bulls 99: Marcus Camby grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds, and Carmelo Anthony added 21 points against Chicago, helping host Denver snap a seasonlong three-game losing streak.

Trail Blazers 88, Grizzlies 76: Zach Randolph had 21 points and nine rebounds as Portland snapped the Grizzlies’ longest winning streak at eight games.

Hornets 101, Bucks 100: Jamal Mashburn scored New Orleans’ final 13 points and finished with 24 in his first game this season after knee surgery. Baron Davis added 23 points.

Cavaliers 94, Heat 93: Ira Newble blocked Dwayne Wade’s shot in the final second, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 30 points as host Cleveland matched its win total (17) from last season. LeBron James added 27 points.

Magic 104, Wizards 100: Tracy McGrady had 39 points and nine rebounds to pace Orlando.

Pistons 106, Celtics 103: Chauncey Billups scored eight of his 21 points in the final 5:00 as the Pistons spoiled John Carroll’s debut as coach of the Celtics.

Raptors 94, 76ers 84: Donyell Marshall had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors ended a five-game losing skid. Allen Iverson missed his second straight game because of a sprained right index finger.

Tucson Ties

How former UA players in the NBA fared yesterday

Yesterday Season Averages

Player, team Vs. Pts. Reb. Ast. Pts. Reb. Ast

Gilbert Arenas, Wizards Injured – - – 18.3 5.0 4.8

Mike Bibby, Kings Rockets (W) 28 5 2 17.3 3.3 53

Richard Jefferson, Nets No game – - – 17.0 5.7 3.5

Chris Mills, Celtics Injured – - – 0.0 0.0 0.0

Sean Rooks, Hornets Bucks (W) 3 0 1 2.4 1.5 0.3

D. Stoudamire, Blazers Grizzlies (W) 10 4 5 12.6 3.3 5.8

Jason Terry, Hawks No game – - – 15.8 4.0 5.0

Luke Walton, Lakers Sonics (W) 4 4 4 1.8 1.2 1.5

Loren Woods, Heat Cavs/DNP – - – 3.3 3.4 0.2

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