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Go-ahead jumper in OT is Vintage Miller Time

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Reggie Miller has gladly taken a step back from handling the offensive load for the Indiana Pacers. But when they still need a clutch shot, Miller's the one they turn to.

Miller scored a season-high 25 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime as the Indiana Pacers sent the Houston Rockets to their 12th straight loss, 108-106 Thursday night.

Harrington had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Jermaine O'Neal scored 23, Jalen Rose added 20 and Jamaal Tinsley had 18 assists for the Pacers.

Harrington said the Pacers always look to Miller down the
stretch.

"When the pressure's on, he hits his shots," Harrington said. "You've still got to continue to go to him. You've got to use him as long as he's around."

Houston's Moochie Norris sent the game into overtime when he banked in a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left in regulation to make it 96-96.

Oscar Torres hit a 3-pointer two minutes into overtime and the
Rockets led 101-98. After the Pacers scored four straight points,
Kenny Thomas' hook shot gave Houston a 103-102 lead.

Miller, who was 4-for-9 from 3-point range, then sank the
game-winner from the baseline for a two-point lead with 1:30 left.

Torres, who led the Rockets with 24 points, added two free
throws with 4.5 seconds left to put the Rockets down by one,
107-106. Travis Best made one of two free throws for the Pacers with 1.6 seconds to go. Torres had a good look on the last shot but missed a 3-pointer.

"I was very confident with the shot and really thought I would make it," Torres said.

Thomas scored 22, Cuttino Mobley had 18 and Kevin Willis added
14 points and 14 rebounds. The Rockets shot 38 percent overall and
25 percent in the fourth.

Harrington put the Pacers ahead late in the fourth with two straight dunks off fast breaks -- the second was part of a three-point play -- giving them a 90-87 lead. They extended the lead to 96-90 when Miller sank a 3-pointer with 42.3 seconds remaining.

Mobley answered with a 3 on the next possession. Miller tried to
push the lead back to six, but his 3 rimmed out giving the Rockets
a final possession.

Norris then hit his 3 from the top of the key.

"We feel like we're going to end it every game," Norris said.
"We haven't been able to put them away. We just haven't been able
to make that one big play. I think we're just a play away from
winning. Tonight I felt it was there."

Harrington played the entire fourth quarter, scoring 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. He added four rebounds in the fourth.

"I felt good out there," he said. "I hope that I can continue
to pick my shots, work hard on defense and work the boards."

Harrington has become more aggressive offensively, a better post player and developed into a strong defender, said Pacers coach Isiah Thomas.

"As long as he rebounds and defends the way he is, it's hard to
take him off the floor," Thomas said. "You've got to keep him on
the floor. Scoring comes and goes. The rebounding and defense are
constants."

Houston led by 11 late in the third quarter and ended the third
with a 78-70 lead. The Pacers went on an 8-2 run to open the
fourth, tying the score at 80 on two free throws by Best.

The Pacers shot 52 percent in the first half to Houston's 38,
but the Rockets still led 48-46.

Game notes
The Pacers placed Primoz Brezec on the injured list and
activated Carlos Rogers. ...Kelvin Cato and Glen Rice did not play
for the Rockets because of injures. ...The Pacers failed to shoot a
free throw in the first half. ...The Rockets lost 17 straight in
1967-68 when they were in San Diego. ...O'Neal has scored more than
20 points in a game four straight times for the first time in his
career. ... Jeff Foster had 10 rebounds for Indiana.

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