WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reggie Miller scored 11 of his 24 points in
the fourth quarter Friday night, and Jamaal Tinsley hit two
3-pointers in the final 1:10 to give the Indiana Pacers a 96-87
victory over the Washington Wizards.
The Pacers blew an 18-point lead in the first half and trailed
by eight early in the fourth, but Miller scored Indiana's next
seven points to start the comeback. Tinsley's layup in transition
put the Pacers back in front with 2:53 to play, and the second of
his 3-pointers was a bank shot that sealed the game with 37 seconds
Tinsley finished with a season-high 19 points and 10 assists.
Jermaine O'Neal added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who
survived 22 turnovers to win for the fourth time in five games.
Indiana played without forward Ron Artest, who is out indefinitely
after tearing a ligament in his left thumb Tuesday against New
The Wizards lost their fourth straight, but at least this one
wasn't a blowout. They had lost their previous three by 25, 26 and
Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points, and Juan Dixon had a
career-high eight steals for the Wizards. Arenas, Dixon and Jerry
Stackhouse led the third-quarter rally, displaying the type of
hustle and tenacity Washington has so often been missing this
But the Pacers had the last word, not counting Washington coach
Eddie Jordan's charge onto the court to confront the officials
after the final whistle. Security intervened, and the parties were
The Wizards played some of their worst defense of the season in
the opening minutes, allowing the Pacers to score on seven of their
first eight possessions.
The Wizards committed eight turnovers in the first quarter, one
more than they committed in the entire game when they beat the
Pacers on Jan. 24. Indiana outscored Washington 14-0 in fast-break
points in the quarter.
Tinsley had plenty of time before launching an open 3-pointer
that got the lead to 16 in the second quarter. It was an 18-point
advantage before Arenas led a minor rally to close the gap to 50-39
at halftime. Indiana shot 64 percent in the first half.
The Wizards opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run and got
their first lead of the game when Stackhouse made two free throws
with 3:45 left in the period.
Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said there was still no
timetable for Artest, who had surgery Thursday. "We're not saying
anything because we're not for sure," Carlisle said. "Even the
doctors are having a hard time putting a timetable on it." Artest
arrived during the game and sat at the end of the bench. ... The
crowd's focus was distracted during the Wizards' third-quarter
rally by a bizarre stunt during a timeout. A man disguised in a
bank-teller machine costume proposed to a woman, who appeared
stunned and embarrassed and immediately ran toward the Wizards'
tunnel before a security guard stopped her. She then ran up the
stairs among the fans and was booed. The arena's replay screen
flashed "She said no!!" The fans were abuzz over the incident for
several minutes as play continued.