Ron Artest, playing his second game since undergoing surgery on
his non-shooting thumb, had 25 points and tied a season high with
seven turnovers. Jermaine O'Neal had 19 points and 17 rebounds to
help Indiana beat the Clippers for the 19th time in 21 meetings.
Elton Brand scored 24 points for the Clippers, who faced the top
team in the Eastern Conference one night after playing the team
with the best record in the Western Conference -- and came close to
beating both. Quentin Richardson had 23 points and Corey Maggette
21. Los Angeles has lost 10 of 13.
Miller's 3 from above the key gave Indiana a 95-92 lead. O'Neal
added an 11-footer and Jamaal Tinsley put it away with a pair of
The victory clinched a winning season on the road for the Pacers
for the third time since moving from the ABA to the NBA. They also
did it in 1997-98 (26-15) and in the lockout-shortened 1998-99
Neither team led by more than three points in the fourth
quarter, and the lead changed hands five times before Brand hit an
off-balance 17-foot jumper from the left baseline to put the
Clippers ahead 85-84 with 1:06 to play. O'Neal made one of two free
throws to tie it, but Marko Jaric's layup in heavy traffic regained
the lead for the Clippers with 26 seconds left.
Artest tied it 87-all 15 seconds later with an eight-footer in
the lane and the Clippers called timeout. Eddie House shot an
airball on a desperation 3-point try over Tinsley at the regulation
The Clippers, who missed their first six shots of the game,
started the third quarter 0-for-7 from the field as Indiana turned
a one-point halftime deficit into a 58-54 lead. Los Angeles
regained the lead at 68-66 on a short running jumper by Brand, who
swatted away Kenny Anderson's eight-foot jumper in the final second
of the quarter.
Richardson powered the Clippers to a 52-51 halftime lead with 17
points -- including a fast-break layup off a long pass from Jaric
with 17.3 seconds left in the second quarter.
Miller played in his 1,285th NBA game, tying Elvin Hayes
for eighth place. Miller has played more games with one team than
anyone in league history except for Utah's John Stockton and Moses
Malone, both of whom left the Utah Jazz after last season. ...
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was at the courtside press table, working his
first game as an advance scout for the New York Knicks. The NBA's
career scoring leader was an assistant coach with the Clippers four
seasons ago under Jim Todd, then briefly worked with a few of the
Pacers' big men including F Primoz Brezec. ... O'Neal has blocked
at least one shot in 38 straight games, the second-longest active
streak behind the injured Tim Duncan (41). ... O'Neal is the only
player in the Eastern Conference averaging at least 20 points and
10 rebounds and leads the conference with 35 double-doubles. ...
Miller has not gone to the free throw line in four of his last five
games, including this one.