- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 30, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS With an overflow of young athletic talent on the roster, the Indiana Pacers look to Reggie Miller to give them a sporadic jolt every now and then, and last night Miller delivered in excess.

Miller, the 37-year-old, 15-year veteran, scored 17 points in the third quarter, one less than the entire Wizard team, to hoist the Pacers (13-2) to a 100-84 come-from-behind victory over the Washington Wizards (6-9) at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Miller's outburst which included four 3s in the third quarter was the best single quarter any player has had against the Wizards this season, and it resulted in a 31-18 Indiana scoring advantage in the quarter.

Miller led an extremely balanced Indiana attack. Miller finished with a season-high 25 points. Ron Artest was 13 of 13 from the floor and finished with 21 points. All the Pacers starters finished in double figures scoring, with the exception being point guard Jamaal Tinsely, who played just three minutes before leaving the game with a bruised right thigh.

Perhaps most important of all, the Pacers made an incredible 35 of 36 free throws. The Wizards made just one field goal in the fourth quarter.

Jerry Stackhouse led the Wizards with 24 points, but he scored just six points in the second half. Michael Jordan, who Thursday announced that this was his last season, was the only other Wizards to score in double digits (14).

The Pacers, who one night earlier ended Dallas' 14-game winning streak, have now won 12 of their last 13 games and, at this early juncture of the season, established themselves as perhaps the best team in the Eastern Conference.

Playing with none of the lethargy that had plagued them in recent games Washington made 50 percent of its field goal attempts while limiting the pacers to just 37 percent shooting in the first quarter.

Bothered by a right knee that he would rather not talk about, Stackhouse the acknowledged catalyst for anything good to come from the Wizards lit the Pacers up for 10 points in the first and 18 by halftime.

On the way to one of their best starts of the season, the Wizards continued their crisp execution in the second quarter.

At one point they completely took the Indiana crowd out of the ball game, taking a 48-34 lead that was the byproduct of a 17-2 run.

During this run Larry Hughes, who had missed 26 consecutive 3-pointers dating back to last season, ended that drought when he drilled one

The Wizards were doing everything coach Doug Collins had been complaining that they had eschewed in recent outings, and this included getting to the free-throw line with regularity.

Washington converted 10 of 16 free throw attempts in the first half.

But it was the Pacers who benefited more from the line, which was essential for them considering that they made just 14 baskets the entire first half. Indiana made 18 of 19 free throws.

But with Miller scoring 12 of the Pacers first 18 points in the half including one stretch that saw him nail three consecutive 3-pointers Indiana quickly retook the lead 65-64 with six minutes left in the half.

Miller, who connected on four 3s in the quarter one of which was a 4-point play pushed the Pacers' lead to 74-68 moments later. But the Wizards survived Miller's onslaught to be within five points at the start of the fourth quarter.


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