January 14, 2004
(Indianapolis-AP) -- Reggie Miller scored 13 points, all in the fourth quarter, for the Indiana Pacers in an 85-78 victory over the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
Miller didn't score his first basket until there were six minutes remaining.
He hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Indiana a 68--65 lead with 5:28 left.
A third 3-pointer two minutes later put Indiana ahead by a point, and a six-point flurry from Jermaine O'Neal put the Pacers ahead for good.
O'Neal finished with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Ron Artest added 23 points,the fifth straight game he's scored at least 20, the longest streak by an Indiana player the season.
The Hawks, who halted a three-game losing streak last night with a win against the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, gave the Pacers all they could handle in the fourth quarter.
Atlanta opened the quarter on a 10-0 run, holding the Pacers scoreless for more than three minutes.
Jason Terry had a pair of baskets, including a 3 that tied the score at 58.
The Hawks made all four shots from the foul line to keep things close, but went without an answer for the one-two punch of O'Neal and Artest down the stretch.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim led five Atlanta players in double figures with 16 points. Terry added 15 points and nine rebounds.
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