Stephen Jackson forced overtime by making a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left, then put the Pacers ahead for good on another three with 1:54 remaining to lead Indiana to a 114-108 victory last night over the Miami Heat in Indianapolis. It was the third straight overtime game between the teams, and Indiana extended its winning streak over the Heat to 12.
Jackson finished with 29 points, while Reggie Miller had 31 points and 13 assists. Miller shot 11 for 18 from the field and made all eight of his free throws for Indiana, which defeated the Heat, 106-100, in Miami Jan. 21 and 93-91 at home Feb. 23.
For Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 37 points, Damon Jones had 27, and Shaquille O'Neal 24. O'Neal, who had 13 rebounds, did not score in overtime after tallying 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Timberwolves 105, Lakers 96 -- Kevin Garnett had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, and six teammates scored in double figures as Minnesota won in Los Angeles for its fifth straight victory, matching a season high. The Timberwolves won 15 of their first 23 games, lost 22 of their next 35, and now have won 10 of their last 14.
The Timberwolves are in ninth place in the West, two games back in the race for the final playoff berth with 10 games remaining. The Lakers, who have lost nine of 10, are 10th in the West and 6 1/2 games off the pace with 11 to play. Memphis and Denver, who are tied and hold down the last two playoff spots in the West, both have 12 games left.
Bulls 102, Cavaliers 90 -- Overcoming LeBron James's tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation, Chicago scored the first 11 points of overtime to beat visiting Cleveland for its eighth straight win. James tied the game at 88 by hitting a 3-pointer from 26 feet, but the Bulls regrouped in a hurry and held Cleveland without a basket in the extra period, outscoring the Cavaliers, 14-2.
Tyson Chandler scored 5 of his 15 points in overtime and had 14 rebounds as the Bulls made up for the absence of starting center Eddy Curry (irregular heartbeat). Ben Gordon scored 21 points and had a career-high eight assists.