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Miller, Jordan duke it out

PACERS ON A ROLL The 37-year-old Miller scored 17 of his 25 points in the decisive third quarter to lead the Pacers past Jordan and his Wizards 100-84 on Friday night

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Houston's Yao Ming shoots over Seattle's Rashard Lewis in Seattle on Friday.

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Maybe it was the last wild shootout between two of the NBA's greatest clutch players.

And this time, Reggie Miller got the best of Michael Jordan.

The 37-year-old Miller scored 17 of his 25 points in the decisive third quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers past Jordan and the Washington Wizards 100-84 on Friday night.

"He makes the big shots. He changes the momentum of the game," said Jordan, who will retire at the end of this season. "They went from eight points down in the third to six points up. It was all from his play."

Playing only his third game of the season after returning from a bone bruise on his right ankle, Miller hit three 3-pointers in a 50-second span of the third quarter. After the third one, he backpedaled on defense and stared at Jordan, who was sitting on the baseline.

What Miller couldn't say with words, he said with his eyes: Come out and play.

"I would never say that to the all-time greatest player ... ever," Miller said, laughing. "But I was thinking it."

Jordan returned to the game and hit a jumper to give Washington a 66-65 lead, but Miller answered with two free throws. Jordan hit another shot, but that was Washington's last lead.

Lakers 112, Grizzlies 106, OT

At Memphis, Tennessee, Kobe Bryant scored eight of his 45 points in overtime to lead Los Angeles.

It was Memphis' first regular-season game against Los Angeles since former Lakers star and general manager Jerry West came out of retirement to become president of the Grizzlies in April.

Shaquille O'Neal tied it at 98 with a free throw with 11 seconds left in regulation. He had 33 points and 13 rebounds.

76ers 106, Cavaliers 99

At Cleveland, Allen Iverson scored 29 points and took over in the final two minutes as Philadelphia withstood a furious fourth-quarter comeback to send the Cavs to their 13th consecutive loss.

Rookie guard Dajuan Wagner scored 29 points for the Cavs, who have lost 14 straight to Philadelphia.

Raptors 98, Celtics 95

At Boston, Morris Peterson scored a career-high 31 points and Vince Carter added 23 in his first start since Nov. 2 as Toronto snapped a six-game losing streak.

Antoine Walker tied a season high with 31 points for the Celtics, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

It was Carter's second game back after missing 10 games with a strained quadriceps muscle in his left knee.

Hawks 100, Heat 94, OT

At Atlanta, Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 29 points as the Hawks rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and beat Miami in overtime.

Miami's Mike James hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 88.

Pistons 96, Bucks 91

At Auburn Hills, Mich., Richard Hamilton scored 20 points and Ben Wallace added 12 points and 21 rebounds for Detroit.

Wallace grabbed at least 20 rebounds for the fourth time in his last six games as the Pistons improved to 7-1 at home.

Jazz 95, Timberwolves 77

At Salt Lake City, Matt Harpring set a career high for the second straight game with 33 points as Utah won its sixth straight.

Coming off his previous high of 30 points against the Clippers on Tuesday night, Harpring made his first seven shots -- primarily against Kevin Garnett, who is 4 inches taller.

Warriors 92, Nuggets 82

At Denver, Earl Boykins scored 20 points and had six of his seven steals during a key run in the third quarter to help Golden State overcome a 21-point deficit. Gilbert Arenas added 27 points and seven assists for the Warriors.

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