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Pacers blast past the SuperSonics

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Jeff Foster was one of six Indiana players to score in double figures, while Ron Artest and Jermaine O'Neal scored 16 apiece

AP , INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Gary Payton, right, of the Lakers drives past Bob Sura of the Pistons at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Friday.

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Jeff Foster had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Ron Artest shut down Rashard Lewis, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-78 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.

Foster's previous career-high of 17 came exactly two years earlier against Boston. His willingness to run the floor and hustle down rebounds created easy scoring opportunities for the Pacers as they handed Seattle its second loss of the season.

Al Harrington added 13 points off the bench for the Pacers.

Artest did a masterful job defending Lewis, who entered the game as the NBA's third-leading scorer. Lewis, already the object of frequent double-teams this year, was held to 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

The loss snapped a four-game road win streak for the Sonics, who were led by Ronald Murray's 16 points and Antonio Daniels' 15.

Nets 85, Knicks 80

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, a more-rested Jason Kidd scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for New Jersey.

Kidd had 10 assists, and Kenyon Martin added 21 points and 10 rebounds as the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions snapped a two-game losing streak and three-game skid at home by handing the Knicks their third straight loss.

Kerry Kittles added 15 points, including a late 3-pointer that helped break things open. Kidd played 36 minutes, with rookie Zoran Planinic getting the extra playing time and scoring nine points.

Allan Houston almost single-handedly kept the Knicks in the game in the second half, scoring 20 of his 31 points. Kurt Thomas added 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Keith Van Horn had nine points and 11 rebounds against one of his former teams.

Celtics 91, Cavaliers 82

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 19 points and Vin Baker had 13 points with 11 rebounds and Boston sent Cleveland to its 27th consecutive road loss.

LeBron James scored 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting in his first regular-season game at the home of the NBA's most successful franchise. The Celtics had their second sellout of the season and their first since opening night. The 17,624 will be able to say they saw James' Boston debut, but they won't have much else to say about it.

Jazz 85, Timberwolves 77

In Minneapolis, Carlos Arroyo scored a career-high 30 points to lead Utah to its first road win this season.

Arroyo's previous high was 18 points in Utah's season opener against Portland. He tied that mark by halftime with a mix of short- and medium-range jumpers and a few nice drives to the basket.

Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 23 points and 14 rebounds, but the Wolves never overcame their slow start and finished 29-for-74 from the floor.

Heat 105, Wizards 101, OT

In Miami, Eddie Jones scored 27 points and reached a 3-point milestone as Miami won its second game in a row

Jones became the 24th player in NBA history with 1,000 career 3-pointers. He finished with four 3s, giving him 1,002 for his career and tying him with Danny Ainge for 23rd on the career list.

After starting the season 0-7, the Heat have won back-to-back games for the first time since last December.

Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points for the Wizards, and Larry Hughes added 22.

76ers 100, Spurs 96

In Philadelphia, Allen Iverson scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 assists for the undermanned 76ers.

Mark Jackson scored 16 and Aaron McKie added 14 for Philadelphia, which won its second straight despite missing its starting frontcourt.

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