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MILLER HITS CLUTCH PEDAL

Getting Reggie Miller to do anything quietly has always been a long shot. No surprise then that the master of the long shot isn't letting his 18-year career end quietly, either.

The old man of the Indiana Pacers is retiring after this season but he still has life in those 39-year-old legs. Monday night, the Pacers relied on his blend of marksmanship and gamesmanship to even their first-round series against the Boston Celtics.

Miller scored 28 points, including a floating jumper with 37.1 seconds left that gave Indiana a three-point lead that proved the final margin, as the Pacers defeated the Celtics 82-79.

The Pacers trailed 75-68 with 8:22 left but rallied to take an 80-78 lead on an Anthony Johnson's driving layup with 1:09 left.

Paul Pierce, who led the Celtics with 33 points, hit one of two free throws with 56.8 left but Miller put the Pacers back up three with a 15-foot runner after faking Ricky Davis at the three-point line.

"I'd been settling for a lot of threes," said Miller, "but I saw Ricky running at me, so I figured I'd put it on the floor. We didn't need a big three, just a bucket."

Rockets two up on Mavs

DALLAS -- Jeff Van Gundy gave Tracy McGrady a choice.

During a timeout with 26.4 seconds left and Houston up by two points, the Rockets coach asked McGrady whether he wanted to stop the clock again if Dallas tied it. No way, McGrady said. So they decided McGrady would take a quick shot, preferably off a screen by Yao Ming. Great call.

McGrady surprised the Mavericks by charging up the court, going around Yao and nailing a two-pointer with 2.2 seconds left. When Dallas' Michael Finley missed at the buzzer, the Rockets had a 113-111 victory and a 2-0 lead in the series.

"We shocked them a little bit by not calling timeout," McGrady said.

Yao scored 33 points -- making 13 of 14 shots -- and McGrady scored 28 with 10 assists, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

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