Share this article

print logo

PACERS HAVEN'T GOT A SHOT, HITTING RECORD LOW VS. SPURS

Larry Bird once scored 60 points in a game. His entire Indiana Pacers team couldn't even match that Sunday.

The Pacers set an NBA record for the fewest points in a game since the advent of the shot clock in losing, 74-55, to the San Antonio Spurs.

"I was wondering where we were going to get our scoring from today," said Bird, Indiana's rookie coach.

The Pacers played without their two leading scorers. Reggie Miller was suspended for one game for a flagrant foul in Friday's game against Charlotte, and Rik Smits has an injured foot.

The Pacers, who scored 133 points on Friday, shot 27 percent and had nine points in the fourth period. The previous game low was 57, set three times, last by Orlando against Cleveland on Dec. 4, 1996. Indiana also matched the league record for least points in a second half with 21, tying the mark set by Miami at Atlanta on Nov. 15, 1996.

"When you miss your two guys that score a lot of points for you, it pushes the burden on the other guys," Bird said. "I thought at best somebody else would step up."

The combined point total of 129 was the third-lowest since the 24-second clock was introduced in the 1954-55 season.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points and David Robinson added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Mullin led the Pacers with 12 points.

Raptors nearly as futile

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors were right on the mark. Not on the floor, but in their postgame comments.

"It was an awful display of basketball," Toronto guard Dee Brown said after the Raptors set a franchise record for fewest points in a game in a 95-68 loss to Orlando.

The Raptors played so poorly they were booed off their own court.

"You know this team is terrible when those fans boo. They're great fans," Brown said. "That really was one of the worst games I've ever seen. Usually you can find one thing on the stat sheet that you did all right, but there was not one basketball-related thing we did right."

Toronto's previous low was 69 points, also against Orlando, in a game last April. The Raptors shot just 31 percent from the field on the way to their 55th loss of the season against 15 victories. Raptors were 30-52 last season.

"We've become a team of one-fers and two-fers," said Raptors coach Butch Carter.
Derek Strong added 13 points for the Magic, eighth in the Eastern Conference -- a half-game ahead of New Jersey. The top eight qualify for the playoffs.

Miami clinches division

MIAMI -- When the Miami Heat clinched their second straight Atlantic Division championship, there were a lot of smiling faces, but no raucous celebration.

That's reserved for bigger things.

"It's a big accomplishment, but we did it last year," center Alonzo Mourning said after the 109-77 win over the Houston Rockets. "Does it take the excitement out of it? No, because we work hard, but we want to go for bigger and better accomplishments."

Dan Majerle scored a season-high 22 points and Tim Hardaway had 16 points and a season-high 15 assists.

Mourning outplayed Hakeem Olajuwon in the battle of two of the NBA's top centers, outscoring the Houston all-star, 16-15, and outrebounding him, 15-4.

Around the rim

Tyrone Corbin and Steve Smith scored 20 points apiece and the Hawks had their highest scoring game of the season in burning the Pistons, 118-95. Detroit's Grant Hill was ejected from a game for the first time in his pro career. "There's a first time for everything," said Hill, who was limited to 10 points and drew two technical fouls during the third period. Teammate Joe Dumars said: "At times it is good to make a statement. Grant gets beat up a lot. Calls don't get made and things build." Atlanta, meanwhile, lost Christian Laettner in the second period when he sprained his right ankle. . . . Michael Jordan scored 30 points as the Bulls won their ninth straight, beating the Bucks, 104-87. Ray Allen led Milwaukee with 27 points. . . . Clifford Robinson scored 20 points and Kevin Johnson came off the bench to contribute 15 points and 11 assists as the Suns pulled away late to beat the Grizzlies, 106-98. . . . Shawn Kemp had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Derek Anderson scored 16 as the Cavaliers beat the Hornets, 97-82. The Hornets shot 29 percent in the first half to trail, 52-28, and never recovered. . . . Derrick Coleman scored 13 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter as the 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak by rallying over the Celtics, 99-94. . . . Isaiah Rider had 21 points, including 14 in the third quarter, as the Trail Blazers pulled away to beat the Warriors, 99-83. . . . Kevin Garnett scored a season-high 32 points with 14 rebounds as the Timberwolves sent the Kings to their 11th straight loss, 104-96. . . . James Robinson and Lamond Murray scored 24 points each as the Clippers defeated the Mavericks, 108-86, to snap a five-game losing streak. . . . Shaquille O'Neal had 33 points and 13 rebounds despite sitting out the fourth quarter as the Lakers overwhelmed the Wizards, 116-89. The win was the ninth straight at home and 12th in 14 games overall for Los Angles.

There are no comments - be the first to comment