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Artest's 24 helps balance out Wade's 29 in Pacers win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers continue to do things the
hard way.

For the second straight game, the Pacers found themselves
trailing by double-digits in the second half. This time, they were
able to overcome the deficit and defeat Miami 95-90 on Wednesday
night.

Ron Artest led Indiana with 24 points and eight rebounds, and
Jermaine O'Neal added 17 points and eight boards.

Dwyane Wade led Miami with 29 points, 11 rebounds and six
assists, but he tied a career high with 10 turnovers.

Miami led 54-52 at halftime, and had increased the margin to
69-58 in the third quarter when Udonis Haslem was called for a
technical foul. The Pacers outscored the Heat 18-3 the rest of the
period to take a 76-72 lead. Haslem finished with 19 points and 11
rebounds.

The Pacers trailed Philadelphia by 20 points in the third
quarter of a 111-109 loss last Saturday. O'Neal said the team will
get embarassed later in the season if they keep waiting until the
end of games to start playing hard.

"Everybody's still trying to find their way right now," O'Neal
said. "When teams get in their formats, we're going to be in
trouble if we don't get focused. Hopefully, when they get to that
point, we're rolling."

Miami had the ball with a chance to tie in the closing seconds.
Antoine Walker missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds left.
Indiana's Stephen Jackson rebounded, was fouled, and made two free
throws to seal the Pacers' second win over the Heat in less than a
week.

Miami center Shaquille O'Neal sprained his right ankle in the
fourth quarter of the first game against the Pacers and hasn't
played since. His replacement, Alonzo Mourning, fouled out of
Wednesday's game with two minutes remaining and finished with eight
points, seven rebounds and seven blocks.

Wade tried to pick up the slack for the Heat. He made a jumper
with 1:06 remaining to give Miami a 90-89 lead. He was tightly
guarded on the Heat's final possession and passed to Walker, who
missed the 3-pointer from the left corner.

"That is the look we wanted," Wade said. "It was either for
me or Antoine. If they came to me, I was going to kick it to him
and he would be open for a good look at a three. Just didn't hit
it."

Artest struggled from the free throw line until it mattered
most. He made just three of eight in the first three quarters, but
made two with 53 seconds left to give the Pacers a 91-90 lead.
After Wade missed a jumper, Indiana's Sarunas Jasikevicius scored
on a layup with 14 seconds remaining to increase the Pacers' lead
to 93-90.

Jasikevicius played the entire fourth quarter in place of
starting point guard Jamaal Tinsley. The 29-year-old rookie from
Lithuania didn't expect to have such a significant role in the
outcome.

"I didn't want that," he said. "The ball just ended up in my
hands. I had to make something happen with it."

Indiana made 18 of 28 free throws the first three quarters, but
was 9-of-10 in the fourth.

The Pacers gained more respect for the Heat because they played
so well without their center.

"Miami is still a tough team without Shaq, and Wade proved
that," Jackson said. "We had to grind it out in the end to get
the win."

Game notes
Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James got a
standing ovation when introduced between the first and second
quarters. He ran for 103 yards in the Colts' 40-21 win over New
England on Monday night.