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Stockton scores 22, dishes 10 assists in victory

12/3/2002

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The last time Reggie Miller didn't score
in an NBA game John Stockton was still considered a young player.

The league's oldest player looked young again Monday night as
Stockton and his Utah teammates held Miller scoreless for the first
time since 1989 in a 102-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

The 40-year-old Stockton scored a season-high 22 points and had
10 assists and four steals as the Jazz won for the seventh time in
eight games and snapped Indiana's four-game winning streak.

''It was the Stockton of old -- he was fun,'' said Matt Harpring,
who added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz. ''It's amazing
he can still do that at age 40.''

Stockton typically shrugged off his performance and the Jazz's
recent success. With the three-time defending champion Los Angeles
Lakers coming to town Wednesday, he didn't feel like celebrating.

''It was a nice plus,'' he said. ''I don't think this game says
anything. That's one game. We've got an excellent team coming in
here Wednesday.''

The crowd of 17,744 got a double bonus Monday with a Jazz win
and a chance to relentlessly taunt Miller.

Miller, who usually thrives on the jeers and was coming off a
20-point game in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, was
0-for-3 from the field and the line in 26 minutes.

The last time Miller failed to score, he played just one minute
in a game at Washington on March 25, 1989 _ Stockton's fifth season
in the league and Miller's second. Miller hadn't been shut out in a
game in which he played more than 10 minutes since the 1988 season
in a game at Phoenix.

''There were a lot of 'I can't remembers' tonight,'' said
Miller, who played in his fifth game since returning from an ankle
bruise. Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said the layoff was bound to show
some time for the 37-year-old.

''It's his fourth game in five nights,'' Thomas said. ''You
know, when you're that age and you come to do it every night, some
nights it's just not there.''

Utah took the lead with a 12-0 run that bridged the second and
third quarters. Karl Malone finished with 21 points and Andrei
Kirilenko scored 13 for Utah, which opened a three-game homestand
with a win.

Jermaine O'Neal led the Pacers with 25 points. Al Harrington
scored 17, and Ron Mercer finished with 14 points for Indiana,
which fell to 1-1 on a six-game road trip.

The Pacers shot 36-for-79 from the field, but just 16-for-24
from the line.

Miller was clearly frustrated in the third quarter. After
missing two free throws, he was whistled for fouling Stockton.
Miller didn't like the call and tried to swat the ball from
Stockton's hand, drawing a technical.

Stockton made the free throw to give the Jazz a 68-55 lead.
Stockton was 11-for-11 from the line and finished with a
season-high point total, topping the 17 he scored Nov. 14 at
Washington.

The Pacers used an 8-0 run to cut their deficit to 70-65, but
never caught the Jazz.

O'Neal made a 20-foot jumper with about two minutes remaining to
get the Pacers within 93-89. But Harpring grabbed a rebound of his
own miss and spun for a hook that drew the loudest roar of the
night as the Jazz took a six-point lead.

The crowd got even louder with 59 seconds left when Kirilenko
hit a short jumper off a rebound and was fouled. He missed the free
throw, but the Jazz had control of the game.

Harpring and Stockton started Utah's 12-0 run late in the second
quarter with consecutive 3-pointers, giving the Jazz a 53-50
halftime lead.

The Jazz held the Pacers scoreless until 9:02 of the third
quarter when Brad Miller hit a jumper. He finished with 11 points.

Game notes
Malone entered the game with 35,000 career points, putting
him 3,387 behind all-time leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. ... Utah's
Mark Jackson faced the Pacers, one of the six NBA teams he's played
with, for the first time as a member of the Jazz. ... The Jazz led
nearly all of the first quarter until Jeff Foster's jump shot with
29 seconds left gave the Pacers a 25-24 lead. Jackson answered with
a 3-pointer, then Foster's tip-in at the buzzer tied it at 27-all.
... It took three attempts to get the second half under way. The
game clock didn't start on the first two tries.