Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Friday, December 17th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 2nd
Game 3: Monday, April 11th

Pacers 94

(42-35, 19-20 away)

Raptors 90

(31-46, 22-16 home)

    7:00 PM ET, April 11, 2005

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 18 29 22 2594
    TOR 23 24 26 1790

    Top Performers

    Ind: R. Miller 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

    Tor: R. Alston 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Miller has 25,201, nine more than Grizzlies prez

    TORONTO (AP) -- Reggie Miller now has more points than the man on the NBA logo.

    Miller scored 19 to pass Jerry West for 12th on the all-time scoring list as the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 94-90 on Monday night.

    Miller has 25,201, nine more than West. Miller passed West with a 3-pointer 40 seconds into the second half. The 18-year veteran is retiring at the end of the year, and players and coaches on both sides paid tribute to him before his last game at the Air Canada Centre.

    "For the fans to come out with a lot of the signs and the jerseys, it's very appreciative on my end," Miller said. "It's time to go. This team and this organization, I just don't think it would be fair to these young players to go another year or two. They are ready to take this organization to the next level."

    Miller cut short the interview before he could be asked about passing West.

    But longtime teammate Dale Davis didn't let it go unnoticed.

    "That's huge. He's had a great career. I hate to see him go, and I think a lot of other people hate to see him go," Davis said. "He's accomplished a lot. Passing Jerry West is huge. He's the all-time 3-point taker and maker, so he's done a lot in his career."

    Davis said only one thing is missing.

    "We didn't quite get there to a championship, but we played in the Finals," Davis said. "Hopefully we can end this thing with a bang for him. He definitely deserves it."

    Davis, Stephen Jackson, Jeff Foster, Anthony Johnson, Austin Croshere and Eddie Gill each added nine points for the Pacers, who rebounded from a tough loss to the New York Knicks the night before. Indiana blew a six-point lead in the final minute despite getting 34 points from Miller.

    "We could have came in here with our heads down and lost this one, and this could have been a terrible week for us," Miller said. "Maybe this is a mark of a good team, that without its two best players, we come on the road and get a win like this."

    The Pacers have won seven of eight despite missing leading scorer Jermaine O'Neal (shoulder) and assists leader Jamaal Tinsley (foot).

    Indiana can clinch a playoff spot at home Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets. The Pacers are vying with Chicago for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

    Jalen Rose had 26 points for the lottery-bound Raptors, who have lost eight of 11.

    Rose said Miller completely fooled him with a pump-fake in the second half.

    "I've played with Reggie for 5½ years and I've never seen him pump-fake somebody like he pumped-fake me and get a foul," Rose said. "I guess he didn't teach me that one."

    Rose's hook shot gave Toronto a 89-77 lead with 3:31 left, but he turned the ball over on Toronto's next possession.

    Davis gave Indiana a 91-90 lead by making two free throws with 53 seconds left.

    After Toronto's Rafer Alston made another turnover, Indiana's James Jones made two free throws with 14.4 seconds left.

    Jackson made one of two with four seconds remaining to make it 94-90.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 90
    FGM-FGA 30-70 (.429) 36-79 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 3-8 (.375) 9-19 (.474)
    FTM-FTA 31-38 (.816) 9-14 (.643)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-42 11-38
    Assists 12 21
    Turnovers 14 15
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 0 6
    Fast Break Points 3 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 25 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 4 8

    Top Performers

    Reggie Miller Miller
    Points: 19
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Rafer Alston Alston
    Points: 20
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1