EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Zoran Planinic's driving layup with
5.9 seconds left gave the New Jersey Nets a 105-103 preseason
victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, spoiling Ron
Artest's return to the NBA.
Indiana's Jimmie Hunter had tied the score 103-103 on a
3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining. Planinic took the inbounds
pass from midcourt and drove the right side for the winning points.
Nets rookie Antoine Wright then stole the ball from Indiana's Eddie
Artest had eight points, three rebounds and three personal fouls
in 12 minutes in his first NBA action since last Nov. 19, when he
was involved in a brawl involving players and fans in a game
against Detroit at The Palace at Auburn Hills.
The 6-foot-7 forward was suspended for the rest of the season
and playoffs, and he and four teammates were sentenced to one
year's probation and community service for their role in the melee.
Hunter scored 17 points for the Pacers, who played without
Jermaine O'Neal (thigh) and Greg Foster (Achilles).
Vince Carter led the Nets with 18 points.
Nets forward Marc Jackson left the game in the final minutes
with a strained groin, according to coach Lawrence Frank.