Derek Fisher is one of the players in Friday's gallery.
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Supporting Cast Takes Star Turn
Jermaine O'Neal, Ron Artest and Reggie Miller were effective enough, but Al Harrington and Jonathan Bender put their names on the marquee with 19-point nights as Indiana raced to a 3-0 lead Friday with its 108-85 rout of Boston. Harrington shot 9-of-14 from the field, while Bender scored eight points in a 19-2 second-quarter surge.
You could dominate in steals and turnovers and still lose by double digits. Just ask the Lakers, who held a 9-1 edge in thefts and turned the ball over just five times to the Rockets' 11 in Game 3, yet saw Houston pull out a 102-91 win, its first of the series. Of course, the Rockets hitting 9-of-16 from the arc was a big factor. Jim Jackson was 3-of-6 from downtown and grabbed 10 rebounds to boot.
Jeff Foster, Ind. VGM value: 10.6 Friday: The Pacers center collected seven points on 3-of-4 field-goal shooting, seven boards, three assists and a steal.
TIME TO TUNE IN
Saturday on TNT
Heat at Hornets, 1 p.m. ET
Pistons at Bucks, 3:30 p.m. ET
Saturday on ESPN
Kings at Mavericks, 7 p.m. ET
Spurs at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. ET
SPEAK IT, MAN
"I'm proven like two plus two. We have to stick with what got us the lead."
-- Shaquille O'Neal, who scored 11 first-quarter points but just four over the next two periods.