MIAMI, Jan. 5 (Ticker) -- Ron Artest
and the Indiana Pacers seem to be
doing just fine.
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Artest scored 22 points to lead the Pacers to their fifth
straight win, an 87-65 rout of the Miami Heat.
also had 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for
Indiana, which extended its winning streak against Miami to
seven games. The Pacers have not lost to the Heat since January
"We made a lot of runs tonight," Artest said. "Every team is
going to make a run, the Heat made a run, but we made most of
the runs tonight and were able to win the game."
No one has beaten Indiana since New Jersey on December 27, when
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle
benched Artest for "conduct
detrimental to winning."
Artest was dropped from the starting lineup for the following
game after missing a team shootaround, and suggested the Pacers
trade him. But a meeting with team executives Larry Bird and
Donnie Walsh helped smooth the situation, and Indiana has rolled
"I think the whole team is taking the approach that defense is
first," Artest said. "As long as we keep playing that way, we
should be successful."
scored 14 points to lead the Heat, who were held to
a season low offensively. Miami managed two field goals in the
fourth quarter, tying a team record low accomplished most
recently on March 11.
"We couldn't score in the third and fourth quarters. I don't
know why," Grant said. "I don't have answers. We were out
there trying ... to run through the offense."
added 12 points and Lamar Odom
had 11 and a
career-high 18 rebounds for the Heat.
Odom struggled from the field, going 3-of-14, as Miami shot 33
percent (25-of-75). The Heat had a season-high point total in
their previous game, Friday's 112-101 triumph over Orlando.
"Orlando is not Indiana," Grant said. "They are two different
teams, two different styles and two different defenses. When
you play against Indiana, they are going to be physical and
Miami hit 11 three-pointers against the Magic but was just 2-of-11
from the arc in this one.
The Heat took advantage of fast-break opportunities and built a
20-18 lead with 2:12 left in the first quarter. But Indiana
closed the period with a 7-2 run and never looked back.
"We have the best record in the East and every team is going to
come out and play hard against us," O'Neal said. "We wanted to
establish defensively who we are."
The contest also provided a matchup of New York City playground
legends as Miami point guard Rafer Alston
squared off with
Indiana counterpart Jamaal Tinsley
. Alston had four points on
2-of-10 shooting while Tinsley finished with 10 and three