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Granger's 25 leads Pacers to win over Heat

Friday, November 2, 2007


AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danny Granger was 10-of-13 from the field and had 25 points and nine rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 87-85 on Friday night.

Granger was 4-of-6 from 3-point range for the Pacers, who have opened the season under new coach Jim O'Brien with two wins.

Ike Diogu scored 16 points, Mike Dunleavy added 15 and Jamaal Tinsley had 10 assists for the Pacers.

Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal, who sat out the opener with a hyperextended left knee, had 10 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in 24 minutes.

Rookie Daequan Cook, who didn't play in the season-opening loss to Detroit, led Miami with 17 points, while Ricky Davis added 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Miami center Shaquille O'Neal fouled out with 5:07 to go. He had eight points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes, shot 4-for-13 from the field and had six turnovers.

Miami led 76-75 in the fourth quarter when Mark Blount hit a 3-pointer with 4:42 to go. Cook followed with a 3 to give Miami an 82-75 lead with 4:03 to play.

Kareem Rush hit a 3-pointer for Indiana with 1:42 to go that tied it at 82, and he made another one with 1:06 to go for an 85-82 lead.

Miami's Jason Williams missed a layup on a drive to the hoop, and the Pacers gained possession after Miami fouled on the rebound. A pull-up jumper by Granger gave the Pacers an 87-82 lead with 41 seconds to play.

Davis made a shot from just beyond halfcourt at the buzzer to create the final margin.

Indiana made 14 of 21 free throws, while Miami was 4-of-13.


Miami coach Pat Riley announced before the game that All-Star guard Dwyane Wade has been cleared to play. Wade had surgeries on his left knee and left shoulder in May. ... Indy Racing League star Helio Castroneves and his "Dancing With the Stars" partner Julianne Hough performed at the end of the first quarter. ... Indiana F Shawne Williams served the second game of a team-imposed three-game suspension after being caught driving without a license. ... Indiana C Troy Murphy sat out for the second straight game. ... Dunleavy split his lip in the first quarter. He got eight stitches and returned. ... Tinsley sprained his left thumb in the first quarter.

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