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Dunleavy's 32 leads Pacers past Sonics

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Mike Dunleavy scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 114-107 victory over Seattle on Tuesday night that also sent the SuperSonics to their fifth straight loss.

Danny Granger added 23 points, Troy Murphy had 19 points and nine rebounds and Travis Diener had 11 points and nine assists for the Pacers.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points and reserve Nick Collison added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Sonics.

Dunleavy left the game with 4:06 left in the third quarter after being elbowed in the face by Seattle's Jeff Green. He returned moments later and scored seven points the rest of the period to give the Pacers a spark.

Durant hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the third quarter, but Indiana led 86-82.

The Pacers led 90-87 early in the fourth quarter before going on a 6-0 run that included baskets by Dunleavy, Flip Murray and Kareem Rush to take a 96-87 lead with 8:10 to play. The Pacers weren't threatened from there.

Dunleavy shot 10-for-16 from the field and made four of five 3-pointers. He has scored 30 or more points in four of his past 10 games.

Seattle shot 51 percent from the field, but the Pacers collected 13 offensive rebounds and scored 22 second-chance points. Indiana outrebounded the Sonics 44-36.

The Pacers have scored at least 100 points in their last 10 wins.

Notes:

Indiana F Jermaine O'Neal has missed 24 straight games with a bruised left knee. Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said he's been shooting with the team, but nothing else. ... Indiana G Jamaal Tinsley has missed 18 of the last 21 games with a sore left knee. ... Pacers C David Harrison returned from a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He sat out Saturday's game against Cleveland, but came back with four points, six rebounds and a career-high six blocks in 19 minutes against Seattle. ... Sonics G Earl Watson picked up a technical early in the third quarter.



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