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Pacers 117, Wizards 102

January 13, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Jalen Rose scored 25 points and Rik Smits had 19 as the Indiana Pacers pulled away from Washington in the second half for a 117-102 win Wednesday night.

The Pacers (23-11) used their defense to produce runs of 15-4 in the third quarter and 13-3 in the fourth. The first surge propelled Indiana to a 78-67 lead. The second, which featured four straight 3-pointers from three players, ran the lead to 95-78 with nine minutes to play.

Reggie Miller added 17 points, Austin Croshere had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Dale Davis added a 12-point, 13-rebound performance.

Mark Jackson dished out 13 assists as the Pacers, who had lost two games to end their Western road trip, extended their home winning streak to 11 games.

Juwan Howard led Washington with 23 points and 11 rebounds, Mitch Richmond added 17 and Jahidi White had 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Washington, last in the Atlantic Division at 12-24, dropped its fifth straight road game.

Indiana scored 13 points on four consecutive fourth-quarter possessions to break open the game.

Sam Perkins hit a 3-pointer from the right side, Miller knocked down a 3 from the right corner, Perkins hit another 3 and was fouled and sank the free throw, and Austin Croshere hit another 3-pointer to complete the 13-3 run.

The Pacers shot 9-of-18 on 3-pointers, while Washington was 3-of-10.

Notes: Indiana’s nine-game winning streak against Washington dates back nearly three years, when the Wizards last won, at home, by 103-90 on April 16, 1997. ... In the last 11 games, Jackson has dished out 117 assists. ... Richmond has scored 106 points in his team’s last four games. ... Wizards forward Tracy Murray has hit 23-of-39 3-pointers in the last eight games. ... Miller needs 35 points to become the 33rd player in NBA history to score 19,000.

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