Pacers' Artest Hurls TV, Smashes CameraThe Associated Press , Associated Press
Jan. 4, 2003 2:45 PM ET
Undated The most exciting part of Indiana's loss to New York might have come after the game. That's when the Pacers' Ron Artest hurled a television monitor and grabbed a $100,000 camera off a cameraman's shoulders and smashed it to pieces following Indiana's 98-96 loss to the Knicks on Friday night.
``Tough loss, I guess,'' said MSG Network cameraman Mike Miner, who was filming in the tunnel leading from the court when Artest stormed off. After grabbing a monitor and throwing it, Artest approached Miner, yanked the high-definition camera away from him and smashed it to the floor.
Although the outburst was severe, it was easy to see what had Artest so frustrated.
Latrell Sprewell finished with 25 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals to lead the Knicks back from a pair of 17-point deficits. New York outscored Indiana 30-17 in the fourth quarter to snap the Pacers' four-game winning streak.
Artest prides himself on his defense, delighting in being able to shut down the league's best offensive player. Sprewell, however, was the only Knicks starter who did not commit a turnover.
``I looked at Spree and for the first time he had life in him,'' New York coach Don Chaney said. ``He had that energy that was missing, that explosiveness.''
Howard Eisley scored 17 points and Charlie Ward had a key steal and tip-in in the final minute for the Knicks.
In other NBA games, it was: Cleveland 81, Toronto 80; Portland 108, Boston 103; New Jersey 100, Miami 80; Memphis 116, Los Angeles Clippers 111; Utah 118, Milwaukee 115; New Orleans 100, Orlando 89; San Antonio 98, Golden State 95; and Denver 94, Seattle 82.
Jermaine O'Neal made two free throws with 1:43 left to give Indiana a 92-91 lead before Michael Doleac hit a jumper with 1:22 remaining. Miller had a tip-in with one minute left to give the Pacers their final lead.
After Shandon Anderson missed inside, Ward came up with the game-deciding play. Jamaal Tinsley drove to the basket and threw an ill-advised blind pass behind him toward the foul line, and Ward picked it off. He drove downcourt and missed a layup, but hung around the basket and tipped the ball in after Anderson missed a tip attempt.
Reggie Miller, Artest and O'Neal missed shots on Indiana's next possession before Sprewell grabbed his final rebound. He was fouled and made both shots for a 97-94 lead.
New York fouled Brad Miller on the ensuing inbounds pass to prevent the Pacers from trying a 3-pointer, and he made both with 4.6 seconds left. Kurt Thomas missed one of two from the line with 4.0 seconds left, giving Indiana a chance to go for the win or the tie.
With no timeouts remaining, the Pacers could only manage to get the ball to the wrong Miller _ Brad _ for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that missed.
O'Neal had 24 points and Brad Miller added 20 for the Pacers.
Cavaliers 81, Raptors 80
At Toronto, Ricky Davis hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds as Cleveland snapped a 14-game road losing streak while handing Toronto its ninth loss in a row.
After Davis' free throws, Darius Miles stole Morris Peterson's inbounds pass to seal the victory for the Cavaliers.
Davis led Cleveland with 29 points.
Trail Blazers 108, Celtics 103
At Boston, Scottie Pippen's short jumper started a 13-3 run in the fourth quarter and Portland won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Arvydas Sabonis scored seven of his 11 points during the run, which came after Shammond Williams' 3-pointer sparked a 12-4 Boston run in the fourth quarter that gave the Celtics an 89-87 lead.
Bonzi Wells scored 19 points and Pippen added 17.
Nets 100, Heat 80
At East Rutherford, N.J., the Nets improved to 7-0 when Richard Jefferson scores at least 20 points as Jefferson scored 26 and New Jersey won its eighth in a row.
Jason Kidd got his 15th double-double of the season, scoring 13 points with 13 assists.
Lucious Harris scored 16 points for the Nets and Kenyon Martin scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds.
Grizzlies 116, Clippers 111
At Memphis, Tenn., Gordan Giricek scored a season-high 31 points, the most by a Grizzlies player this season, to help Memphis overcome blowing a 32-point lead.
The two teams exchanged leads until the final four minutes when the Grizzlies outscored Los Angeles 12-7 down the stretch. It was the Clippers' fifth straight loss.
Jazz 118, Bucks 115
At Milwaukee, Utah scored a season-high in points and sealed the win when Mark Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left.
Ray Allen made three free throws and Michael Redd converted a three-point play to pull Milwaukee to 114-110 with 1:21 left.
Calbert Cheaney of the Jazz then missed a 3-point attempt, but Karl Malone pulled down the offensive rebound, and Jackson hit his 3 from the right baseline to give Utah a 117-110 lead with 35 seconds left.
Hornets 100, Heat 89
At New Orleans, the Hornets snapped a five-game losing streak despite a 40-point performance from Orlando's Tracy McGrady.
Jamal Mashburn scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half and had nine assists as New Orleans snapped a five-game losing streak.
Spurs 98, Warriors 95
At San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored a season-high 37 points and San Antonio went on a 15-4 fourth-quarter run to beat Golden State for the 11th straight time.
The Warriors had a chance to tie at the end, but Jason Richardson's 3-point shot bounced off the side of the backboard as the horn sounded.
Nuggets 94, SuperSonics 82
At Seattle, Juwan Howard scored 20 points and the Nuggets won for the first time since Dec. 7.
The win snapped a 10-game losing streak for Denver and was its second win in 17 games.