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A milestone effort boosts Miller, Pacers

Reggie Miller still has his shooting touch and is as dangerous as ever.

Miller scored 24, including four three-pointers, became the first NBA player to accumulate 2,000 three-pointers and led the Pacers to a 101-95 come-from-behind victory against Sacramento.

"He's so unbelievable and he's so marvelous at what he does and he's been doing it for so long, you almost take it for granted," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "There have been a lot of great players, a lot of great shooters in this league and nobody has accomplished what he just did."

Miller's 2,000th career three-pointer came 4:48 into the third quarter _ 55 seconds after a 20-foot jumper made him the 21st player in NBA history to score 21,000 points.

But Miller didn't hesitate when the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

He rushed in for one of his eight rebounds on the Pacers' next possession, then tried to draw a charge on the defensive end.

It was vintage Miller _ looking for his shot, being aggressive, taking charge against one of the NBA's best teams.

"At that point in time, we were making a comeback to get into the game," Miller said. "It gave us life out there."

This time, Miller also had a strong supporting cast. Al Harrington scored 17 and had a career-high 16 rebounds. Jermaine O'Neal had 12 points and 15 rebounds. Reserve Austin Croshere scored 17 and Travis Best added 14.

Miller also played a prominent role as the Pacers shut out Sacramento for 4:32 in the fourth quarter, which allowed Indiana to retake control of the game and drop the Kings into second place in the Pacific Division _ a half-game behind the Lakers.

It wasn't at all what Sacramento coach Rick Adelman wanted.

"I don't think we've played very well either game," he said, referring to the Kings' two losses to Indiana. "They have taken it to us for whatever reason. Their guys played well today, Harrington and O'Neal and Corshere and Reggie. Reggie got it going."

But it wasn't until the Pacers started to struggle that Miller started producing.

The Kings, who trailed the entire first half, finally tied the score at 48 and took their first lead on an 18-footer from Chris Webber with 8:57 left in the third quarter.

Miller tied it at 52 on a 20-footer and then gave Indiana the lead at 55-54 on his milestone three-pointer.

The Kings followed that with a 13-2 spurt, which put Indiana in a 65-58 hole midway through the period.

The Pacers, behind Miller, rallied. They closed the quarter on a 10-1 run and opened the fourth on an 11-3 run for an 83-73 edge with 8:10 to go.

Sacramento fought back. Behind Predrag Stojakovic, who had 27 points, and Webber, who had 26 and 15 rebounds, the Kings twice closed within three but never had a chance to win.

That gave Miller and his Pacers reason to celebrate.

"You look at the pioneers that have paved the way for players like myself," Miller said. "Sometimes, you just sit back and scratch your head. I'm very thankful and very blessed to have the opportunity to play this game."

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