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Cavs buyer: Old gambling case shouldn't affect deal

The Detroit businessman buying the Cleveland Cavaliers said Tuesday he doesn't think a 1981 gambling-related arrest while a student at Michigan State will affect the deal.

Dan Gilbert was fined, given probation and ordered to do 100 hours of community service, but has no permanent criminal record since the charges of bookmaking were dismissed.

Gilbert said the gambling involved a football pool that he likened to a weekly poker game. He said dollar amounts listed in media reports (one said $114,000) have been exaggerated.

"If this is relevant to the purchase of an NBA basketball team, maybe you guys can answer that," Gilbert said.

His $375-million deal to buy the Cavs is pending NBA approval.

Pacers' O'Neal scores 55

INDIANAPOLIS _ Jermaine O'Neal scored a career-high and NBA season-high 55 and had 11 rebounds to carry the Pacers to a 116-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

The All-Star has made an immediate impact since an arbitrator reduced his 25-game suspension for fighting with Detroit fans to 15 games, with Indiana going 4-1.

O'Neal's 55 bested Allen Iverson's 54 points on Dec. 18, also against the Bucks.