Thursday , Mar , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Reggie Miller reaches 25,000 points

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Reggie Miller reached the 25,000 career-
point mark, finishing with 21 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-93 victory
over the San Antonio Spurs.

Miller, who entered the game with 24,992 points in his career, scored six of
Indiana’s first 12 to get within two of the milestone. He recorded the
25,000th point of his career with two free throws with 2:08 remaining in the
first quarter.

Miller, who is retiring after the season, became just the 13th player in
league history to reach 25,000 points. The 39-year-old is the NBA’s all-time
leader in three-pointers and is one of just six players to log more than
47,000 minutes. He and now retired John Stockton (Utah) are the only players
to record 47,000 minutes with one team.

The 6-foot-7 Miller has played for the Pacers since they selected him with the
11th overall pick in the 1987 draft.

Austin Croshere, Anthony Johnson and former Spur Stephen Jackson each scored
18 points and Jeff Foster grabbed 15 rebounds in the victory.

The Spurs continued to struggle without star forward Tim Duncan, who is out
with a sprained right ankle. San Antonio fell to 1-4 on the season without
Duncan, including an 88-75 loss to New York on Monday.

The Pacers extended their five-point halftime lead to 73-55 midway through the
third quarter after back-to-back three-pointers by Johnson. The Spurs used a
10-2 run late in the frame to pull within 10 at 77-67, but James Jones hit a
three-pointer just before the buzzer sounded to give Indiana an 80-67
advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Pacers’ lead grew to 98-79 with 4:19 remaining on a dunk by Johnson, as
Indiana remained in control.

San Antonio scored 10 unanswered points to pull within nine at 98-89 after two
free throws by Brent Barry, but only 2:16 remained. The Spurs got to within
the final score in the closing seconds, but the Pacers’ lead was never
seriously threatened.

“That’s a really good team, even without Duncan,” said Pacers coach Rick
Carlisle. “Fortunately for us they were missing shots they normally make.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich disagreed. “We have some guys that need to realize
that they need to step up their games because we are not that damn good
without Tim Duncan.”

Miller, who now has 25,013 points, finished 6-of-13 from the field and 8-of-8
from the free throw line.