Reggie Miller hurt the New Jersey Nets in more ways than one.
Miller caused the Nets more grief with a forearm to the face of Jamie Feick that broke the nose of New Jersey's center in the closing seconds of the game, which took nearly three hours to play and featured 77 personal fouls, three technicals and one flagrant.
"Reggie didn't shoot that well but he hit that big shot at the end and when you see him do it night after night you come to expect it," said Pacers point guard Mark Jackson.
After Marbury's second layup made it 114-112 with 21 seconds left, Miller took the inbounds pass and was fouled as he tried to split a double team. Miller's flailing arm struck Feick in the nose and the Nets player fell to the floor bleeding.
"I wasn't trying to elbow him, I was trying to split the double," said Miller, who was 4-of-13 from the field and 19-of-21 from the foul line. "I knew I was going to get fouled. I didn't know I hit him until I saw the blood. That's good for my reputation, though."
Miller was called for a technical on the play but Marbury, who was 15-of-34 from the field, missed the free throw. Miller then hit his two free throws and the Pacers were never threatened again
Dale Davis had 23 points and l3 rebounds for the Pacers. Jalen Rose, who keyed Indiana's 41-point first quarter by hitting his first six shots, finished with 17 points. Jackson and Al Harrington each had 14.
"The difference in the game was letting them score 41 points in the first quarter," Nets guard Kendall Gill said. "We came out flat. I don't know how we came out flat being it was the first game."
The game was also the first for Don Casey as the Nets full-time coach. He finished out last season as the interim coach after John Calipari was fired.
"I think it was encouraging we came back," Casey said. "That's a solid veteran team."
The Pacers hit 8 of their first 11 shots and outrebounded the Nets 14-3 in taking a 41-27 lead after the first quarter.
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