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Pacers are at a loss

Suspended Artest asked for time off

All the injuries and Ron Artest's benching finally caught up with Indiana. Elton Brand had 19 points and 16 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers took control of the lethargic Pacers from the start in a 102-68 win last night, the worst home loss in franchise history.

The Clippers outscored the Pacers, 31-7, in the second quarter, holding Indiana (4-1) to a franchise-low for points in a quarter.

Artest was serving the second of a two-game benching imposed by coach Rick Carlisle because he "compromised the integrity of the team."

The volatile forward said yesterday he asked Carlisle for time off because of a busy schedule that included promoting a soon-to-be released rap album.

"I was doing a lot," Artest said. "I was running around a lot and doing a whole bunch of stuff and I've also been working out, so I think I wore myself down physically, I wore myself down mentally. I was ready to take some time off, at least like a month off, but two games is enough.

"They probably expected a little more; expected me to play every game. Everybody's different. It's early in the season, so I feel like I could take some time off early and be ready for the long stretch."

Cavaliers 114, Suns 109 -- Zydrunas Ilgauskas drained three long jumpers, including a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and the host Cavaliers rallied for an overtime win against Phoenix, the Suns' first loss this season. LeBron James scored a season-high 38 points -- 17 during a one-man comeback in the fourth quarter -- for Cleveland, which trailed by 19 entering the final period before pulling off one of the most unlikely comebacks in the club's 35-year history.

SuperSonics 108, Kings 78 -- Ray Allen scored 20 points and Rashard Lewis added 18, leading surprising Seattle over visiting Sacramento for its fourth consecutive victory. The Sonics, who won only 37 games last season and missed the playoffs for the second straight year, got 16 points and 13 rebounds from reserve power forward Danny Fortson.

Grizzlies 110, Lakers 87 -- Pau Gasol scored 22 points and Shane Battier added 18 as host Memphis won for the first time this season. Kobe Bryant had 20 points on 4-for-19 shooting for the Lakers, who shot 37 percent.

Raptors 104, Jazz 95 -- Chris Bosh scored 20 points and Rafer Alston hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch as visiting Toronto handed Utah its first loss of the season. The Raptors rallied from a 6-point deficit in the fourth quarter, going on an 11-2 run and holding off the Jazz in the final two minutes after Alston's 3-pointer put Toronto up, 98-91. Vince Carter had 16 points and Alston added seven rebounds for Toronto. 76ers 108, Nets 100 -- Allen Iverson hit the tying jumper with 7.2 seconds left in regulation and Corliss Williamson scored 7 of his 15 points in overtime to lead host Philadelphia.Wizards 106, Magic 96 -- Larry Hughes and Antawn Jamison each scored 26 points, leading host Washington.Bucks 102, Bobcats 100 -- Desmond Mason scored 31 points, including three free throws in the final minute, and Michael Redd added 26 to help host Milwaukee rally past Charlotte.Spurs 91, Warriors 71 -- Tim Duncan had 23 points and 18 rebounds and Manu Ginobili added 22 points to lead host San Antonio over winless Golden State.

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