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O'Neal shot 3-for-4 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in 18 minutes. He had missed 33 straight games with a bone bruise, and the Pacers went 12-21 during that stretch.
Danny Granger led Indiana with 23 points and Mike Dunleavy added 18 as the Pacers won their second straight and their sixth of eight.
Daequan Cook led Miami with 16 points and Kasib Powell and Chris Quinn both scored 15.
Raptors 104, Bobcats 100
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Chris Bosh scored 32 points and Toronto remained alone in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Bosh hit 13 of 16 free throws and added eight rebounds and five assists for the Raptors, who won for the third time in four games to pull a game ahead of idle Philadelphia in the playoff race.
Anthony Parker added 20 points and T.J. Ford added 15, including the clinching free throw with 1.9 seconds left for the Raptors, who bounced back from a home loss to New Orleans on Sunday.
Jason Richardson scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half, Gerald Wallace scored 20 points and Emeka Okafor had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Hawks 116, Grizzlies 99
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Josh Smith had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Atlanta built an early lead.
The Hawks led by 38 in the third quarter and seemed to be coasting to the victory. However, Memphis opened the fourth with 13 consecutive points, part of a 23-4 run that made the game more interesting. However, the Hawks' advantage was just too much to overcome and they won for the fourth time in five games.
Al Horford and Joe Johnson scored 19 points apiece for Atlanta, and Mike Bibby had 17, Josh Childress 14 and Marvin Williams 12. Johnson also had eight assists and Bibby seven.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 29 points, while Juan Carlos Navarro and Kyle Lowry finished with 17 each.
Jazz 129, Wizards 87
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - C.J. Miles scored a career-high 29 points and Utah Jazz set a team record with 15 3-pointers.
Deron Williams had 12 points and 16 assists, despite resting most of the fourth quarter, and Mehmet Okur returned from a stomach virus with 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Carlos Boozer added 19 points and Kyle Korver scored 15, making all six of his shots.
Utah outrebounded Washington 40-23, had 40 assists on 50 field goals and shot almost 60 percent (50-for-84).
Antawn Jamison led Washington with 22 points.
Suns 132, Nuggets 117
PHOENIX (AP) - Amare Stoudemire scored 41 points, Steve Nash had 36, and Phoenix rallied from a 22-point second-quarter deficit to reach 50 wins for the fourth straight season.
The comeback matched the third-best in Suns' history. They also rallied from a 22-point second-period deficit against the Boston Celtics in 1994. Stoudemire had 16 points in the fourth quarter when the Suns outscored Denver 46-25.
Stoudemire also had 14 rebounds, while Shaquille O'Neal had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Raja Bell had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
J.R. Smith led the Nuggets with 23 points, Allen Iverson scored 21, Kenyon Martin 19, Carmelo Anthony finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Camby scored 16.
Mavericks 93, Clippers 86
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason Kidd scored 27 points, Josh Howard got 12 of his 25 in the fourth quarter, and Dallas held off banged-up but stubborn Los Angeles.
Jason Terry had 20 points for Dallas, playing its fourth game since reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki went down with knee and ankle injuries. Howard, who scored 30 or more points in the Mavericks' first three games without their leading scorer, was just 4-for-15 from the field over the first three quarters and 8-for-20 overall.
Rookie Al Thornton scored 26 points for the Clippers, who trailed throughout. Los Angeles lost for the 19th time in 22 tries after ending a season-worst 10-game losing streak Saturday night against Memphis.