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Bulls’ Pippen Charged With Battery

Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen was charged with battery after his fiancee accused him of grabbing her and pushing her at his home in Highland Park, Ill., police said Saturday.

A domestic disturbance was reported at Pippen’s home at 8:15 p.m. Friday, one night after the Bulls were eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Orlando Magic.

Pippen’s fiancee, Yvette Deleone, said he had grabbed her by an arm and pushed her against a vehicle, police said. Pippen was charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, Lt. William Scott said.

Pippen posted a $100 bond and was released, Scott said. The woman did not require medical attention.

It was Pippen’s second brush with the law since early last year. On Jan. 20, 1994, he was arrested on misdemeanor gun possession charges after officers found a loaded handgun inside his illegally parked car. The charges were later dropped.

Miller’s last stand

Reggie Miller has one last chance to back up his words, one last chance to prove he can be a clutch player with a playoff series at stake.

After Friday night’s 92-82 Game 6 loss at home, Miller and the Indiana Pacers have to face the New York Knicks in New York today.

The task for Miller is to do what he’s been unable to do before - carry his team to a series victory over the Knicks. In both last year’s conference final, when Indiana led 3-2 before losing Game 7 at Madison Square Garden, and this year’s series, which Indiana led 3-1, he has failed to come up big in any of the four games that would have won the series.

Not surprisingly, Miller is confident going into the deciding game.

His prediction about who will win? “We will,” he said. “There’s no way we can play worse.”