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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 28 29 21 17 95 NEW JERSEY 20 28 29 20 97 FINAL


INDIANA (95) AT NEW JERSEY (97)

INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

D DAVIS F 36 5-10 0-2 11 6 17 1 3 0 1 10 MULLIN F 26 1-8 0-0 0 4 4 2 2 0 4 2 SMITS C 31 9-13 0-2 5 7 12 0 5 0 3 18 JACKSON G 25 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 8 3 1 2 7 MILLER G 36 10-19 12-13 0 1 1 0 3 0 5 35 A DAVIS 24 1-4 4-8 3 5 8 1 4 0 1 6 HOIBERG 21 2-4 0-1 1 1 2 0 4 1 1 5 BEST 24 3-7 0-0 0 3 3 9 5 0 2 6 WEST 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 ROSE 12 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 4 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-80 18-28 20 30 50 22 32 2 21 95 (.450) (.643) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 21(22 PTS)

NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GILL F 36 7-18 6-8 2 6 8 1 3 1 1 20 GATLING F 26 5-15 0-1 2 0 2 0 3 1 1 10 J WILLIAMS C 40 8-18 2-6 17 3 20 1 2 3 3 18 CASSELL G 36 3-16 12-12 1 2 3 8 5 1 0 18 EDWARDS G 33 2-10 0-0 2 0 2 2 4 3 0 4 HARRIS 17 0-3 3-4 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 3 BENOIT 8 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 4 DARE 8 0-1 2-2 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 2 DOUGLAS 19 4-6 2-2 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 10 CAGE 17 3-5 2-4 4 5 9 0 3 0 1 8 KITTLES DNP - STRAINED LEFT GROIN VAN HORN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 34-96 29-39 31 20 51 14 25 11 7 97 (.354) (.744) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 8(9 PTS)

INDIANA 28 29 21 17 - 95 NEW JERSEY 20 28 29 20 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 3, SMITS, JACKSON. NEW JERSEY - J WILLIAMS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-12 (.417), JACKSON 1-1, MILLER 3-7, HOIBERG 1-1, BEST 0-2, ROSE 0-1. NEW JERSEY 0-7 (.000), GILL 0-2, CASSELL 0-2, EDWARDS 0-2, BENOIT 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, SCOTT FOSTER, JIM CAPERS. A - 20,049. T - 2:13.


INDIANA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 36 5-10 0-2 11-17 1 3 10 Mullin 26 1-8 0-0 0-4 2 2 2 Smits 31 9-13 0-2 5-12 0 5 18 Jackson 25 2-8 2-2 0-1 8 3 7 Miller 36 10-19 12-13 0-1 0 3 35 A Davis 24 1-4 4-8 3-8 1 4 6 Hoiberg 21 2-4 0-1 1-2 0 4 5 Best 24 3-7 0-0 0-3 9 5 6 West 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Rose 12 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 18-28 20-50 22 32 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Jackson 1-1, Miller 3-7, Hoiberg 1-1, Best 0-2, Rose 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (D Davis 3, Smits, Jackson). Turnovers: 21 (Miller 5, Mullin 4, Smits 3, Best 2, Jackson 2, West 2, A Davis, D Davis, Hoiberg). Steals: 2 (Hoiberg, Jackson).

NEW JERSEY (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 36 7-18 6-8 2-8 1 3 20 Gatling 26 5-15 0-1 2-2 0 3 10 J Williams 40 8-18 2-6 17-20 1 2 18 Cassell 36 3-16 12-12 1-3 8 5 18 Edwards 33 2-10 0-0 2-2 2 4 4 Harris 17 0-3 3-4 0-1 0 3 3 Benoit 8 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Dare 8 0-1 2-2 2-3 0 0 2 Douglas 19 4-6 2-2 1-3 2 0 10 Cage 17 3-5 2-4 4-9 0 3 8 Kittles DNP - strained left groin Van Horn DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-96 29-39 31-51 14 25 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.354, FT-.744. 3-Point Goals: 0-7, .000 (Gill 0-2, Cassell 0-2, Edwards 0-2, Benoit 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (J Williams 2). Turnovers: 8 (J Williams 3, Cage, Dare, Gatling, Gill). Steals: 11 (Edwards 3, J Williams 3, Benoit, Cassell, Gatling, Gill, Harris). ____________________________________________ Indiana 28 29 21 17 - 95 New Jersey 20 28 29 20 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,049. T: 2:13. Officials: Jack Nies, Scott Foster, Jim Capers.


GAME RECAP

Sherman Douglas, who signed a contract earlier in the day, made a key fourth-quarter basket as the New Jersey Nets overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat the Indiana Pacers, 97-95, spoiling the coaching debut of Larry Bird.

Douglas, with his fourth team in the last five weeks, sank an 19-footer to give the Nets the lead for good, 92-90, with 2:58 left.

"I was pretty sure I wouldn't play that much," said Douglas, who played 19 minutes. "Sam (Cassell) ran into foul trouble. We wanted to get off to a good start and this win gets us off to a good start. I knew three, four plays, plus whatever coach was drawing up in the huddle."

The Nets were without their last two first-round draft picks, Kerry Kittles and Keith Van Horn. Kittles has an ankle injury and could return Saturday against Milwaukee. But Van Horn, the second pick overall, is out three to four weeks with a sprained right ankle.

"That was a good win," Nets coach John Calipari said. "We're trying right now to plug holes, were still out of sync. I was really pleased with Sherman Douglas. He reminded me a lot of Jim Jackson."

Kendall Gill scored 20 points for New Jersey, despite sitting out the final five minutes with twisted left ankle. Jayson Williams tallied 18 points and 20 rebounds and Cassell had 18 and eight assists for New Jersey, which lost its first five games last season.

Reggie Miller scored 35 points and Rik Smits added 18 for the Pacers, who last season missed the playoffs for the first time since 1989. Dale Davis recorded 10 points and 17 rebounds.

"You'd like to go home with a victory but you have to play four quarters to play in this league," said Bird. "We lost the game in the third quarter. The home team comes back, the crowd gets going and then it's tough to stop that momentum. I hate to lose more than I like to win."

Cassell made a pair of free throws to increase New Jersey's lead to 94-90 with 1:41 remaining. After Miller turned the ball over, Williams made one free throw for a 95-90 margin with 1:11 to go. Smits answered with a 13-footer to cut the deficit to 95-92 with one minute left. Douglas missed an 18-footer from the left wing but Williams grabbed the rebound and scored to give the Nets a 97-92 advantage with 38 seconds left.

Miller's three-pointer, a bank shot from beyond the top of the key, cut New Jersey's lead to 97-95 with 35 seconds remaining. Cassell's three-point attempt hit off the front of the rim, giving Indiana a chance to tie the game.

Chris Mullin's baseline jumper was in and out but Smits grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Cassell with four-tenths of a second left. Smits' first free throw hit the front and back of the rim before falling out. After a timeout, Smits intentionally missed the second free throw, but the rebound was tipped out of bounds as time expired.

"The first thing we said in the locker room was that it shouldn't have come down to the free throws," said Smits.

"I knew he wasn't going to make that free throw," Williams said. "I was talking trash the whole time."

Miller scored 22 points in the first half as the Pacers held a 57-48 lead at the intermission. Indiana took its biggest lead, 71-58, on a tip-in by Davis with 5:15 left in the third quarter.

Gill's driving dunk triggered a 17-3 burst and cut the deficit to 73-62 with 4:18 to go in the period. Yinka Dare's two free throws capped the run and gave the Nets their first lead since the first quarter at 77-76 with nine seconds to go.

"We lost the game in the third quarter," Miller said. "You can't let a team like that hang around, especially at home."

The game was tied six times in the fourth quarter before the 19-footer by Douglas.

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