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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- GOLDEN STATE 18 18 23 24 83 INDIANA 28 20 23 25 96 FINAL


GOLDEN STATE (83) AT INDIANA (96)

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

MARSHALL F 30 4-11 1-2 2 5 7 1 5 1 2 9 SMITH F 37 7-18 3-6 6 4 10 1 3 2 3 17 DAMPIER C 28 2-8 2-3 2 9 11 0 6 0 3 6 SPREWELL G 40 9-22 7-8 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 25 COLES G 33 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 6 3 1 1 8 FERRELL 16 2-3 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 0 1 5 FOYLE 11 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 2 4 SPENCER 17 0-3 1-2 2 4 6 0 3 1 1 1 ARMSTRONG 15 1-5 1-2 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 3 THOMAS 8 2-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 5 SIMPKINS 5 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 FULLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-90 16-25 18 32 50 11 27 9 17 83 (.367) (.640) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(19 PTS)

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

MULLIN F 27 5-12 2-2 3 2 5 5 3 2 0 12 D DAVIS F 32 1-6 0-0 5 6 11 0 2 2 1 2 SMITS C 31 11-23 1-2 5 8 13 3 4 0 2 23 MILLER G 37 11-21 8-9 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 33 JACKSON G 24 1-2 1-2 0 5 5 10 0 0 2 3 BEST 23 1-7 0-0 0 2 2 5 0 1 4 2 HOIBERG 20 1-7 4-4 0 5 5 1 3 0 0 6 A DAVIS 22 1-3 6-10 2 5 7 2 2 0 1 8 WEST 11 1-3 0-0 3 1 4 0 1 0 2 2 ROSE 13 2-5 1-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 5 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-89 23-31 19 38 57 27 18 6 16 96 (.393) (.742) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE 18 18 23 24 - 83 INDIANA 28 20 23 25 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: GOLDEN STATE - MARSHALL 2, SMITH 2, SPREWELL, SPENCER. INDIANA - D DAVIS 3, SMITS 3, BEST, A DAVIS, WEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: GOLDEN STATE 1-4 (.250), SPREWELL 0-2, THOMAS 1-2. INDIANA 3-11 (.273), MILLER 3-5, JACKSON 0-1, BEST 0-1, HOIBERG 0-4. TECHNICALS: GOLDEN STATE - COLES, INDIANA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, A DAVIS. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, NOLAN FINE, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,729. T - 2:07.


GOLDEN STATE (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marshall 30 4-11 1-2 2-7 1 5 9 Smith 37 7-18 3-6 6-10 1 3 17 Dampier 28 2-8 2-3 2-11 0 6 6 Sprewell 40 9-22 7-8 0-2 2 2 25 Coles 33 4-8 0-0 0-2 6 3 8 Ferrell 16 2-3 1-2 2-3 0 1 5 Foyle 11 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 2 4 Spencer 17 0-3 1-2 2-6 0 3 1 Armstrong 15 1-5 1-2 1-3 1 1 3 Thomas 8 2-5 0-0 1-2 0 1 5 Simpkins 5 0-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Fuller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-90 16-25 18-50 11 27 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Sprewell 0-2, Thomas 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Marshall 2, Smith 2, Sprewell, Spencer). Turnovers: 17 (Dampier 3, Smith 3, Armstrong 2, Foyle 2, Marshall 2, Coles, Ferrell, Simpkins, Spencer, Sprewell). Steals: 9 (Armstrong 2, Smith 2, Coles, Foyle, Marshall, Spencer, Sprewell).

INDIANA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 27 5-12 2-2 3-5 5 3 12 D Davis 32 1-6 0-0 5-11 0 2 2 Smits 31 11-23 1-2 5-13 3 4 23 Miller 37 11-21 8-9 1-2 1 3 33 Jackson 24 1-2 1-2 0-5 10 0 3 Best 23 1-7 0-0 0-2 5 0 2 Hoiberg 20 1-7 4-4 0-5 1 3 6 A Davis 22 1-3 6-10 2-7 2 2 8 West 11 1-3 0-0 3-4 0 1 2 Rose 13 2-5 1-2 0-3 0 0 5 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-89 23-31 19-57 27 18 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.393, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Miller 3-5, Jackson 0-1, Best 0-1, Hoiberg 0-4). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 9 (D Davis 3, Smits 3, Best, A Davis, West). Turnovers: 16 (Best 4, Jackson 2, Miller 2, Rose 2, Smits 2, West 2, A Davis, D Davis). Steals: 6 (D Davis 2, Mullin 2, Best, Miller). ____________________________________________ Golden State 18 18 23 24 - 83 Indiana 28 20 23 25 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Golden State 1 (Coles, 4:50 1st). Indiana 2 (Illegal Defense, 3:46 3rd; A Davis, 1:11 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,729. T: 2:07. Officials: Hue Hollins, Nolan Fine, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

One night after missing potential game-tying free throws in the final second, Rik Smits responded with 23 points and 13 rebounds to help give Larry Bird his first NBA coaching victory as the Indiana Pacers eased past the Golden State Warriors, 96-83.

Smits scored seven points in the final quarter as Indiana built an 18-point lead -- its biggest of the game -- with less than two minutes remaining.

Bird, five years removed from his playing career in Boston, suffered a heartbreaking 97-95 loss Friday in his coaching debut against the New Jersey Nets when the Pacers blew a 13-point lead and Smits missed two free throws with four-tenths of a second to play.

"Last night was tough to take, it made me sick," Bird said. "But it's over with and tonight our guys came out and got it."

"We had a lot of fun out there tonight," Smits said. "And we did a lot of things that we talked about doing in Jersey and didn't get it done. Some nights it happens, other nights it doesn't. Tonight it did."

Reggie Miller led the Pacers with 33 points and scored five of his 12 first-quarter points in a 13-0 run that put the Pacers ahead for good.

Latrell Sprewell, coming off a 45-point performance in Golden State's opening-night loss at Minnesota, scored 25 points and Joe Smith added 17 and 10 rebounds.

"Nobody's going to put up 45 points every night," Smith said. "We had good support for him tonight, we just couldn't get the lead."

"We played considerably better than last night. We just need a few more guys to step up," Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We played better, but not nearly good enough to win. I know guys are going to play better."

Chris Mullin, who scored just two points in his Indiana debut, had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists against his former team. Mullin played his first 12 seasons with the Warriors before being traded to Indiana in the offseason for center Erick Dampier and forward Duane Ferrell.

When asked if he felt any special feelings against his old teammates, Mullin replied, "If there was beforehand, it was lost last night when we got beat because this became a must-win game. That loss, all of a sudden, it didn't matter who you were playing, we just needed this one so bad.

"Actually, the new (Warrior) uniforms helped, plus they've got different personnel and new coaches, so it wasn't like it was the same when I left," he added.

Mullin's layup snapped a 10-10 tie midway through the opening quarter and sparked the 13-0 burst. The run continued when Smits drained a jumper and Miller sank three free throws. After Fred Hoiberg and Miller hit back-to-back jumpers, Smits blocked a shot by Smith and made a five-foot hook shot on the other end for a 23-10 lead with 3:01 left.

"Obviously the effort was there tonight and the results were there tonight," Hoiberg said. "Any time you hold Golden State under 100 points you know the defense has to be there also."

Miller scored 12 points and Smits added 10 as the Pacers took a 28-18 lead after one quarter, during which Golden State made just 8-of-26 shots from the field (31 percent).

"Nobody shot well for us tonight and at this level, you can't win that way, especially when you are not making stops at the other end," Smith added.

Sprewell's three-point play with 4:23 remaining in the second quarter pulled the Warriors within 37-31. But Miller started a 9-0 run with a 21-foot jumper and nailed a three-pointer to cap the spurt, which gave Indiana a 46-31 cushion.

Miller, who scored 35 in the opener, helped the Pacers to a 48-36 halftime lead with eight second-quarter points. He scored eight more in the third as Indiana maintained a double-digit lead throughout the period.

"Reggie (Miller) was awesome again tonight, he's just been awesome the last two nights," Bird said. "He's a star in this league. He's a shooter and he wants to win."

Miller, who drained three three-pointers, was 11-of-21 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line.

Dale Davis hit just 1-of-6 from the field but grabbed 11 boards to help the Pacers outrebound the Warriors, 57-50. He also blocked three shots for the second straight game.

"We were active to the ball tonight. Last night, we didn't get any loose balls or rebounds and it cost us," Bird added. "I still don't like how we finish the game. We've got to learn to shut people down for 48 minutes. But overall I thought we played well and hard."

Mark Jackson, last year's assist leader, handed out 10 assists and Antonio Davis contributed eight points and seven boards off the bench.

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