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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 27 25 26 25 103 BOSTON 26 27 21 22 96 FINAL


INDIANA (103) AT BOSTON (96)

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

MULLIN F 22 4-8 4-4 2 4 6 1 1 0 2 13 D DAVIS F 24 3-3 0-0 2 7 9 2 1 1 1 6 SMITS C 28 11-18 3-4 2 5 7 0 6 0 0 25 JACKSON G 31 4-8 0-2 1 1 2 2 1 2 0 9 MILLER G 39 6-14 6-8 0 4 4 0 1 1 2 20 A DAVIS 20 0-2 2-4 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 ROSE 26 7-10 6-7 0 0 0 5 1 1 1 20 BEST 17 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 3 0 4 MCKEY 24 1-4 2-2 1 2 3 1 5 1 4 4 HOIBERG 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-72 23-31 9 25 34 13 23 9 12 103 (.528) (.742) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 17 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 4 WALKER F 45 5-18 6-9 3 5 8 6 3 1 5 16 DECLERCQ C 29 5-9 7-8 6 3 9 0 3 2 1 17 BILLUPS G 24 6-14 1-1 1 1 2 2 4 1 5 14 MERCER G 35 8-16 5-5 1 2 3 3 6 2 0 21 BARROS 21 4-6 0-0 1 2 3 6 1 0 2 10 KNIGHT 16 3-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 6 BOWEN 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 BROWN 22 3-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 6 MINOR 14 1-6 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 2 THOMAS 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 EDNEY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 37-82 19-23 15 23 38 21 27 7 16 96 (.451) (.826) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

INDIANA 27 25 26 25 - 103 BOSTON 26 27 21 22 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - MCKEY. BOSTON - KNIGHT 3, WALKER 2, DECLERCQ. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 4-7 (.571), MULLIN 1-1, JACKSON 1-1, MILLER 2-5. BOSTON 3-9 (.333), WALKER 0-2, BILLUPS 1-4, BARROS 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, TERRY DURHAM, LEON WOOD. A - 18,624. T - 2:34.


INDIANA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 22 4-8 4-4 2-6 1 1 13 D Davis 24 3-3 0-0 2-9 2 1 6 Smits 28 11-18 3-4 2-7 0 6 25 Jackson 31 4-8 0-2 1-2 2 1 9 Miller 39 6-14 6-8 0-4 0 1 20 A Davis 20 0-2 2-4 0-2 0 1 2 Rose 26 7-10 6-7 0-0 5 1 20 Best 17 2-3 0-0 1-1 2 3 4 Mckey 24 1-4 2-2 1-3 1 5 4 Hoiberg 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Croshere DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-72 23-31 9-34 13 23 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.528, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Mullin 1-1, Jackson 1-1, Miller 2-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (Mckey). Turnovers: 15 (Mckey 4, Miller 2, Mullin 2, A Davis, D Davis, Hoiberg, Rose). Steals: 9 (Best 3, Jackson 2, D Davis, Mckey, Miller, Rose).

BOSTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 17 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Walker 45 5-18 6-9 3-8 6 3 16 Declercq 29 5-9 7-8 6-9 0 3 17 Billups 24 6-14 1-1 1-2 2 4 14 Mercer 35 8-16 5-5 1-3 3 6 21 Barros 21 4-6 0-0 1-3 6 1 10 Knight 16 3-5 0-0 2-4 0 1 6 Bowen 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 5 0 Brown 22 3-4 0-0 0-3 1 0 6 Minor 14 1-6 0-0 1-2 2 1 2 Thomas 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Edney 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 19-23 15-38 21 27 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Walker 0-2, Billups 1-4, Barros 2-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Knight 3, Walker 2, Declercq). Turnovers: 16 (Billups 5, Walker 5, Barros 2, Declercq, Edney, Minor, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Declercq 2, Mercer 2, Billups, Brown, Walker). ____________________________________________ Indiana 27 25 26 25 - 103 Boston 26 27 21 22 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:34. Officials: Hugh Evans, Terry Durham, Leon Wood.


GAME RECAP

Larry Bird enjoyed a successful return to Boston as coach of the Indiana Pacers, who received 25 points from Rik Smits and 20 from Reggie Miller in a 103-96 victory over the Celtics.

Bird played 13 seasons with the Celtics, winning a Rookie of the Year award, three Most Valuable Player Awards and the NBA Finals MVP twice. He guided Boston to championships in 1981, 1984 and 1986 and in 1996 was named among the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.

After back pain forced him to retire in 1992, Bird joined the Celtics' front office as a special assistant. He was instrumental in opening discussions between the team and Rick Pitino, who was hired as coach and president of the Celtics prior to this season.

But Bird declined an offer to serve as Celtics general manager, instead seeking a job where he could be more involved. He signed a five-year contract to coach his homestate Pacers as he replaced Larry Brown.

Bird was reunited with former frontcourt mates Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, who had his number 00 retired and raised to the rafters of the FleetCenter at halftime. It was the 21st number retired by the Celtics and the first at the three-year-old FleetCenter.

"They (Pacers) knew it was an important game for me and they were the ones who did all the work," said Bird of the win. "Coming back here and getting this win is just unbelievable. Everything feels good right now, but then again, I'm numb."

Jalen Rose added 20 points and five assists off the bench for Indiana, which has won five straight games and eight of its last nine. The Pacers have won four in a row on the road and improved to 13-1 against sub-.500 teams this year.

"Our guards did a great job of getting me the ball early on," said Smits. "For me it was just a matter of getting position and getting ready to score. And that's what we did a good job of in the first half. Obviously, this is a big day for Larry and I'm glad we could get him the win."

Rookie Ron Mercer tallied 21 points and Andrew DeClercq matched his career high of 17 while grabbing nine rebounds for Boston. The Celtics have dropped six of their last seven overall, but suffered just their third home setback in their last 10 tries.

The Celtics held a slim 53-52 edge at halftime and the teams traded baskets to start the third quarter before Indiana went on a 13-2 run. Chris Mullin nailed a three-pointer to begin the spurt and capped it with two free throws to make it 67-57 with 6:35 to go.

The margin was 76-66 with 1:53 left, but Boston's Dee Brown netted four points in an 8-2 burst that closed the quarter and cut the deficit to 78-74.

The Celtics used a 7-2 run to even the score at 93-93 on DeClercq's two foul shots with 2:18 remaining, but Rose hit a free throw and Miller nailed a three-pointer and layup to give the Pacers a six-point lead with 59 seconds to play.

"The Pacers played a great game, made a big three-point shot when it counted," said Pitino. "When you have the experience that they have, you can take advantage of the inexperience we have. Our guys hung in there, but they (Indiana) made big plays down the stretch."

Mullin finished with 13 points and six boards and Mark Jackson dished out 13 assists for Indiana, which has won seven of the last eight meetings with Boston. The Pacers shot 53 percent (38-of-72) from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range.

"We did a real good job of hanging in there late," said Jackson. "They're (Boston) a team that can run off a lot of spurts, and they did. But we hit the key baskets when we needed them and that's why we're walking away with a win."

Antoine Walker contributed 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while rookie Chauncey Billups scored 14 points for Boston, which shot 45 percent (37-of-82).

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