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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 20 26 21 17 84 INDIANA 27 20 20 18 85 FINAL


WASHINGTON (84) AT INDIANA (85)

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

HOWARD F 43 11-22 3-4 4 1 5 2 3 0 1 25 WEBBER F 38 8-16 1-1 3 8 11 2 4 1 7 18 WALLACE C 33 0-1 0-0 4 8 12 2 4 2 2 0 CHEANEY G 36 10-20 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 1 2 20 STRICKLAND G 38 3-12 3-4 2 4 6 10 3 0 2 9 T MURRAY 19 3-9 2-2 2 1 3 1 1 2 1 8 GRANT 12 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 WHITNEY 17 0-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 2 HAM 4 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 DAVIS DNP - FLU EACKLES DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE LEGLER DNP - RIGHT HAMSTRING INJURY

TOTALS 240 36-86 11-13 18 29 47 18 20 7 16 84 (.419) (.846) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(20 PTS)

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

MULLIN F 23 4-6 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 11 D DAVIS F 28 3-6 0-2 5 5 10 0 1 0 1 6 SMITS C 25 5-12 4-5 1 2 3 1 2 2 1 14 MILLER G 37 7-13 5-5 1 6 7 3 1 1 5 20 JACKSON G 34 3-9 2-2 0 3 3 9 2 2 1 8 A DAVIS 25 2-7 4-4 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 8 ROSE 22 4-11 2-4 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 10 MCKEY 21 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 HOIBERG 11 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 BEST 14 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 1 2 2 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-76 18-24 10 26 36 15 14 7 12 85 (.421) (.750) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(21 PTS)

WASHINGTON 20 26 21 17 - 84 INDIANA 27 20 20 18 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WEBBER 4, CHEANEY. INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, A DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 1-6 (.167), WEBBER 1-3, STRICKLAND 0-1, T MURRAY 0-2. INDIANA 3-8 (.375), MULLIN 2-2, MILLER 1-3, JACKSON 0-1, ROSE 0-1, HOIBERG 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HEAD COACH BICKERSTAFF. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, GARY BENSON, RON OLESIAK. A - 15,316. T - 2:04.


WASHINGTON (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 43 11-22 3-4 4-5 2 3 25 Webber 38 8-16 1-1 3-11 2 4 18 Wallace 33 0-1 0-0 4-12 2 4 0 Cheaney 36 10-20 0-0 1-5 0 3 20 Strickland 38 3-12 3-4 2-6 10 3 9 T Murray 19 3-9 2-2 2-3 1 1 8 Grant 12 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Whitney 17 0-3 2-2 0-2 1 0 2 Ham 4 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Davis DNP - flu Eackles DNP - sore right knee Legler DNP - right hamstring injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-86 11-13 18-47 18 20 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Webber 1-3, Strickland 0-1, T Murray 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Webber 4, Cheaney). Turnovers: 16 (Webber 7, Cheaney 2, Strickland 2, Wallace 2, Howard, T Murray, Whitney). Steals: 7 (T Murray 2, Wallace 2, Cheaney, Webber, Whitney).

INDIANA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 23 4-6 1-2 0-0 0 1 11 D Davis 28 3-6 0-2 5-10 0 1 6 Smits 25 5-12 4-5 1-3 1 2 14 Miller 37 7-13 5-5 1-7 3 1 20 Jackson 34 3-9 2-2 0-3 9 2 8 A Davis 25 2-7 4-4 2-5 0 1 8 Rose 22 4-11 2-4 0-4 0 1 10 Mckey 21 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Hoiberg 11 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Best 14 1-3 0-0 1-1 2 3 2 Croshere DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-76 18-24 10-36 15 14 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Mullin 2-2, Miller 1-3, Jackson 0-1, Rose 0-1, Hoiberg 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (D Davis 2, A Davis). Turnovers: 13 (Miller 5, Best 2, D Davis, Jackson, Mckey, Mullin, Smits). Steals: 7 (Jackson 2, Smits 2, Best, Hoiberg, Miller). ____________________________________________ Washington 20 26 21 17 - 84 Indiana 27 20 20 18 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Head Coach Bickerstaff, 2:08 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,316. T: 2:04. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Gary Benson, Ron Olesiak.


GAME RECAP

All-Star Reggie Miller scored 20 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 36 seconds left, and Mark Jackson stripped former teammate Rod Strickland as time expired to give the Indiana Pacers an 85-84 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Miller, selected as an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve along with teammate Rik Smits earlier in the day, took a pass from Jackson at the top of the key and drained the open shot, giving the Pacers an 85-82 edge.

"I went to the pick-and-roll. I was not looking for a three-point shot only," said Miller. "I took the shot and we won."

The Wizards got within one on a jumper by Juwan Howard and took possession after a stop, inbounding from halfcourt with 2.8 seconds remaining. But Jackson, who briefly played alongside Strickland with the New York Knicks in the 1980s, poked the ball away as Strickland rose for the final shot, sealing Indiana's eighth win in nine games.

"We sucked it up when we had to," Jackson said. "In the end we just worked together and tried to help each other out. Rod Strickland and I always play each other tough, it doesn't require extra effort."

"I got hit across my left arm on the last play and didn't get the call," claimed Strickland. "But they made the plays they needed to to win. It was disappointing. We came out determined to prove we deserved players with All-Star recognition."

Howard scored 25 points, Calbert Cheaney added 20 and Chris Webber contributed 18 and 11 rebounds for Washington, which had won three of its last four games.

Indiana coach Larry Bird will guide the Eastern Conference stars. In his first coaching job at any level, Bird has led his club to a 29-12 record and a one-game lead over the second-place Bulls in the Central Division.

"It sticks a dagger in their heart when a guy sticks a three in the last minute of a tie game," Bird said. "But they fought back and had a chance to win it."

Smits scored 14 points and Chris Mullin added 11, but neither scored in the second half for Indiana.

Reserve Jalen Rose picked up the slack, scoring all 10 of his points in the final 24 minutes. Rose led the Pacers back from a six-point third-quarter deficit, igniting a period-ending burst with a lay-in before Miller stroked a 15-footer to even it at 67-67 heading into the fourth quarter.

Strickland, who finished with nine points and 10 assists, hit the second of two free throws to give Washington a 68-67 edge to start the fourth quarter, but Antonio Davis hit a seven-footer and Rose scored back-to-back buckets as the Pacers assumed a 73-68 lead with 8:42 to go.

Strickland led the Wizards back again, forcing an 80-80 deadlock on a lay-in with 3:29 to play. Jackson returned the favor, backing in Strickland and hitting a short jumper before Howard hit 2-of-4 from the line on consecutive possessions for the tie.

"I thought it was a war," said Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "Our guys played extremely well. They played hard. Reggie made the big three, just like great players do. It was a hell of a game if you like kissing your sister."

With the ball and a one-point lead, the Pacers worked the clock down to single digits before putting up a shot. Miller's miss from three-point range resulted in a long rebound which went out of bounds and was ruled a jump ball. Indiana's Derrick McKey lost the tip out-of-bounds to give the Wizards a final chance.

"It boiled down to the end when we had to do it and we did," said Davis. "Washington has a lot of talent and they will be around in the end."

Davis scored six of his eight points in the final period and Dale Davis grabbed 10 rebounds for Indiana, which shot 42 percent (32-of-76) and was outrebounded, 47-36. The Pacers were 18-of-24 from the line, while the Wizards were 11-of-13.

Ben Wallace pulled down 12 boards but was held scoreless and Tracy Murray netted eight points off the bench for Washington.

The Pacers held a 27-20 lead after one quarter and took their biggest advantage at 35-24 with 9:32 to go in the half on Fred Hoiberg's bucket.

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