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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 21 28 19 15 83 INDIANA 19 15 28 27 89 FINAL


CLEVELAND (83) AT INDIANA (89)

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

HENDERSON F 41 1-9 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 1 3 2 KEMP F 26 7-13 3-4 2 6 8 1 3 0 5 17 ILGAUSKAS C 39 8-11 9-10 5 7 12 4 3 1 1 25 KNIGHT G 36 3-7 3-3 0 3 3 10 6 2 3 9 PERSON G 46 5-14 3-3 0 3 3 0 1 3 1 17 POTAPENKO 10 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 2 ANDERSON 8 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 FERRY 21 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 8 SURA 8 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 SCOTT 1 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 BROOKS 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-67 21-24 9 29 38 21 20 7 16 83 (.433) (.875) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 17(22 PTS)

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

MULLIN F 26 2-5 2-2 1 0 1 2 2 1 2 8 D DAVIS F 23 3-4 1-2 0 5 5 0 4 0 0 7 SMITS C 27 6-15 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 12 MILLER G 37 9-18 3-4 0 3 3 4 1 3 1 24 JACKSON G 34 4-8 0-0 1 1 2 5 1 1 1 9 A DAVIS 19 0-2 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 2 MCKEY 27 5-7 2-3 6 4 10 1 2 3 2 12 ROSE 22 4-6 2-2 0 7 7 1 3 0 3 11 BEST 14 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 4 HOIBERG 11 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-72 12-15 9 27 36 16 20 10 13 89 (.486) (.800) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(11 PTS)

CLEVELAND 21 28 19 15 - 83 INDIANA 19 15 28 27 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - ILGAUSKAS, PERSON, KNIGHT. INDIANA - MULLIN 2, D DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 4-9 (.444), PERSON 4-6, ANDERSON 0-2, FERRY 0-1. INDIANA 7-12 (.583), MULLIN 2-4, MILLER 3-5, JACKSON 1-1, ROSE 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, BRUCE ALEXANDER, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 16,717. T - 2:00.


CLEVELAND (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 41 1-9 0-0 1-5 1 3 2 Kemp 26 7-13 3-4 2-8 1 3 17 Ilgauskas 39 8-11 9-10 5-12 4 3 25 Knight 36 3-7 3-3 0-3 10 6 9 Person 46 5-14 3-3 0-3 0 1 17 Potapenko 10 1-2 0-0 1-4 1 2 2 Anderson 8 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Ferry 21 4-7 0-0 0-1 4 0 8 Sura 8 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 Scott 1 0-0 2-2 0-1 0 0 2 Brooks 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 James DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-67 21-24 9-38 21 20 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.433, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Person 4-6, Anderson 0-2, Ferry 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Ilgauskas, Person, Knight). Turnovers: 17 (Kemp 5, Henderson 3, Knight 3, Sura 2, Ilgauskas, Person, Potapenko). Steals: 7 (Person 3, Knight 2, Henderson, Ilgauskas).

INDIANA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 26 2-5 2-2 1-1 2 2 8 D Davis 23 3-4 1-2 0-5 0 4 7 Smits 27 6-15 0-0 1-5 1 3 12 Miller 37 9-18 3-4 0-3 4 1 24 Jackson 34 4-8 0-0 1-2 5 1 9 A Davis 19 0-2 2-2 0-2 0 2 2 Mckey 27 5-7 2-3 6-10 1 2 12 Rose 22 4-6 2-2 0-7 1 3 11 Best 14 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 2 4 Hoiberg 11 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Croshere DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 12-15 9-36 16 20 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Mullin 2-4, Miller 3-5, Jackson 1-1, Rose 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Mullin 2, D Davis). Turnovers: 15 (Rose 3, A Davis 2, Mckey 2, Mullin 2, Best, Jackson, Miller, Smits). Steals: 10 (Mckey 3, Miller 3, Best, Hoiberg, Jackson, Mullin). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 21 28 19 15 - 83 Indiana 19 15 28 27 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,717. T: 2:00. Officials: Joe Forte, Bruce Alexander, Derrick Stafford.


GAME RECAP

Reggie Miller hit back-to-back three-pointers to snap a late fourth-quarter tie and added two free throws in the final seconds to lead the Indiana Pacers to their fifth straight win, 89-83 over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Indiana trailed by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but cut the deficit to six heading into the final period and used a 13-6 run at the beginning of the quarter to take its first lead, 75-74, on Jalen Rose's three-pointer with 6:29 left.

After Cleveland's Shawn Kemp dunked to even the score at 81-81 with 2:36 to play, Miller nailed a three-pointer 21 seconds later to put the Pacers ahead for good and added another with 1:46 remaining to make it 87-81.

Cavs rookie Brevin Knight converted two foul shots with 64 seconds left to narrow the gap to 87-83. After Indiana was called for a 24-second violation, Knight missed a layup and Kemp was off on two tips before Miller was fouled and nailed both free throws with 14.1 seconds remaining to seal the win.

"Reggie (Miller) is starting to amaze me, and I've been in this game a long time," said Pacers coach Larry Bird. "He's hit a lot of key shots this year."

Indiana shot a sparkling 71.4 percent (10-of-14) in the fourth quarter and turned the ball over three times, compared to the Cavs' 26.7 percent (4-for-15) and seven turnovers.

Miller finished with 24 points while Rik Smits and Derrick McKey each added 12 for Indiana, which has won 10 of its last 11 games and six in a row at home. The Pacers evened the season series at 1-1 with two more matchups remaining.

Rookie Zydrunas Ilgauskas collected 25 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which has lost consecutive games following a three-game winning streak. The Cavs had won four of the previous five meetings.

"They came out (in the second half) and wanted it more than us," said Knight. "We must have thought it was over, but when you are facing the best team in the Eastern Conference you have to run them into the ground."

The Cavs jumped out to a 10-3 lead 4:38 into the game and settled for a 21-19 lead after 12 minutes. They were up 32-29 midway through the second period before ending the half with a 17-5 surge, including three baskets by Ilgauskas.

Cleveland made 11-of-16 shots (69 percent) in the second quarter to assume a 49-34 halftime cushion. Ilgauskas scored 12 of his 18 first-half points in the second.

"I just came out and tried to play well (against Rik Smits)," said Ilgauskas. "I posted him deep and was fortunate. Smits is a tough player. He's tall and hard to play against. We came out with a lot of energy and we had a really good first half."

Ilgauskas' two free throws 1:34 into the third period gave Cleveland its largest lead at 55-39, but Smits netted four points in a 12-2 run that narrowed the difference to 57-51 with 6:42 left. The margin remained at six points (68-62) after three quarters.

"You get down 16 to them, really, you just think you can't get back in the game because they control the tempo so well," added Bird. "We've got to get out of this rut in the first half that we've been getting into and come out stronger. Believe me, if we continue to do this, one of these games we'll get beat by 30."

McKey also grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and Rose celebrated his 25th birthday by recording 11 points and seven boards for Indiana, which was 7-of-12 from three-point range and 12-for-15 from the foul line.

"I got some good looks tonight and my offense was working pretty well," said McKey. "My goal is to come off the bench, play whenever and however coach Bird asks me to."

Kemp and Wesley Person tallied 17 points apiece while Knight totaled nine points and 10 assists for Cleveland. Valuable rookie reserve Derek Anderson went down with a strained MCL in his right knee early in the second quarter and did not return. As a senior at Kentucky last season, Anderson tore the ACL in his right knee and missed the second half of the season.

"In the second half, our shot selection was lacking," said Cavs coach Mike Fratello. "We tried to force shots that just wouldn't happen. We need to execute better and show mental toughness. We didn't rebound as well in the second and they forced several turnovers."

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