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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 24 37 32 22 115 SACRAMENTO 20 19 24 30 93 FINAL


INDIANA (115) AT SACRAMENTO (93)

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

MULLIN F 22 4-10 5-5 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 15 D DAVIS F 26 5-9 3-6 5 4 9 0 3 0 1 13 SMITS C 21 7-11 4-4 4 4 8 2 0 0 1 18 MILLER G 26 5-11 4-4 0 3 3 3 3 3 1 15 JACKSON G 27 2-7 2-3 2 5 7 11 0 1 1 6 A DAVIS 22 5-6 4-5 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 14 MCKEY 17 2-5 0-0 2 5 7 3 3 1 1 4 ROSE 26 5-12 4-4 1 1 2 3 1 2 2 14 HOIBERG 22 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 8 BEST 21 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 4 1 1 0 2 WEST 5 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 CROSHERE 5 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

TOTALS 240 43-88 26-31 16 34 50 28 15 10 9 115 (.489) (.839) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

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

C WILLIAMSON F 33 7-15 0-2 4 5 9 4 3 0 2 14 OWENS F 26 5-16 0-2 4 5 9 1 3 2 3 11 STEWART C 25 2-3 2-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 6 RICHMOND G 29 8-14 5-5 0 2 2 6 5 0 2 24 JOHNSON G 26 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 6 2 1 0 0 DEHERE 23 6-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 1 2 16 POLYNICE 18 1-8 0-1 0 5 5 2 2 0 0 2 T ABDUL-WAHAD 10 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 SMITH 18 1-1 2-2 1 2 3 2 3 0 0 4 HENDRICKSON 17 3-6 2-2 1 3 4 1 1 1 0 8 HURLEY 15 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 5 0 1 1 4 M ABDUL-RAUF DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-87 11-16 12 28 40 30 23 6 12 93 (.425) (.688) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(17 PTS)

INDIANA 24 37 32 22 - 115 SACRAMENTO 20 19 24 30 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - MULLIN, SMITS. SACRAMENTO - STEWART, HENDRICKSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 3-12 (.250), MULLIN 2-4, MILLER 1-4, JACKSON 0-3, HOIBERG 0-1. SACRAMENTO 8-12 (.667), OWENS 1-2, RICHMOND 3-5, DEHERE 4-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, JIM KINSEY, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 15,095. T - 1:54.


INDIANA (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 22 4-10 5-5 0-3 1 1 15 D Davis 26 5-9 3-6 5-9 0 3 13 Smits 21 7-11 4-4 4-8 2 0 18 Miller 26 5-11 4-4 0-3 3 3 15 Jackson 27 2-7 2-3 2-7 11 0 6 A Davis 22 5-6 4-5 0-4 0 0 14 Mckey 17 2-5 0-0 2-7 3 3 4 Rose 26 5-12 4-4 1-2 3 1 14 Hoiberg 22 4-9 0-0 0-2 1 2 8 Best 21 1-5 0-0 1-4 4 1 2 West 5 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 4 Croshere 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-88 26-31 16-50 28 15 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.489, FT-.839. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Mullin 2-4, Miller 1-4, Jackson 0-3, Hoiberg 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Mullin, Smits). Turnovers: 9 (Rose 2, Croshere, D Davis, Jackson, Mckey, Miller, Mullin, Smits). Steals: 10 (Miller 3, Rose 2, Best, Hoiberg, Jackson, Mckey, Mullin).

SACRAMENTO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Williamson 33 7-15 0-2 4-9 4 3 14 Owens 26 5-16 0-2 4-9 1 3 11 Stewart 25 2-3 2-2 1-4 0 2 6 Richmond 29 8-14 5-5 0-2 6 5 24 Johnson 26 0-4 0-0 0-0 6 2 0 Dehere 23 6-9 0-0 0-2 3 2 16 Polynice 18 1-8 0-1 0-5 2 2 2 T Abdul-wahad 10 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 4 Smith 18 1-1 2-2 1-3 2 3 4 Hendrickson 17 3-6 2-2 1-4 1 1 8 Hurley 15 2-6 0-0 1-1 5 0 4 M Abdul-rauf DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-87 11-16 12-40 30 23 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 8-12, .667 (Owens 1-2, Richmond 3-5, Dehere 4-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Stewart, Hendrickson). Turnovers: 12 (Owens 3, C Williamson 2, Dehere 2, Richmond 2, T Abdul-wahad 2, Hurley). Steals: 6 (Owens 2, Dehere, Hendrickson, Hurley, Johnson). ____________________________________________ Indiana 24 37 32 22 - 115 Sacramento 20 19 24 30 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,095. T: 1:54. Officials: Terry Durham, Jim Kinsey, Mike Callahan.


GAME RECAP

Rik Smits scored 10 of his 18 points during the decisive second quarter as the Indiana Pacers posted their season-high seventh straight win, a 115-93 rout of the Sacramento Kings.

The Pacers need one more victory to match the longest winning streak in team history, set from April 11th-23rd, 1994. To tie the record, Indiana must defeat Seattle, which owns the NBA's best record, on Wednesday.

"The timing is good, our starters got to sit out the fourth quarter, and hopefully we can do the same thing against Seattle tomorrow night," Smits said. "The game against Seattle will be a statement game. If you want to look at it that way you can. We don't get much publicity, we don't get much recognition."

The Pacers outscored Sacramento, 37-19, in the second quarter en route to a 61-39 halftime lead. Indiana opened the period with a 29-10 burst, sparked by six straight points from reserve Fred Hoiberg. Smits, who finished with eight rebounds, scored eight points during the run.

All 12 players scored for the Pacers, including six in double figures. Reggie Miller had 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter and Chris Mullin also scored 15, including a three-pointer that capped the second-quarter burst and built a 53-30 lead.

"This is a veteran ballclub, a lot of guys in the twilight of their careers and they understand the window is somewhat closing," Miller concluded. "Everyone understands that the window of opportunity is closing."

Smits played just 21 minutes as he and the rest of Indiana's starters were able to sit out the fourth quarter. The Pacers cruised to their 20th win in 24 games and their sixth in seven road contests.

"It's a nice feeling when you see guys making open passes and getting open shots," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "We got a long way to go and we know that. When you go on the road and win games like this, it gives a team confidence. Hopefully we get our heads on straight and don't get them swelled up too much and keep plugging away."

Mitch Richmond scored 24 points for the Kings, who never threatened in the second half and trailed by as many as 32 points.

"This was a night when nothing went well for us from the tip," he said. "We didn't play this team the way we are capable of playing them. You've got to tip your hat to them. They came in here and played a whale of a game."

Indiana, which held an opponent under 94 points for the sixth straight game, committed just nine turnovers and held a 50-40 rebounding edge. Antonio Davis and Jalen Rose each scored 14 points off the bench and Dale Davis had 13 and nine rebounds.

Terry Dehere scored 16 points and Corliss Williamson contributed 14 and nine rebounds for Sacramento, which was outscored in the paint, 48-26. Dehere drained four three-pointers and Richmond hit three as the Kings shot 8-of-12 from behind the arc. But Sacramento hit just 42.5 percent (37-of-87) of its field goals overall and was 11-of-16 from the foul line.

"You name it and they did it to us," Kings coach Eddie Jordan said. "I know Larry probably doesn't want to hear this, but they are probably the best team in the league.

"They are big, unselfish, they've got shooters, they've got rebounders and they know how to play together," he continued. "They have the right chemistry and they are on a mission. We were just a bump in the road for them."

After Hoiberg scored six straight points, Rose had a bucket and two free throws to build a 34-20 lead with nine minutes left in the second period. Richmond responded with a basket, but Indiana came back with the next six points. Smits had eight straight points for the Pacers late in the run before Mullin's three-pointer with 2:03 remaining in the first half.

"I think we created matchup problems with the Kings. Sometimes, you've just got a team's number," Mullin said. "We got guys that come out and play together, and the wins come from that."

Mark Jackson had 11 assists to go along with six points and seven rebounds for Indiana, which shot 49 percent (43-of-88) from the floor.

The Kings have lost back-to-back home games after winning eight straight at Arco Arena. This was their worst home loss of the season and dropped them to 1-17 when allowing 100 points or more.

Indiana, which had lost its last two trips to Sacramento, swept the two-game season series from the Kings.

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