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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 22 25 22 24 93 BOSTON 17 15 29 26 87 FINAL


Box Score

INDIANA (93) AT BOSTON (87)

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

MULLIN F 27 0-3 1-1 0 5 5 2 2 1 1 1 D DAVIS F 29 5-10 5-7 2 4 6 2 1 1 1 15 A DAVIS C 38 10-15 8-12 6 4 10 2 2 1 2 28 JACKSON G 28 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 8 0 1 10 2 MILLER G 41 4-9 3-4 0 3 3 4 0 6 1 14 SMITS 11 2-3 0-0 0 5 5 0 1 0 3 4 MCKEY 18 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 4 BEST 20 3-5 1-2 0 1 1 3 2 3 3 7 ROSE 28 6-12 5-8 1 2 3 3 2 1 2 18 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-65 23-34 9 28 37 26 13 15 24 93 (.508) (.676) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 25(25 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 33 6-15 1-3 6 0 6 4 3 4 2 13 WALKER F 35 5-21 3-4 2 2 4 0 3 1 4 14 DECLERCQ C 14 1-4 2-3 3 2 5 0 3 1 1 4 MERCER G 42 9-15 0-0 3 2 5 4 2 2 4 18 BARROS G 37 7-13 1-1 0 3 3 8 2 3 3 16 KNIGHT 12 0-3 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 1 0 0 MINOR 30 3-7 2-2 1 3 4 4 2 0 1 9 TABAK 25 5-7 1-1 3 6 9 1 4 2 3 11 EDNEY 11 0-4 2-2 1 0 1 1 0 2 3 2 HANSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE D JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-89 12-16 21 20 41 23 22 16 21 87 (.404) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 22(25 PTS)

INDIANA 22 25 22 24 - 93 BOSTON 17 15 29 26 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 4, MULLIN 2, A DAVIS, MCKEY. BOSTON - KNIGHT 2, MINOR 2, MCCARTY, WALKER, TABAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 4-10 (.400), MULLIN 0-1, MILLER 3-6, BEST 0-1, ROSE 1-2. BOSTON 3-9 (.333), WALKER 1-4, BARROS 1-3, MINOR 1-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - MILLER, BOSTON - WALKER. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, KEN MAUER, TONY BROTHERS. A - 18,624. T - 2:03.


Agate Box Score

INDIANA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 27 0-3 1-1 0-5 2 2 1 D Davis 29 5-10 5-7 2-6 2 1 15 A Davis 38 10-15 8-12 6-10 2 2 28 Jackson 28 1-4 0-0 0-3 8 0 2 Miller 41 4-9 3-4 0-3 4 0 14 Smits 11 2-3 0-0 0-5 0 1 4 Mckey 18 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 3 4 Best 20 3-5 1-2 0-1 3 2 7 Rose 28 6-12 5-8 1-3 3 2 18 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-65 23-34 9-37 26 13 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.508, FT-.676. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Mullin 0-1, Miller 3-6, Best 0-1, Rose 1-2). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 8 (D Davis 4, Mullin 2, A Davis, Mckey). Turnovers: 25 (Jackson 10, Best 3, Smits 3, A Davis 2, Rose 2, D Davis, Mckey, Miller, Mullin). Steals: 15 (Miller 6, Best 3, A Davis, D Davis, Jackson, Mckey, Mullin, Rose).

BOSTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 33 6-15 1-3 6-6 4 3 13 Walker 35 5-21 3-4 2-4 0 3 14 Declercq 14 1-4 2-3 3-5 0 3 4 Mercer 42 9-15 0-0 3-5 4 2 18 Barros 37 7-13 1-1 0-3 8 2 16 Knight 12 0-3 0-0 2-4 1 3 0 Minor 30 3-7 2-2 1-4 4 2 9 Tabak 25 5-7 1-1 3-9 1 4 11 Edney 11 0-4 2-2 1-1 1 0 2 Hanson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Anderson DNP - bruised left knee D Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-89 12-16 21-41 23 22 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.404, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Walker 1-4, Barros 1-3, Minor 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 7 (Knight 2, Minor 2, Mccarty, Walker, Tabak). Turnovers: 22 (Mercer 4, Walker 4, Barros 3, Edney 3, Tabak 3, Mccarty 2, Declercq, Minor). Steals: 16 (Mccarty 4, Barros 3, Edney 2, Mercer 2, Tabak 2, Declercq, Knight, Walker). ____________________________________________ Indiana 22 25 22 24 - 93 Boston 17 15 29 26 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Miller, 1:51 2nd). Boston 1 (Walker, 11:10 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:03. Officials: Jack Nies, Ken Mauer, Tony Brothers.


Game Recap

Antonio Davis collected a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds and Jalen Rose scored 12 of his 18 points in the final quarter as the Indiana Pacers downed the Boston Celtics, 93-87, sweeping the season series from rookie coach Larry Bird's former team.

"Anytime you can come back here and win a basketball game is just the ultimate for me," Bird said. "I knew my players knew that too."

Indiana scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed in its sixth straight win over Boston. The Pacers swept the four-game season series from Boston for the third time ever, all in the past five seasons.

The Celtics trailed by as many as 21 points in the third quarter before pulling within five twice in the fourth period, the final time at 88-83 on a jumper by Greg Minor with 2:11 left.

But Rose took over, scoring the last five points of the game to secure the victory and keep the Pacers (55-23) one-half game better than Miami (55-24) in the Eastern Conference. The Heat, who won the Atlantic Division, are assured the second seed.

"I don't believe my players think they can win it all right now," claimed Bird. "That's something they have to acquire down the stretch."

Eleven-year veteran Reggie Miller disagreed with his coach.

"I think we can," Miller said. "I think this team has enough veterans and enough experience to win big games. And as long as we stick together we can go a real long way."

Ron Mercer scored 18 points and Dana Barros added 16 for Boston, which has lost 10 of its last 11 meetings with Indiana. Leading scorer Antoine Walker was benched for nearly the entire third quarter for poor shot selection and lackadaisical defense. He finished with 14 points on 5-of-21 shooting.

Walker was removed from the game 40 seconds into the third quarter when he was given a technical foul for arguing with an official after losing the ball out of bounds under the Pacers' basket.

"I know coach (Rick Pitino) took me out after that technical. He wanted to settle me down," Walker said. "I wanted to be out there helping the team, but he's the coach and I play and it's his decision."

Rik Smits was eased slowly into his first game back from an injury, playing just 11 minutes and scoring four points. Smits had missed the past few games with sore feet.

But Davis was more than up to the task of replacing the 7-4 Smits. He hit 10-of-15 from the field and 8-of-12 from the free-throw line as the Pacers shot 51 percent (33-of-65) from the floor. Davis fell two points short of his career high and made up for the lack of production from teammate Chris Mullin, who managed just one point in 27 minutes.

Miller, who scored 11 points in the first half, gave the Pacers the lead for good with a free throw 13 seconds into the game. He followed that up with a three-pointer before Dale Davis hit two foul shots and Antonio Davis had a lay-in for an 8-0 lead.

Indiana used an 18-5 spurt to build upon the 22-19 lead it took into the second quarter. Travis Best had seven points in the burst, including a layup with 3:55 to go that gave the Pacers a 40-24 advantage.

The Celtics shot just 25 percent (14-of-51) in the first half and trailed 47-32 at the break.

"It was the kind of game where we kept making a lot of turnovers and I kept telling them you can't throw low skip passes on this court because they don't come up," Bird said.

Best finished with seven points for Indiana, which committed 25 turnovers in the sloppy contest. Boston added 21 miscues of its own. Indiana point guard Mark Jackson, who played for Boston coach Rick Pitino with the New York Knicks in the late 1980s, gave the ball up 10 times in the face of the Celtics' frenzied pressing defense.

After Jackson's bucket gave the Pacers a 53-32 lead early in the third, Boston mounted a comeback, and crawled within 69-61 after three quarters.

But after Minor's jumper, Rose sank a free throw with 1:58 left, added a jumper 31 seconds later and dunked to put it out Boston's reach.

"It's not only important that we play well to catch Miami, but we play well headed into the playoffs," said Rose. "We want to be playing a certain way and that's what we want to accomplish in the last week. Starting with tonight."

Walter McCarty had 13 points and Zan Tabak added 11 and nine rebounds for the Celtics, who shot only 40 percent (36-of-89) from the field.

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