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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 23 23 17 19 82 INDIANA 29 20 25 19 93 FINAL


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NEW JERSEY (82) AT INDIANA (93)

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

VAN HORN F 33 6-15 9-10 1 6 7 0 4 0 5 22 J WILLIAMS F 41 5-12 3-9 3 8 11 3 5 0 1 13 MCILVAINE C 19 1-1 0-0 1 4 5 0 5 1 0 2 GILL G 45 8-17 9-11 0 2 2 3 2 5 2 25 KITTLES G 23 1-9 3-4 2 0 2 3 1 1 1 5 BURRELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EVANS 32 3-8 0-0 0 3 3 5 3 1 0 7 GATLING 18 0-3 4-6 0 5 5 0 3 0 0 4 HARRIS 25 1-6 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 4 MURDOCK 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 CASSELL DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 25-71 30-42 8 30 38 16 24 9 12 82 (.352) (.714) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 14(9 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 25 4-7 2-8 3 5 8 0 2 1 0 10 MULLIN F 24 6-9 4-4 1 3 4 3 3 3 3 17 SMITS C 25 9-17 2-2 0 5 5 0 3 0 0 20 JACKSON G 30 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 9 0 0 2 5 MILLER G 32 5-12 2-2 1 2 3 5 3 0 1 13 BEST 18 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 2 1 4 CROSHERE 12 1-4 2-2 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 4 A DAVIS 22 2-6 3-4 1 4 5 0 6 0 1 7 HARRINGTON 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 PERKINS 23 0-6 0-0 4 4 8 1 3 0 0 0 ROSE 27 5-10 3-4 1 3 4 1 5 0 2 13 HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-85 18-26 15 33 48 20 30 6 12 93 (.424) (.692) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 23 23 17 19 - 82 INDIANA 29 20 25 19 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 3, J WILLIAMS 2, VAN HORN 2, EVANS, GILL, GATLING. INDIANA - MULLIN 2, SMITS 2, D DAVIS, PERKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 2-8 (.250), VAN HORN 1-1, J WILLIAMS 0-1, GILL 0-1, EVANS 1-4, HARRIS 0-1. INDIANA 3-13 (.231), MULLIN 1-3, JACKSON 1-3, MILLER 1-2, BEST 0-2, CROSHERE 0-2, PERKINS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, MIKE CALLAHAN, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 14,925. T - 2:14.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Van Horn 33 6-15 9-10 1-7 0 4 22 J Williams 41 5-12 3-9 3-11 3 5 13 Mcilvaine 19 1-1 0-0 1-5 0 5 2 Gill 45 8-17 9-11 0-2 3 2 25 Kittles 23 1-9 3-4 2-2 3 1 5 Burrell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Evans 32 3-8 0-0 0-3 5 3 7 Gatling 18 0-3 4-6 0-5 0 3 4 Harris 25 1-6 2-2 1-3 1 1 4 Murdock 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Cassell DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-71 30-42 8-38 16 24 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.352, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Van Horn 1-1, J Williams 0-1, Gill 0-1, Evans 1-4, Harris 0-1). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 10 (Mcilvaine 3, J Williams 2, Van Horn 2, Evans, Gill, Gatling). Turnovers: 14 (Van Horn 5, Gill 2, Murdock 2, Harris, J Williams, Kittles). Steals: 9 (Gill 5, Evans, Harris, Kittles, Mcilvaine).

INDIANA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 25 4-7 2-8 3-8 0 2 10 Mullin 24 6-9 4-4 1-4 3 3 17 Smits 25 9-17 2-2 0-5 0 3 20 Jackson 30 2-7 0-0 1-5 9 0 5 Miller 32 5-12 2-2 1-3 5 3 13 Best 18 2-6 0-0 1-1 0 4 4 Croshere 12 1-4 2-2 2-5 0 1 4 A Davis 22 2-6 3-4 1-5 0 6 7 Harrington 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Perkins 23 0-6 0-0 4-8 1 3 0 Rose 27 5-10 3-4 1-4 1 5 13 Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 18-26 15-48 20 30 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Mullin 1-3, Jackson 1-3, Miller 1-2, Best 0-2, Croshere 0-2, Perkins 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Mullin 2, Smits 2, D Davis, Perkins). Turnovers: 12 (Mullin 3, Jackson 2, Rose 2, A Davis, Best, Croshere, Harrington, Miller). Steals: 6 (Mullin 3, Best 2, D Davis). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 23 23 17 19 - 82 Indiana 29 20 25 19 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,925. T: 2:14. Officials: Mike Mathis, Mike Callahan, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Rik Smits scored 20 points, Chris Mullin added 17 and both combined to fuel a decisive third-quarter run as the Indiana Pacers posted a 93-82 victory over the floundering New Jersey Nets.

The Pacers, who narrowly escaped with an 80-79 home win over the Nets on February 21 thanks to Mark Jackson's short jumper at the buzzer, took care of matters much earlier tonight.

Smits scored eight points and Mullin added seven during a 19-9 spurt to begin the second half, giving the Pacers a 68-55 cushion with 4:13 remaining in the third quarter.

"We had a team meeting and the coaches explained to us what we should be doing and playing at what level," said Smits. "This definitely helped. We really got off to a slow start in the beginning and then stepped it up."

Indiana (13-5) has won eight of its last 10 games and maintained its spot atop the Central Division.

Kendall Gill scored a season-high 25 points and Keith Van Horn added 20 for the Nets (3-15), who have lost five in a row and 11 of their last 12 games. New Jersey has the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

"No, I'm not frustrated with tonight," Van Horn said. "They hit some great shots and we didn't shoot well. We are not communicating at both ends of the floor. We're all wondering what's happening and we need to make changes within ourselves and not just talk about it. I can see some changes soon. We just need to get some wins."

Reggie Miller scored 13 points and tied Magic Johnson for 45th place on the all-time list by burying a 15-foot jumper with 3:31 left.

"I think we got out of the gate quickly, had a lull and established a nice presence with the big guys in the third quarter," said Miller. "It was a nice game, a job well done."

Dale Davis had 10 points and eight rebounds and Jackson handed out nine assists for the Pacers, who held a 48-38 advantage on the boards.

"They are a good rebounding team and we had to get on the boards," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "That probably won the game for us."

Jalen Rose led a strong peformance by Indiana's bench with 13 points. Pacers' reserves outscored the Nets' backups, 28-15.

"We hope this was a momentum-builder," Rose said. "We are not a high-flying team with a lot of fancy stuff. We do it with a workmanlike attitude with everybody contributing."

Rose drained a jumper with 1:16 remaining to give Indiana its biggest lead, 91-74.

Jayson Williams had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, whose only win in the last 12 games came on a buzzer-beating jumper by Van Horn at Boston on March 1. New Jersey has not broken the 100-point plateau since a season-opening 111-106 loss at Atlanta.

"At 3-15, something, things have got to change," said Williams. "I like my teammates and our coaching staff and I'm going to keep personally working hard. I have no comment on the trade deadline. I'm going to leave it up to the masterminds."

Smits made a layup and canned a 14-footer before Davis' follow shot gave Indiana a 55-46 lead with 8:58 left in the third quarter.

Williams hit a free throw to pull the Nets within 60-52 with 6:46 remaining before Smith made a six-foot hook shot and Mullin followed with a 17-footer from the left sideline that made it 64-52 with 5:59 to go.

The Pacers shot 42 percent (36-of-85) from the field while limiting the Nets to 35 percent (25-of-71).

"We have to go into games thinking this is a must win," New Jersey coach John Calipari said. "We've got to play to win games now."

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