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NBA CHICAGO 87 INDIANA 96 FINAL


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CHICAGO (87) AT INDIANA (96)

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

BARRY F 36 5-12 4-4 2 2 4 2 5 0 1 16 KUKOC F 41 8-19 11-11 1 6 7 5 5 2 4 29 SIMPKINS C 20 3-4 4-5 0 4 4 1 4 1 0 10 BROWN G 40 2-8 5-6 1 5 6 2 2 2 4 9 HARPER G 34 1-6 3-6 0 5 5 3 0 0 5 5 BOOTH 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BRYANT 30 4-4 2-2 4 0 4 1 2 2 1 10 CARR 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DAVID 8 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 LARUE 14 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 4 WENNINGTON 10 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 4 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-67 29-34 9 23 32 16 24 8 17 87 (.403) (.853) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 28 1-4 4-6 5 3 8 0 1 1 2 6 MULLIN F 23 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 7 SMITS C 33 4-7 9-10 1 7 8 0 5 1 2 17 JACKSON G 25 3-6 2-2 0 4 4 7 2 0 3 8 MILLER G 38 10-19 6-8 0 1 1 1 3 1 2 31 BEST 24 4-10 1-1 1 1 2 5 1 2 1 9 CROSHERE 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 A DAVIS 29 3-7 1-2 5 4 9 3 6 1 2 7 PERKINS 5 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 ROSE 31 4-9 3-3 0 3 3 1 3 1 1 11 HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-73 26-32 14 27 41 17 25 7 15 96 (.438) (.813) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

CHICAGO 27 17 25 18 - 87 INDIANA 22 22 23 29 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - HARPER. INDIANA - JACKSON, D DAVIS, SMITS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-24 (.167), BARRY 2-5, KUKOC 2-8, BROWN 0-2, HARPER 0-4, CARR 0-1, LARUE 0-4. INDIANA 6-20 (.300), MULLIN 1-4, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 5-10, BEST 0-1, CROSHERE 0-1, PERKINS 0-1, ROSE 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DAVID JONES, RON OLESIAK. A - 16,570. T - 2:12.


Box Score

CHICAGO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barry 36 5-12 4-4 2-4 2 5 16 Kukoc 41 8-19 11-11 1-7 5 5 29 Simpkins 20 3-4 4-5 0-4 1 4 10 Brown 40 2-8 5-6 1-6 2 2 9 Harper 34 1-6 3-6 0-5 3 0 5 Booth 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Bryant 30 4-4 2-2 4-4 1 2 10 Carr 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 David 8 0-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Larue 14 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 Wennington 10 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-67 29-34 9-32 16 24 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.853. 3-Point Goals: 4-24, .167 (Barry 2-5, Kukoc 2-8, Brown 0-2, Harper 0-4, Carr 0-1, Larue 0-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Harper). Turnovers: 18 (Harper 5, Brown 4, Kukoc 4, Barry, Bryant, David, Larue). Steals: 8 (Brown 2, Bryant 2, Kukoc 2, Larue, Simpkins).

INDIANA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 28 1-4 4-6 5-8 0 1 6 Mullin 23 3-9 0-0 1-4 0 3 7 Smits 33 4-7 9-10 1-8 0 5 17 Jackson 25 3-6 2-2 0-4 7 2 8 Miller 38 10-19 6-8 0-1 1 3 31 Best 24 4-10 1-1 1-2 5 1 9 Croshere 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 A Davis 29 3-7 1-2 5-9 3 6 7 Perkins 5 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Rose 31 4-9 3-3 0-3 1 3 11 Harrington DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-73 26-32 14-41 17 25 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Mullin 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Miller 5-10, Best 0-1, Croshere 0-1, Perkins 0-1, Rose 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Jackson, D Davis, Smits). Turnovers: 17 (Jackson 3, A Davis 2, D Davis 2, Miller 2, Smits 2, Best, Croshere, Perkins, Rose). Steals: 7 (Best 2, A Davis, D Davis, Miller, Rose, Smits). ____________________________________________ Chicago 27 17 25 18 - 87 Indiana 22 22 23 29 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,570. T: 2:12. Officials: Dick Bavetta, David Jones, Ron Olesiak.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers treated the Chicago Bulls like defending world champions for three quarters. Then they reminded them who the new bullies of the Central Division are.

Reggie Miller scored a season-high 31 points and the Pacers held the Bulls scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter en route to a 96-87 victory.

"We have to give credit to (the Bulls)," Miller said. "They were fighting us the whole way. We cannot continue to fall behind, stay even and then take it in the fourth quarter."

Trailing 69-67 entering the final period, the Pacers used a smothering defense and some timely shooting to take control.

After Dale Davis knotted the contest with a layup, Chris Mullin drained a 3-pointer from the right sideline that put Indiana ahead for good, 72-69, with 10:07 to play.

A dunk by Rik Smits, a 16-footer by Mullin and a jumper by Travis Best with 7:11 remaining capped the run to give the Pacers a 78-69 cushion.

"I come off screens looking for a good shot and I felt better in the second half," said Best. "We need everybody and we must play hard for 48 minutes. Chicago's not a bad team."

The Bulls finally got on the board in the fourth on a pair of free throws by Dickey Simpkins with 6:59 to go.

"It's one of those things," said Simpkins. "The up-and-down momentum, winning the game for three quarters and then letting three minutes dictate the game. We need to get one of those to bounce our way. The energy was there tonight."

Chicago closed to 80-77 with 5:56 to play before Miller sank his fifth 3-pointer to extend the lead back to six points with 5:38 left.

In their first encounter with Chicago since dropping the seventh game of last season's Eastern Conference finals, Indiana avoided its first three-game losing streak since November 7-12, 1997.

"We're not the team we were at the end of last year," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "We've got a good team and I hope someday they'll listen to me about how important homecourt advantage is in the playoffs."

The Pacers hold a 2 1/2-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks for first place in the Central while the Bulls are nine games behind the Pacers. Chicago played its third game in as many days, going 1-2 over that stretch.

Toni Kukoc scored 29 points and Brent Barry added 16 for Chicago, which has lost seven of its last 10, including four in a row on the road.

"That's been the story of our year," Barry said. "We play well for a while and give ourselves a chance. Then we don't stick with what got us there."

Smits collected 17 points and Jalen Rose added 11 off the bench for Indiana, which has won five of seven.

Miller was 10-of-19 from the field, 6-of-8 at the line and made half of his 10 three-point attempts. He eclipsed his previous high of 28 at Cleveland on February 8.

Simpkins and Mark Bryant scored 10 points apiece for the Bulls, who shot 40 percent (27-of-67) and yielded 23 points off 18 turnovers.

Mark Jackson handed out seven assists to go with eight points for Indiana, which shot 44 percent (32-of-73) and held a 41-32 advantage on the boards.

Kukoc made a 3-pointer with 3:46 left in the third quarter to give the Bulls a 65-57 lead. Miller responded by drawing a foul on a 3-pointer and sank the ensuing free throw as well.

Bryant's driving layup gave Chicago a 67-61 lead with 1:55 remaining before Jackson hit a five-footer and Dale Davis made a follow shot with 1:09 left, pulling Indiana within two and setting the stage for the fourth-quarter explosion.

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