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NBA INDIANA 101 BOSTON 93 FINAL


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INDIANA (101) AT BOSTON (93)

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

D DAVIS F 31 3-5 2-2 3 6 9 1 1 0 0 8 MULLIN F 24 6-9 2-2 0 0 0 3 4 1 3 16 SMITS C 21 5-11 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 1 1 10 JACKSON G 29 7-8 1-3 0 3 3 6 1 3 3 15 MILLER G 36 5-11 3-3 0 2 2 5 1 0 2 14 BEST 19 2-5 8-10 1 1 2 3 3 0 3 12 A DAVIS 29 2-5 2-4 0 3 3 0 4 1 2 6 HARRINGTON 6 0-1 3-4 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 3 PERKINS 15 2-3 0-2 1 4 5 0 1 1 2 4 ROSE 30 5-11 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 3 2 13 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-69 23-32 7 26 33 21 22 10 18 101 (.536) (.719) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 37 5-11 7-10 2 2 4 3 3 1 5 18 WALKER F 44 9-17 0-0 4 7 11 8 4 2 4 20 POTAPENKO C 23 3-5 3-6 2 3 5 1 2 2 2 9 ANDERSON G 34 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 5 3 2 1 10 MERCER G 39 11-24 2-4 1 2 3 2 2 3 3 24 BARROS 14 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 BATTIE 29 1-6 2-2 3 6 9 1 3 1 0 4 BOWEN 3 1-2 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 MINOR 17 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 2 GARNETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS SCHINTZIUS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 14-23 12 25 37 22 20 11 16 93 (.481) (.609) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(17 PTS)

INDIANA 22 29 28 22 - 101 BOSTON 19 23 32 19 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - PERKINS 2, D DAVIS, A DAVIS. BOSTON - PIERCE, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 4-12 (.333), MULLIN 2-3, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 1-5, BEST 0-1, ROSE 1-2. BOSTON 3-11 (.273), PIERCE 1-4, WALKER 2-4, ANDERSON 0-1, MERCER 0-1, BARROS 0-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - D DAVIS, BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, WALKER. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, DAN CRAWFORD, JIM KINSEY. A - 18,624. T - 2:17.


Box Score

INDIANA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 31 3-5 2-2 3-9 1 1 8 Mullin 24 6-9 2-2 0-0 3 4 16 Smits 21 5-11 0-0 1-5 2 3 10 Jackson 29 7-8 1-3 0-3 6 1 15 Miller 36 5-11 3-3 0-2 5 1 14 Best 19 2-5 8-10 1-2 3 3 12 A Davis 29 2-5 2-4 0-3 0 4 6 Harrington 6 0-1 3-4 1-3 0 1 3 Perkins 15 2-3 0-2 1-5 0 1 4 Rose 30 5-11 2-2 0-1 1 3 13 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-69 23-32 7-33 21 22 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.536, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Mullin 2-3, Jackson 0-1, Miller 1-5, Best 0-1, Rose 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Perkins 2, D Davis, A Davis). Turnovers: 18 (Best 3, Jackson 3, Mullin 3, A Davis 2, Miller 2, Perkins 2, Rose 2, Smits). Steals: 10 (Jackson 3, Rose 3, A Davis, Mullin, Perkins, Smits).

BOSTON (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 37 5-11 7-10 2-4 3 3 18 Walker 44 9-17 0-0 4-11 8 4 20 Potapenko 23 3-5 3-6 2-5 1 2 9 Anderson 34 5-9 0-0 0-2 5 3 10 Mercer 39 11-24 2-4 1-3 2 2 24 Barros 14 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Battie 29 1-6 2-2 3-9 1 3 4 Bowen 3 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 2 Minor 17 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 2 Garnett DNP - coach's decision Mccarty DNP - left knee tendinitis Schintzius DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 14-23 12-37 22 20 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Pierce 1-4, Walker 2-4, Anderson 0-1, Mercer 0-1, Barros 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 2 (Pierce, Battie). Turnovers: 17 (Pierce 5, Walker 4, Mercer 3, Potapenko 2, Anderson, Minor). Steals: 11 (Mercer 3, Anderson 2, Potapenko 2, Walker 2, Battie, Pierce). ____________________________________________ Indiana 22 29 28 22 - 101 Boston 19 23 32 19 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (D Davis, 1:50 2nd). Boston 2 (Illegal Defense, 1:50 2nd; Walker, 1:50 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:17. Officials: Bill Spooner, Dan Crawford, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics would rather not see Larry Bird anymore.

Bird, who as a player led Boston to three NBA titles in the 1980s, improved to 6-0 coaching against his former team as the Indiana Pacers were never headed in a 101-93 victory.

"It's tough coming back here every time. Thank God we're in this building (FleetCenter) and not the Boston Garden," Bird said. "I honestly think if the Garden was still standing I wouldn't go back and coach (there)."

Indiana players often say they make sure they have no letdowns against Boston because of Bird, who is determined to maintain bragging rights over long-time Celtics president Red Auerbach.

"Yeah, we want to do right by Larry," said Pacers guard Mark Jackson. "This is his former team and it's always special for him. We are well aware of that."

Today, Indiana featured its usual balanced attack. Jalen Rose, Jackson and Rik Smits helped the Pacers build a seven-point halftime lead, Chris Mullin took over in the third quarter and Reggie Miller sealed the win down the stretch.

Rose scored all 13 of his points and Smits all 10 of his in the first half, when the Pacers built a 53-46 lead. Jackson scored 10 of his 15 points in the half and was 7-of-8 from the field.

Mullin carried the Pacers in the third quarter, scoring all 16 of his points on 6-of-9 shooting, as the Pacers took a 79-74 advantage into the final period.

The Celtics pulled within two points twice but Miller scored six of his 14 points in the final 4:38 to preserve the win.

"I pick my spots in games like these," Miller said. "I knew they were going to take a run. They're a young team that loves to put pressure on the ball. But once you get over half-court and don't turn the ball over, you have a good shot. Being a veteran ballclub helps."

The Pacers have won eight straight against Boston overall and extended their best start to 20-8. The Celtics (9-18) suffered their 11th loss in 13 games.

"Today was Indiana Pacers basketball," Bird said. "We had to have balanced scoring and we got it. The schedule is too tough not to have a lot of guys contributing."

Boston's Antoine Walker nearly recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

"Overall as a team, we're playing much better but for whatever reason Larry's not going to let them let up against us," Walker said. "I guess he has our number."

Walker entered the game shooting less than 41 percent, but had much better shot selection and was 9-of-17 from the field.

"If Antoine does what he did tonight every night, the sky is the limit," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino.

Ron Mercer, who was outplayed by Miller in a 99-96 loss at Indiana two weeks ago, led the Celtics with 24 points. Rookie Paul Pierce added 18 for Boston.

The Pacers scored the first eight points. After Boston rallied to tie it at 18-18, Jackson converted a layup with 1:26 left in the quarter and the Pacers led the rest of the way.

Indiana closed the half with a 10-4 run to open a 51-42 lead. Rose had a dunk and a 3-pointer in the spurt.

Miller and Mullin combined for just three points in the first half but had 22 of Indiana's 28 points in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Miller with 8:15 left gave Indiana its biggest lead at 63-51.

Pierce scored six points and Walker hit a 3-pointer and a running banker in the lane to key a 14-5 run that pulled the Celtics within 77-74. A corner jumper by Mullin gave Indiana a five-point lead heading into the third quarter.

The Celtics pulled within 86-84 on a fallaway jumper by Mercer with 5:26 to play. Miller answered with a jumper and two free throws as the Pacers went on a 10-2 run to open a 96-86 lead.

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