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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 21 18 19 29 87 CHARLOTTE 24 23 9 25 81 FINAL


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INDIANA (87) AT CHARLOTTE (81)

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

D DAVIS F 22 2-5 0-0 1 6 7 0 0 0 0 4 MULLIN F 16 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 2 2 SMITS C 26 6-10 5-6 0 7 7 0 5 0 2 17 JACKSON G 24 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 10 1 2 0 2 MILLER G 39 5-14 8-8 1 6 7 3 1 0 4 18 BEST 24 2-7 4-4 0 0 0 6 2 1 1 8 A DAVIS 30 3-5 8-9 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 14 HOIBERG 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 PERKINS 17 4-4 1-1 1 2 3 1 1 0 2 10 ROSE 32 4-13 1-2 1 3 4 4 3 3 2 10 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-64 27-30 5 30 35 25 18 6 15 87 (.453) (.900) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

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

COLEMAN F 39 8-15 2-2 4 10 14 3 5 1 4 19 PERSON F 14 0-5 0-1 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 CAMPBELL C 34 5-11 3-4 2 5 7 1 6 2 2 13 JONES G 46 5-15 7-8 0 5 5 8 3 3 2 17 WESLEY G 39 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 3 3 6 BECK 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BROWN 21 6-9 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 14 DAVIS 12 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 5 1 1 1 0 MILLER 11 3-4 4-4 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 10 RECASNER 19 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 3 3 1 0 2 PHILLS DNP - PULLED LEFT GROIN SHACKLEFORD DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 31-77 17-21 9 27 36 27 22 11 14 81 (.403) (.810) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

INDIANA 21 18 19 29 - 87 CHARLOTTE 24 23 9 25 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - A DAVIS 2, D DAVIS 2, JACKSON, PERKINS, SMITS. CHARLOTTE - CAMPBELL, MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 2-7 (.286), JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 0-2, BEST 0-1, PERKINS 1-1, ROSE 1-2. CHARLOTTE 2-12 (.167), COLEMAN 1-2, PERSON 0-3, JONES 0-2, WESLEY 0-2, BROWN 1-1, RECASNER 0-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - SMITS, CHARLOTTE - COLEMAN. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, HUE HOLLINS, HANK ARMSTRONG. A - 21,649. T - 2:16.


Box Score

INDIANA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 22 2-5 0-0 1-7 0 0 4 Mullin 16 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 3 2 Smits 26 6-10 5-6 0-7 0 5 17 Jackson 24 1-2 0-0 0-1 10 1 2 Miller 39 5-14 8-8 1-7 3 1 18 Best 24 2-7 4-4 0-0 6 2 8 A Davis 30 3-5 8-9 1-2 0 1 14 Hoiberg 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Perkins 17 4-4 1-1 1-3 1 1 10 Rose 32 4-13 1-2 1-4 4 3 10 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Harrington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-64 27-30 5-35 25 18 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Jackson 0-1, Miller 0-2, Best 0-1, Perkins 1-1, Rose 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (A Davis 2, D Davis 2, Jackson, Perkins, Smits). Turnovers: 15 (Miller 4, A Davis 2, Mullin 2, Perkins 2, Rose 2, Smits 2, Best). Steals: 6 (Rose 3, Jackson 2, Best).

CHARLOTTE (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Coleman 39 8-15 2-2 4-14 3 5 19 Person 14 0-5 0-1 0-2 1 0 0 Campbell 34 5-11 3-4 2-7 1 6 13 Jones 46 5-15 7-8 0-5 8 3 17 Wesley 39 3-9 0-0 0-2 5 1 6 Beck 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Brown 21 6-9 1-2 0-1 0 1 14 Davis 12 0-3 0-0 1-1 5 1 0 Miller 11 3-4 4-4 1-2 0 2 10 Recasner 19 1-5 0-0 1-2 3 3 2 Phills DNP - pulled left groin Shackleford DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 17-21 9-36 27 22 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Coleman 1-2, Person 0-3, Jones 0-2, Wesley 0-2, Brown 1-1, Recasner 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Campbell, Miller). Turnovers: 14 (Coleman 4, Wesley 3, Campbell 2, Jones 2, Brown, Davis, Miller). Steals: 11 (Jones 3, Wesley 3, Campbell 2, Coleman, Davis, Recasner). ____________________________________________ Indiana 21 18 19 29 - 87 Charlotte 24 23 9 25 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Smits, 9:30 3rd). Charlotte 1 (Coleman, 9:30 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,649. T: 2:16. Officials: Jim Clark, Hue Hollins, Hank Armstrong.


Game Story

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Antonio Davis scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and the Indiana Pacers used a fourth-quarter burst to hold off the Charlotte Hornets, 87-81, and snap their three-game losing streak.

The Pacers held Charlotte to a season-low nine points in the third quarter, overcoming an eight-point halftime deficit. The Hornets did not score for the first five minutes of the second half and went without a basket for over eight minutes.

Although the Pacers took the lead for good late in the third quarter, they were unable to pull away and led just 74-70 after Hornets forward Derrick Coleman scored on consecutive possessions midway through the period.

Travis Best made a pair of free throws to begin a decisive 8-2 spurt and Jalen Rose gave Indiana an 82-72 advantage with 3:32 remaining. The Hornets came no closer that five points thereafter.

"In the second half, we played excellent ball," said Pacers coach Larry Bird. "I thought we really buckled down. After losing three games in a row, I thought we'd get a good effort, but there was no effort. We went down, scored baskets and won the game."

Reggie Miller scored 18 points and Rik Smits added 17 for Indiana, which had lost three straight one-point games. Smits scored six during a 10-1 run that opened the second half.

Coleman had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Eddie Jones collected 17 points and eight assists for the Hornets, who have lost three straight after winning six of seven.

"My team is playing as well as they can play right now," Hornets interim coach Paul Silas said. "Tonight we played hard but once again came up short. We've got to keep working and improving."

A tip-in by Davis with 6:42 left gave the Pacers an eight-point lead, but Coleman scored in the lane, then banked home a shot with 5:40 to go that made it 74-70. Best went to the line for two free throws and Rose followed with a driving layup.

After Elden Campbell scored for the Hornets, Smits hit a jumper and Rose scored on a floater from the right side to make it a 10-point game.

"Once we got in the game, our half-court defense played well," said Miller. "We just have to play hard. We have to step it up. We had to re-establish ourselves. In the third quarter, they are going to say they missed shots; we're going to say it was our defense."

Charlotte cut the deficit to 83-78 on Campbell's hook with 2:02 left and had a chance to creep even closer after Rose misfired on two jumpers. But Campbell was called for an offensive foul and Davis and Miller each made two free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.

Rose and Sam Perkins netted 10 points apiece for the Pacers, who shot just 45 percent (29-of-63) but went 27-of-30 from the foul line. Charlotte went to the line 21 times, making 17.

Trailing 47-39 at halftime, Indiana went without a basket for the first 5:13 of the third quarter. But the Hornets were more inept, allowing Indiana to take a 49-48 lead when Chris Mullin capped the 10-1 run with a jumper from the right wing. Smits scored Indiana's first six points of the half with four free throws and a turnaround jumper.

"The coaches expressed their disappointment in us at halftime," said Smits. "That gave us that much more of a push. Everyone stepped it up a bit. We are still not playing the best, but the second half was a step in the right direction. We have played a lot of games and there is just an overall fatigue."

The lead changed hands four more times over the next few minutes until Coleman forced a 56-56 tie with a jumper. But Miller made two free throws with 14 seconds left in the quarter, giving Indiana the lead for good.

"Indiana is a good team but I have to say we had our chances tonight," said Brown.

Chucky Brown scored 14 points and Campbell added 13 and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which shot 40 percent (31-of-77), including 2-of-12 from beyond the arc. The Hornets held a slight 36-35 advantage on the boards.

"The shots just stopped falling in the second half," said Jones. "We played good defense, moved the ball and were unselfish. We came out sluggish in the third and gave them life. We had one of those quarters where we couldn't do anything right."

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