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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 22 19 31 23 95 INDIANA 31 22 23 32 108 FINAL


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NEW YORK (95) AT INDIANA (108)

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

DUDLEY F 21 0-3 0-2 3 3 6 2 4 0 1 0 SPREWELL F 37 7-14 5-5 0 3 3 2 3 0 3 20 EWING C 37 5-15 6-7 2 12 14 2 2 1 1 16 HOUSTON G 41 7-19 5-5 2 1 3 3 1 0 1 19 WARD G 30 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 11 CHILDS 28 3-8 4-4 4 2 6 5 4 2 0 11 B DAVIS 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 JOHNSON 30 6-10 3-3 1 2 3 0 3 3 0 16 THOMAS 15 0-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 5 0 2 0 CAMBY DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-80 23-26 14 25 39 18 24 7 9 95 (.413) (.885) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(20 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 22 1-2 0-0 2 5 7 1 1 1 0 2 MULLIN F 33 6-10 1-1 0 5 5 1 3 0 2 15 SMITS C 21 11-18 0-1 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 22 JACKSON G 24 6-12 0-0 0 1 1 7 0 0 1 16 MILLER G 35 5-11 0-1 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 12 BEST 24 3-6 6-7 0 2 2 0 1 0 2 12 A DAVIS 32 6-10 2-2 5 6 11 4 5 0 3 14 HOIBERG 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 PERKINS 21 2-5 2-2 1 3 4 2 3 0 1 7 ROSE 25 2-6 4-5 0 6 6 3 1 1 0 8 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-80 15-19 10 31 41 22 19 2 10 108 (.525) (.789) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 22 19 31 23 - 95 INDIANA 31 22 23 32 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - WARD, EWING, DUDLEY. INDIANA - A DAVIS 2, PERKINS 2, SMITS 2, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-11 (.545), SPREWELL 1-2, HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 3-5, CHILDS 1-1, JOHNSON 1-2. INDIANA 9-18 (.500), MULLIN 2-4, JACKSON 4-6, MILLER 2-6, PERKINS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - DUDLEY. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TERRY DURHAM, JIM KINSEY. A - 16,731. T - 2:20.


Box Score

NEW YORK (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Dudley 21 0-3 0-2 3-6 2 4 0 Sprewell 37 7-14 5-5 0-3 2 3 20 Ewing 37 5-15 6-7 2-14 2 2 16 Houston 41 7-19 5-5 2-3 3 1 19 Ward 30 4-8 0-0 0-0 3 1 11 Childs 28 3-8 4-4 4-6 5 4 11 B Davis 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Johnson 30 6-10 3-3 1-3 0 3 16 Thomas 15 0-2 0-0 2-4 1 5 0 Camby DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 23-26 14-39 18 24 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.885. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Sprewell 1-2, Houston 0-1, Ward 3-5, Childs 1-1, Johnson 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Ward, Ewing, Dudley). Turnovers: 10 (Sprewell 3, Thomas 2, Dudley, Ewing, Houston, Ward). Steals: 7 (Johnson 3, Childs 2, Ewing, Ward).

INDIANA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 22 1-2 0-0 2-7 1 1 2 Mullin 33 6-10 1-1 0-5 1 3 15 Smits 21 11-18 0-1 2-4 0 3 22 Jackson 24 6-12 0-0 0-1 7 0 16 Miller 35 5-11 0-1 0-1 4 0 12 Best 24 3-6 6-7 0-2 0 1 12 A Davis 32 6-10 2-2 5-11 4 5 14 Hoiberg 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Perkins 21 2-5 2-2 1-4 2 3 7 Rose 25 2-6 4-5 0-6 3 1 8 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Harrington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-80 15-19 10-41 22 19 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.525, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 9-18, .500 (Mullin 2-4, Jackson 4-6, Miller 2-6, Perkins 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (A Davis 2, Perkins 2, Smits 2, Rose). Turnovers: 11 (A Davis 3, Best 2, Mullin 2, Jackson, Perkins, Smits). Steals: 2 (D Davis, Rose). ____________________________________________ New York 22 19 31 23 - 95 Indiana 31 22 23 32 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Dudley, 10:26 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,731. T: 2:20. Officials: Dan Crawford, Terry Durham, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers took all of the fight out of the New York Knicks.

Rik Smits scored 22 points to lead a balanced attack and the Pacers led for all but the first three minutes and pulled away for a 108-95 victory.

"Rik came to play today," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "We knew he was ready. All of them were ready. Everyone really came after it."

An altercation between Knicks center Patrick Ewing and Pacers swingman Jalen Rose highlighted New York's 84-83 home victory on Tuesday. Just five days later, the Knicks hardly put up a fight, which has been typical of their road play.

"We are not going to be able to defend as we did and expect to win," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We don't play well enough on the road right now to beat good teams."

"We did not want to give New York the edge since they won the last game," Rose said. "So we played harder today."

After closing to four points at the outset of the final period, the Knicks missed their first six shots as the Pacers quickly rebuilt the lead to double digits. Indiana was never threatened thereafter.

Mark Jackson had 16 points and seven assists and Antonio Davis added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 52.5 percent (42-of-80) from the field and led by as many as 16 points.

Jackson played with the phrase "Thanks Dad" written on his sneakers. He left the team immediately after the game for his father's funeral in New York on Monday. Davis sat out Tuesday's loss with a sprained right ankle.

"My dad would say to me, `I'm OK, go do your thing,'" Jackson said. "He is in good hands because he's in God's hands. I feel blessed to have known him for 34 years. The lockout gave me quality time to spend with him."

"It's got to be so tough for him," Bird said. "What more can you ask of a man who's dedicated his life to his family? To try to focus and play basketball the way he's been playing is hard to comprehend. I'm very amazed."

Latrell Sprewell scored 16 of his 20 points in the third quarter and Allan Houston added 19 for the Knicks, who fell to 4-11 on the road. Ewing, who collected a season-high 37 points and 15 rebounds Tuesday, had 16 and 14 today.

"It was a total breakdown on our part today," Ewing said. "As a team, we are not playing well right now and today it showed."

A layup by Reggie Miller gave Indiana a 74-62 lead with 2:25 left in the third quarter before New York made its only serious push. Sprewell scored seven straight Knicks points before a 3-pointer by Larry Johnson closed the quarter and cut the deficit to 76-72.

Sprewell's jumper to open the fourth quarter rattled in and out and the Pacers took charge. Chris Mullin made a jumper and a technical foul shot called against Knicks center Chris Dudley. Reserves Travis Best and Sam Perkins added jumpers for an 83-72 lead with 9:25 remaining.

"When they pulled within four to start the fourth quarter, our defensive effort was really good down the stretch," Smits said.

"We didn't execute when we needed to," Sprewell said. "When we needed a basket, we couldn't convert."

Two free throws by Chris Childs reduced the deficit to single digits for the last time. Rose and Best each sank a pair of foul shots for an 87-74 advantage with 8:22 left.

Miller made a 3-pointer as he was fouled by Houston for a 93-80 bulge with 5:32 to go. Just over a minute later, Rose came from the weak side and swatted a shot by Ewing out of bounds.

Mullin scored 15 points and Miller and Best added 12 apiece for the Pacers, who made 9-of-18 3-pointers and 15-of-19 foul shots. Rose had eight points and Perkins seven for Indiana, which held a 41-39 edge in rebounds.

Johnson scored 16 points and Childs and Charlie Ward added 11 apiece for the Knicks, who made 6-of-11 from behind the arc and 23-of-26 from the stripe.

An emotional Jackson came out on fire, making three 3-pointers and scoring 13 points in the first period. The Pacers led by as many as 11 before settling for a 31-22 lead.

After Houston's two free throws cut the deficit to 37-35, the Knicks went cold, managing only six points over the next 7 1/2 minutes. Rose scored five during that stretch as the Pacers rebuilt the lead to 53-41 at halftime.

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