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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 28 29 19 16 92 INDIANA 23 24 27 16 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHA - BOBBY PHILLS 23, EDDIE JONES 17, DAVID WESLEY 15 IND - RIK SMITS 22, REGGIE MILLER 17, JALEN ROSE 16

HIGH REBOUND: CHA - ELDEN CAMPBELL 16, DAVID WESLEY 8 IND - JALEN ROSE 9, MARK JACKSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CHA - DAVID WESLEY 7, BOBBY PHILLS 6 IND - MARK JACKSON 9, TRAVIS BEST 4

ATT: 16,702


Extended Box

CHARLOTTE (92) AT INDIANA (90)

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

BROWN F 35 3-11 4-4 0 5 5 1 2 0 0 10 PHILLS F 37 8-15 3-4 1 3 4 6 0 2 2 23 CAMPBELL C 38 4-15 6-8 4 12 16 2 4 2 1 14 JONES G 38 5-9 6-8 0 7 7 5 4 3 3 17 WESLEY G 39 7-14 0-0 1 7 8 7 1 1 2 15 DAVIS 9 0-2 1-2 2 1 3 1 1 0 1 1 MILLER 12 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 PERSON 11 2-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 6 RECASNER 11 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4 SHACKLEFORD 10 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 BECK DNP - COACH'S DECISION COLEMAN DNP - LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 32-76 22-28 8 40 48 24 17 8 11 92 (.421) (.786) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 22 2-4 1-1 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 5 MULLIN F 27 2-7 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 6 SMITS C 33 8-18 6-6 0 4 4 1 3 1 3 22 JACKSON G 36 3-9 3-3 1 7 8 9 3 1 1 9 MILLER G 34 6-15 2-2 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 17 BEST 23 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 4 0 0 1 2 A DAVIS 25 4-9 3-4 2 2 4 0 2 0 1 11 PERKINS 16 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 2 ROSE 24 5-9 5-5 0 9 9 1 5 3 4 16 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-82 20-21 5 38 43 15 18 5 10 90 (.390) (.952) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 28 29 19 16 - 92 INDIANA 23 24 27 16 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - BROWN 2, CAMPBELL, JONES, SHACKLEFORD. INDIANA - A DAVIS 2, MULLIN 2, SMITS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 6-16 (.375), PHILLS 4-6, JONES 1-4, WESLEY 1-5, PERSON 0-1. INDIANA 6-17 (.353), MULLIN 2-4, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 3-8, BEST 0-1, PERKINS 0-2, ROSE 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, JIM CLARK, GARY BENSON. A - 16,702. T - 2:08.


Box Score

CHARLOTTE (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 35 3-11 4-4 0-5 1 2 10 Phills 37 8-15 3-4 1-4 6 0 23 Campbell 38 4-15 6-8 4-16 2 4 14 Jones 38 5-9 6-8 0-7 5 4 17 Wesley 39 7-14 0-0 1-8 7 1 15 Davis 9 0-2 1-2 2-3 1 1 1 Miller 12 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Person 11 2-3 2-2 0-1 1 1 6 Recasner 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Shackleford 10 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Beck DNP - coach's decision Coleman DNP - left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-76 22-28 8-48 24 17 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.421, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Phills 4-6, Jones 1-4, Wesley 1-5, Person 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Brown 2, Campbell, Jones, Shackleford). Turnovers: 11 (Jones 3, Phills 2, Wesley 2, Campbell, Davis, Person, Recasner). Steals: 8 (Jones 3, Campbell 2, Phills 2, Wesley).

INDIANA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 22 2-4 1-1 0-4 0 1 5 Mullin 27 2-7 0-0 1-5 0 0 6 Smits 33 8-18 6-6 0-4 1 3 22 Jackson 36 3-9 3-3 1-8 9 3 9 Miller 34 6-15 2-2 0-3 0 3 17 Best 23 1-6 0-0 1-3 4 0 2 A Davis 25 4-9 3-4 2-4 0 2 11 Perkins 16 1-5 0-0 0-3 0 1 2 Rose 24 5-9 5-5 0-9 1 5 16 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Harrington DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-82 20-21 5-43 15 18 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.952. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Mullin 2-4, Jackson 0-1, Miller 3-8, Best 0-1, Perkins 0-2, Rose 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (A Davis 2, Mullin 2, Smits). Turnovers: 11 (Rose 4, Smits 3, A Davis, Best, Jackson). Steals: 5 (Rose 3, Jackson, Smits). ____________________________________________ Charlotte 28 29 19 16 - 92 Indiana 23 24 27 16 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,702. T: 2:08. Officials: Steve Javie, Jim Clark, Gary Benson.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- For the second consecutive night, Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills hit a game-winning shot in the waning moments and the Indiana Pacers suffered a heartbreaking loss.

Phills scored 23 points, including a 15-foot jumper with 39 seconds left that proved to be the difference as the Hornets posted their third straight victory, 92-90 over the Pacers.

Friday night against Washington, Phills drained a 16-footer with two-tenths of a second remaining to give his team a 90-88 win.

"It's been great and a lot of fun winning recently," Phills said. "If we can win against a team like this, on the road, we're going to do fine down the long run."

With the win, Charlotte (15-20) moved within 3 1/2 games of idle New York for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Despite their first-place standing in the Central Division, the Pacers (24-13) have suffered their last six losses by a combined seven points, including Friday's 102-101 setback to second-place Detroit that snapped a four-game winning streak.

The Pacers, who lost Friday on Lindsey Hunter's buzzer-beating 3-pointer, had a chance to pull out tonight's contest on several occasions down the stretch.

"Back-to-back home losses have left a sour taste in everyone's mouth in this locker room," said Indiana guard Reggie Miller, who scored 17 points. "We've got to come up with big (plays) down the stretch, like stopping Bobby Phills' shot and putting the pressure on them to stop us."

After Phills' shot, Jalen Rose, who scored 16 points off the bench, missed an 18-footer and Antonio Davis had his follow shot blocked out of bounds by Elden Campbell with 19 seconds to play.

"I am astonished to lose two in a row, especially at home," Rose said. "We can't do that. We must find a way to make the big play, whether it's a big stop, a key goal or whatever it takes to win the game. I want this team to win."

"I really don't know what is really going on or happening right now," Davis added. "It hurts. I know the hurt is in this locker room right now. This is not what we want. We must remember we are the hunted now."

Rik Smits and Davis missed consecutive jumpers in the ensuing sequence before Phills pulled down a rebound and passed to Eddie Jones. Jones hit 1-of-2 from the line with 10 seconds left, giving Indiana a chance to steal a win on its last possession.

The Pacers swung the ball around the perimeter to a wide-open Mark Jackson, whose 3-pointer clanged off the side of the rim before falling safely into the hands of Hornets guard David Wesley as time expired. Charlotte collected just its fourth road win.

"Everybody was switching (on the last play), especially on Miller, and it's satisfying to come into their place and win," Wesley said. "It was big holding them down the stretch. We tried to contest every shot."

The Pacers were held without a basket over the last eight minutes.

"We didn't deserve to win," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "Some of the shots guys were taking, you could tell they didn't want the ball in their hands. It's got to be up to the players to determine if they want to save the season."

Campbell collected 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Hornets, who blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead before knotting the season series with Indiana at 1-1.

"This was a big one," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said. "We caught this team coming off a terrible loss."

Smits scored 22 points and recorded the 1,000th blocked shot of his career on Campbell late in the third quarter.

Jones scored 17 points and Wesley added 15 for Charlotte, which shot 42 percent (32-of-76) and held a 48-43 advantage on the boards. The Hornets were without leading rebounder Derrick Coleman, who missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle.

Sam Perkins collected 11 points for the Pacers, who shot 39 percent (32-of-82) and yielded 14 points off 11 turnovers.

The Hornets appeared to take control of the contest just before the half. Phills hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 10-0 run that gave Charlotte a 57-47 lead at the break.

That lead grew to 72-58 on a pair of free throws by Jones with 5:02 remaining in the third quarter. Smits' 10-footer with 7.3 seconds left in the third period capped a 16-4 run, pulling Indiana within 76-74 entering the final 12 minutes.

"We fought back to get in the game, but we couldn't make the big plays, big shots or come up with the big stops down the stretch."

Miller snapped an 82-82 tie with a 3-pointer with 8:07 to play. Rookie Ricky Davis made a free throw and Jones drilled a shot from beyond the arc to move Charlotte in front, 86-85, with 7:41 left.

The teams exchanged free throws over the next five minutes before Smits, who was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line after making 15-of-16 free throws on Friday, made a pair to give Indiana its last lead, 90-89, with 1:58 to go.

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