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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 38 30 25 27 120 BOSTON 30 34 18 22 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 23, CHRIS MULLIN 21, ANTONIO DAVIS 17 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 30, VITALY POTAPENKO 26, GREG MINOR 13

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DALE DAVIS 12, ANTONIO DAVIS 6 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 16, PAUL PIERCE 12

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 9, TRAVIS BEST 6 BOS - DANA BARROS 7, PAUL PIERCE 6

ATT: 18,352


Extended Box

INDIANA (120) AT BOSTON (104)

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

D DAVIS F 33 2-5 6-8 4 8 12 1 2 1 2 10 MULLIN F 22 6-13 6-6 1 1 2 1 3 1 2 21 SMITS C 17 2-6 0-0 2 2 4 1 4 1 0 4 JACKSON G 34 4-6 2-2 1 3 4 9 0 1 1 12 MILLER G 34 9-15 1-1 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 23 BEST 24 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 6 1 2 0 6 CROSHERE 3 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 A DAVIS 24 7-11 3-4 1 5 6 1 4 0 0 17 HARRINGTON 3 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 MCKEY 21 5-9 3-4 3 1 4 0 1 2 0 13 ROSE 25 4-10 1-2 2 2 4 5 3 0 2 10 PERKINS DNP - SPRAINED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 44-87 22-27 14 23 37 26 21 9 8 120 (.506) (.815) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8(11 PTS)

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

MCCARTY F 35 3-9 0-0 2 3 5 2 3 1 4 6 PIERCE F 44 9-21 7-10 4 8 12 6 3 0 2 30 POTAPENKO C 41 10-21 6-12 9 7 16 3 4 0 2 26 BARROS G 28 5-5 0-0 0 1 1 7 0 1 2 10 MINOR G 35 6-16 1-2 3 5 8 0 1 0 2 13 BATTIE 20 2-4 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 0 1 4 GARNETT 16 3-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 4 1 0 9 D JONES 20 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 6 SCHINTZIUS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ANDERSON DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING MERCER DNP - LOWER BACK SPASMS WALKER DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 40-87 17-28 18 30 48 23 18 4 13 104 (.460) (.607) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(23 PTS)

INDIANA 38 30 25 27 - 120 BOSTON 30 34 18 22 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 3, SMITS 2. BOSTON - PIERCE, MCCARTY, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 10-18 (.556), MULLIN 3-6, JACKSON 2-2, MILLER 4-6, BEST 0-1, ROSE 1-3. BOSTON 7-17 (.412), MCCARTY 0-2, PIERCE 5-8, MINOR 0-2, GARNETT 1-3, D JONES 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, SCOTT WALL, RODNEY MOTT. A - 18,352. T - 2:15.


Box Score

INDIANA (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 33 2-5 6-8 4-12 1 2 10 Mullin 22 6-13 6-6 1-2 1 3 21 Smits 17 2-6 0-0 2-4 1 4 4 Jackson 34 4-6 2-2 1-4 9 0 12 Miller 34 9-15 1-1 0-0 2 2 23 Best 24 3-7 0-0 0-0 6 1 6 Croshere 3 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 A Davis 24 7-11 3-4 1-6 1 4 17 Harrington 3 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Mckey 21 5-9 3-4 3-4 0 1 13 Rose 25 4-10 1-2 2-4 5 3 10 Perkins DNP - sprained left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-87 22-27 14-37 26 21 120 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (Mullin 3-6, Jackson 2-2, Miller 4-6, Best 0-1, Rose 1-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (D Davis 3, Smits 2). Turnovers: 8 (D Davis 2, Mullin 2, Rose 2, Jackson, Miller). Steals: 9 (Best 2, Mckey 2, D Davis, Jackson, Miller, Mullin, Smits).

BOSTON (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 35 3-9 0-0 2-5 2 3 6 Pierce 44 9-21 7-10 4-12 6 3 30 Potapenko 41 10-21 6-12 9-16 3 4 26 Barros 28 5-5 0-0 0-1 7 0 10 Minor 35 6-16 1-2 3-8 0 1 13 Battie 20 2-4 0-0 0-5 1 2 4 Garnett 16 3-7 2-2 0-1 2 4 9 D Jones 20 2-4 1-2 0-0 2 1 6 Schintzius 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Anderson DNP - strained right hamstring Mercer DNP - lower back spasms Walker DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-87 17-28 18-48 23 18 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Mccarty 0-2, Pierce 5-8, Minor 0-2, Garnett 1-3, D Jones 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce, Mccarty, Battie). Turnovers: 13 (Mccarty 4, Barros 2, Minor 2, Pierce 2, Potapenko 2, Battie). Steals: 4 (Barros, D Jones, Garnett, Mccarty). ____________________________________________ Indiana 38 30 25 27 - 120 Boston 30 34 18 22 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,352. T: 2:15. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Scott Wall, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Reggie Miller scored 23 points as the Indiana Pacers kept coach Larry Bird perfect against his former team, rolling to a 120-104 victory over the shorthanded Boston Celtics.

Chris Mullin added 21 points and Antonio Davis 17 off the bench for Indiana, which snapped a two-game losing skid and pulled within two games of Orlando for the Eastern Conference lead. The Pacers are third in the East, one game behind second-place Miami.

Bird, who led the Celtics to three NBA titles during his stellar playing career, improved to 7-0 against Boston as Indiana coach. The Pacers have won nine straight against the Celtics overall.

"I told my team tonight before the game we need to win the rest of our games, all eight," said Bird, who reached the Eastern Conference finals and pushed the Chicago Bulls to a seventh game last season as a rookie coach. "I want us to be on a roll, I expect us to win them all."

Rookie Paul Pierce scored a season-high 30 points and Vitaly Potapenko added career bests of 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Celtics, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.

Boston played without starters Kenny Anderson, Ron Mercer and Antoine Walker, all of whom are injured.

The teams played at a breakneck pace in the first half as Indiana led, 68-64. Mullin, who had 14 in the first quarter, scored 17 while Pierce netted 22, almost seven above his per game average.

"I knew I was going to be asked to step up individually, offensively and defensively," said Pierce. "We were pressing the whole game, that wore us down. I thought to myself at halftime, `Can I really keep putting up these points at this pace?'"

"Pierce played very well, he hit a lot at the beginning of the game," said Bird. "He and Mullin were matching shots. But we put Reggie on him later in the game and he hit a few shots and then we put Derrick McKey on him after that to shut him down."

The depth of the Pacers wore down the Celtics, who rotated only eight players. A jumper by Potapenko pulled Boston within 71-66 at the 10:10 mark of the third quarter as Mullin hit a 17-footer and Mark Jackson sank a layup before Miller hit a 3-pointer to make it 78-66 with 8:18 to go.

A 20-footer by Greg Minor drew the Celtics to 80-73, but Antonio Davis sandwiched 3-pointers by Miller and Jackson around a 17-footer and three-point play of his own as Indiana's lead mushroomed to 91-73 with 3:16 to go in the third quarter. The Pacers grabbed their largest lead at 116-93 with 3:14 to play on a lay-in by McKey.

"That first half might have been entertaining, but I liked the defense a whole lot more in the second," said Bird. "We were unselfish. When you play hard and are into the game, you see guys on the other side of the court like we did."

"We did the best we could," said Celtics coach Rick Pitino. "We just got a little tired in the second half. We really enjoyed playing that style, we just didn't have the depth or the numbers to continue it. Although we really tried to do it, we just ran out of gas."

Seven players finished in double figures for the Pacers as McKey netted 13 points, Jackson 12 and Dale Davis and Jalen Rose had 10 each. Indiana shot better from 3-point range (10-of-18, 55.6 percent) than overall (44-of-87, 50.6 percent).

"We're all disappointed about the last two games, losing to Philly and Miami," said Miller. "But I am happy we're giving a good team effort."

Pierce also had 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 46 percent (40-of-87). The former Jayhawk was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, but the rest of his teammates went 2-of-9 from the 3-point circle.

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