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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 32 23 10 16 11 92 ATLANTA 29 18 19 15 9 90 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 21, RIK SMITS 16, TRAVIS BEST 13 ATL - STEVE SMITH 22, MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DALE DAVIS 9, RIK SMITS 6 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 20, ALAN HENDERSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 10, TRAVIS BEST 4 ATL - MOOKIE BLAYLOCK 6, STEVE SMITH 5

ATT: 24,003


Extended Box

INDIANA (92) AT ATLANTA (90) - FINAL IN OT

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

D DAVIS F 34 3-6 1-1 2 7 9 0 2 0 0 7 MULLIN F 16 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 5 SMITS C 31 8-17 0-2 1 5 6 0 5 0 4 16 JACKSON G 31 2-8 2-2 1 3 4 10 3 0 0 6 MILLER G 40 7-17 4-6 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 21 BEST 22 5-8 2-2 1 4 5 4 3 2 1 13 A DAVIS 23 3-5 1-2 1 4 5 1 1 1 1 7 MCKEY 30 2-3 0-0 3 0 3 0 2 3 0 4 PERKINS 11 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 ROSE 27 4-13 2-2 1 2 3 3 2 0 1 10 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 36-85 14-19 10 28 38 19 22 9 7 92 (.424) (.737) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 7(4 PTS)

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

CRAWFORD F 17 2-6 2-3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 HENDERSON F 37 5-11 2-2 5 3 8 1 3 1 1 12 MUTOMBO C 51 2-5 6-9 7 13 20 1 2 0 2 10 BLAYLOCK G 42 8-21 0-0 2 4 6 6 4 2 4 20 SMITH G 49 8-25 2-2 1 5 6 5 4 0 3 22 CORBIN 37 4-10 1-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 1 12 JOHNSON 12 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 LONG 18 2-4 4-4 0 3 3 0 3 0 5 8 WEST 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCLEOD DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHEPPARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 31-84 17-22 18 30 48 14 22 3 18 90 (.369) (.773) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 19(23 PTS)

INDIANA 32 23 10 16 11 - 92 ATLANTA 29 18 19 15 9 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ROSE 3, D DAVIS 2, A DAVIS. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 2, BLAYLOCK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-18 (.333), MULLIN 1-1, JACKSON 0-3, MILLER 3-7, BEST 1-2, PERKINS 1-2, ROSE 0-3. ATLANTA 11-29 (.379), BLAYLOCK 4-12, SMITH 4-11, CORBIN 3-6. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, DON VADEN, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 24,003. T - 2:23.


Box Score

INDIANA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 34 3-6 1-1 2-9 0 2 7 Mullin 16 1-4 2-2 0-2 1 1 5 Smits 31 8-17 0-2 1-6 0 5 16 Jackson 31 2-8 2-2 1-4 10 3 6 Miller 40 7-17 4-6 0-1 0 2 21 Best 22 5-8 2-2 1-5 4 3 13 A Davis 23 3-5 1-2 1-5 1 1 7 Mckey 30 2-3 0-0 3-3 0 2 4 Perkins 11 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Rose 27 4-13 2-2 1-3 3 2 10 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Harrington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-85 14-19 10-38 19 22 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Mullin 1-1, Jackson 0-3, Miller 3-7, Best 1-2, Perkins 1-2, Rose 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Rose 3, D Davis 2, A Davis). Turnovers: 7 (Smits 4, A Davis, Best, Rose). Steals: 9 (Mckey 3, Best 2, Miller 2, A Davis, Mullin).

ATLANTA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Crawford 17 2-6 2-3 0-0 0 3 6 Henderson 37 5-11 2-2 5-8 1 3 12 Mutombo 51 2-5 6-9 7-20 1 2 10 Blaylock 42 8-21 0-0 2-6 6 4 20 Smith 49 8-25 2-2 1-6 5 4 22 Corbin 37 4-10 1-2 2-3 0 2 12 Johnson 12 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Long 18 2-4 4-4 0-3 0 3 8 West 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Gray DNP - coach's decision Mcleod DNP - coach's decision Sheppard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 31-84 17-22 18-48 14 22 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.369, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 11-29, .379 (Blaylock 4-12, Smith 4-11, Corbin 3-6). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 3 (Mutombo 2, Blaylock). Turnovers: 19 (Long 5, Blaylock 4, Smith 3, Mutombo 2, Corbin, Henderson, Johnson, West). Steals: 3 (Blaylock 2, Henderson). _________________________________________________ Indiana 32 23 10 16 11 - 92 Atlanta 29 18 19 15 9 - 90 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,003. T: 2:23. Officials: Ron Garretson, Don Vaden, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Steve Smith finally missed a 3-pointer and the Atlanta Hawks missed a chance to take the Central Division lead.

Smith made 3-pointers at the regulation buzzer and midway through overtime but missed one in the final minute, allowing the Indiana Pacers to escape with a crucial 92-90 victory and control of the division.

The Hawks (29-18) had their season-high seven-game winning streak snapped and fell 1 1/2 games behind the Pacers (31-17) atop the Central Division. Atlanta owns the tiebreaker edge but finishes with two of three on the road while Indiana plays its last two at home.

"We just didn't play as well as I think we can play," said Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens, whose team dropped to 1-2 in overtime this season. "We made it tough on ourselves. We have to go out and win the next three games."

"What a win, a quality win against a team that was fighting for the division title," Pacers guard Mark Jackson said. "It's not over but we came into their building, they knocked down the shot that would have taken the life out of a lot of teams. We finished and we have to feed good about ourselves."

Jackson and Rik Smits scored four points apiece in overtime for Indiana, which had lost six games by one point this season, including a pair to Atlanta. The Pacers appeared destined for another narrow loss after Smith buried a 26-footer over Jackson as time expired in the fourth quarter.

"It felt good," Smith said. "They got me the ball and we were lucky we got a chance for the overtime."

"The defense played really well," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "It was contested and he made a great shot."

The tension was evident as the teams went two scoreless minutes before Smits hit a jumper. Reggie Miller added a dunk to give Indiana an 85-81 lead before Smith, who scored 22 points, made another 3-pointer with 2:18 to go.

But Smits, who finished with 16 points, answered with a layup and Smith missed a long-range shot. Jackson scored on a hook from the right baseline for an 89-84 lead with 33 seconds left and added two free throws 25 seconds later after Mookie Blaylock missed a 3-pointer for Atlanta.

"In the second half, I couldn't hit a shot," Smits said. "I hit a couple of good shots in overtime. We hope to get the next two and go with a little bit of a roll into the playoffs."

Smith was 8-of-25 from the field, including 4-of-11 from behind the arc. Blaylock was 8-of-21, making 4-of-12 3-pointers, and finished with 20 points.

"We feel disappointed," Smith said. "We played a good game. They beat us. It's not like we can't beat the Pacers."

Miller led the Pacers with 21 points. But the 92 percent foul shooter missed 1-of-2 with 10 seconds left in regulation, leaving Indiana with an 81-78 advantage and setting up Smith's heroics.

"We are going to find ways to win ballgames," Miller said. "It's a good thing that teams have to make big shots to stay in the game. Sooner or later, they're gonna run out of luck."

Travis Best scored 13 points and Jackson handed out 10 assists for the Pacers, who blew a 14-point second-quarter lead. They shot 42 percent (38-of-85) from the field but committed only seven turnovers.

"It is a big win for the simple fact that we are fighting for the No. 1 and 2 seed," Miller said. "We really stepped up to the plate and played a hard 53-minute game."

Alan Henderson and Tyrone Corbin scored 12 points apiece for the Hawks, who shot below 37 percent (31-of-84) and committed 19 turnovers. Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 20 rebounds as Atlanta held a 48-38 edge on the boards.

"I thought the defense did an excellent job," Bird said. "The defense was excellent. Guys are taking the challenge and stepping up."

"There's not much to say," said Wilkens. "I thought our defense was a little soft in the beginning and we're not going to win a shooting contest with them. When we tightened up, we were able to get back into the game and all of a sudden we came to a stop."

Baskets by Smits, Best and Miller gave the Pacers a 78-73 lead with 3:18 to go. Mutombo made a free throw and Blaylock sank a 3-pointer before a follow shot by Derrick McKey gave Indiana an 80-77 edge with 1:42 left.

Both teams started quickly as the Pacers grabbed a 32-29 lead after one quarter. But the Hawks could not keep up the pace in the second period. Best and Smits each scored four points in a 12-0 burst that provided a 53-39 lead with 3:05 remaining.

The Hawks closed to 55-47 at halftime and took the lead in the third quarter. Corbin had two 3-pointers and eight points in a 17-2 run as the Pacers went seven minutes without a basket. A three-point play by Mutombo gave Atlanta a 64-61 lead with 2:14 left.

"Our problem is we played 30 good minutes and the other 18 terrible," Bird said.

The attendance at the Georgia Dome was 24,003, the largest of the season.

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