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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 17 15 22 17 71 INDIANA 19 27 27 21 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - PATRICK EWING 15, LATRELL SPREWELL 14, ALLAN HOUSTON 12 IND - CHRIS MULLIN 20, DALE DAVIS 15, JALEN ROSE 14

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - PATRICK EWING 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 IND - DALE DAVIS 9, MARK JACKSON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 4, CHRIS CHILDS 3 IND - MARK JACKSON 10, TRAVIS BEST 6

ATT: 16,730


Extended Box

NEW YORK (71) AT INDIANA (94)

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

JOHNSON F 25 3-9 0-0 3 3 6 1 2 0 2 7 THOMAS F 22 1-10 3-4 4 2 6 0 1 0 0 5 EWING C 24 6-14 3-3 3 5 8 0 2 0 1 15 HOUSTON G 38 5-17 2-4 0 4 4 1 3 1 1 12 WARD G 27 3-6 0-0 2 3 5 4 2 2 2 6 BRUNSON 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 CAMBY 21 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 4 CHILDS 19 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 0 DUDLEY 18 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 0 2 1 0 4 SPREWELL 34 6-17 1-1 3 2 5 2 1 1 0 14 WILLIAMS 4 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 WINGATE 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 30-89 9-12 19 27 46 11 16 5 9 71 (.337) (.750) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(16 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 32 7-9 1-1 0 9 9 1 0 0 0 15 MULLIN F 21 7-11 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 20 SMITS C 22 3-5 1-1 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 7 JACKSON G 26 3-5 2-2 1 7 8 10 3 2 5 10 MILLER G 30 2-8 2-2 1 2 3 1 5 1 1 6 BEST 24 3-5 2-2 0 3 3 6 0 1 3 8 CROSHERE 3 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 A DAVIS 22 4-6 1-2 2 4 6 1 0 0 0 9 HARRINGTON 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 MCKEY 12 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 2 PERKINS 17 0-3 1-2 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 1 ROSE 29 6-16 0-0 2 1 3 1 4 0 1 14

TOTALS 240 37-74 12-14 9 34 43 24 19 6 10 94 (.500) (.857) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

NEW YORK 17 15 22 17 - 71 INDIANA 19 27 27 21 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 3, DUDLEY, THOMAS. INDIANA - SMITS 3, D DAVIS 2, MULLIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-8 (.250), JOHNSON 1-2, WARD 0-2, BRUNSON 0-1, CHILDS 0-1, SPREWELL 1-2. INDIANA 8-16 (.500), MULLIN 4-4, JACKSON 2-3, MILLER 0-2, BEST 0-1, PERKINS 0-2, ROSE 2-4. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - A DAVIS. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, JIM CLARK, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 16,730. T - 2:10.


Box Score

NEW YORK (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 25 3-9 0-0 3-6 1 2 7 Thomas 22 1-10 3-4 4-6 0 1 5 Ewing 24 6-14 3-3 3-8 0 2 15 Houston 38 5-17 2-4 0-4 1 3 12 Ward 27 3-6 0-0 2-5 4 2 6 Brunson 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Camby 21 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 2 4 Childs 19 0-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 0 Dudley 18 2-4 0-0 1-5 0 2 4 Sprewell 34 6-17 1-1 3-5 2 1 14 Williams 4 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Wingate 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-89 9-12 19-46 11 16 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.337, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Johnson 1-2, Ward 0-2, Brunson 0-1, Childs 0-1, Sprewell 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Ewing 3, Dudley, Thomas). Turnovers: 11 (Childs 2, Johnson 2, Ward 2, Ewing, Houston, Wingate). Steals: 5 (Ward 2, Dudley, Houston, Sprewell).

INDIANA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 32 7-9 1-1 0-9 1 0 15 Mullin 21 7-11 2-2 0-2 1 3 20 Smits 22 3-5 1-1 0-1 1 3 7 Jackson 26 3-5 2-2 1-8 10 3 10 Miller 30 2-8 2-2 1-3 1 5 6 Best 24 3-5 2-2 0-3 6 0 8 Croshere 3 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 A Davis 22 4-6 1-2 2-6 1 0 9 Harrington 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Mckey 12 1-3 0-0 1-4 1 0 2 Perkins 17 0-3 1-2 1-3 0 1 1 Rose 29 6-16 0-0 2-3 1 4 14 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-74 12-14 9-43 24 19 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Mullin 4-4, Jackson 2-3, Miller 0-2, Best 0-1, Perkins 0-2, Rose 2-4). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Smits 3, D Davis 2, Mullin). Turnovers: 10 (Jackson 5, Best 3, Miller, Rose). Steals: 6 (Jackson 2, Best, Miller, Perkins, Smits). ____________________________________________ New York 17 15 22 17 - 71 Indiana 19 27 27 21 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (A Davis, 3:09 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (Jackson, 7:38 3rd). A: 16,730. T: 2:10. Officials: Hue Hollins, Jim Clark, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers did not need any late-game heroics in the latest chapter of their rivalry with the New York Knicks.

Rik Smits and Dale Davis each scored five points during two key second-quarter runs as the Pacers built a 14-point halftime advantage and crushed the Knicks, 94-71, in a game affecting both ends of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Pacers outscored the Knicks 27-15 in the second quarter after a tight opening 12 minutes and put together a 15-0 run bridging the second and third quarters. They held a 23-point lead late in the third period and allowed the Knicks no closer than 15 points during the final 12 minutes.

"Today we were a step quicker than New York," Davis said. "We knew the importance of this game to them, as well as to us. We just came out and played hard, played to win, and we did. We must continue this and to improve from now until the end."

Chris Mullin scored 20 points and Davis added 15 for the Pacers, who clinched at least a share of the Central Division title. They remained 1 1/2 games in front of the Atlanta Hawks, who won in Cleveland tonight. The Pacers can win the division outright Tuesday if they defeat Cleveland or if Atlanta loses at Miami.

"We played hard, we were aggressive, we were focused," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "The last couple of games, we've stepped it up on the defensive end and it shows. That was good because we played a quality team fighting for a playoff position."

Indiana also remained one-half game back of Miami for first place in the East.

The teams have met three times in the playoffs since 1994, with many games coming down to the wire. On March 30, the Knicks escaped with a one-point victory when the Pacers missed three shots on the game's final possession.

Patrick Ewing, playing for the second straight game despite his bad right Achilles, netted 15 points for New York, which still holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference by one game over Charlotte.

"I don't think we played well," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "We forget who we are when we play well (coming into the game). It is easy to make one effort defensively, it's hard to make multiples."

A jumper by New York's Larry Johnson midway through the second quarter sliced an eight-point Indiana advantage to 29-25. But the Pacers scored the next eight points, Smits tallying the final five with a 3-point play and dunk, which made it 37-25.

The Knicks fought within 39-32 on Ewing's three-point play with just over two minutes left in the first half before Indiana closed the quarter on a 7-0 spurt. Jalen Rose hit a jumper and Davis had a 3-point play and dunk with 12 seconds left, making it 46-32 as the teams went to the locker room.

"Dale's had a pretty good year," added Bird. "Throughout the year, he's been our most consistent player."

Davis opened the second half with a jumper and Mark Jackson and Mullin each drained 3-pointers as the Pacers grabbed a 57-36 advantage. They led 69-46 with 3:12 left after another 3-pointer by Mullin and were never threatened over the final 15 minutes.

"We knew that we had to play well in order to win this game against a strong New York team," Mullin said. "This is the time when we need to concentrate on doing anything and all that it takes to win."

Mullin hit on all four of his 3-point attempts for the Pacers, who were 8-of-16 from beyond the arc and 50 percent (37-of-74) from the field. Jackson accumulated 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Ewing grabbed eight rebounds and Johnson and Kurt Thomas had six apiece for the Knicks, who held a 46-43 advantage on the glass but shot just 34 percent (30-of-89).

"We sure didn't execute well today," said Ewing. "I feel fine, but we didn't play well as a team. We're going to have to play a lot better these last two games if we want to get into the playoffs."

Allan Houston scored 12 points for New York, but starters Johnson, Thomas and Charlie Ward combined for a meager 18 points.

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