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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 23 22 31 32 108 INDIANA 34 26 21 34 115 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 21, KENNY ANDERSON 20, PAUL PIERCE 19 IND - REGGIE MILLER 29, MARK JACKSON 15, RIK SMITS 13

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 11, PAUL PIERCE 5 IND - DALE DAVIS 11, AUSTIN CROSHERE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ADRIAN GRIFFIN 5, KENNY ANDERSON 5 IND - MARK JACKSON 8, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

BOSTON (108) AT INDIANA (115)

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

GRIFFIN F 27 4-6 0-0 2 2 4 5 4 2 1 8 WALKER F 37 9-23 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 4 1 21 POTAPENKO C 25 4-8 2-2 4 7 11 1 6 0 3 10 ANDERSON G 37 6-11 7-9 1 1 2 5 3 0 0 20 PIERCE G 26 8-11 2-3 1 4 5 2 5 1 5 19 BATTIE 17 2-6 1-1 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 5 BARROS 11 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 7 WILLIAMS 23 4-7 5-6 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 13 CHEANEY 20 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 2 1 4 FORTSON 10 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 0 2 0 ELLISON 7 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 TURNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-80 18-23 10 28 38 20 35 11 16 108 (.525) (.783) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 28 4-9 2-4 6 5 11 0 2 0 0 10 ROSE F 30 2-9 2-2 0 3 3 1 3 1 3 7 SMITS C 25 5-10 3-3 2 5 7 2 4 0 0 13 JACKSON G 30 5-10 3-4 1 3 4 8 1 0 4 15 MILLER G 31 7-11 11-12 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 29 PERKINS 23 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 3 MULLIN 15 2-4 4-4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 9 CROSHERE 20 3-5 4-6 2 6 8 2 2 0 2 11 HARRINGTON 20 4-6 4-4 1 2 3 2 5 1 2 12 BEST 18 3-7 0-1 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 6 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-75 33-40 12 27 39 19 25 4 14 115 (.480) (.825) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

BOSTON 23 22 31 32 - 108 INDIANA 34 26 21 34 - 115

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE, BATTIE, CHEANEY, ELLISON. INDIANA - SMITS 2, CROSHERE, ROSE, D DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 6-14 (.429), WALKER 3-7, ANDERSON 1-2, PIERCE 1-2, BARROS 1-2, FORTSON 0-1. INDIANA 10-20 (.500), ROSE 1-2, JACKSON 2-5, MILLER 4-5, PERKINS 1-3, MULLIN 1-3, CROSHERE 1-2. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - HEAD COACH PITINO, ANDERSON. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, SCOTT WALL, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 18,345. T - 2:36.


Box Score

BOSTON (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 27 4-6 0-0 2-4 5 4 8 Walker 37 9-23 0-0 0-3 1 3 21 Potapenko 25 4-8 2-2 4-11 1 6 10 Anderson 37 6-11 7-9 1-2 5 3 20 Pierce 26 8-11 2-3 1-5 2 5 19 Battie 17 2-6 1-1 0-2 1 1 5 Barros 11 3-4 0-0 0-2 0 3 7 Williams 23 4-7 5-6 0-2 1 1 13 Cheaney 20 2-2 0-0 1-2 1 4 4 Fortson 10 0-1 0-0 0-4 2 3 0 Ellison 7 0-1 1-2 1-1 1 2 1 Turner DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-80 18-23 10-38 20 35 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.525, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Walker 3-7, Anderson 1-2, Pierce 1-2, Barros 1-2, Fortson 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Pierce, Battie, Cheaney, Ellison). Turnovers: 17 (Pierce 5, Potapenko 3, Fortson 2, Barros, Cheaney, Ellison, Griffin, Walker, Williams). Steals: 11 (Walker 4, Cheaney 2, Griffin 2, Battie, Ellison, Pierce).

INDIANA (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 28 4-9 2-4 6-11 0 2 10 Rose 30 2-9 2-2 0-3 1 3 7 Smits 25 5-10 3-3 2-7 2 4 13 Jackson 30 5-10 3-4 1-4 8 1 15 Miller 31 7-11 11-12 0-0 1 3 29 Perkins 23 1-4 0-0 0-3 1 1 3 Mullin 15 2-4 4-4 0-0 0 1 9 Croshere 20 3-5 4-6 2-8 2 2 11 Harrington 20 4-6 4-4 1-3 2 5 12 Best 18 3-7 0-1 0-0 2 3 6 Foster DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-75 33-40 12-39 19 25 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.825. 3-Point Goals: 10-20, .500 (Rose 1-2, Jackson 2-5, Miller 4-5, Perkins 1-3, Mullin 1-3, Croshere 1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Smits 2, Croshere, Rose, D Davis). Turnovers: 14 (Jackson 4, Rose 3, Croshere 2, Harrington 2, Best, Miller, Perkins). Steals: 4 (Harrington, Miller, Mullin, Rose). ____________________________________________ Boston 23 22 31 32 - 108 Indiana 34 26 21 34 - 115 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 2 (Head Coach Pitino, 3:18 1st; Anderson, 2:20 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:36. Officials: Steve Javie, Scott Wall, Tom Washington.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Conseco Fieldhouse opened with a ceremony celebrating the 50 greatest names in Indiana basketball history. Two of them are still working on their legend for the Pacers.

In their first game in their new retro-style home, Reggie Miller scored 29 points and Rik Smits had a clutch three-point play as the Pacers knocked the Boston Celtics from the unbeaten ranks with a 115-108 victory.

Miller, Smits and coach Larry Bird were the only current Pacers among the top 50, a group introduced at halftime by NBC Sports announcer Bob Costas. The list included basketball giants such as John Wooden and Oscar Robertson and heroes from the Pacers' ABA days such as Slick Leonard, George McGinnis and Mel Daniels.

"It's great, no question about it, seeing Oscar, John Wooden, all the players," Bird said. "This game is tough to play under these circumstances."

The list also remembered state heroes such as Purdue's Stephanie White-McCarty and Bobby Plump, who hit the winning shot for tiny Milan High School in the 1954 state championship, inspiring the feature film "Hoosiers."

With design and detail that recall the state's great high school and college fieldhouses, the $173 million Conseco Fieldhouse is the first NBA facility built only for basketball. The crowd of 18,345 was not nearly as loud as at Market Square Arena.

"A lot of fans were somewhat in awe of the building," Miller said. "I'm sure as time goes on it will get louder."

Bird had some concerns about his team's ability to acclimate itself quickly to the new facility but the Pacers wasted no time putting those fears to rest. They never trailed and led by as many as 17 points, shooting 48 percent (36-of-75) from the field.

"I like it because we seem to shoot better in here," Bird said. "This is just a fantastic building. I don't think I'll ever see anything like this again."

Miller made 7-of-11 shots, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He keyed a first-quarter burst and also sank the clinching jumper with 49 seconds to go.

"We got the ball to Reggie and he rung the bell," Pacers forward Jalen Rose said.

Antoine Walker scored 21 points, Kenny Anderson added 20 and Paul Pierce 19 for the Celtics (3-1), who pulled within two late in the third quarter and still had a chance down the stretch. However, they suffered their 10th straight loss to Indiana and eighth in a row to Bird, who led Boston to three championships as a player.

"Actually, I'd rather beat them than any team in the league," Bird said.

"It definitely gave them a lift," Celtics forward Eric Williams said. " Being in the new place and for us to be in this hostile environment and everything else going on tonight gave them an advantage."

Miller started a 13-5 burst with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer. Consecutive 3-pointers by Chris Mullin and Austin Croshere closed the first quarter and gave Indiana a 34-23 lead.

Mark Jackson and Sam Perkins hit 3-pointers in a 12-3 surge that ended the second quarter and gave the Pacers a 60-45 advantage. Miller, Smits and Bird donned varsity style jackets for the ceremony at halftime.

"It was special to be out there," Miller said. "To be among those players, I just shake my heaad. I'm lucky to be there."

"I wonder what it would have been (like) had we been down 15 at the half," Bird said.

The Celtics closed to 73-71 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter but Miller hit four free throws around a pair by Rose to help rebuild the lead to 81-76 going into the final period.

Anderson's two free throws made it 106-100 with 3:09 left and Rose missed a jumper. But Smits followed it in and drew a foul. His free throw pushed the lead to nine points with 2:25 to play.

Anderson hit a 3-pointer and Indiana's Dale Davis missed a pair of free throws with 1:28 remaining. But Pierce lost the ball and Miller christened Conseco's first game with his leaner for a 111-103 bulge.

Jackson scored 15 points, Smits added 13 and Al Harrington 12 for the Pacers, who made 10-of-20 3-pointers and 33-of-40 free throws. Croshere scored 11 points and Davis added 10 and 11 rebounds.

"When you break it down, we gave up too many 3s," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "We didn't defend the 3. It's not we didn't run our offense, we just gave up aall those 3s and too many offensive rebounds."

Williams scored 13 points and Vitaly Potapenko contributed 10 and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who were denied their first 4-0 start since 1987.

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