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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 25 23 17 23 88 INDIANA 42 27 37 30 136 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - WESLEY PERSON 13, ANDREW DECLERCQ 12, ANDRE MILLER 11 IND - RIK SMITS 25, JALEN ROSE 23, DALE DAVIS 18

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 7, A.J. BRAMLETT 7 IND - DALE DAVIS 20, RIK SMITS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 6, BREVIN KNIGHT 6 IND - REGGIE MILLER 8, MARK JACKSON 6

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (88) AT INDIANA (136)

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

KEMP F 25 4-14 2-4 3 4 7 0 4 2 3 10 MURRAY F 27 3-13 2-4 2 3 5 0 2 2 1 8 DECLERCQ C 27 5-11 2-3 2 4 6 1 3 1 0 12 KNIGHT G 24 3-8 1-2 3 1 4 6 4 1 3 7 SURA G 24 3-12 0-0 3 2 5 1 3 0 1 8 PERSON 29 5-12 3-3 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 13 STACK 7 1-1 1-2 2 1 3 0 6 0 2 3 HENDERSON 16 0-5 4-6 1 1 2 0 1 1 2 4 MILLER 24 4-9 3-3 4 1 5 6 1 1 2 11 FERRY 16 5-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 1 1 10 BRAMLETT 21 1-8 0-0 4 3 7 0 3 1 0 2 BRYANT DNP - STRAINED RIGHT QUAD TENDON

TOTALS 240 34-101 18-27 25 24 49 15 30 10 16 88 (.337) (.667) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 31 6-11 6-7 6 14 20 3 2 0 1 18 ROSE F 30 9-13 3-3 0 2 2 4 4 1 2 23 SMITS C 24 9-10 7-8 1 6 7 2 4 0 1 25 JACKSON G 21 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 6 1 2 5 3 MILLER G 26 5-7 2-2 0 1 1 8 0 0 1 13 BEST 23 5-6 3-4 0 3 3 4 3 4 1 15 CROSHERE 19 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 4 PERKINS 16 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 2 3 HARRINGTON 16 4-7 2-6 2 1 3 1 1 1 4 10 MULLIN 14 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 8 J BENDER 13 4-7 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 10 FOSTER 7 0-0 4-6 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 4

TOTALS 240 49-79 28-37 10 41 51 31 22 9 19 136 (.620) (.757) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(18 PTS)

CLEVELAND 25 23 17 23 - 88 INDIANA 42 27 37 30 - 136

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - DECLERCQ, KEMP, PERSON. INDIANA - D DAVIS 3, SMITS 3, J BENDER 2, MULLIN, MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-8 (.250), SURA 2-4, PERSON 0-1, HENDERSON 0-1, MILLER 0-1, FERRY 0-1. INDIANA 10-19 (.526), ROSE 2-4, JACKSON 1-4, MILLER 1-2, BEST 2-2, CROSHERE 0-1, PERKINS 1-2, MULLIN 2-2, J BENDER 1-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - D DAVIS. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, GREG WILLARD, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,345. T - 2:12.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 25 4-14 2-4 3-7 0 4 10 Murray 27 3-13 2-4 2-5 0 2 8 Declercq 27 5-11 2-3 2-6 1 3 12 Knight 24 3-8 1-2 3-4 6 4 7 Sura 24 3-12 0-0 3-5 1 3 8 Person 29 5-12 3-3 0-1 0 2 13 Stack 7 1-1 1-2 2-3 0 6 3 Henderson 16 0-5 4-6 1-2 0 1 4 Miller 24 4-9 3-3 4-5 6 1 11 Ferry 16 5-8 0-0 1-4 1 1 10 Bramlett 21 1-8 0-0 4-7 0 3 2 Bryant DNP - strained right quad tendon _______________________________________________ TOTALS 24034-101 18-27 25-49 15 30 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.337, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Sura 2-4, Person 0-1, Henderson 0-1, Miller 0-1, Ferry 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Declercq, Kemp, Person). Turnovers: 16 (Kemp 3, Knight 3, Henderson 2, Miller 2, Stack 2, Ferry, Murray, Person, Sura). Steals: 10 (Kemp 2, Murray 2, Bramlett, Declercq, Ferry, Henderson, Knight, Miller).

INDIANA (136) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 31 6-11 6-7 6-20 3 2 18 Rose 30 9-13 3-3 0-2 4 4 23 Smits 24 9-10 7-8 1-7 2 4 25 Jackson 21 1-4 0-0 0-4 6 1 3 Miller 26 5-7 2-2 0-1 8 0 13 Best 23 5-6 3-4 0-3 4 3 15 Croshere 19 2-6 0-0 1-4 0 3 4 Perkins 16 1-4 0-0 0-3 2 1 3 Harrington 16 4-7 2-6 2-3 1 1 10 Mullin 14 3-4 0-0 0-2 1 2 8 J Bender 13 4-7 1-1 0-0 0 1 10 Foster 7 0-0 4-6 0-2 0 0 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 49-79 28-37 10-51 31 22 136 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.620, FT-.757. 3-Point Goals: 10-19, .526 (Rose 2-4, Jackson 1-4, Miller 1-2, Best 2-2, Croshere 0-1, Perkins 1-2, Mullin 2-2, J Bender 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 10 (D Davis 3, Smits 3, J Bender 2, Mullin, Miller). Turnovers: 19 (Jackson 5, Harrington 4, Perkins 2, Rose 2, Best, D Davis, J Bender, Miller, Mullin, Smits). Steals: 9 (Best 4, Jackson 2, Foster, Harrington, Rose). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 25 23 17 23 - 88 Indiana 42 27 37 30 - 136 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (D Davis, 7:27 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:12. Officials: Jess Kersey, Greg Willard, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- For one quarter, Rik Smits and the Indiana Pacers were unconscious. For the next three, they simply were unstoppable.

Smits did not miss a shot in scoring 16 of his season-high 25 points in the first quarter, when the Pacers shot 80 percent from the field en route to a 136-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It was the most points and biggest victory margin in the NBA this season. The Pacers also established season bests for field-goal percentage at 62 percent (49-of-79) and opponents' lowest field-goal percentage at 33.7 percent (34-of-101).

Indiana had seven players in double figures and seven players make 3-pointers. It shot 10-of-19 from behind the arc.

"I thought we played excellent after the first three, four minutes of the game," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "I don't know if we could have played any better. It seemed like we built the lead pretty quick."

Smits wasted no time moving Indiana toward its fifth straight win. The 7-4 center was 6-of-6 from the field in the opening period and scored nine points in a 23-6 blitz over the last six minutes of the quarter.

"I thought we had a great effort early which set the tone of the game," Pacers forward Dale Davis said. "We established our inside game as Rik got off to a great start and it opened up the outside people for good shots. We never looked back."

The Pacers made 16-of-20 shots as they raced to a 42-25 lead. Jalen Rose scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting and Reggie Miller added eight, making 3-of-4 shots.

"In the beginning it was a physical mismatch with Rik and their center," Rose said. "We exploited this."

Davis and Travis Best joined the act in the second quarter, when the Pacers scored the first seven points and eventually opened the lead to 27. Davis scored nine points and Best eight in the period as Indiana built a 69-48 halftime advantage.

As Indiana established season highs for points in a quarter and half while shooting 60.5 percent (26-of-43), Cleveland shot just 31 percent (18-of-58).

Rose scored 23 points and Davis added 18 and a season-high 20 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won the last five meetings with the Cavaliers.

Best scored 15 points, Miller added 13 and Al Harrington 10 for Indiana (12-7), which moved into a tie for first place in the Central Division with Toronto and Charlotte.

Wesley Person scored 13 points and Andrew DeClercq added 12 for the Cavaliers, who have lost three of their last four games. Star forward Shawn Kemp was limited to 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

"Well, mom said there would be days like this," Cavs coach Randy Wittman said. "I just hope this day doesn't come much more often. In the first quarter, they set the tone where they couldn't miss a shot. They hit everything and it just turned into a snowball effect. Also, we didn't shoot the ball well, which made things that much worse."

The onslaught continued in the third quarter, when the Pacers again scored the first seven points -- all by Rose -- to boost the lead to 76-48 with 10:08 remaining. Indiana shot 65 percent (13-of-20) and opened a 106-65 lead.

Rose scored 11 points and Smits and Davis added seven apiece in the period, which saw the Cavs shoot only 27 percent (7-of-26).

Pacers rookie Jonathan Bender, who entered the NBA directly out of high school, made his debut late in the third quarter. He played the rest of the game and scored 10 garbage-time points, including a 3-pointer.

"I was a little nervous in the beginning but I felt better as I played a little," Bender said. "I wanted to take that first 3-pointer home and can it."

Indiana opened its largest lead at 122-72 on a layup by Chris Mullin with 8:19 to play.

"I've never been in a game like this since high school," Cavs guard Brevin Knight said. "You just can't forget about being beat by 50."

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