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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- LA LAKERS 30 28 19 25 102 INDIANA 33 24 18 36 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: LAL - GLEN RICE 23, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 22, KOBE BRYANT 18 IND - REGGIE MILLER 22, JALEN ROSE 19, MARK JACKSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: LAL - SHAQUILLE ONEAL 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 IND - AUSTIN CROSHERE 12, RIK SMITS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: LAL - RON HARPER 7, SHAQUILLE ONEAL 4 IND - MARK JACKSON 8, TRAVIS BEST 6

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

LA LAKERS (102) AT INDIANA (111)

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

GREEN F 21 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 4 RICE F 32 9-20 2-2 0 5 5 2 1 0 2 23 ONEAL C 47 10-25 2-3 8 6 14 4 3 1 1 22 BRYANT G 40 7-19 4-4 2 5 7 3 6 0 2 18 HARPER G 36 7-11 1-1 3 4 7 7 3 3 4 15 FISHER 20 3-7 1-1 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 7 FOX 16 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 4 HORRY 27 3-5 2-5 1 2 3 2 5 1 0 9 KNIGHT 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GEORGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SALLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-94 12-16 16 26 42 22 21 8 10 102 (.457) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 28 4-9 0-0 4 3 7 1 1 2 0 8 ROSE F 43 8-12 2-2 0 6 6 2 4 2 4 19 SMITS C 24 5-12 0-0 1 7 8 2 4 1 3 10 JACKSON G 27 5-8 3-3 0 3 3 8 2 0 2 15 MILLER G 41 7-16 7-7 1 5 6 2 1 1 0 22 PERKINS 24 2-7 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 2 6 BEST 21 3-9 6-6 1 1 2 6 2 1 0 12 CROSHERE 20 3-6 3-4 6 6 12 1 1 0 1 10 MULLIN 12 3-5 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 9 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-84 22-23 14 34 48 24 21 7 13 111 (.476) (.957) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

LA LAKERS 30 28 19 25 - 102 INDIANA 33 24 18 36 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: LA LAKERS - ONEAL 4, HORRY 2, BRYANT, HARPER. INDIANA - SMITS 2, ROSE, D DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA LAKERS 4-15 (.267), RICE 3-8, BRYANT 0-1, HARPER 0-2, FISHER 0-2, FOX 0-1, HORRY 1-1. INDIANA 9-20 (.450), ROSE 1-1, JACKSON 2-4, MILLER 1-4, PERKINS 2-6, CROSHERE 1-1, MULLIN 2-4. TECHNICALS: LA LAKERS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, HANK ARMSTRONG, JIM KINSEY. A - 18,345. T - 2:08.


Box Score

LA LAKERS (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 21 2-4 0-0 2-3 1 1 4 Rice 32 9-20 2-2 0-5 2 1 23 Oneal 47 10-25 2-3 8-14 4 3 22 Bryant 40 7-19 4-4 2-7 3 6 18 Harper 36 7-11 1-1 3-7 7 3 15 Fisher 20 3-7 1-1 0-1 2 0 7 Fox 16 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 4 Horry 27 3-5 2-5 1-3 2 5 9 Knight 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 George DNP - coach's decision Salley DNP - coach's decision Shaw DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-94 12-16 16-42 22 21 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Rice 3-8, Bryant 0-1, Harper 0-2, Fisher 0-2, Fox 0-1, Horry 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 4, Horry 2, Bryant, Harper). Turnovers: 10 (Harper 4, Bryant 2, Rice 2, Green, Oneal). Steals: 8 (Harper 3, Fisher, Fox, Green, Horry, Oneal).

INDIANA (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 28 4-9 0-0 4-7 1 1 8 Rose 43 8-12 2-2 0-6 2 4 19 Smits 24 5-12 0-0 1-8 2 4 10 Jackson 27 5-8 3-3 0-3 8 2 15 Miller 41 7-16 7-7 1-6 2 1 22 Perkins 24 2-7 0-0 1-2 1 4 6 Best 21 3-9 6-6 1-2 6 2 12 Croshere 20 3-6 3-4 6-12 1 1 10 Mullin 12 3-5 1-1 0-2 1 2 9 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Foster DNP - coach's decision Harrington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-84 22-23 14-48 24 21 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.476, FT-.957. 3-Point Goals: 9-20, .450 (Rose 1-1, Jackson 2-4, Miller 1-4, Perkins 2-6, Croshere 1-1, Mullin 2-4). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Smits 2, Rose, D Davis). Turnovers: 13 (Rose 4, Smits 3, Jackson 2, Perkins 2, Croshere, Mullin). Steals: 7 (D Davis 2, Rose 2, Best, Miller, Smits). ____________________________________________ La Lakers 30 28 19 25 - 102 Indiana 33 24 18 36 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: La Lakers 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:58 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:08. Officials: Dan Crawford, Hank Armstrong, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- On the verge of eclipsing the second-longest winning streak in their franchise's illustrious history, the Los Angeles Lakers were undone by a pair of backups.

Reserves Austin Croshere and Travis Best combined to score 20 consecutive points in the fourth quarter, lifting the Indiana Pacers to their 12th straight home win, a rousing 111-102 victory over the league-leading Lakers, who had their NBA season-high 16-game winning streak snapped.

The 6-9, 235-pound Croshere entered the final period 0-of-2 from the floor in eight minutes off the bench. But the Pacers remained within 77-75 at the end of three quarters and Croshere and Best put them over the top in the fourth.

In his second season out of Providence, Croshere scored 10 points in the period to go with his career-high 12 rebounds. Best, a fifth-year guard out of Georgia Tech, added 10 of his 12 during the decisive 20-12 run.

"In the second half, it seemed like Austin got every rebound and hit some shots and Travis controlled the game at the end," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "Travis did a heck of a job tonight. (The Lakers) are a great team, the best we've seen so far."

Croshere gave Indiana an 87-84 lead when he buried a 16-footer with 7:40 left and Best's free throws with 37 seconds left made it 105-100.

"I can add to this team when called upon and I don't get too ahead of myself," Best said. "We are a good basketball team and we will do nothing but continue to play better. Austin was extremely good tonight and really helped us out in a lot of key possessions."

In a possible NBA Finals preview, Indiana's bench outscored Los Angeles' reserves, 37-20, and the Pacers also beat the Lakers on the interior, outrebounding the NBA's top-ranked team, 48-42.

"It was only one game, but it was a big game," Best said. "We beat an excellent team tonight and might get nationwide recognition."

Reggie Miller scored 22 points and Jalen Rose added 19 for Indiana, which improved to 15-2 at the new Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pacers (24-11) have won 18 of 23 games overall and own the best record in the Eastern Conference.

"We went against a well-oiled machine on offense and defense," Miller said. "It was a very gritty win. It was definitely playoff atmosphere and we wanted this one badly. The fans came out and were loud and we appreciated that. I think this was the loudest and best crowd of the year so we wanted to give them more reasons to come back and be louder."

Shaquille O'Neal had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who equaled the 1990-91 squad's winning streak but were denied a chance at challenging the longest run in pro sports history, the 33 in a row won by the 1971-72 Lakers.

"All good things must come to an end," Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson said. "I thought it was a really good game. We had 10 turnovers, which isn't bad on the road, but they all came at the wrong times. We didn't get the ball to Shaq as much as we should have. Croshere brings a lot from the bench."

"They played well, but I think we beat ourselves," O'Neal added. "I take the blame for the loss, I don't usually miss 15 shots. But hey, I'll be back tomorrow. I guarantee it. The streak was cool, but it's over."

Glen Rice scored 23 points, including three 3-pointers and an 11-footer over the final four minutes to keep the Lakers' hopes alive. But Miller ended Best's and Croshere's run and provided the dagger with a 14-footer that made it 107-100 with 18 seconds left.

"It looks like we have to start over," Rice said of the streak. "Indiana is so deep and experienced. That pick-and-roll that Travis was taking advantage of was tough on us. They were getting good shots when it counted and we let them get too deep in the paint."

Kobe Bryant scored 18 points, but was dreadful down the stretch, missing three shots, committing two turnovers and fouling out with just over a minute to play. He gave the Lakers an 84-79 lead on a running jumper with 9:15 to play but Chris Mullin made a free throw, Rose sank a jumper and Sam Perkins knocked down a 3-pointer to put Indiana in front to stay, 85-84, with 8:17 left.

Croshere followed with a jumper before Best's driving layup and 20-footer made it 91-86 with 6:23 remaining. Croshere was good from 21 feet and made a free throw before Best added two more from the line to extend the advantage to 96-89 with 3:56 left.

Best hit a 22-footer and two more free throws before Croshere brought the 16th consecutive sellout in the new arena to its feet by making a 28-footer to make it 103-96 with 2:17 to go.

"Travis really played well and gave us a big lift," Mullin said. "Austin was phenomenal. He well get better the more he plays. His confidence level is building."

Indiana won consecutive meetings from the Lakers for just the second time in the 52-game history of the series and first since taking the 1991-92 season series. The Pacers improved to 19-2 when scoring 100 or more points and are perfect in six home games against Western Conference opponents.

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