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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 23 22 27 24 96 INDIANA 26 27 22 24 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 27, KENNY ANDERSON 16, PAUL PIERCE 16 IND - RIK SMITS 26, JALEN ROSE 20, REGGIE MILLER 16

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 12, TONY BATTIE 9 IND - DALE DAVIS 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 7, PAUL PIERCE 3 IND - MARK JACKSON 7, JALEN ROSE 6

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

BOSTON (96) AT INDIANA (99)

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

GRIFFIN F 24 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 WALKER F 42 11-27 3-6 3 5 8 1 5 2 3 27 POTAPENKO C 20 5-8 0-0 3 9 12 2 6 1 3 10 ANDERSON G 36 8-18 0-0 1 1 2 7 4 2 0 16 PIERCE G 39 7-13 1-1 2 3 5 3 2 1 2 16 BATTIE 27 3-6 2-2 3 6 9 1 2 2 1 8 CHEANEY 29 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 7 FORTSON 5 1-1 1-3 1 4 5 1 3 0 1 3 BARROS 13 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 5 MCCARTY 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION OVERTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-88 7-12 13 32 45 18 28 9 14 96 (.477) (.583) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 40 3-6 5-6 1 13 14 1 3 0 0 11 ROSE F 41 9-18 2-4 0 4 4 6 0 1 1 20 SMITS C 28 11-15 4-4 3 3 6 1 3 0 3 26 JACKSON G 23 1-7 0-0 0 2 2 7 2 1 3 2 MILLER G 42 5-13 4-4 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 16 CROSHERE 11 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 BEST 25 4-6 5-8 0 3 3 5 3 3 3 14 MULLIN 12 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 PERKINS 17 2-4 4-4 1 5 6 1 0 0 1 8 MCKEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-74 24-30 7 36 43 24 14 6 12 99 (.486) (.800) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

BOSTON 23 22 27 24 - 96 INDIANA 26 27 22 24 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE, BATTIE, WALKER. INDIANA - D DAVIS 3, SMITS, PERKINS, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 5-17 (.294), GRIFFIN 0-1, WALKER 2-4, ANDERSON 0-3, PIERCE 1-4, CHEANEY 1-2, BARROS 1-3. INDIANA 3-11 (.273), ROSE 0-2, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 2-3, CROSHERE 0-1, BEST 1-1, MULLIN 0-2, PERKINS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TOM WASHINGTON, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,345. T - 2:12.


Box Score

BOSTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 24 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Walker 42 11-27 3-6 3-8 1 5 27 Potapenko 20 5-8 0-0 3-12 2 6 10 Anderson 36 8-18 0-0 1-2 7 4 16 Pierce 39 7-13 1-1 2-5 3 2 16 Battie 27 3-6 2-2 3-9 1 2 8 Cheaney 29 3-6 0-0 0-2 0 2 7 Fortson 5 1-1 1-3 1-5 1 3 3 Barros 13 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 2 5 Mccarty 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision Overton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-88 7-12 13-45 18 28 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.477, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Griffin 0-1, Walker 2-4, Anderson 0-3, Pierce 1-4, Cheaney 1-2, Barros 1-3). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce, Battie, Walker). Turnovers: 15 (Potapenko 3, Walker 3, Barros 2, Pierce 2, Battie, Cheaney, Fortson, Griffin). Steals: 9 (Anderson 2, Battie 2, Walker 2, Cheaney, Pierce, Potapenko).

INDIANA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 40 3-6 5-6 1-14 1 3 11 Rose 41 9-18 2-4 0-4 6 0 20 Smits 28 11-15 4-4 3-6 1 3 26 Jackson 23 1-7 0-0 0-2 7 2 2 Miller 42 5-13 4-4 0-3 2 1 16 Croshere 11 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 Best 25 4-6 5-8 0-3 5 3 14 Mullin 12 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 Perkins 17 2-4 4-4 1-6 1 0 8 Mckey 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Foster DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-74 24-30 7-43 24 14 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Rose 0-2, Jackson 0-1, Miller 2-3, Croshere 0-1, Best 1-1, Mullin 0-2, Perkins 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (D Davis 3, Smits, Perkins, Rose). Turnovers: 12 (Best 3, Jackson 3, Smits 3, Croshere, Perkins, Rose). Steals: 6 (Best 3, Jackson, Mullin, Rose). ____________________________________________ Boston 23 22 27 24 - 96 Indiana 26 27 22 24 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:12. Officials: Hue Hollins, Tom Washington, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers have turned Conseco Fieldhouse into quite a home-court advantage.

Making twice as many foul shots as the Boston Celtics attempted, the Pacers held on for a 99-96 victory, their 16th straight win in their new building.

Rik Smits scored a season-high 26 points and Jalen Rose added 20 for the Pacers, who made 24-of-30 free throws, including 6-of-6 in the final 91 seconds. The Celtics shot only 12 free throws, making seven.

Indiana improved to a league-best 19-2 at Conseco Fieldhouse. It has not lost at home since Thanksgiving and can tie the club record for consecutive home wins set in the 1995-96 season on Friday against Sacramento.

"We're getting a little soft here at home and we can't do that," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "We've got to come prepared to play."

"We all wanted to keep our home streak alive and continue to take care of our home court," Rose said.

Antoine Walker scored 27 points for Boston, who fell to 1-9 vs. Indiana since former Celtics great Larry Bird became coach of the Pacers in 1997. The Celtics were called for 28 fouls while Indiana was whistled for 14.

"They got to the line quite a bit," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "I have a policy not to comment on the officiating and I'll hold to that tonight. The only thing I will say is that you have to be consistent at both ends."

Boston used a third-quarter surge to erase a 12-point deficit and took an 82-81 lead on a dunk by Vitaly Potapenko with 8:20 to play. Defending Smits, Potapenko had 10 points and a season-high 12 rebounds before fouling out.

The Pacers took the lead for good at 88-86 on a running jumper by Rose with 4:04 left. Walker split a pair from the line and Dale Davis -- named to the All-Star Game earlier today -- dunked for a 90-87 lead.

After Paul Pierce made a jumper, Travis Best sank a 3-pointer for a 93-89 lead with 3:06 to go. Potapenko made a hook but Smits hit two free throws with 1:31 left. Boston's Tony Battie and Best traded a pair of foul shots in the final minute before Pierce made an incredible reverse layup and drew a foul with 11 seconds left.

His free throw made it a one-point game and Reggie Miller -- also named to the All-Star Game -- sank two free throws, leaving Boston with a chance to tie. But the Pacers smothered 3-point specialist Dana Barros, whose launch from 25 feet was way off.

"You never want to blame the officials, but there were a couple of questionable calls at the end," Walker said. "It was a shame it had to come down to a last-second 3."

Best's two free throws came after it appeared he had lost the ball as he pulled up for a jumper. He was bumped by Kenny Anderson but the contact did not appear to create the loose ball.

"We really needed those free throws and I concentrated and I think I just need to take my time," said Best, who had missed two free throws earlier in the period.

"They should have let us just play it out," Anderson said. "It shouldn't have come down to a call like that at the end. He lost the ball, there was some contact, but I think it would have been a better call to have a no-call."

Miller scored 16 points, Best added 14 and Davis 11 and 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 49 percent (36-of-74) from the field and committed only 12 turnovers.

Pierce and Kenny Anderson scored 16 points apiece for the Celtics, who shot 48 percent (42-of-88) and held a 45-43 edge on the glass. Boston has lost four straight road games.

With a six-inch height advantage over the 6-10 Potapenko, Smits scored 18 points in the first half, helping Indiana to a 53-45 lead.

Rose's jumper extended the advantage to 58-46 with 10:16 left in the third quarter before Boston rallied. A 3-pointer by Walker capped a 17-4 burst and gave the Celtics a 63-62 lead with 4:23 remaining.

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