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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 18 28 15 29 90 DALLAS 36 24 26 25 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 26, JALEN ROSE 18, AUSTIN CROSHERE 10 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 28, STEVE NASH 21, MICHAEL FINLEY 16

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JALEN ROSE 13, AUSTIN CROSHERE 13 DAL - GREG BUCKNER 11, SEAN ROOKS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 5, JALEN ROSE 3 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 15,761


Extended Box

INDIANA (90) AT DALLAS (111)

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

CROSHERE F 33 4-12 2-3 5 8 13 0 4 0 5 10 ROSE F 38 6-20 4-4 1 12 13 3 4 1 5 18 SMITS C 17 2-8 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 2 4 JACKSON G 21 0-8 2-2 3 1 4 1 2 1 3 2 MILLER G 26 3-10 1-1 1 1 2 2 1 3 1 7 BEST 25 9-12 7-8 0 0 0 5 3 1 0 26 TABAK 29 3-8 2-2 4 3 7 1 4 1 4 8 PERKINS 17 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 2 MCKEY 12 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 MULLIN 10 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 J BENDER 12 1-6 3-3 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 5 D DAVIS DNP - LEG CRAMPS

TOTALS 240 31-94 23-25 19 33 52 12 21 9 20 90 (.330) (.920) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 20(25 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 39 8-15 0-0 1 5 6 11 3 3 4 16 NOWITZKI F 29 10-13 4-4 1 4 5 2 3 0 0 28 BRADLEY C 19 1-4 0-0 0 6 6 1 2 2 3 2 NASH G 33 8-11 1-1 0 2 2 5 5 1 1 21 STRICKLAND G 34 5-12 1-1 0 3 3 5 2 1 2 11 ROOKS 24 3-11 0-0 2 7 9 1 5 0 0 6 BUCKNER 24 4-8 2-2 5 6 11 0 1 0 2 10 CEBALLOS 23 4-15 2-2 4 3 7 1 2 0 3 10 DAVIS 8 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 3 JONES 4 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 SUNDOV 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 46-95 10-10 13 37 50 29 25 7 15 111 (.484) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

INDIANA 18 28 15 29 - 90 DALLAS 36 24 26 25 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - PERKINS 2, TABAK, SMITS, ROSE, MCKEY. DALLAS - BRADLEY 4, ROOKS 3, STRICKLAND 2, FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-21 (.238), CROSHERE 0-2, ROSE 2-4, JACKSON 0-3, MILLER 0-2, BEST 1-2, PERKINS 0-1, MCKEY 1-1, MULLIN 1-4, J BENDER 0-2. DALLAS 9-15 (.600), NOWITZKI 4-5, NASH 4-5, STRICKLAND 0-2, BUCKNER 0-1, DAVIS 1-1, JONES 0-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - MILLER, DALLAS - BRADLEY. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, LUIS GRILLO, LEON WOOD. A - 15,761. T - 2:03.


Box Score

INDIANA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Croshere 33 4-12 2-3 5-13 0 4 10 Rose 38 6-20 4-4 1-13 3 4 18 Smits 17 2-8 0-0 2-4 0 1 4 Jackson 21 0-8 2-2 3-4 1 2 2 Miller 26 3-10 1-1 1-2 2 1 7 Best 25 9-12 7-8 0-0 5 3 26 Tabak 29 3-8 2-2 4-7 1 4 8 Perkins 17 1-3 0-0 2-4 0 1 2 Mckey 12 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Mullin 10 1-5 2-2 0-2 0 0 5 J Bender 12 1-6 3-3 1-3 0 1 5 D Davis DNP - leg cramps _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-94 23-25 19-52 12 21 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.330, FT-.920. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Croshere 0-2, Rose 2-4, Jackson 0-3, Miller 0-2, Best 1-2, Perkins 0-1, Mckey 1-1, Mullin 1-4, J Bender 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Perkins 2, Tabak, Smits, Rose, Mckey). Turnovers: 20 (Croshere 5, Rose 5, Tabak 4, Jackson 3, Smits 2, Miller). Steals: 9 (Miller 3, Best, J Bender, Jackson, Mckey, Rose, Tabak).

DALLAS (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 39 8-15 0-0 1-6 11 3 16 Nowitzki 29 10-13 4-4 1-5 2 3 28 Bradley 19 1-4 0-0 0-6 1 2 2 Nash 33 8-11 1-1 0-2 5 5 21 Strickland 34 5-12 1-1 0-3 5 2 11 Rooks 24 3-11 0-0 2-9 1 5 6 Buckner 24 4-8 2-2 5-11 0 1 10 Ceballos 23 4-15 2-2 4-7 1 2 10 Davis 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 1 3 Jones 4 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Sundov 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Pack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 46-95 10-10 13-50 29 25 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.484, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 9-15, .600 (Nowitzki 4-5, Nash 4-5, Strickland 0-2, Buckner 0-1, Davis 1-1, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 10 (Bradley 4, Rooks 3, Strickland 2, Finley). Turnovers: 17 (Finley 4, Bradley 3, Ceballos 3, Buckner 2, Strickland 2, Nash). Steals: 7 (Finley 3, Bradley 2, Nash, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Indiana 18 28 15 29 - 90 Dallas 36 24 26 25 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Miller, 7:18 3rd). Dallas 1 (Bradley, 5:15 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,761. T: 2:03. Officials: Jim Clark, Luis Grillo, Leon Wood.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- After their first home loss of the millennium, the Indiana Pacers looked like a shell of the Eastern Conference's top team.

Indiana's franchise-record 25-game home winning streak finally ended on Sunday and the Pacers looked more like the East's worst team in an embarrassing 111-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks that was much worse than the final score indicates.

The Pacers shot 33 percent (31-of-94) from the field, yielded 25 points off turnovers and trailed by 32 points midway through the third quarter. The awful performance came just two days after their 105-96 loss to Miami at Conseco Fieldhouse -- the first setback in their new arena since Thanksgiving.

"We just didn't play. We just didn't play tonight," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "When you don't play against a team that on the defensive end gets up into you and makes a lot of shots at the other end, you are going to lose the game."

Indiana (43-21) slipped to 15-18 on the road and never seemed interesting in challenging the Mavericks (26-37), a team with no postseason hopes that has won consecutive games after a six-game losing streak.

"This is one of the first blowouts of the year and it couldn't come at a better time," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "This was what a coach likes to see. When you have a big lead and you find a way to keep it. You know they are going to make some runs at you. You know you going to go through cold spells. Keep the pressure on them and keep doing the same things that got you the lead. We did a good job of that tonight."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 of his 28 points in the third quarter and Steve Nash added 21 points, including a 13-footer that gave Dallas an 80-48 cushion with 5:50 left in the third period.

"They're a terrific team and for us to win was very nice because we avenged a loss that we didn't think we should have had early in the season at their place," Nash said, referring to a 94-93 heartbreaker at Conseco Fieldhouse on February 21. "We feel as though we should have swept the series. We're just trying to get as many wins as possible before the season's over. We're pretty much out of the playoffs. Now's a chance to get better and play for our pride."

"I felt good. I felt good yesterday in practice. I knew in the second half when I got the ball and I was open that I just had to get it up," Nowitzki said. "That's what I did."

Travis Best scored a career-high 28 points and helped the Pacers shave the deficit to 19 points on three occasions in the fourth quarter after coach Larry Bird emptied his bench.

"We've been digging ourselves a hole, night in, night out," Best said. "That's just not going to get it done. It's going to catch up with us sooner or later, so it was a big factor. We could never really fight our way back. You've got to give them credit. They played really well."

It was apparent from the outset that the Pacers were not ready. Nash hit a 3-pointer, Nowitizki buried back-to-back jumpers and Michael Finley added a driving layup as Dallas opened with a 15-4 flurry.

After Indiana center Rik Smits made an 11-footer, Erick Strickland was good from 18 feet and Nash answered Reggie Miller's free throw to make it 20-7 with 4:56 left in the opening period.

Jalen Rose cut it to 29-18 with one minute left before Finley made a layup, Strickland converted a three-point play and Finley beat the buzzer with another layup, giving Dallas a season-high 36 first-quarter points and an 18-point bulge.

The Pacers stayed within 60-46 at the half, but Nowitzki put them away over the next 12 minutes. The 7-footer from Germany made a layup, two free throws and two 3-pointers to open the third quarter and after a layup by Finley, he connected from 24-feet to stretch the margin to 75-46 with 8:30 left, capping a 15-0 burst.

Nowitzki was 10-of-13 from the floor, 4-of-5 beyond the arc and made all four of his free throws in 29 minutes. Finley scored 16 points, Strickland 11 and Greg Buckner and Cedric Ceballos added 10 apiece off the bench for Dallas, which improved to 15-16 at home.

The Mavericks shot 48 percent (46-of-95), including a 9-of-15 performance from 3-point range.

Rose scored 18 points, Croshere added 10 and both grabbed 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who held a 52-50 advantage on the boards. Indiana was without starting foward Dale Davis due to leg cramps.

"Its hard to say," Croshere responded when asked if the end of the home winning streak had anything to do with his team's poor performance. "We've had a little bit of a history of playing poorly on the road and a recent history of digging ourselves into a hole. We've been able to win a lot of those games because we've been playing at home. When you do that on the road against an up-tempo team, it can come back and bite you. It certainly did tonight. So I don't know if it's so much of a carry over of the last game as it is a recent trend of how we've been playing."

"We always come ready to play," Rose said. "You don't get the record we have by being a team that doesn't come ready to play. We come to play. It's just a matter of us finding a way to get off to a good start. We're not going to panic. We're going to continue to play hard. We have a game tomorrow in Atlanta and I feel like we are going to show up and play to win."

Croshere was practically invisible trying to guard Nowitzki and Bird noticed the defensive weakness.

"Austin Croshere didn't have a clue as to what he was doing out there tonight," Bird said. "Austin usually plays pretty decent defense, but tonight Nowitzki was the better player by far."

"He's a great shooter to begin with," Croshere said. "He got a lot of open shots breaking out on defense, my fault in particular, but at the same time he hit a lot of shots with a hand in his face. You have to give him a lot of credit."

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