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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 25 26 26 14 91 INDIANA 22 29 20 24 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - PATRICK EWING 23, LATRELL SPREWELL 17, ALLAN HOUSTON 17 IND - JALEN ROSE 28, RIK SMITS 20, REGGIE MILLER 17

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9 IND - AUSTIN CROSHERE 8, JALEN ROSE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 IND - MARK JACKSON 7, JALEN ROSE 5

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

NEW YORK (91) AT INDIANA (95)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 3-16 0-0 4 5 9 5 3 0 2 6 SPREWELL F 38 7-16 3-4 0 5 5 4 1 0 4 17 EWING C 38 10-18 3-4 1 8 9 1 2 2 2 23 HOUSTON G 37 7-13 2-2 0 1 1 3 5 1 3 17 WARD G 24 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 2 4 0 0 5 CAMBY 28 8-14 0-0 4 6 10 1 3 0 1 16 CHILDS 24 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 0 2 5 THOMAS 14 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 5 0 0 2 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-87 8-10 10 33 43 21 25 3 14 91 (.460) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

CROSHERE F 35 3-5 2-2 0 8 8 0 1 0 4 9 ROSE F 44 10-18 8-10 0 7 7 5 3 3 1 28 SMITS C 31 8-17 4-5 1 5 6 0 5 0 3 20 JACKSON G 27 4-10 0-0 1 0 1 7 0 0 0 8 MILLER G 42 5-13 5-5 1 1 2 3 1 3 3 17 HARRINGTON 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 D DAVIS 15 1-3 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 0 0 2 PERKINS 19 3-5 5-6 1 4 5 0 2 0 1 11 BEST 21 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 1 1 0 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCKEY DNP - STRAINED RIGHT LEG MUSCLE TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-74 24-28 6 32 38 20 16 7 13 95 (.459) (.857) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

NEW YORK 25 26 26 14 - 91 INDIANA 22 29 20 24 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING, CAMBY. INDIANA - SMITS 3, ROSE 2, CROSHERE, D DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-7 (.429), L JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 1-2, CHILDS 1-2. INDIANA 3-9 (.333), CROSHERE 1-2, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 2-4, PERKINS 0-1, BEST 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, GEORGE TOLIVER, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 18,345. T - 2:26.


Box Score

NEW YORK (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 3-16 0-0 4-9 5 3 6 Sprewell 38 7-16 3-4 0-5 4 1 17 Ewing 38 10-18 3-4 1-9 1 2 23 Houston 37 7-13 2-2 0-1 3 5 17 Ward 24 2-4 0-0 1-4 2 4 5 Camby 28 8-14 0-0 4-10 1 3 16 Childs 24 2-4 0-0 0-3 4 2 5 Thomas 14 1-2 0-0 0-2 1 5 2 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-87 8-10 10-43 21 25 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.460, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (L Johnson 0-1, Houston 1-2, Ward 1-2, Childs 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Ewing, Camby). Turnovers: 14 (Sprewell 4, Houston 3, Childs 2, Ewing 2, L Johnson 2, Camby). Steals: 3 (Ewing 2, Houston).

INDIANA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Croshere 35 3-5 2-2 0-8 0 1 9 Rose 44 10-18 8-10 0-7 5 3 28 Smits 31 8-17 4-5 1-6 0 5 20 Jackson 27 4-10 0-0 1-1 7 0 8 Miller 42 5-13 5-5 1-2 3 1 17 Harrington 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 D Davis 15 1-3 0-0 2-6 1 1 2 Perkins 19 3-5 5-6 1-5 0 2 11 Best 21 0-3 0-0 0-2 3 3 0 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Mckey DNP - strained right leg muscle Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 24-28 6-38 20 16 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Croshere 1-2, Jackson 0-1, Miller 2-4, Perkins 0-1, Best 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Smits 3, Rose 2, Croshere, D Davis). Turnovers: 13 (Croshere 4, Miller 3, Smits 3, Best, Perkins, Rose). Steals: 7 (Miller 3, Rose 3, Best). ____________________________________________ New York 25 26 26 14 - 91 Indiana 22 29 20 24 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:26. Officials: Dan Crawford, George Toliver, Derrick Stafford.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- See you in May.

In a playoff atmosphere, the Indiana Pacers clinched a playoff berth with a 95-91 victory over the New York Knicks, who went scoreless over the last 2 1/2 minutes.

Jalen Rose scored 28 points and Austin Croshere made a pair of clutch jumpers down the stretch for the Pacers (47-21), who became the first team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a postseason berth.

Since 1993, the Pacers and Knicks have met five times in the playoffs. Indiana had won the last two series and was favored in last year's conference finals, which New York won in six games.

This season, the Pacers have established their dominance at Conseco Fieldhouse, their new home arena. That was evident in the fourth quarter, when Indiana attempted 15 free throws to none for New York.

"We made a good run in the fourth quarter and got in the penalty early. That helped," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "It was a big win for us, a gutty victory for us. New York played as well as I've seen them play on the road in a long time."

"I have no thoughts on the officiating," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gunday said. "Everybody determines on their own what is good and bad calls."

The Pacers improved to 31-3 at home. They have won four in a row overall and 21 of 27 to open a 4 1/2-game lead over Miami in the race for home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Knicks (40-26) are six games back.

"We can't cry over spilt milk. What's done is done," said Knicks swingman Latrell Sprewell, who scored 17 points. "There's no need to get upset over what could have happened. We felt we had our shot to win. It was a heck of a game for the fans and the national television audience to watch."

A dunk by Marcus Camby, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, gave New York an 81-71 lead early in the fourth quarter. Another dunk by Camby kept the margin at 87-79 with 6:57 left, but by that time the Knicks had collected five team fouls, putting the Pacers in the bonus.

Rose made five free throws and missed a dunk before Croshere, who had nine points and eight rebounds, drilled a 3-pointer to tie it, 87-87, with 3:43 remaining.

"It was kind of like the fire drill thing," Croshere said. "I passed it to Reggie (Miller) and I just kind of tried to get out of his way, set a ball screen. They both went with him and I was wide open. I have a lot of confidence and I shot, and I was able to knock it down."

Patrick Ewing, who had 23 points and nine rebounds, made a turnaround jumper and Sprewell scored inside off a cut to the basket to give New York a 93-89 lead with 2:37 to play.

But the Knicks did not score again. Rik Smits made two free throws and Croshere tied it with a jumper with 1:49 to go. Ewing and Allan Houston missed shots around a turnover by Croshere and Smits threw in a hook to give Indiana a 93-91 lead with 51 seconds left.

Ewing missed jumpers on consecutive trips and Rose sealed it with two free throws with 4.1 seconds remaining. Indiana has won 13 straight games in rematches with foes it lost to in the last meeting.

Smits scored 20 points and Miller added 17 in his 1,000th NBA game for the Pacers, who shot 46 percent (34-of-74) from the field and 24-of-28 from the line.

"I think it says a lot," Croshere said of his club's comeback. "We've done that a lot this year. Certainly tonight wasn't as big as usual. They are a quality team and to know we can play from behind with a quality team is something positive."

Houston scored 17 points for the Knicks, who shot 46 percent (40-of-87) but were just 8-of-10 from the stripe. New York held a 43-38 rebounding edge.

"We can't worry about calls. The refs aren't perfect," said Houston. "Sometimes they make calls on a whim."

The Knicks scored the first eight points but the Pacers cut the deficit to 25-22 after one quarter behind Rose's eight points. Reserve Sam Perkins scored nine of his 11 points in the second period as Indiana pulled into a 51-51 halftime tie.

Ewing made a jumper and Charlie Ward a 3-pointer to close the third quarter and give the Knicks a 77-71 lead entering the final period.

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