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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 32 16 28 16 92 NEW JERSEY 30 33 19 15 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 31, JERMAINE ONEAL 23, AUSTIN CROSHERE 13 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 20, JOHNNY NEWMAN 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 13, AUSTIN CROSHERE 12 NJN - KENYON MARTIN 13, AARON WILLIAMS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 7, REGGIE MILLER 4 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 10, LUCIOUS HARRIS 4

ATT: 12,465


Extended Box

INDIANA (92) AT NEW JERSEY (97)

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

CROSHERE F 29 6-17 0-0 6 6 12 1 2 0 2 13 ONEAL F 43 10-20 3-8 6 7 13 1 6 0 7 23 PERKINS C 17 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 2 R MILLER G 43 9-16 6-8 2 3 5 4 1 1 3 31 BEST G 42 4-11 3-3 0 3 3 7 4 1 3 11 HARRINGTON 22 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 2 4 1 1 6 TABAK 18 1-2 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 2 2 FOSTER 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 J BENDER 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 MCKEY 16 1-2 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 2 2 4 EDNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROSE DNP - FRACTURED LEFT WRIST

TOTALS 240 35-79 14-21 17 32 49 18 26 6 22 92 (.443) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 22(26 PTS)

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

JACKSON F 29 5-11 2-2 1 3 4 3 3 3 0 13 K MARTIN F 40 5-13 5-9 9 4 13 0 6 1 4 15 ESCHMEYER C 28 1-5 3-4 1 3 4 0 3 2 0 5 GILL G 33 6-15 3-3 1 2 3 2 2 1 2 15 S MARBURY G 40 7-19 5-7 1 5 6 10 3 0 2 20 WILLIAMS 23 2-6 7-8 3 4 7 2 2 2 2 11 OLLIE 8 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 NEWMAN 24 7-9 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 16 HARRIS 15 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 DOUGLAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCILVAINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SAMAKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 25-33 16 25 41 23 23 11 12 97 (.425) (.758) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

INDIANA 32 16 28 16 - 92 NEW JERSEY 30 33 19 15 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ONEAL 5, CROSHERE. NEW JERSEY - K MARTIN 5, JACKSON, ESCHMEYER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 8-19 (.421), CROSHERE 1-4, PERKINS 0-2, R MILLER 7-12, MCKEY 0-1. NEW JERSEY 4-11 (.364), JACKSON 1-3, S MARBURY 1-5, NEWMAN 2-3. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - R MILLER. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, TIM DONAGHY, SCOTT WALL. A - 12,465. T - 2:12.


Box Score

INDIANA (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Croshere 29 6-17 0-0 6-12 1 2 13 Oneal 43 10-20 3-8 6-13 1 6 23 Perkins 17 1-5 0-0 0-3 2 1 2 R Miller 43 9-16 6-8 2-5 4 1 31 Best 42 4-11 3-3 0-3 7 4 11 Harrington 22 3-5 0-0 1-2 2 4 6 Tabak 18 1-2 0-0 1-5 0 3 2 Foster 4 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 J Bender 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Mckey 16 1-2 2-2 1-4 0 1 4 Edney DNP - coach's decision Rose DNP - fractured left wrist _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 14-21 17-49 18 26 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Croshere 1-4, Perkins 0-2, R Miller 7-12, Mckey 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 5, Croshere). Turnovers: 22 (Oneal 7, Best 3, R Miller 3, Croshere 2, J Bender 2, Mckey 2, Tabak 2, Harrington). Steals: 6 (Mckey 2, Best, Harrington, J Bender, R Miller).

NEW JERSEY (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 29 5-11 2-2 1-4 3 3 13 K Martin 40 5-13 5-9 9-13 0 6 15 Eschmeyer 28 1-5 3-4 1-4 0 3 5 Gill 33 6-15 3-3 1-3 2 2 15 S Marbury 40 7-19 5-7 1-6 10 3 20 Williams 23 2-6 7-8 3-7 2 2 11 Ollie 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 1 2 Newman 24 7-9 0-0 0-1 0 3 16 Harris 15 0-0 0-0 0-2 4 0 0 Douglas DNP - coach's decision Mcilvaine DNP - coach's decision Samake DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 25-33 16-41 23 23 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.758. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Jackson 1-3, S Marbury 1-5, Newman 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (K Martin 5, Jackson, Eschmeyer). Turnovers: 12 (K Martin 4, Gill 2, S Marbury 2, Williams 2, Newman, Ollie). Steals: 11 (Jackson 3, Eschmeyer 2, Williams 2, Gill, K Martin, Newman, Ollie). ____________________________________________ Indiana 32 16 28 16 - 92 New Jersey 30 33 19 15 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (R Miller, 5:25 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,465. T: 2:12. Officials: Hugh Evans, Tim Donaghy, Scott Wall.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 10 assists to lead a balanced attack and the New Jersey Nets held on for a 97-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Johnny Newman scored 16 points, including a key jumper in the final minute, and rookie Kenyon Martin added 15 and 13 rebounds for New Jersey (5-4), which completed a 3-2 homestand by winning consecutive games for the first time this season.

"They should especially be proud since we are not fully healthy and we have a tough schedule," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "They should have a sense of pride and a sense of accomplishment but it should not stop here. We've done a good job to get to this point but we still have a lot to learn and a lot more games left."

Martin scored 14 points in the first half, when the Nets shot 59 percent (23-of-39) from the field and bolted to a 63-48 lead. Marbury added 11 points and eight assists, also throwing in a shot from halfcourt at the horn.

But Indiana rallied behind Reggie Miller, who scored 31 points. The Pacers closed to 92-90 on a reverse layup by Travis Best with 1:51 left and Miller answered a basket by Kendall Gill with two free throws with 50 seconds remaining.

On the next possession, Newman found himself open just inside the circle on the left wing and drilled the jumper, giving New Jersey a 96-92 lead with 36 seconds to go.

"We wanted to get the ball out of Marbury's hands and make someone else beat us and someone else did," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said.

Kendall Gill also scored 15 points, rookie Stephen Jackson added 13 and Aaron Williams contributed 11 for the Nets, who shot 42.5 percent (34-of-80) and beat the Pacers for just the third time in the last 11 meetings.

Jermaine O'Neal collected 23 points and 13 rebounds and Austin Croshere added 13 and 12 for Indiana, which shot 44 percent (35-of-79) but hurt itself with 22 turnovers as it could not overcome a 16-point deficit.

"You have got to adjust to whatever finds us out there," Miller said. "I think what our problem is we are getting down and having to struggle to get ourselves back in the ballgame, especially on the road. We cannot get down a couple of digits on the road because it is too tough to get back in the ballgame."

Miller made 9-of-16 shots, including seven 3-pointers. But he was just 1-of-5 in the final period as he was hounded by Gill.

"We made some big defensive plays and stopped him," Gill said. "I did not switch off on him. I did not let anyone cover him except myself."

"I think (Miller) just got tired," said Scott, who played with Miller at the end of his career. "I think all the banging and guys knocking him down really slowed him down. You've got to be aggressive and physical with Reg, he's a great player."

O'Neal also struggled in the fourth quarter, managing just three points. Overall, he missed five free throws and committed seven turnovers.

"I think I hurt my team more than I helped my team," O'Neal said. "The last four games I've shot 30 percent from the free-throw line for some reason. I think I had seven turnovers tonight so I wouldn't call it a good night for me."

Miller scored 12 points in the first quarter as Indiana grabbed a 32-30 lead. But New Jersey took control in the second period. Newman had two jumpers in a 10-1 run that opened the quarter and Marbury's fling capped a 12-3 surge.

A transition dunk by Jackson gave the Nets their largest lead at 71-57 with 6:36 remaining. But Miller scored 11 points in the remainder of the period as the Pacers cut the deficit to three points before Jackson threw in a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"We knew Indiana was going to come back," Marbury said. "They're a great team and they've been winning most of their games in the fourth quarter. We withstood their run and made a lot of big shots."

Martin blocked five shots for the Nets. Best had 11 points and seven assists for the Pacers, who have dropped two straight after winning five in a row.

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