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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 26 18 20 23 87 INDIANA 23 29 23 24 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 25, JUWAN HOWARD 15, MITCH RICHMOND 13 IND - JALEN ROSE 23, REGGIE MILLER 17, AL HARRINGTON 16

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 14, JAHIDI WHITE 8 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 12, JEFF FOSTER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 7, RICHARD HAMILTON 5 IND - JALEN ROSE 6, TRAVIS BEST 6

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (87) AT INDIANA (99)

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

HOWARD F 34 6-11 3-4 4 10 14 1 4 0 3 15 LOPEZ F 20 3-8 4-6 1 2 3 1 3 1 3 10 J WHITE C 16 0-3 1-4 3 5 8 0 2 0 0 1 RICHMOND G 31 4-13 5-5 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 13 STRICKLAND G 32 2-10 1-2 0 2 2 7 2 1 3 5 PARKS 28 3-6 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 3 0 6 HAMILTON 29 9-18 5-5 0 1 1 5 1 1 1 25 KING 16 2-4 1-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 5 MICHAEL SMITH 11 1-2 0-0 3 3 6 1 3 2 1 2 C WHITNEY 16 0-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 BOOTH 4 1-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 EKEZIE 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 31-82 23-32 12 30 42 18 23 9 14 87 (.378) (.719) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(21 PTS)

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

J BENDER F 23 3-10 3-4 0 5 5 2 1 1 0 9 MCKEY F 26 2-4 3-3 0 3 3 3 4 5 2 7 ONEAL C 28 7-8 0-3 2 10 12 2 2 0 1 14 R MILLER G 37 6-13 3-4 0 3 3 5 0 1 2 17 ROSE G 41 9-18 5-5 1 2 3 6 5 1 6 23 HARRINGTON 27 7-13 2-3 0 1 1 4 3 1 3 16 BEST 21 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 6 6 0 2 2 TABAK 15 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 0 2 4 FOSTER 15 2-4 1-4 1 6 7 0 1 1 0 5 SUNDOV 7 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 CROSHERE DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE T MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-78 17-26 6 36 42 28 28 10 18 99 (.513) (.654) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

WASHINGTON 26 18 20 23 - 87 INDIANA 23 29 23 24 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - PARKS. INDIANA - ONEAL 2, HARRINGTON, BEST, TABAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-17 (.118), LOPEZ 0-2, RICHMOND 0-5, HAMILTON 2-5, C WHITNEY 0-5. INDIANA 2-14 (.143), J BENDER 0-4, R MILLER 2-7, ROSE 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, SEAN CORBIN, DEE KANTNER. A - 18,345. T - 2:09.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 34 6-11 3-4 4-14 1 4 15 Lopez 20 3-8 4-6 1-3 1 3 10 J White 16 0-3 1-4 3-8 0 2 1 Richmond 31 4-13 5-5 0-1 1 2 13 Strickland 32 2-10 1-2 0-2 7 2 5 Parks 28 3-6 0-0 1-4 1 2 6 Hamilton 29 9-18 5-5 0-1 5 1 25 King 16 2-4 1-2 0-1 0 3 5 Michael Smith 11 1-2 0-0 3-6 1 3 2 C Whitney 16 0-6 2-2 0-1 1 1 2 Booth 4 1-1 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 Ekezie 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-82 23-32 12-42 18 23 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 2-17, .118 (Lopez 0-2, Richmond 0-5, Hamilton 2-5, C Whitney 0-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Parks). Turnovers: 15 (Howard 3, Lopez 3, Strickland 3, Richmond 2, C Whitney, Hamilton, Michael Smith). Steals: 9 (Parks 3, Michael Smith 2, C Whitney, Hamilton, Lopez, Strickland).

INDIANA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Bender 23 3-10 3-4 0-5 2 1 9 Mckey 26 2-4 3-3 0-3 3 4 7 Oneal 28 7-8 0-3 2-12 2 2 14 R Miller 37 6-13 3-4 0-3 5 0 17 Rose 41 9-18 5-5 1-3 6 5 23 Harrington 27 7-13 2-3 0-1 4 3 16 Best 21 1-4 0-0 0-2 6 6 2 Tabak 15 2-2 0-0 1-3 0 5 4 Foster 15 2-4 1-4 1-7 0 1 5 Sundov 7 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Croshere DNP - sprained left ankle T Mills DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 17-26 6-42 28 28 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (J Bender 0-4, R Miller 2-7, Rose 0-3). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 2, Harrington, Best, Tabak). Turnovers: 19 (Rose 6, Harrington 3, Best 2, Mckey 2, R Miller 2, Tabak 2, Oneal). Steals: 10 (Mckey 5, Foster, Harrington, J Bender, R Miller, Rose). ____________________________________________ Washington 26 18 20 23 - 87 Indiana 23 29 23 24 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:09. Officials: Dan Crawford, Sean Corbin, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- It was good news all around in Indiana -- Jalen Rose looked fully recovered from an offseason wrist injury and the Pacers ended their longest losing streak in nearly seven years.

Playing only his second game of the season, Rose scored 23 points as the Pacers took over in the second quarter and coasted to a 99-87 victory over the hapless Washington Wizards.

Rose appeared more comfortable than in his season debut on Thursday. He played 41 minutes, hit 9-of-18 shots from the field and all five of his free throws as Indiana snapped a four-game slide, its longest since January 21-27, 1994.

The winner of the NBA's Most Improved Player award last season, Rose made his debut against Toronto after missing the first 10 games with a broken left wrist suffered during the preseason. The versatile swingman scored 16 points against the Raptors but shot only 5-of-17 from the floor.

Al Harrington scored 14 of his 16 points in the second quarter, when the Pacers erased a three-point deficit and took a 52-44 halftime lead.

"When coach Thomas called me into the game, he told me to take my time, and it stuck," Harrington said. "I wanted to get the job done and help us out of of this four-game losing streak."

Indiana also broke a three-game skid at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Richard Hamilton collected 25 points off the bench for Washington, which has lost 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Pacers, including the last seven in Indiana.

"Every time we made a run at them they would make a run right back," Hamilton said. "We wasted a lot of energy trying to get back into the game. We have to continue to work hard, we have to stay confident."

After Thursday's embarrassing 111-91 loss to the Raptors in front of a national television audience, Rose called tonight's game a must-win and said the team needed to show more heart and a better effort.

The Pacers appeared to have taken his words to heart as they shot 51 percent (40-of-78) from the field and stepped up their defensive pressure, forcing 15 turnovers that led to 21 points.

"We understood the urgency to win tonight," Rose said. "We were embarrassed -- all of us -- last night and had to come out ready to play. We've got to be consistent."

"This was definitely a must-win. We came out aggressively and willing to do what it takes," added Pacers center-forward Jermaine O'Neal. "We don't want anymore four-game losing streaks, we must continue to improve on this."

The Wizards' offensive output was the lowest allowed by Indiana this season.

Trailing 32-31 with 8:13 left in the second quarter, Indiana exploded with a 17-4 run that opened a 48-35 lead with 3:31 remaining. Harrington scored six points, Reggie Miller added five and Rose capped the surge with a 16-foot jumper.

Rose broke out in the third quarter, scoring 13 points to give the Pacers a 75-64 cushion entering the final period.

After allowing Washington to make half its shots in the first quarter, Indiana stepped up its defense and the Wizards hit just 30 percent (13-of-43) of their attempts in the middle two periods.

The Pacers' lead never dipped below 12 points in the fourth quarter and grew to as many as 20 when Jeff Foster's 18-footer provided a 99-79 advantage with 1:57 left.

O'Neal left late in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle but returned to start the fourth and finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Juwan Howard collected 15 points and 14 rebounds for Washington, which shot 38 percent (31-of-82), made just 2-of-17 from behind the arc and converted 23-of-32 free throws.

"We had a lot of shot opportunities, but we turned over the ball too much," Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Sure, the guys are disappointed, but they have to go out and find a way (to win). It's a long season and we can't allow ourselves to be discouraged."

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