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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 17 21 27 25 90 CHICAGO 18 21 17 29 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 22, TRAVIS BEST 19, JALEN ROSE 13 CHI - ELTON BRAND 17, RON MERCER 15, RON ARTEST 14

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 13, JEFF FOSTER 9 CHI - ELTON BRAND 7, MARCUS FIZER 6

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 10, JALEN ROSE 5 CHI - ELTON BRAND 6, RON ARTEST 6

ATT: 21,454


Extended Box

INDIANA (90) AT CHICAGO (85)

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

HARRINGTON F 13 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 1 ONEAL F 33 4-12 3-4 2 11 13 1 4 0 3 11 FOSTER C 33 5-6 1-4 2 7 9 2 3 2 2 11 R MILLER G 42 6-11 7-8 1 3 4 3 2 2 2 22 ROSE G 41 4-13 5-5 1 1 2 5 5 1 5 13 CROSHERE 13 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 5 1 5 2 TABAK 16 3-4 2-4 1 5 6 0 3 1 1 8 BEST 40 5-12 8-8 0 3 3 10 6 2 0 19 J BENDER 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 PERKINS 4 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 MCKEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-65 27-35 9 34 43 23 32 9 19 90 (.446) (.771) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 45 3-8 7-9 0 3 3 6 4 2 5 14 BRAND F 33 7-14 3-6 2 5 7 6 5 1 1 17 RUFFIN C 22 2-3 0-2 2 2 4 0 4 2 1 4 HOIBERG G 26 2-4 4-4 0 2 2 4 3 0 2 10 MERCER G 45 6-21 3-4 1 4 5 3 4 2 1 15 TARLAC 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 DREW 13 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 3 MILLER 12 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 C BENJAMIN 10 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 FIZER 20 3-8 4-4 3 3 6 1 2 0 1 10 EL AMIN 9 3-3 2-3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 8 CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-70 25-34 8 24 32 22 30 7 14 85 (.400) (.735) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

INDIANA 17 21 27 25 - 90 CHICAGO 18 21 17 29 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ONEAL 5, ROSE, TABAK. CHICAGO - RUFFIN 2, MERCER, MILLER, HOIBERG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-9 (.556), ONEAL 0-1, R MILLER 3-4, ROSE 0-2, BEST 1-1, PERKINS 1-1. CHICAGO 4-10 (.400), ARTEST 1-2, HOIBERG 2-3, DREW 1-3, C BENJAMIN 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: NOLAN FINE, HANK ARMSTRONG, GREG WILLARD. A - 21,454. T - 2:27.


Box Score

INDIANA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 13 0-2 1-2 0-2 1 3 1 Oneal 33 4-12 3-4 2-13 1 4 11 Foster 33 5-6 1-4 2-9 2 3 11 R Miller 42 6-11 7-8 1-4 3 2 22 Rose 41 4-13 5-5 1-2 5 5 13 Croshere 13 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 5 2 Tabak 16 3-4 2-4 1-6 0 3 8 Best 40 5-12 8-8 0-3 10 6 19 J Bender 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Perkins 4 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 1 3 Mckey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-65 27-35 9-43 23 32 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.771. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Oneal 0-1, R Miller 3-4, Rose 0-2, Best 1-1, Perkins 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 5, Rose, Tabak). Turnovers: 20 (Croshere 5, Rose 5, Oneal 3, Foster 2, R Miller 2, Harrington, Tabak). Steals: 9 (Best 2, Foster 2, R Miller 2, Croshere, Rose, Tabak).

CHICAGO (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 45 3-8 7-9 0-3 6 4 14 Brand 33 7-14 3-6 2-7 6 5 17 Ruffin 22 2-3 0-2 2-4 0 4 4 Hoiberg 26 2-4 4-4 0-2 4 3 10 Mercer 45 6-21 3-4 1-5 3 4 15 Tarlac 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Drew 13 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 3 Miller 12 1-3 2-2 0-2 0 1 4 C Benjamin 10 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Fizer 20 3-8 4-4 3-6 1 2 10 El Amin 9 3-3 2-3 0-1 0 2 8 Crawford DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-70 25-34 8-32 22 30 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.735. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Artest 1-2, Hoiberg 2-3, Drew 1-3, C Benjamin 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Ruffin 2, Mercer, Miller, Hoiberg). Turnovers: 14 (Artest 5, Tarlac 3, Hoiberg 2, Brand, Fizer, Mercer, Ruffin). Steals: 7 (Artest 2, Mercer 2, Ruffin 2, Brand). ____________________________________________ Indiana 17 21 27 25 - 90 Chicago 18 21 17 29 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 21,454. T: 2:27. Officials: Nolan Fine, Hank Armstrong, Greg Willard.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Whether the Chicago Bulls are a dynasty or a doormat, Reggie Miller still gets up for them.

Miller scored 15 points of his 22 in the fourth quarter, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 90-85 victory over the Bulls that snapped a two-game losing streak.

During the back half of Chicago's 1990s dynasty, Miller often presented problems for the Bulls and nearly led Indiana to an upset in the 1998 Eastern Conference finals. Now that Chicago is rebuilding, Miller refuses to relent.

"I (didn't) want to talk about a loss," Miller said. "This is our third week in a row where we've played four games in five nights and we wanted to start this week on a winning note."

Through three quarters, Miller took just six shots. But he came out gunning in the fourth quarter and turned back a pair of surges by the Bulls, who have played better of late.

Travis Best added 19 points and 10 assists off the bench for the Pacers, who overcame an early 11-point deficit to beat the Bulls for the second time this year and the ninth time in 10 meetings.

Elton Brand scored 17 points and Ron Mercer added 15 for Chicago (3-22), which has lost three in a row but has been in each of its last five games.

"We are extremely close, but it hurts even more to lose by four or five points than to get blown out," Brand said. "When you lose a close game, you are doing some things right."

"It's good we maintain a stand," Mercer said. "We are right there. As long as we keep sticking around, we will start winning games."

Best scored 15 points in the third quarter to give the Pacers a 65-56 lead entering the final period. But the Bulls scored six straight points before Miller responded with two free throws and a 3-pointer, rebuilding the lead to 70-62 with 9:16 remaining.

Chicago fought back and closed to 81-80 on two free throws by Mercer with 2:07 to go. But he missed a potential go-ahead shot on the next possession and Miller made him pay with another 3-pointer over former teammate Fred Hoiberg with 1:18 left.

"Fred felt very comfortable guarding him after all the time he spent guarding him in practice in Indiana," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "We had one breakdown where he stepped out and buried a three. He does so many things for their basketball team. He forces you to think in terms of him and as a result Best and others get looks."

Brand made a free throw and Mercer scored again to make it 84-83 with 41 seconds left. But Jermaine O'Neal made two foul shots and swatted Mercer's shot, leading to Best's clinching free throws with 21 seconds remaining.

Jalen Rose scored 13 points and O'Neal added 11, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Pacers, who shot 45 percent (29-of-65) from the field and held a 43-32 edge on the boards.

Ron Artest scored 14 points and Hoiberg and rookie Marcus Fizer added 10 apiece for the Bulls, who shot 40 percent (28-of-70) and forced 20 turnovers.

The Bulls led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter but had to settle for a 39-38 halftime advantage as the Pacers put together an 18-6 run featuring seven points by Rose.

"We came out after that first half and knew we had to have a better third quarter," Best said. "We came out and focused and played much better defense."

In the third quarter, Pacers coach Isiah Thomas replaced Rose with Best at point guard and energized the offense. In a 15-3 burst, Best scored nine points before feeding Jeff Foster for a dunk that opened a 65-50 lead with 1:27 left.

"I thought we needed energy and scoring," said Thomas, a Chicago native whose mother was in attendance. "Neither (team) was getting a lot of scoring. Travis came in and penetrated and broke down their defense. That gave us a lot of flexibility at the point."

"The switch was a big one by coach," Miller said. "(It) gave us a lift and (was) why we got out to a double-digit lead early."

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