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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 21 25 21 18 85 PHOENIX 15 29 24 25 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 24, JERMAINE ONEAL 17, AUSTIN CROSHERE 14 PHO - SHAWN MARION 27, ANFERNEE HARDAWAY 16, TONY DELK 16

HIGH REBOUND: IND - AL HARRINGTON 11, JERMAINE ONEAL 8 PHO - SHAWN MARION 17, JASON KIDD 9

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - JALEN ROSE 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2 PHO - JASON KIDD 13, TONY DELK 3

ATT: 17,714


Extended Box

INDIANA (85) AT PHOENIX (93)

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

MCKEY F 9 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 PERKINS F 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 ONEAL C 44 6-17 5-7 0 8 8 1 4 0 2 17 R MILLER G 38 8-23 5-5 0 7 7 2 2 0 1 24 ROSE G 34 3-8 2-2 0 7 7 6 5 0 4 9 BEST 32 2-6 3-4 1 2 3 1 5 0 1 7 HARRINGTON 32 1-2 4-4 1 10 11 2 2 1 3 6 CROSHERE 25 4-9 4-5 2 2 4 1 2 0 3 14 TABAK 14 2-2 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 1 4 J BENDER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 T MILLS 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-74 23-27 7 40 47 15 25 1 17 85 (.378) (.852) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18(28 PTS)

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

MARION F 42 12-23 3-4 5 12 17 1 3 0 2 27 ROBINSON F 27 3-12 1-2 3 2 5 2 2 3 2 8 DUDLEY C 14 1-2 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 1 1 2 HARDAWAY G 20 6-11 4-5 2 2 4 2 0 1 0 16 KIDD G 45 2-14 8-8 2 7 9 13 3 2 2 12 TSAKALIDIS 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 2 DELK 30 6-15 4-5 1 1 2 3 4 1 2 16 ROGERS 19 2-6 2-2 0 4 4 0 5 0 1 6 BLOUNT 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 MCPHERSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GUGLIOTTA 27 2-6 0-0 2 5 7 1 1 0 0 4 SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-91 22-26 17 36 53 23 27 8 11 93 (.385) (.846) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

INDIANA 21 25 21 18 - 85 PHOENIX 15 29 24 25 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ROSE 2, ONEAL 2, BEST. PHOENIX - GUGLIOTTA 2, KIDD, MARION. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-14 (.429), R MILLER 3-7, ROSE 1-1, BEST 0-1, CROSHERE 2-4, T MILLS 0-1. PHOENIX 1-13 (.077), MARION 0-2, ROBINSON 1-5, HARDAWAY 0-1, KIDD 0-3, DELK 0-1, ROGERS 0-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - R MILLER, HEAD COACH THOMAS (EJECTED), ONEAL (EJECTED), HARRINGTON, PHOENIX - ROBINSON. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, MIKE CALLAHAN, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,714. T - 2:21.


Box Score

INDIANA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mckey 9 1-3 0-0 1-1 2 0 2 Perkins 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Oneal 44 6-17 5-7 0-8 1 4 17 R Miller 38 8-23 5-5 0-7 2 2 24 Rose 34 3-8 2-2 0-7 6 5 9 Best 32 2-6 3-4 1-3 1 5 7 Harrington 32 1-2 4-4 1-11 2 2 6 Croshere 25 4-9 4-5 2-4 1 2 14 Tabak 14 2-2 0-0 2-6 0 3 4 J Bender 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 T Mills 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-74 23-27 7-47 15 25 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.852. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (R Miller 3-7, Rose 1-1, Best 0-1, Croshere 2-4, T Mills 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Rose 2, Oneal 2, Best). Turnovers: 18 (Rose 4, Croshere 3, Harrington 3, Oneal 2, Best, J Bender, R Miller, T Mills, Tabak). Steals: 1 (Harrington).

PHOENIX (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 42 12-23 3-4 5-17 1 3 27 Robinson 27 3-12 1-2 3-5 2 2 8 Dudley 14 1-2 0-0 2-4 1 3 2 Hardaway 20 6-11 4-5 2-4 2 0 16 Kidd 45 2-14 8-8 2-9 13 3 12 Tsakalidis 7 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Delk 30 6-15 4-5 1-2 3 4 16 Rogers 19 2-6 2-2 0-4 0 5 6 Blount 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Mcpherson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Gugliotta 27 2-6 0-0 2-7 1 1 4 Santiago DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-91 22-26 17-53 23 27 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 1-13, .077 (Marion 0-2, Robinson 1-5, Hardaway 0-1, Kidd 0-3, Delk 0-1, Rogers 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Gugliotta 2, Kidd, Marion). Turnovers: 11 (Delk 2, Kidd 2, Marion 2, Robinson 2, Dudley, Rogers, Tsakalidis). Steals: 8 (Robinson 3, Kidd 2, Delk, Dudley, Hardaway). ____________________________________________ Indiana 21 25 21 18 - 85 Phoenix 15 29 24 25 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 4 (R Miller, 2:58 1st; Head Coach Thomas (ejected), 1:37 4th; Oneal (ejected), 1:37 4th; Harrington, 1:37 4th). Phoenix 1 (Robinson, 0:11 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,714. T: 2:21. Officials: Terry Durham, Mike Callahan, Marc Davis.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Shawn Marion matched a career high with 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns rallied for a 93-85 victory over the Indiana Pacers, who saw coach Isiah Thomas and Jermaine O'Neal ejected in the final two minutes.

Jason Kidd made three crucial technical foul shots in the final two minutes for the Suns, who rebounded from Sunday's 108-88 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and have won four of their last six.

"We came out with our game plan," Marion said. "We focused on it. We executed."

Kidd fell one rebound shy of his 37th career triple-double and sixth of the season with 12 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. He missed his first 11 shots from the field and finished 2-of-14 but made all eight of his foul shots.

Earlier on Thursday, Marion was selected to the Rookie Challenge Team and celebrated with his best all-around game of the season. He was 12-of-23 from the field.

"Shawn was very, very active tonight," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "When he is active like that, good things happen."

Indiana, which led by as many as 13 in the first half, took a 77-76 lead on a 3-pointer by Reggie Miller with 5:44 remaining before Phoenix put it away with a 9-2 spurt.

Miller scored 24 points and O'Neal added 17 for the Pacers, who suffered their third straight loss and finished a seven-game road trip 3-4. Late in the first quarter, Miller was slapped with the first of four technicals assessed against Indiana.

"We had a good game going and the referees decided to make it their own personal sideshow," Thomas said. "It was unfortunate the way the game unraveled at the end."

Kidd's layup with 4:22 remaining gave the Suns the lead for good before Rogers hit two foul shots and Tony Delk (16 points) dunked to make it 82-77 with 2:58 to play.

"I am very pleased with the effort," Skiles said. "Right from the very beginning, we played hard and played good defense. A lot of things went against us tonight. We were 32 percent from two (34-of-78) and seven-percent from three (1-of-13). J (Kidd) goes 2-of-14 yet still has a great game."

After Miller and Marion traded baskets, things began to fall apart for the Pacers when Al Harrington was called for a technical for going after Marion too aggressively while battling for a defensive rebound.

Thomas objected and was quickly ejected after also being hit with a technical. Kidd converted the two free throws, giving Phoenix an 86-79 lead with 1:37 to go.

"Our players and the other players in the league can't get so sensitive that you start giving the other team points," Thomas said. "I thought it was a shame the way the game ended. It was a a good, competitive game and then the officials took over with technical fouls and ejections."

On the ensuing jump ball, Kidd was whistled for a loose-ball foul and Harrington hit both free throws, bringing Indiana within five. But O'Neal was slapped with another technical and sent to the locker room.

He insisted he did not say anything to referee Marc Davis that warranted getting tossed out of the game.

"I didn't say anything," O'Neal said. "I got elbowed in the face and I told him and he just threw me out of the game. I don't know what he thought I said but I think that was kind of quick for throwing me out of the game for saying, `Watch his elbow.'"

"You fight for three quarters and you have control of the game and it comes down to officiating, which it never should," Miller said. "That was a bad, bad crew tonight. It's sad to lose a game on the road and you just wish they would officiate it fair. That's all you want."

Kidd again made the technical with 1:37 left before Rodney Rogers drilled a 16-footer with 55 seconds remaining to give Phoenix an 89-81 lead and put the contest out of reach.

Indiana used a 13-0 run that bridged the first and second quarters to open a 28-15 lead on Miller's 3-pointer with 10:38 left in the half. Phoenix responded with a 16-3 spurt, capped by Penny Hardaway's 3-pointer with 4:41 left in the period.

Hardaway scored 16 points but played sparingly in the second half due to an inflamed right knee.

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