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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 18 21 16 30 85 MILWAUKEE 30 25 30 19 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - JALEN ROSE 15, TRAVIS BEST 13, JONATHAN BENDER 13 MIL - SAM CASSELL 23, GLENN ROBINSON 22, RAY ALLEN 20

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 MIL - SCOTT WILLIAMS 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 7, ZAN TABAK 4 MIL - SAM CASSELL 9, RAY ALLEN 5

ATT: 17,517


Extended Box

INDIANA (85) AT MILWAUKEE (104)

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

MCKEY F 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 ONEAL F 26 2-2 3-6 3 9 12 0 3 0 3 7 SUNDOV C 13 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 R MILLER G 24 4-8 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 10 ROSE G 25 5-11 4-4 0 1 1 2 4 1 2 15 BEST 28 5-10 2-2 0 1 1 7 3 0 1 13 FOSTER 22 2-5 0-0 1 5 6 2 2 1 2 4 HARRINGTON 34 4-10 1-1 0 6 6 2 3 1 3 9 CROSHERE 19 3-4 5-6 1 3 4 1 1 0 1 11 TABAK 17 0-2 1-2 0 4 4 4 2 0 4 1 J BENDER 24 4-7 4-5 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 13 T MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-64 22-28 5 34 39 21 22 3 19 85 (.469) (.786) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 20(21 PTS)

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

ROBINSON F 30 7-13 7-9 1 7 8 1 0 1 2 22 S WILLIAMS F 21 3-6 0-0 3 6 9 0 2 0 0 6 POPE C 31 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 1 0 4 ALLEN G 37 8-17 2-2 1 1 2 5 4 1 0 20 CASSELL G 27 10-15 3-3 2 4 6 9 2 2 2 23 THOMAS 29 4-13 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 10 JOHNSON 11 1-2 5-6 6 2 8 1 0 0 0 7 HUNTER 26 3-11 0-2 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 6 KERSEY 19 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 2 5 1 0 4 PRZYBILLA 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ALSTON 6 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 CAFFEY DNP - SORE LEFT LEG

TOTALS 240 41-91 17-22 14 27 41 26 21 6 5 104 (.451) (.773) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 5(6 PTS)

INDIANA 18 21 16 30 - 85 MILWAUKEE 30 25 30 19 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - TABAK 2, ROSE, J BENDER. MILWAUKEE - ALLEN, KERSEY, JOHNSON, ROBINSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 3-9 (.333), R MILLER 0-3, ROSE 1-2, BEST 1-2, FOSTER 0-1, J BENDER 1-1. MILWAUKEE 5-15 (.333), ROBINSON 1-2, ALLEN 2-4, THOMAS 2-6, HUNTER 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, RON OLESIAK, KEVIN FEHR. A - 17,517. T - 2:01.


Box Score

INDIANA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mckey 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Oneal 26 2-2 3-6 3-12 0 3 7 Sundov 13 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 0 2 R Miller 24 4-8 2-2 0-0 1 1 10 Rose 25 5-11 4-4 0-1 2 4 15 Best 28 5-10 2-2 0-1 7 3 13 Foster 22 2-5 0-0 1-6 2 2 4 Harrington 34 4-10 1-1 0-6 2 3 9 Croshere 19 3-4 5-6 1-4 1 1 11 Tabak 17 0-2 1-2 0-4 4 2 1 J Bender 24 4-7 4-5 0-2 1 3 13 T Mills DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-64 22-28 5-39 21 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (R Miller 0-3, Rose 1-2, Best 1-2, Foster 0-1, J Bender 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Tabak 2, Rose, J Bender). Turnovers: 20 (Tabak 4, Harrington 3, Oneal 3, Foster 2, Rose 2, Best, Croshere, J Bender, Mckey, R Miller). Steals: 3 (Foster, Harrington, Rose).

MILWAUKEE (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 30 7-13 7-9 1-8 1 0 22 S Williams 21 3-6 0-0 3-9 0 2 6 Pope 31 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 5 4 Allen 37 8-17 2-2 1-2 5 4 20 Cassell 27 10-15 3-3 2-6 9 2 23 Thomas 29 4-13 0-0 1-2 1 0 10 Johnson 11 1-2 5-6 6-8 1 0 7 Hunter 26 3-11 0-2 0-2 4 2 6 Kersey 19 2-5 0-0 0-4 2 5 4 Przybilla 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Alston 6 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Caffey DNP - sore left leg _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-91 17-22 14-41 26 21 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Robinson 1-2, Allen 2-4, Thomas 2-6, Hunter 0-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Allen, Kersey, Johnson, Robinson). Turnovers: 5 (Cassell 2, Robinson 2, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Cassell 2, Allen, Kersey, Pope, Robinson). ____________________________________________ Indiana 18 21 16 30 - 85 Milwaukee 30 25 30 19 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,517. T: 2:01. Officials: Ed F Rush, Ron Olesiak, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Sam Cassell, Glenn Robinson and Ray Allen never gave the Indiana Pacers a chance.

The trio combined for 24 points in the first quarter, when the first-place Milwaukee Bucks pulled away for good, rolling to a 104-85 rout of their Central Division rivals.

Cassell buried his first two jumpers, giving Milwaukee a 4-2 lead it would not surrender. Allen and Robinson, both of whom are headed to the All-Star Game, combined for 12 of the next 16 points as Milwaukee raced to a 20-6 lead with 4:22 remaining in the opening period.

"I saw fatigue in them tonight," Cassell said of the Pacers, who were coming off a 103-94 win over Denver on Friday. "We pushed the ball early and got the game going. When I get myself going early it makes it easier for me to get the rest of the guys going."

Down 30-18 after 12 minutes, the Pacers showed signs of life in the second quarter, pulling within seven points on two occasions before again being buried.

"We went after them early," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "They seemed fatigued. Ray and Sam were fantastic. Sam put on a clinic operating the pick-and-roll. We passed the ball extremely well tonight and that made the game easy for us."

Cassell made a 10-footer and fed Tim Thomas for a 3-pointer that made it 41-31. Robinson converted a three-point play and made six free throws before Lindsey Hunter ended the dominant half by beating the buzzer with a running jumper as Milwaukee opened a 55-39 cushion at intermission.

"It's very important that we start games well," Allen said. "We need to make solid, easy plays early and if we did that and get into a flow, we'll win. Usually, we're as good a team as there is in the Eastern Conference. But we need to prove that every night. No one is going to lay down to us and let us beat them."

Cassell scored 23 points, Robinson added 22 and Allen 20 as Milwaukee improved to 2-1 against Indiana this season. None of the three played more than two minutes in the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee scored 21 points off Indiana turnovers while giving the ball away just five times -- matching a franchise record established on January 3, 1993 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pacers and Bucks staged a thrilling first-round playoff series last season, one which Indiana won with a heart-stopping 96-95 triumph in the decisive fifth game. Saturday's game had none of that type of drama as the Pacers trailed 85-55 entering the fourth quarter.

"We remember how they used to beat us and yes, that does provide motivation," Allen said. "We won't forget that anytime soon."

Jalen Rose scored 15 points and Travis Best and Jonathan Bender added 13 apiece for Indiana, which has lost five of its last six games to slip eight games behind the Bucks.

"The first quarter really typifies the kind of game Milwaukee is capable of and has been playing this year," Rose said. "They're a very explosive offensive team."

Austin Croshere scored 11 points and Reggie Miller added 10 for the Pacers, who did outscored the Bucks, 30-19, during extended garbage time in the fourth quarter.

Thomas scored 10 points for Milwaukee, which shot 45 percent (41-of-91). Cassell buried 10-of-15 shots and handed out nine assists while Robinson and Allen combined to make half their 30 attempts.

Any hope of a comeback got taken away from the Pacers early in the third quarter. Cassell and Robinson hit back-to-back jumpers, Scott Williams dunked and Cassell and Robinson combined to make three free throws as Milwaukee opened a 66-43 cushion with 8:54 left in the period.

"(Cassell) is a great player," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "There's a lot of players in this league that deserve to be All-Stars that aren't. I think maybe the league should expand the rosters or something. But every year, there are players left off the All-Star team that deserve to be on it and Sam is one of them."

Allen hit a 3-pointer and Thomas was good from 16 feet as the Bucks made it a 30-point bulge entering the final period.

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