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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 30 19 20 14 83 NEW YORK 13 35 27 22 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 18, JALEN ROSE 16, REGGIE MILLER 14 NYK - KURT THOMAS 19, LATRELL SPREWELL 16, MARK JACKSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JEFF FOSTER 9, JERMAINE ONEAL 7 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 10, ALLAN HOUSTON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 5, JALEN ROSE 4 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

INDIANA (83) AT NEW YORK (97)

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

HARRINGTON F 27 2-7 1-2 0 3 3 1 5 0 4 5 ONEAL F 28 4-8 3-6 3 4 7 0 5 0 3 11 PERKINS C 18 3-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 7 R MILLER G 38 5-17 1-1 0 2 2 5 0 0 1 14 ROSE G 42 6-15 4-5 1 4 5 4 4 3 2 16 TABAK 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 BEST 30 6-7 5-7 0 2 2 1 1 1 4 18 CROSHERE 14 1-6 3-4 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 5 FOSTER 28 2-4 3-4 6 3 9 0 4 0 0 7 MCKEY 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 J BENDER 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 SUNDOV 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 29-69 20-29 11 21 32 14 25 4 16 83 (.420) (.690) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 17(20 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 15 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7 SPREWELL F 38 5-12 6-8 1 1 2 5 1 1 3 16 CAMBY C 30 5-6 2-3 3 7 10 0 5 1 1 12 HOUSTON G 37 3-14 5-5 0 8 8 3 2 0 0 11 JACKSON G 24 7-9 0-0 1 0 1 5 2 0 4 15 RICE 24 6-10 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 12 WARD 24 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 7 3 1 0 5 THOMAS 35 6-7 7-8 2 4 6 0 3 3 0 19 HARRINGTON 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 KNIGHT 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 POSTELL 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 SPENCER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 36-68 22-26 7 25 32 21 22 7 8 97 (.529) (.846) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 8(6 PTS)

INDIANA 30 19 20 14 - 83 NEW YORK 13 35 27 22 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ONEAL. NEW YORK - L JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-17 (.294), PERKINS 1-1, R MILLER 3-8, ROSE 0-3, BEST 1-1, CROSHERE 0-4. NEW YORK 3-10 (.300), L JOHNSON 1-1, SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 0-3, JACKSON 1-1, WARD 1-3. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - R MILLER. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, DON VADEN, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 19,763. T - 2:16.


Box Score

INDIANA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 27 2-7 1-2 0-3 1 5 5 Oneal 28 4-8 3-6 3-7 0 5 11 Perkins 18 3-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 7 R Miller 38 5-17 1-1 0-2 5 0 14 Rose 42 6-15 4-5 1-5 4 4 16 Tabak 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Best 30 6-7 5-7 0-2 1 1 18 Croshere 14 1-6 3-4 1-2 2 1 5 Foster 28 2-4 3-4 6-9 0 4 7 Mckey 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 J Bender 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Sundov 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-69 20-29 11-32 14 25 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Perkins 1-1, R Miller 3-8, Rose 0-3, Best 1-1, Croshere 0-4). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 1 (Oneal). Turnovers: 17 (Best 4, Harrington 4, Oneal 3, Rose 2, Croshere, J Bender, R Miller). Steals: 4 (Rose 3, Best).

NEW YORK (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 15 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 7 Sprewell 38 5-12 6-8 1-2 5 1 16 Camby 30 5-6 2-3 3-10 0 5 12 Houston 37 3-14 5-5 0-8 3 2 11 Jackson 24 7-9 0-0 1-1 5 2 15 Rice 24 6-10 0-0 0-0 0 3 12 Ward 24 1-5 2-2 0-3 7 3 5 Thomas 35 6-7 7-8 2-6 0 3 19 Harrington 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Knight 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Postell 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Spencer 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-68 22-26 7-32 21 22 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (L Johnson 1-1, Sprewell 0-2, Houston 0-3, Jackson 1-1, Ward 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (L Johnson). Turnovers: 8 (Jackson 4, Sprewell 3, Camby). Steals: 7 (Thomas 3, Camby, L Johnson, Sprewell, Ward). ____________________________________________ Indiana 30 19 20 14 - 83 New York 13 35 27 22 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (R Miller, 5:58 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:16. Officials: Ed F Rush, Don Vaden, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Whatever was bothering Reggie Miller's shooting eventually afflicted all of his Indiana Pacers teammates.

Miller negated a hot start by missing nine of his last 10 shots and the Pacers went cold in the fourth quarter of a 97-83 loss to the New York Knicks, their third straight defeat.

Miller scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting that included a pair of 3-pointers as the Pacers bolted to a 30-13 lead. But he made just one basket thereafter and heard the familiar Madison Square Garden chants of "Reggie (stinks)" in the fourth quarter.

However, Miller was not the only Pacer who stunk. After getting within one point with just under nine minutes to go, Indiana made just one basket until a meaningless layup by Al Harrington in the waning seconds.

Primarily defended by former teammate and good friend Mark Jackson, Miller made just 5-of-17 shots for 14 points.

"It's tough because you know I don't have a lot of love for that team," Miller said. "But Mark is one of my brothers. I know what Mark's capable of doing and we've been in a lot of battles together."

"I thought we played better defensively against him, but I also thought he missed some very makeable shots," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said.

Meanwhile, the Knicks methodically pulled away, using a 12-1 run over four minutes to open a 93-79 lead with 2:36 to play.

Kurt Thomas came off the bench to score 19 points and lead six players in double figures for the Knicks, who have struggled on the road of late but have won seven of their last eight home games.

"I think he was energetic defensively," Van Gundy said. "We were obviously trying to get a little more balance inside with our post players."

Reserve Travis Best scored 18 points for the Pacers, who have five losing streaks of at least three games this season. They had just two last season, when they reached the NBA Finals.

"Reggie's been great and I understand what he's going through," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "When I was in Detroit, the Pistons were dismantled and we had a tough season. But we came out and made the playoffs. But we didn't have the same components of players."

The teams meet again Wednesday in Indiana. New York has lost seven straight road games.

The Pacers scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to close to 75-74 and still were within 81-78 after a jumper by Best with 6:46 left. But they went 6:34 without a basket and the Knicks took control.

Glen Rice hit a jumper and Miller missed a 3-pointer. He was whistled for a technical foul and missed two more shots at the other end.

"We just thought that Glen Rice double-dribbled on the post and we didn't get the call," Isiah Thomas said. "That wasn't the turning point in the game. The turning point was in the second quarter. We couldn't sustain our defensive effort."

"That (violation) was obvious," Miller said. "I wouldn't say nothing if it wasn't."

Latrell Sprewell had two free throws, a steal and a jumper and Charlie Ward drilled a 3-pointer for a 93-79 lead. Ward scored all five of his points during the spurt.

"We definitely started putting a lot more pressure on them, being more aggressive," Rice said. "We realize when we go out and play defense like that, we're going to make the game much easier and we're going to be able to flow into the things that we do much better."

Sprewell scored 16 points, Jackson added 15 and Rice 12 for the Knicks, who shot 53 percent (36-of-68), hit 22-of-26 free throws and committed just eight turnovers.

The Knicks also welcomed back center Marcus Camby, who was playing the best ball of his career before missing two games with back spasms. He collected 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 11 points for the Pacers, who shot 42 percent (29-of-69) and committed 17 turnovers.

In addition to Miller's quick start, Sam Perkins scored all seven of his points in the first quarter. But the Knicks did not miss until midway through the second period and closed to 49-48 at halftime behind eight points by Rice and seven by Camby.

"I thought we did a good job of getting into the game," Miller said. "Our defense really was the reason why we got 30 points in that quarter. I think we slacked off in the second quarter and let them back in the ballgame."

"In the second quarter, we picked up the defensive intensity and got back in the game," Sprewell said.

Camby's dunk and ensuing free throw gave the Knicks the lead for good at 53-50 and triggered a 13-4 spurt. A hook by Jackson made it 63-54 with 7:17 to go.

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