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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SACRAMENTO 23 18 29 25 95 INDIANA 30 16 26 29 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAC - PREDRAG STOJAKOVIC 27, CHRIS WEBBER 26, DOUG CHRISTIE 13 IND - REGGIE MILLER 24, AL HARRINGTON 17, AUSTIN CROSHERE 17

HIGH REBOUND: SAC - CHRIS WEBBER 15, VLADE DIVAC 12 IND - AL HARRINGTON 16, JERMAINE ONEAL 15

HIGH ASSISTS: SAC - JASON WILLIAMS 5, CHRIS WEBBER 4 IND - TRAVIS BEST 12, JALEN ROSE 6

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

SACRAMENTO (95) AT INDIANA (101)

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

STOJAKOVIC F 41 11-20 4-5 0 5 5 3 2 1 0 27 WEBBER F 44 12-30 2-3 5 10 15 4 4 0 2 26 DIVAC C 33 4-10 2-4 3 9 12 2 3 0 1 10 CHRISTIE G 40 5-10 2-2 1 0 1 3 3 1 2 13 WILLIAMS G 32 4-10 0-0 0 9 9 5 3 0 3 9 JACKSON 17 1-3 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 2 1 2 TURKOGLU 18 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 6 POLLARD 15 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 BARRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION FUNDERBURKE DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-93 12-16 12 39 51 19 20 4 9 95 (.430) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 9(10 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 40 8-18 1-4 6 10 16 3 3 1 2 17 ONEAL F 29 5-14 2-4 6 9 15 1 6 1 1 12 PERKINS C 18 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 1 0 5 R MILLER G 38 6-16 8-10 0 8 8 2 1 0 0 24 ROSE G 34 5-13 0-0 0 2 2 6 2 0 1 10 CROSHERE 36 5-13 5-6 0 3 3 3 1 1 1 17 BEST 37 6-11 2-2 0 1 1 12 0 1 1 14 FOSTER 8 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 2 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION EDNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION T MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-92 18-26 15 38 53 27 15 5 6 101 (.413) (.692) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 6(8 PTS)

SACRAMENTO 23 18 29 25 - 95 INDIANA 30 16 26 29 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: SACRAMENTO - WEBBER, CHRISTIE, POLLARD. INDIANA - CROSHERE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SACRAMENTO 3-17 (.176), STOJAKOVIC 1-6, WEBBER 0-1, CHRISTIE 1-2, WILLIAMS 1-4, JACKSON 0-1, TURKOGLU 0-3. INDIANA 7-15 (.467), PERKINS 1-2, R MILLER 4-8, CROSHERE 2-5. TECHNICALS: SACRAMENTO - CHRISTIE, INDIANA - DELAY OF GAME. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, RON OLESIAK, KEVIN FEHR. A - 18,345. T - 2:09.


Box Score

SACRAMENTO (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Stojakovic 41 11-20 4-5 0-5 3 2 27 Webber 44 12-30 2-3 5-15 4 4 26 Divac 33 4-10 2-4 3-12 2 3 10 Christie 40 5-10 2-2 1-1 3 3 13 Williams 32 4-10 0-0 0-9 5 3 9 Jackson 17 1-3 0-0 2-5 1 2 2 Turkoglu 18 2-8 2-2 0-1 1 2 6 Pollard 15 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Barry DNP - coach's decision Funderburke DNP - coach's decision Long DNP - coach's decision Martin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-93 12-16 12-51 19 20 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Stojakovic 1-6, Webber 0-1, Christie 1-2, Williams 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Turkoglu 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Webber, Christie, Pollard). Turnovers: 9 (Williams 3, Christie 2, Webber 2, Divac, Jackson). Steals: 4 (Jackson 2, Christie, Stojakovic).

INDIANA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 40 8-18 1-4 6-16 3 3 17 Oneal 29 5-14 2-4 6-15 1 6 12 Perkins 18 2-5 0-0 2-4 0 1 5 R Miller 38 6-16 8-10 0-8 2 1 24 Rose 34 5-13 0-0 0-2 6 2 10 Croshere 36 5-13 5-6 0-3 3 1 17 Best 37 6-11 2-2 0-1 12 0 14 Foster 8 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Edney DNP - coach's decision T Mills DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-92 18-26 15-53 27 15 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Perkins 1-2, R Miller 4-8, Croshere 2-5). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Croshere). Turnovers: 6 (Harrington 2, Best, Croshere, Oneal, Rose). Steals: 5 (Best, Croshere, Harrington, Oneal, Perkins). ____________________________________________ Sacramento 23 18 29 25 - 95 Indiana 30 16 26 29 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Sacramento 1 (Christie, 4:19 3rd). Indiana 1 (Delay Of Game, 2:40 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:09. Officials: Joe Crawford, Ron Olesiak, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- This is what Indiana Pacers general manager Donnie Walsh envisioned when he revamped his team last summer.

The Pacers received big games from youngsters Al Harrington and Jermaine O'Neal and clutch shooting down the stretch from Jalen Rose and Reggie Miller in a 101-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

After the Pacers advanced to the NBA Finals last season, Walsh uncharacteristically retooled the team. Center Rik Smits retired, forward Dale Davis was traded and guard Mark Jackson left via free agency.

Rose and Miller remained to lead a corps of kids that included Harrington and O'Neal, neither of whom played college ball. With a new coach in Isiah Thomas, there were some predictable growing pains and the Pacers have lurked below .500 nearly all season.

However, Harrington has started to show the consistency that O'Neal has displayed all season. Inserted recently as a starter at forward, he had the best game of his three-year career with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

"All I tried to do was go out there and play hard, do whatever it took for the team to win," Harrington said. "I think we did a pretty good job to keep them off the glass."

"This is the Al we've seen in practice all the time," Thomas said. "In practice he does it all. Now we're getting that in the game."

In his last five games, Harrington is averaging 17.2 points and 9.6 rebounds. Those are numbers posted all season by O'Neal, who added 12 points and 15 boards before fouling out in the final minute.

"They both had six offensive rebounds and you can't let that happen on the road," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "That's a killer."

"I continue to say I don't think the young guys have played bad," O'Neal said. "I don't know whether you guys (media) are trying to put that much emphasis on it. Overall, I think our play has just been more consistent. We're putting it together every single night and some older guys are jumping on the bandwagon and just riding it out."

Harrington made a free throw and O'Neal added a basket and two foul shots to complete a 7-0 surge that gave Indiana an 83-73 lead with 8:10 remaining.

"The key, I felt, was Al Harrington's energy," Rose said. "He came out, he played both ends of the court, he was rebounding the ball, scoring the ball and that's the things we need from him. We need him to come and bring that effort every night as well as Jermaine."

"I think Al did a tremendous job," O'Neal added. "I think he set the tone. I think the rest of the team just got on his back and rode him out. The way he's been playing the last six games is incredible. ... He's definitely our Energizer Bunny right now."

When the Kings crept within 91-86 on a tip-in by Vlade Divac with 2:47 to go, the veterans took charge. Rose, who had an otherwise quiet game with 10 points, hit a jumper off a curl play and Miller drilled a 3-pointer to rebuild the lead to 10 points with 2:01 left.

Sacramento kept coming, but Miller made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 18 seconds. He reached a pair of milestones in the third quarter and scored 12 of his 24 points in the final period.

Miller became the 21st player in NBA history with 21,000 points. Seconds later, he became the first with 2,000 3-pointers when he buried one from the arc at the 7:12 mark of the third period.

"When you think about the pioneers that have paved the way for us to play the game, it really makes me feel humble to be mentioned in the same breath as them," Miller said.

Austin Croshere scored 17 points and fellow reserve Travis Best added 14 and 12 assists for the Pacers, who swept the season series from the Kings and have won two straight since dropping three in a row.

Indiana (29-36) moved one-half game ahead of idle Boston (29-37) in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"It's like Isiah said -- enough is enough," Croshere said. "At some point, you get tired of playing bad basketball, tired of using the excuses, tired of using the cliches and (it's) just time to go out and win."

Peja Stojakovic scored 27 points and Chris Webber added 26 on just 12-of-30 shooting for Sacramento, which completed a 2-2 road trip and dropped one-half game behind the first-place Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific Division.

"We've been on the road for what seems like three years, but it's been a week and we've got eight games at home coming up and we need to take advantage of the homestand," said Webber, who had 51 points in an overtime loss to Indiana on January 5.

The Pacers used a 10-1 run and took the lead for good late in the third quarter at 72-70 on a basket by Jeff Foster, another of Indiana's young big men. Harrington had two baskets and O'Neal had a thunderous dunk in the burst.

Indiana shot 41 percent (38-of-92), made 7-of-15 3-pointers, committed just six turnovers and held a 33-10 edge in bench scoring.

Doug Christie scored 13 points, Divac added 10 and 12 rebounds and Williams collected nine and nine for Sacramento, which shot 43 percent (40-of-93) but just 3-of-17 from the arc. Webber grabbed 15 rebounds.

Indiana led 46-41 at halftime behind 12 points from Croshere.

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