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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHOENIX 15 26 26 14 81 INDIANA 21 29 16 19 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHO - SHAWN MARION 20, RODNEY ROGERS 18, JASON KIDD 17 IND - JALEN ROSE 18, TRAVIS BEST 18, REGGIE MILLER 16

HIGH REBOUND: PHO - TOM GUGLIOTTA 12, SHAWN MARION 11 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 15, TRAVIS BEST 8

HIGH ASSISTS: PHO - JASON KIDD 9, SHAWN MARION 3 IND - TRAVIS BEST 5, REGGIE MILLER 5

ATT: 17,616


Extended Box

PHOENIX (81) AT INDIANA (85)

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

MARION F 45 8-17 4-5 3 8 11 3 1 1 1 20 ROBINSON F 20 1-5 0-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 2 TSAKALIDIS C 12 1-2 1-2 4 3 7 0 4 0 1 3 ELIE G 26 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 1 0 3 KIDD G 41 7-20 3-4 2 4 6 9 0 2 4 17 ROGERS 36 4-18 10-12 2 3 5 2 1 1 1 18 GUGLIOTTA 31 0-4 0-0 2 10 12 1 4 3 1 0 T DELK 11 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 V DEL NEGRO 9 6-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 PERRY 9 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 4 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SANTIAGO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-80 20-27 13 34 47 17 16 9 12 81 (.375) (.741) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(4 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 17 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 2 4 2 2 6 ONEAL F 40 2-11 2-4 5 10 15 1 5 1 2 6 PERKINS C 15 3-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 1 1 7 R MILLER G 41 4-12 6-6 0 3 3 5 1 0 2 16 ROSE G 44 9-19 0-2 1 4 5 4 4 1 4 18 BEST 30 8-16 2-2 1 7 8 5 2 3 1 18 CROSHERE 23 3-11 2-2 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 10 FOSTER 20 1-4 0-2 3 4 7 1 3 1 0 2 MCKEY 6 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 EDNEY 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 J BENDER 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-82 14-20 13 36 49 19 22 10 13 85 (.402) (.700) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

PHOENIX 15 26 26 14 - 81 INDIANA 21 29 16 19 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHOENIX - MARION 3, T DELK. INDIANA - ONEAL 5, CROSHERE 2, BEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHOENIX 1-13 (.077), ROBINSON 0-1, ELIE 1-2, KIDD 0-5, ROGERS 0-3, GUGLIOTTA 0-1, T DELK 0-1. INDIANA 5-15 (.333), HARRINGTON 0-1, PERKINS 1-1, R MILLER 2-6, ROSE 0-1, BEST 0-1, CROSHERE 2-3, FOSTER 0-1, J BENDER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, TOMMY NUNEZ, BILL KENNEDY. A - 17,616. T - 2:06.


Box Score

PHOENIX (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Marion 45 8-17 4-5 3-11 3 1 20 Robinson 20 1-5 0-2 0-2 0 2 2 Tsakalidis 12 1-2 1-2 4-7 0 4 3 Elie 26 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 4 3 Kidd 41 7-20 3-4 2-6 9 0 17 Rogers 36 4-18 10-12 2-5 2 1 18 Gugliotta 31 0-4 0-0 2-12 1 4 0 T Delk 11 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 V Del Negro 9 6-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 12 Perry 9 1-2 2-2 0-2 1 0 4 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Santiago DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-80 20-27 13-47 17 16 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 1-13, .077 (Robinson 0-1, Elie 1-2, Kidd 0-5, Rogers 0-3, Gugliotta 0-1, T Delk 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Marion 3, T Delk). Turnovers: 12 (Kidd 4, Robinson 2, Gugliotta, Marion, Rogers, T Delk, Tsakalidis, V Del Negro). Steals: 9 (Gugliotta 3, Kidd 2, Elie, Marion, Perry, Rogers).

INDIANA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 17 2-4 2-2 1-4 2 4 6 Oneal 40 2-11 2-4 5-15 1 5 6 Perkins 15 3-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 7 R Miller 41 4-12 6-6 0-3 5 1 16 Rose 44 9-19 0-2 1-5 4 4 18 Best 30 8-16 2-2 1-8 5 2 18 Croshere 23 3-11 2-2 1-4 1 2 10 Foster 20 1-4 0-2 3-7 1 3 2 Mckey 6 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Edney 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Bender 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 14-20 13-49 19 22 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Harrington 0-1, Perkins 1-1, R Miller 2-6, Rose 0-1, Best 0-1, Croshere 2-3, Foster 0-1, J Bender 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 5, Croshere 2, Best). Turnovers: 13 (Rose 4, Harrington 2, Oneal 2, R Miller 2, Best, Croshere, Perkins). Steals: 10 (Best 3, Harrington 2, Foster, Mckey, Oneal, Perkins, Rose). ____________________________________________ Phoenix 15 26 26 14 - 81 Indiana 21 29 16 19 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,616. T: 2:06. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Tommy Nunez, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- After surviving a five-game road trip by losing only one game in the standings, the Indiana Pacers were thrilled to be back home.

Jalen Rose and Travis Best each scored 18 points as the Pacers held off the Phoenix Suns, 85-81, to remain tied with the Boston Celtics for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with eight contests remaining.

"We're gaining momentum and we're defitely gaining confidence in ourselves," Best said. "I'm getting more and more healthy as each game comes and hopefully I'll be able to contribute much like I did earlier in the season."

"He (Best) was huge," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas added. "He was limping around out there, playing with a bad toe, bad hamstring, bad heel, bad back, bad everything. Every time he went down the floor I cringed, but he stayed in there and hit some big shots."

Indiana was just 2-3 on the road trip but posted a crucial win in Boston on Friday before both clubs lost Sunday. The Celtics rallied to defeat Miami on Tuesday.

The Pacers snapped the Suns' seven-game winning streak and extended their home winning streak to six games. Indiana began a stretch in which it will play five of its next six games at Conseco Fieldhouse.

"We knew they had won seven in a row coming in here and were a very hot basketball team," Best said. "This helped us get up for the game and we got in the game, stayed in the game and played hard."

Indiana only shot 40 percent (33-of-82) from the field but held Phoenix to 37.5 percent (30-of-80). The Suns made just 1-of-13 from beyond the arc.

"We were wild tonight," Phoenix coach Scott Skiles said. "We took bad shots all night. Our defense was never very good. I thought we had a lot of energy but broke down. They deserved to win."

Phoenix rallied from a 50-41 halftime deficit to go up, 71-68, on Tony Delk's jumper with 8:53 remaining. But Reggie Miller, who scored 16 points, hit two foul shots to give the Pacers the lead for good, 75-73, with 6:57 to go.

After Shawn Marion's 3-pointer pulled Phoenix within 77-76, the Pacers reeled off six points, making it 83-76 on an 11-footer by Rose with 3:58 left.

The Suns closed to 83-81 on Jason Kidd's 16-footer with 2:40 to play but were blanked thereafter, missing their last five shots. Austin Croshere blocked Kidd's 16-footer with 35 seconds remaining.

"We did not come out with the intensity that we had that helped us win seven in a row," said Kidd, who scored 17 points but made just 7-of-20 shots. "We just couldn't stop them in the fourth quarter when he had to. The better team won tonight."

However, the Pacers also had trouble making shots down the stretch until Rose capped the win by drilling a 22-footer with 13 seconds to play.

Marion scored 20 points and Rodney Rogers added 18 off the bench for the Suns, who climbed back in it with a 26-16 third quarter. Indiana managed just 35 points in the second half.

Phoenix's other three starters combined for only eight points, with Cliff Robinson scoring just two on 1-of-5 shooting.

"I think we were able to throw Kidd off balance with our defense and also kept Cliff Robinson out of the game somewhat," Indiana forward Jeff Foster said. "Now we must continue and be ready for Chicago on Friday."

"Their defense made it as tough as possible for me tonight," said Kidd, who averaged 34 points in his previous three games. "We can't expect someone to go out and score 30 points every night and be a hero. At the same time, everyone has to play with the same amount of intensity."

Indiana opened its biggest lead, 56-43, on Jermaine O'Neal's dunk with 9:08 left in the third quarter. Phoenix responded with a 19-4 to go up, 62-60, on Kidd's two free throws with four minutes left in the quarter.

The Suns took a 67-66 lead into the fourth quarter but scored only 14 points over the final 12 minutes.

"We have to take care of business, not thinking of what Boston is doing," said O'Neal, who scored only six points on 2-of-11 shooting but grabbed 15 rebounds.

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