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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 27 20 33 13 93 INDIANA 26 24 27 23 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 30, FRED HOIBERG 17, RON ARTEST 16 IND - REGGIE MILLER 28, JALEN ROSE 17, JEFF FOSTER 15

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - BRAD MILLER 10, ELTON BRAND 9 IND - JEFF FOSTER 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - JAMAL CRAWFORD 6, FRED HOIBERG 5 IND - TRAVIS BEST 10, JALEN ROSE 9

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

CHICAGO (93) AT INDIANA (100)

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

BRAND F 42 12-25 6-6 5 4 9 3 4 0 1 30 FIZER F 33 5-7 0-0 1 6 7 2 1 0 3 10 MILLER C 30 3-8 6-8 2 8 10 2 5 0 3 12 ARTEST G 39 6-10 4-5 0 2 2 3 4 1 3 16 HOIBERG G 41 6-11 1-1 2 4 6 5 3 0 0 17 CRAWFORD 20 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 6 3 0 4 2 C BENJAMIN 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 VOSKUHL 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GOODRICH 16 1-1 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 4 GUYTON 14 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION MERCER DNP - RIGHT ANKLE TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 35-72 18-22 11 27 38 22 22 1 17 93 (.486) (.818) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(30 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 20 3-6 1-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 7 ONEAL F 13 3-4 1-4 0 4 4 1 5 0 2 7 PERKINS C 19 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 5 R MILLER G 38 10-18 7-8 1 2 3 4 1 2 0 28 ROSE G 43 7-18 3-4 0 2 2 9 3 1 0 17 TABAK 9 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 BEST 33 3-7 2-2 1 1 2 10 1 6 2 8 CROSHERE 26 5-8 2-2 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 13 FOSTER 30 6-9 3-4 6 4 10 0 2 0 1 15 MCKEY 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION EDNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-77 19-26 11 22 33 31 20 11 6 100 (.506) (.731) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 7(14 PTS)

CHICAGO 27 20 33 13 - 93 INDIANA 26 24 27 23 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - ARTEST 2. INDIANA - ONEAL 2, FOSTER 2, R MILLER, TABAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 5-12 (.417), FIZER 0-1, HOIBERG 4-6, CRAWFORD 0-2, GOODRICH 1-1, GUYTON 0-2. INDIANA 3-11 (.273), PERKINS 1-2, R MILLER 1-3, ROSE 0-4, CROSHERE 1-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ONEAL. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TIM DONAGHY, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 18,345. T - 2:14.


Box Score

CHICAGO (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 42 12-25 6-6 5-9 3 4 30 Fizer 33 5-7 0-0 1-7 2 1 10 Miller 30 3-8 6-8 2-10 2 5 12 Artest 39 6-10 4-5 0-2 3 4 16 Hoiberg 41 6-11 1-1 2-6 5 3 17 Crawford 20 1-5 0-0 0-2 6 3 2 C Benjamin 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Voskuhl 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Goodrich 16 1-1 1-2 1-2 0 1 4 Guyton 14 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision Mercer DNP - right ankle tendinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 18-22 11-38 22 22 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Fizer 0-1, Hoiberg 4-6, Crawford 0-2, Goodrich 1-1, Guyton 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Artest 2). Turnovers: 19 (Crawford 4, Artest 3, Fizer 3, Miller 3, Goodrich 2, Brand, C Benjamin). Steals: 1 (Artest).

INDIANA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 20 3-6 1-2 1-3 1 2 7 Oneal 13 3-4 1-4 0-4 1 5 7 Perkins 19 2-4 0-0 0-2 2 2 5 R Miller 38 10-18 7-8 1-3 4 1 28 Rose 43 7-18 3-4 0-2 9 3 17 Tabak 9 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 Best 33 3-7 2-2 1-2 10 1 8 Croshere 26 5-8 2-2 1-4 2 2 13 Foster 30 6-9 3-4 6-10 0 2 15 Mckey 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Edney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 19-26 11-33 31 20 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Perkins 1-2, R Miller 1-3, Rose 0-4, Croshere 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Oneal 2, Foster 2, R Miller, Tabak). Turnovers: 7 (Best 2, Oneal 2, Foster, Tabak). Steals: 11 (Best 6, Mckey 2, R Miller 2, Rose). ____________________________________________ Chicago 27 20 33 13 - 93 Indiana 26 24 27 23 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Oneal, 8:24 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (Oneal (ejected), 8:14 3rd). A: 18,345. T: 2:14. Officials: Jack Nies, Tim Donaghy, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- As part of the Indiana Pacers' youth movement, Jeff Foster may have moved them into the postseason.

Foster had the best game of his brief career with 15 points, 10 rebounds and excellent defense on Elton Brand as the Pacers fought off the Chicago Bulls, 100-93, and took control in the race for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

Foster was a rookie last season and played very little on the Indiana squad that reached the NBA Finals. He was expected to contribute more this season but came in averaging just 3.1 points per game, sharing considerable bench time with fellow young forwards Al Harrington and Jonathan Bender.

"We kind of clap for each other and it's good for us to be able to do that (contribute)," Foster said. "I just got in there and did my thing."

But the 6-10 forward was pressed into duty when Jermaine O'Neal got himself ejected early in the third quarter and responded with clutch play. He made 6-of-9 shots, including a dunk during a late 14-4 surge.

"Anytime Jeff Foster can give you 15 points and 10 rebounds and that's his career high in points, it was sorely needed," Pacers swingman Jalen Rose said. "If we didn't get that effort from Jeff, what would we be talking about at this point?"

Brand scored 30 points but made just 1-of-3 shots in the fourth quarter, when he was defended by Foster and constantly double-teamed. He did not score in the final 6:10.

"That's a big man and they went to him a lot," Foster said. "My teammates gave a lot of help in the fourth quarter and we were able to make them use some of their other options. It was a big win for us and stopping him in the fourth quarter was definitely part of it."

"I love Jeff Foster," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "This kid really chases the ball off the boards. This kid will be a fine player."

Reggie Miller scored 28 points and Rose added 17 and nine assists for the Pacers (35-40), who averted an embarrassing loss and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Boston (34-42), which lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. Indiana has won seven straight home games.

"It's good for us and we appreciate that from the Lakers," Foster said.

The Pacers have a two-game lead in the loss column, hold the tiebreaker edge, have the easier remaining schedule and host next Friday's showdown with the Celtics, who have not made the playoffs since 1995.

"It works in our favor and we just keep trying to take advantage of it and keep winning at home and try to get them (Boston) as far behind as possible," Rose said. "When they come in here, hopefully it won't matter if we win or lose."

Former Pacer Fred Hoiberg scored 17 points and Ron Artest added 16 for the Bulls, who have lost seven straight overall and 23 in a row on the road.

Brand's jumper gave the Bulls their last lead at 87-86 with 6:10 to go. Austin Croshere made a jumper and two free throws to give the Pacers the lead for good.

After Artest's free throw, Foster dunked and Rose whipped a pass to a cutting Best for a layup and a 94-88 lead with 2:07 left. Hoiberg made a 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining and the Bulls had a chance to get closer. But Artest committed a turnover.

Miller made four free throws and Foster added two for a 100-91 advantage in the final seconds.

Croshere scored 13 points and Travis Best handed out 10 assists for the Pacers, who shot 51 percent (39-of-77) and committed just seven turnovers while forcing 19.

Brad Miller had 12 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Marcus Fizer scored 10 points for the Bulls, who shot 49 percent (35-of-72) and held a 38-33 rebounding advantage.

O'Neal took a shot to the mouth from Brand with 5:01 left in the first quarter and departed to receive six stitches. He returned late in the second quarter and started the second half with Indiana leading, 50-47.

However, O'Neal became upset when he was grabbed by Chicago's Brad Miller while trying to dunk and was whistled for a pair of offensive fouls.

"I just grabbed him. I didn't foul him hard," Brad Miller said. "I've been fouled harder than that in the past and and I'm sure he has been, too. He wasn't even jumping when I grabbed him. I don't know why he got upset."

O'Neal picked up a technical foul for arguing and glared at the offical as he moved downcourt before realizing he was out of defensive position. He threw a body block at Brad Miller to prevent a layup and was ejected with 8:24 left in the period.

"We really didn't have him then (in the first half), so we kind of adjusted," Foster said. "Unfortunately he was ejected but we had already kind of made the adjustment earlier in the game and we were able to follow through on it."

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