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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 24 18 20 31 93 INDIANA 28 22 21 29 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - KURT THOMAS 22, MARK JACKSON 15, LATRELL SPREWELL 15 IND - JALEN ROSE 25, REGGIE MILLER 24, TRAVIS BEST 16

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 10, GLEN RICE 10 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 12, JEFF FOSTER 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 8, CHARLIE WARD 6 IND - TRAVIS BEST 12, JALEN ROSE 7

ATT: 17,857


Extended Box

NEW YORK (93) AT INDIANA (100)

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

RICE F 46 5-11 0-0 0 10 10 1 2 0 5 13 THOMAS F 39 7-11 8-11 4 6 10 1 5 2 4 22 CAMBY C 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 JACKSON G 39 7-13 0-0 2 3 5 8 2 0 1 15 SPREWELL G 48 6-19 3-4 1 7 8 4 3 1 2 15 HARRINGTON 36 5-7 4-6 1 5 6 3 5 0 5 14 WARD 27 5-11 0-0 0 3 3 6 2 2 1 12 KNIGHT 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOUSTON DNP - RIGHT THIGH CONTUSION L JOHNSON DNP - SORE BACK SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-73 15-21 8 34 42 23 20 5 18 93 (.493) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 1 1 0 ONEAL F 35 4-12 3-4 3 9 12 0 4 1 3 11 PERKINS C 6 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 6 R MILLER G 43 7-16 3-3 1 4 5 3 3 0 2 24 ROSE G 44 10-18 2-4 1 3 4 7 3 2 3 25 BEST 39 6-13 3-3 0 2 2 12 2 2 1 16 CROSHERE 22 2-8 5-6 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 10 FOSTER 29 2-3 2-4 2 4 6 0 4 1 1 6 MCKEY 15 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 2 1 2 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION EDNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-76 18-24 8 27 35 26 23 10 12 100 (.447) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(9 PTS)

NEW YORK 24 18 20 31 - 93 INDIANA 28 22 21 29 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - HARRINGTON, RICE. INDIANA - ONEAL 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 6-16 (.375), RICE 3-6, JACKSON 1-3, SPREWELL 0-1, WARD 2-6. INDIANA 14-20 (.700), PERKINS 2-2, R MILLER 7-10, ROSE 3-3, BEST 1-1, CROSHERE 1-3, MCKEY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - HARRINGTON, DELAY OF GAME, INDIANA - ONEAL. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, MARC DAVIS. A - 17,857. T - 2:33.


Box Score

NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 46 5-11 0-0 0-10 1 2 13 Thomas 39 7-11 8-11 4-10 1 5 22 Camby 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Jackson 39 7-13 0-0 2-5 8 2 15 Sprewell 48 6-19 3-4 1-8 4 3 15 Harrington 36 5-7 4-6 1-6 3 5 14 Ward 27 5-11 0-0 0-3 6 2 12 Knight 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Houston DNP - right thigh contusion L Johnson DNP - sore back Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 15-21 8-42 23 20 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Rice 3-6, Jackson 1-3, Sprewell 0-1, Ward 2-6). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Harrington, Rice). Turnovers: 18 (Harrington 5, Rice 5, Thomas 4, Sprewell 2, Jackson, Ward). Steals: 5 (Thomas 2, Ward 2, Sprewell).

INDIANA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 3 0 Oneal 35 4-12 3-4 3-12 0 4 11 Perkins 6 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 6 R Miller 43 7-16 3-3 1-5 3 3 24 Rose 44 10-18 2-4 1-4 7 3 25 Best 39 6-13 3-3 0-2 12 2 16 Croshere 22 2-8 5-6 0-1 1 2 10 Foster 29 2-3 2-4 2-6 0 4 6 Mckey 15 1-2 0-0 0-4 1 1 2 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Edney DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 18-24 8-35 26 23 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 14-20, .700 (Perkins 2-2, R Miller 7-10, Rose 3-3, Best 1-1, Croshere 1-3, Mckey 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Oneal 3). Turnovers: 13 (Oneal 3, Rose 3, R Miller 2, Best, Foster, Harrington, Mckey). Steals: 10 (Best 2, Mckey 2, Rose 2, Foster, Harrington, Oneal, Perkins). ____________________________________________ New York 24 18 20 31 - 93 Indiana 28 22 21 29 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Harrington, 0:01 2nd; Delay Of Game, 0:16 4th). Indiana 1 (Oneal, 0:01 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,857. T: 2:33. Officials: Hue Hollins, Monty Mccutchen, Marc Davis.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers picked the best time of the season for their best stretch of the season.

The Pacers clinched the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff berth with a 100-93 victory over the New York Knicks as Reggie Miller made seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points.

With a revamped, inexperienced roster and a first-year coach in Isiah Thomas, the Pacers had been unable to develop any sort of consistency until April.

Indiana has been battling the Boston Celtics since the All-Star break and was in danger of becoming the second team in three years to fall from the NBA Finals to the draft lottery, joining the woeful Chicago Bulls.

However, the Pacers have won five straight games and nine in a row at home, both season highs, to clinch their 11th postseason berth in the last 12 years.

"We said we wanted to be a team that at the end of the season was playing its best basketball and we're playing pretty good basketball right now," Thomas said. "It's very rewarding to see the hard work these guys have put into it."

As the eighth seed, Indiana's reward is a first-round showdown with the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers. The Pacers defeated the 76ers in the conference semifinals in each of the last two years but the teams' roles are somewhat reversed this year.

"We understood it was going to be a rocky road," Pacers swingman Jalen Rose said. "We understood no team was going to lay down and let us run over them, especially the way we've been beating teams the last couple of seasons."

"We really can't pick," Miller said. "We're the eighth seed, they're the No. 1 seed and that's how it matches up. Regardless of who we were going to play, it's going to be tough."

Miller was 0-of-6 inside the arc but 7-of-10 behind it. He made half of Indiana's franchise record-tying 14 3-pointers. The Pacers, who also had 14 against Minnesota on February 25, made 14-of-20 shots from 3-point range.

Rose scored 25 points for Indiana, which never trailed over the final three quarters and split the four-game season series with the Knicks. Indiana also won five straight games from November 5-14.

Kurt Thomas had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who fell two games behind Miami in the race for third place in the East.

"We've just got to go out and play and not worry about where we're at," said Knicks swingman Latrell Sprewell, who scored just three of his 15 points in the second half. "At this point we're definitely watching the standings, but this game doesn't really help us."

New York played without injured starters Allan Houston and Larry Johnson and lost center Marcus Camby in the first minute of the game. It used a rotation of just six players for most of the contest.

"It was very tough to see Marcus go down with his injury, especially when we were already down two guys," Kurt Thomas said. "I just hope he can bounce back from it and the injury is not that serious."

Camby soared for a dunk and swung briefly on the rim before he flipped off and landed hard on his left side. He was on the floor for about a minute before being helped off. X-rays were negative and Camby was diagnosed with a bruised left hip.

"It's pretty sore right now," Camby said. "I just need to get treatment and we'll see how it feels. It happened so fast I'm not sure what happened. I think I just slipped off the rim and came down straight on my side. My mind was telling me to get up but my body wasn't letting me."

A jumper by Thomas pulled the Knicks within 79-77 with 6:34 to play before the Pacers scored nine of the next 10 points. Miller had a 3-pointer in the surge before Rose made two free throws and a jumper for an 88-78 advantage with 4:34 left.

"Reggie's a great 3-point shooter," Sprewell said. "Even with guys in his face, he's able to make shots. A few of the ones he made, guys were right there, he's that good of a shooter."

Indiana still held a 95-88 lead in the final minute before New York rallied. Mark Jackson drilled a 3-pointer and forced a turnover by Miller before two free throws by Thomas made it 95-93 with 16 seconds left. But reserve Travis Knight stepped over the end line while pressuring the inbounds pass and was called for delay of game.

Miller made the technical foul, Travis Best made two free throws on an ensuing foul and Miller added two more as the Pacers became just the second team since February 16 to reach triple figures against the Knicks.

Best had 16 points and 12 assists and Jermaine O'Neal added 11 and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 45 percent (34-of-76) and forced 18 turnovers, leading to 24 points.

Former Pacer Mark Jackson had 15 points and eight assists, Othella Harrington scored 14 points and Glen Rice added 13 and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 49 percent (36-of-73) and held a 42-35 edge on the boards.

"We didn't guard Reggie enough and we had too many turnovers," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said.

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