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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 26 24 20 18 88 SEATTLE 21 26 28 24 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 23, REGGIE MILLER 17, JAMAAL TINSLEY 14 SEA - RASHARD LEWIS 24, GARY PAYTON 20, VIN BAKER 19

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 17, AL HARRINGTON 6 SEA - BRENT BARRY 8, RASHARD LEWIS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 SEA - GARY PAYTON 12, BRENT BARRY 4

ATT: 12,695


Extended Box

INDIANA (88) AT SEATTLE (99)

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

ONEAL F 44 8-15 7-8 3 14 17 3 3 0 7 23 ROSE F 30 5-12 1-2 0 4 4 2 3 1 4 11 FOSTER C 26 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 2 1 4 R MILLER G 45 5-9 4-4 0 5 5 2 3 0 2 17 TINSLEY G 43 5-11 4-6 0 2 2 12 6 0 4 14 HARRINGTON 29 3-12 4-4 3 3 6 3 3 0 3 10 J BENDER 17 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 CROSHERE 5 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 BREWER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-69 22-26 7 31 38 23 25 3 22 88 (.449) (.846) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 22(19 PTS)

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

MASON F 34 4-13 0-0 0 5 5 1 5 1 3 8 BAKER F 33 8-15 3-5 4 2 6 0 5 1 2 19 BOOTH C 23 2-6 2-2 3 3 6 0 5 1 0 6 B BARRY G 39 5-16 6-6 2 6 8 4 3 2 0 17 PAYTON G 45 7-17 4-4 1 2 3 12 1 2 0 20 LEWIS 37 9-16 6-6 1 6 7 2 1 2 1 24 WATSON 17 1-4 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 1 2 3 DROBNJAK 6 0-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 OYEDEJI 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION RADMANOVIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION S WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-88 24-27 12 28 40 20 25 10 10 99 (.409) (.889) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(7 PTS)

INDIANA 26 24 20 18 - 88 SEATTLE 21 26 28 24 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ONEAL 3, TINSLEY, R MILLER, J BENDER, CROSHERE. SEATTLE - LEWIS 2, B BARRY, PAYTON, BAKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 4-12 (.333), ONEAL 0-1, ROSE 0-1, R MILLER 3-5, TINSLEY 0-1, J BENDER 1-3, CROSHERE 0-1. SEATTLE 3-13 (.231), MASON 0-1, B BARRY 1-8, PAYTON 2-3, LEWIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, TINSLEY, SEATTLE - PAYTON. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, JOE HENDERSON, TIM DONAGHY. A - 12,695. T - 2:08.


Box Score

INDIANA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 44 8-15 7-8 3-17 3 3 23 Rose 30 5-12 1-2 0-4 2 3 11 Foster 26 2-3 0-0 1-4 1 5 4 R Miller 45 5-9 4-4 0-5 2 3 17 Tinsley 43 5-11 4-6 0-2 12 6 14 Harrington 29 3-12 4-4 3-6 3 3 10 J Bender 17 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 5 Croshere 5 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 4 Brewer 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brezec DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-69 22-26 7-38 23 25 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Oneal 0-1, Rose 0-1, R Miller 3-5, Tinsley 0-1, J Bender 1-3, Croshere 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 7 (Oneal 3, Tinsley, R Miller, J Bender, Croshere). Turnovers: 22 (Oneal 7, Rose 4, Tinsley 4, Harrington 3, R Miller 2, Foster, J Bender). Steals: 3 (Foster 2, Rose).

SEATTLE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 34 4-13 0-0 0-5 1 5 8 Baker 33 8-15 3-5 4-6 0 5 19 Booth 23 2-6 2-2 3-6 0 5 6 B Barry 39 5-16 6-6 2-8 4 3 17 Payton 45 7-17 4-4 1-3 12 1 20 Lewis 37 9-16 6-6 1-7 2 1 24 Watson 17 1-4 1-2 1-3 1 3 3 Drobnjak 6 0-1 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Oyedeji 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Long DNP - coach's decision Radmanovic DNP - coach's decision S Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-88 24-27 12-40 20 25 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.409, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Mason 0-1, B Barry 1-8, Payton 2-3, Lewis 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Lewis 2, B Barry, Payton, Baker). Turnovers: 11 (Mason 3, Baker 2, Watson 2, Drobnjak, Lewis, Oyedeji). Steals: 10 (B Barry 2, Lewis 2, Payton 2, Baker, Booth, Mason, Watson). ____________________________________________ Indiana 26 24 20 18 - 88 Seattle 21 26 28 24 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 3 (Defensive Three 2, 5:58 1st, 8:34 3rd; Tinsley, 3:23 4th). Seattle 1 (Payton, 3:23 4th). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (Tinsley, 1:03 4th). A: 12,695. T: 2:08. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Joe Henderson, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Jamaal Tinsley has arrived as an NBA point guard. He got the official seal of approval by trash-talking with Gary Payton.

Payton had 20 points and 12 assists and spent most of the fourth quarter jawing with Tinsley as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Indiana Pacers, 99-88.

Tinsley has been the best rookie of the young season. The 27th overall pick came in averaging 11.0 points, 8.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.

The 6-1 native of New York already had posted a triple-double and scoring outbursts of 28 and 29 points. He also has been doing it without injured veteran Travis Best to spell him.

In this one, Tinsley was defended by Payton, perhaps the best all-around point guard in the NBA and a legendary trash-talker. The two were involved in an incident at the end of the third quarter and verbally went at each other throughout the final period.

"Rookies have to know that they are gonna get a lesson taught to them sometime or another," Payton said.

"I don't know who he thinks he's talking to," Tinsley said. "I'm just out there playing. I didn't like the things he did, so I just had to let him know."

Payton and Tinsley have a brief history, having jawed a bit at each other during the summer of 2000, when Payton was on Team USA and facing Tinsley on a team of college stars.

"He's all right," Payton said. "He's gonna be a good, steady little player. He's got a little dog in him."

"I've seen Gary do that over the last few years to guys who are rookies that come in this building and are stepping up to the challenge to face Gary Payton," Seattle guard Brent Barry said. "Gary's gonna challenge someone like that. I'd never wake up a sleeping dog like that."

Pacers coach Isiah Thomas agreed with that approach.

"I told (Tinsley) to leave him alone," Thomas said.

"He's with Isiah and Isiah is doing a good job with him," Payton said. "He's letting him play like he played, and that's gonna help him a lot."

Tinsley finished with 14 points and 12 assists before fouling out in the final seconds. He also committed a flagrant foul on Seattle forward Rashard Lewis, preventing a breakaway layup with the Pacers trailing 93-86 with 1:03 to go.

Payton made 7-of-17 shots and had two steals and a block without committing a turnover. Tinsley shot 5-of-11 but committed four turnovers.

Rashard Lewis scored 24 points off the bench and Vin Baker added 19 for the SuperSonics, who have won two in a row for the first time this season.

Jermaine O'Neal had 23 points and 17 rebounds for the Pacers, who began a five-game road trip with their sixth loss in eight games.

A jumper by Al Harrington gave Indiana a 70-69 edge with 2:05 left in the third quarter before Seattle took the lead for good with a 6-0 run. Payton hit a shot before Baker made two free throws and a jumper.

Just before the buzzer, Tinsley tried to draw a foul from Payton while launching a shot from just over mid-court. He was upset when there was no call and the two began jawing at each other.

"He bridged me," Tinsley said. "I shot a half-court shot. he went under me. I just told him to watch it."

"He took it a little serious, and if you want to take it a little serious, then that's cool, too," Payton sad.

Baker hit an 18-footer to open the final period and Indiana got no closer than four points thereafter. Reggie Miller drilled a 3-pointer to make it 83-79 with 6:12 left, but Lewis and Baker made layups to double the lead.

Tinsley blocked Payton's shot with just under five minutes left but lost a jump ball to the perennial All-Star seconds later. The players were hit with technicals for arguing with each other with 3:23 remaining.

"I ain't trying to get nobody's respect. I'm just out there to play," Tinsley said. "But I'm not gonna let nobody disrespect me. Certain guys just do what they want and when I said something, it was a double tech. He started it."

"With Gary, it could be anything. You could breathe wrong out there," Barry said. "Tinsley was saying some things to `G' that he really didn't appreciate. I know they weren't holiday wishes. But he's not a guy you wanna wake up at any point in the ballgame."

Barry scored 17 points for the Sonics, who shot 41 percent (36-of-88) and made 24-of-27 free throws.

Miller scored 17 points and Jalen Rose added 11 for the Pacers, who shot 45 percent (31-of-69) but committed 22 turnovers.

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