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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 32 24 28 25 109 CLEVELAND 26 26 26 25 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 38, REGGIE MILLER 18, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 20, WESLEY PERSON 20, CHRIS MIHM 19

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JEFF FOSTER 7, JAMAAL TINSLEY 5 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 8, CHRIS MIHM 7

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 14, REGGIE MILLER 5 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 8, LAMOND MURRAY 5

ATT: 12,449


Extended Box

INDIANA (109) AT CLEVELAND (103)

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

ONEAL F 42 15-20 8-9 0 4 4 3 4 2 3 38 ROSE F 31 4-12 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 11 FOSTER C 20 4-6 2-4 3 4 7 1 4 0 0 10 R MILLER G 31 5-7 4-5 0 0 0 5 0 1 2 18 TINSLEY G 37 4-5 1-2 1 4 5 14 4 2 4 9 HARRINGTON 29 5-8 1-2 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 11 J BENDER 27 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 4 3 0 2 6 BEST 12 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 ROGERS 11 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 2 J BREWER DNP - COACH'S DECISION CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-70 18-24 4 24 28 33 21 7 13 109 (.614) (.750) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

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

JONES F 33 3-9 1-2 2 2 4 3 2 0 0 9 MURRAY F 24 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 1 1 8 MIHM C 38 8-16 3-3 3 4 7 1 4 0 1 19 MILLER G 38 7-12 6-8 3 5 8 8 5 1 4 20 PERSON G 38 7-13 3-3 0 1 1 4 0 1 3 20 SKINNER 22 3-5 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 6 COLES 10 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 DAVIS 16 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 3 2 ILGAUSKAS 15 1-6 5-6 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 7 STITH 6 4-6 1-1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 10 DIOP DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-78 19-23 11 20 31 24 19 6 12 103 (.500) (.826) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

INDIANA 32 24 28 25 - 109 CLEVELAND 26 26 26 25 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ONEAL, ROSE, FOSTER. CLEVELAND - MIHM 2, MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-7 (.714), ROSE 1-2, R MILLER 4-5. CLEVELAND 6-13 (.462), JONES 2-4, MILLER 0-1, PERSON 3-7, STITH 1-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - HEAD COACH THOMAS, CLEVELAND - HEAD COACH LUCAS. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, BENNIE ADAMS, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 12,449. T - 2:09.


Box Score

INDIANA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 42 15-20 8-9 0-4 3 4 38 Rose 31 4-12 2-2 0-2 2 2 11 Foster 20 4-6 2-4 3-7 1 4 10 R Miller 31 5-7 4-5 0-0 5 0 18 Tinsley 37 4-5 1-2 1-5 14 4 9 Harrington 29 5-8 1-2 0-3 2 2 11 J Bender 27 3-6 0-0 0-4 4 3 6 Best 12 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Rogers 11 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 1 2 J Brewer DNP - coach's decision Croshere DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-70 18-24 4-28 33 21 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.614, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-7, .714 (Rose 1-2, R Miller 4-5). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Oneal, Rose, Foster). Turnovers: 13 (Tinsley 4, Oneal 3, J Bender 2, R Miller 2, Rose 2). Steals: 7 (Oneal 2, Tinsley 2, Harrington, R Miller, Rose).

CLEVELAND (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jones 33 3-9 1-2 2-4 3 2 9 Murray 24 4-6 0-0 0-1 5 2 8 Mihm 38 8-16 3-3 3-7 1 4 19 Miller 38 7-12 6-8 3-8 8 5 20 Person 38 7-13 3-3 0-1 4 0 20 Skinner 22 3-5 0-0 2-6 0 3 6 Coles 10 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Davis 16 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Ilgauskas 15 1-6 5-6 0-2 0 2 7 Stith 6 4-6 1-1 1-1 0 0 10 Diop DNP - coach's decision Langdon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 19-23 11-31 24 19 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Jones 2-4, Miller 0-1, Person 3-7, Stith 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Mihm 2, Miller). Turnovers: 12 (Miller 4, Davis 3, Person 3, Mihm, Murray). Steals: 6 (Davis, Ilgauskas, Miller, Murray, Person, Stith). ____________________________________________ Indiana 32 24 28 25 - 109 Cleveland 26 26 26 25 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Head Coach Thomas, 7:24 3rd). Cleveland 1 (Head Coach Lucas, 7:04 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,449. T: 2:09. Officials: Joe Crawford, Bennie Adams, Tom Washington.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Jermaine O'Neal remained red-hot, but the Indiana Pacers almost wasted his effort.

O'Neal scored a career-high 38 points and had a crucial blocked shot in the final minute as the Pacers held on for their seventh straight road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 109-103.

The 23-year-old power forward has netted at least 20 points in eight of his last nine games. He scored 14 in the first half on 7-of-10 shooting and 14 in the third quarter as Indiana established a 84-78 lead through 36 minutes.

O'Neal went 15-of-20 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.

"The Cavs tried to double early," O'Neal said. "By having (Reggie) Miller and (Jalen) Rose and those guys spotting up, it's really tough for teams to double up off those guys."

The Pacers extended the advantage to nine points with just over 2 1/2 minutes left, but Bryant Stith made a jumper, a layup and a free throw in a 35-second span.

Stith, who scored all of his 10 points during the final 1:55, converted another layup with 50 seconds remaining to cut the Cavs' deficit to 103-100.

"If I knew he was going to play like that, I would have started him," Cavs coach John Lucas joked. "They had a bad matchup with (Jonathan) Bender, and he couldn't guard him."

Cleveland's Andre Miller, who had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, forced a jump ball with veteran Reggie Miller. The Cavs controlled the tip, but Jumaine Jones missed a potential tying shot from beyond the arc.

"It felt good once it left my hand," Jones said. "I thought it went in, but it didn't happen."

O'Neal blocked Stith's attempt off the rebound with 27.3 seconds left to help secure the Pacers' fourth consecutive win in the series.

"I never saw him," Stith said. "I beat my defender, but I didn't see the rotation help from the weak side."

"All night, those guys were driving and I didn't block any shots," O'Neal said. "Bryant Stith drove to the lane a play or two earlier and got one in on me. That really made me upset. So I wanted to get in there and do something, get a rebound or block a shot, and I was able to do it."

Stith capped his remarkable stint by nailing a 3-pointer with less than five seconds left to make it 105-103. But Rose and Miller sealed it from the line.

O'Neal's career high was 30 points, which he reached twice. He also scored 30 last April 18 in the Pacers' last visit to Gund Arena.

"There's something about this building," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "The rims look as wide as an ocean to him. I mean, he's making everything."

It's been a big week for O'Neal, who scored 29 points in Friday's victory over New Jersey.

"We doubled, we did everything we could. He was just too big inside for us tonight," Lucas said. "We had no answer for Jermaine O'Neal. He just wore us out."

Playing his sixth season after entering the NBA out of high school, O'Neal had 27 points and 16 rebounds on Wednesday, when the Pacers fell to Toronto.

"I'm not concerned if he becomes the leading scorer or not," Thomas said. "But I am concerned, if we're going to get to the next level, if we're going to become a championship-caliber team, we've got to have an inside attack. For so long, the Pacers were known as a jump-shooting team. Consequently, we couldn't get to the foul line."

Miller made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points and rookie Jamaal Tinsley dished out 14 assists.

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