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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 23 27 19 24 93 CHICAGO 21 23 17 20 81 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 20, JONATHAN BENDER 18, AL HARRINGTON 18 CHI - RON MERCER 18, RON ARTEST 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JONATHAN BENDER 10, JEFF FOSTER 8 CHI - CHARLES OAKLEY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 6, JAMAAL TINSLEY 6 CHI - KEVIN OLLIE 6, RON ARTEST 6

ATT: 17,248


Extended Box

INDIANA (93) AT CHICAGO (81)

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

FOSTER F 28 1-9 0-2 3 5 8 1 2 1 2 2 ROSE F 38 5-12 5-5 0 5 5 5 1 2 2 16 J BENDER C 46 5-10 7-8 2 8 10 1 3 0 4 18 R MILLER G 27 7-15 5-5 0 1 1 3 0 2 0 20 TINSLEY G 25 2-8 0-0 1 3 4 6 1 1 2 4 CROSHERE 29 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 4 1 0 11 HARRINGTON 24 8-12 2-2 2 3 5 2 4 2 3 18 BEST 23 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 6 0 2 2 4 P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - HYPEREXTENDED LEFT KNEE ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-80 19-22 8 31 39 27 15 11 15 93 (.438) (.864) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 30 6-12 2-2 2 1 3 6 4 1 5 16 OAKLEY F 15 2-5 1-2 2 5 7 0 3 0 2 5 MILLER C 26 2-7 2-2 3 3 6 2 2 1 2 6 MERCER G 42 7-19 4-4 1 3 4 3 3 1 3 18 OLLIE G 33 5-8 1-1 0 6 6 6 0 1 3 11 FIZER 22 1-3 1-2 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 3 CURRY 11 1-3 1-1 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 3 CHANDLER 13 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 2 2 0 HOIBERG 25 3-4 0-0 0 4 4 5 2 0 2 8 ROBINSON 23 5-11 1-2 0 5 5 1 1 0 3 11 ANTHONY DNP - PARTIAL TEAR RIGHT ACHILLES HASSELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-74 13-16 10 32 42 26 24 6 24 81 (.432) (.813) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 25(25 PTS)

INDIANA 23 27 19 24 - 93 CHICAGO 21 23 17 20 - 81

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J BENDER 3, HARRINGTON, CROSHERE. CHICAGO - ARTEST 2, MILLER 2, CURRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 4-21 (.190), ROSE 1-4, J BENDER 1-3, R MILLER 1-7, TINSLEY 0-4, CROSHERE 1-3. CHICAGO 4-7 (.571), ARTEST 2-3, MERCER 0-1, FIZER 0-1, HOIBERG 2-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: TOM WASHINGTON, DICK BAVETTA, PAT FRAHER. A - 17,248. T - 2:01.


Box Score

INDIANA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Foster 28 1-9 0-2 3-8 1 2 2 Rose 38 5-12 5-5 0-5 5 1 16 J Bender 46 5-10 7-8 2-10 1 3 18 R Miller 27 7-15 5-5 0-1 3 0 20 Tinsley 25 2-8 0-0 1-4 6 1 4 Croshere 29 5-9 0-0 0-2 3 4 11 Harrington 24 8-12 2-2 2-5 2 4 18 Best 23 2-5 0-0 0-4 6 0 4 P Brezec DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - hyperextended left knee Rogers DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 19-22 8-39 27 15 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Rose 1-4, J Bender 1-3, R Miller 1-7, Tinsley 0-4, Croshere 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (J Bender 3, Harrington, Croshere). Turnovers: 16 (J Bender 4, Harrington 3, Best 2, Foster 2, Rose 2, Tinsley 2). Steals: 11 (Best 2, Harrington 2, R Miller 2, Rose 2, Croshere, Foster, Tinsley).

CHICAGO (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 30 6-12 2-2 2-3 6 4 16 Oakley 15 2-5 1-2 2-7 0 3 5 Miller 26 2-7 2-2 3-6 2 2 6 Mercer 42 7-19 4-4 1-4 3 3 18 Ollie 33 5-8 1-1 0-6 6 0 11 Fizer 22 1-3 1-2 1-4 1 4 3 Curry 11 1-3 1-1 0-1 0 2 3 Chandler 13 0-2 0-0 1-2 2 3 0 Hoiberg 25 3-4 0-0 0-4 5 2 8 Robinson 23 5-11 1-2 0-5 1 1 11 Anthony DNP - partial tear right achilles Hassell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-74 13-16 10-42 26 24 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Artest 2-3, Mercer 0-1, Fizer 0-1, Hoiberg 2-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Artest 2, Miller 2, Curry). Turnovers: 25 (Artest 5, Mercer 3, Ollie 3, Robinson 3, Chandler 2, Hoiberg 2, Miller 2, Oakley 2, Curry, Fizer). Steals: 6 (Chandler 2, Artest, Mercer, Miller, Ollie). ____________________________________________ Indiana 23 27 19 24 - 93 Chicago 21 23 17 20 - 81 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,248. T: 2:01. Officials: Tom Washington, Dick Bavetta, Pat Fraher.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Facing the woeful Chicago Bulls was just what the Indiana Pacers needed.

Jonathan Bender recorded his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a career-high 46 minutes as the Pacers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 93-81 victory over the Bulls.

Playing without second-leading scorer Jermaine O'Neal, who is sidelined with a hyperextended left knee, Indiana posted its ninth straight win over Chicago. The Pacers (22-21) swept the four-game season series for the second straight season and avoided falling under .500 for the first time since they were 8-9.

Indiana is just 2-6 in its last eight games, with both wins coming against Chicago.

"Bender was really good at the offensive end and his rebounding tonight," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "I found a couple of more players we can go to at end of the game. We depend on Reggie (Miller) so much that now we have a couple others to look at."

Miller scored 20 points and Al Harrington added 18 for the Pacers, who have won five straight at the United Center.

"We played well and that was because we executed," Harrington said. "That's the biggest thing in our game. If we play like this, we will be successful. It feels great to win again. This was a game we had to win."

Miller did not play in the fourth quarter, but Indiana was able to stretch an eight-point advantage to 16 on Harrington's jumper with 3:13 remaining. Miller scored 13 points in the first half, but did not make a basket after the first period.

"We did the things we were supposed to and our concentration was there," Thomas said. "I've learned a lot about my team through adversity."

Ron Mercer scored 18 points and Ron Artest added 16 for the Bulls, who continue to struggle offensively. Chicago was held under the century mark for the 10th straight time in regulation.

The Pacers had allowed more than 100 points in four of their previous five contests.

"I am not sure they missed anything without Jermaine O'Neal," Chicago center Brad Miller said. "I guess we should have attacked the basket better, but it is too late now."

The Bulls took their last lead, 36-35, on former Pacer Fred Hoiberg's 3-pointer with 5:02 left in the first half. But the Pacers responded with eight straight points and opened a 50-44 lead at intermission.

Chicago committed 24 turnovers that the Pacers converted into 25 points. The Pacers had 16 miscues that the Bulls cashed into 21 points.

"We are not going to beat anybody with 24 turnovers," Chicago coach Bill Cartwright said. "It was just carelessness. We have to clean that up."

Chicago closed to 63-61 on Kevin Ollie's jumper with 1:45 left in the third quarter, but the Pacers ended the period with a 6-0 run to take an eight-point lead into the final quarter.

The Pacers put away the contest early in the final period, grabbing an 82-67 lead on Harrington's jumper with 8:27 left.

"In the fourth quarter, I just stayed aggressive and let the game come to me," said Harrington, who scored eight points in the final period.

Chicago tried to climb back, scoring six straight points to make it 82-73 on Eddie Robinson's dunk with 5:18 to go. But Jalen Rose's 3-pointer started a 7-0 burst that sealed the outcome.

"There were a lot of turnovers which leads to a lot of baskets for them," Hoiberg said. "If we take care of the ball on the offensive end and get a shot every time, it will cut down on the easy baskets."

Rose contributed 16 points and Austin Croshere added 11 off the bench for the Pacers, who overcame 4-of-21 shooting from 3-point range. Overall, Indiana shot 44 percent (35-of-80).

Ollie and Robinson scored 11 points apiece for the Bulls. Ollie started in place of Greg Anthony, who has a partial tear in his right Achilles tendon.

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