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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          31   20   28   28    107  
     MINNESOTA        25   19   24   33    101     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - RON MERCER 22, JERMAINE O'NEAL 20, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 17
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 27, WALLY SZCZERBIAK 19, 
                      TROY HUDSON 18

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 11, RON ARTEST 6, FOUR 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 9, ANTHONY PEELER 5, 
                      RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 11, BRAD MILLER 4, RON 
                      ARTEST 4
                MIN - TROY HUDSON 6, ANTHONY PEELER 5, KEVIN 
                      GARNETT 4

         ATT:   15,176

Box Score

INDIANA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 36 6-14 2-2 2-4 0 4 14 J O'Neal 34 10-20 0-0 2-11 2 4 20 B Miller 30 2-8 4-4 1-4 4 2 8 R Artest 34 8-12 1-1 1-6 4 5 17 J Tinsley 30 7-9 1-1 1-3 11 2 17 J Bender 21 2-7 0-1 1-4 2 4 4 E Strickland 19 2-8 1-2 1-4 3 1 5 R Mercer 27 7-11 8-8 1-3 2 1 22 J Foster 8 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 F Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Brewer DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-89 17-19 10-41 30 24 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.895. 3-Point Goals: 2-5, .400 (A Harrington 0-1, J Tinsley 2-3, E Strickland 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:7 (J Bender 3, J O'Neal, R Artest, J Foster, B Miller). Turnovers:13 (J O'Neal 3, B Miller 3, R Artest 3, J Tinsley 3, E Strickland). Steals: 11 (A Harrington 4, J O'Neal 2, R Mercer 2, B Miller, R Artest, J Tinsley). MINNESOTA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 41 8-18 9-10 5-9 4 5 27 L Woods 11 2-2 0-0 2-2 1 0 4 R Nesterovic 33 8-13 0-1 0-5 0 6 16 W Szczerbiak 37 6-15 7-7 1-4 2 3 19 T Hudson 33 9-15 0-0 0-4 6 2 18 K Gill 15 4-8 2-3 1-2 0 4 10 G Trent 17 2-3 0-0 2-4 1 1 4 R Strickland 14 0-4 0-0 0-4 1 0 0 R Slater 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 A Peeler 27 1-5 1-2 0-5 5 2 3 I Rakocevic 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Jackson 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-85 19-23 11-39 21 23 101 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (K Garnett 2-2, W Szczerbiak 0-3, T Hudson 0-1, K Gill 0-1, A Peeler 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:6 (K Garnett 4, G Trent, R Nesterovic). Turnovers:18 (K Garnett 4, T Hudson 4, R Nesterovic 3, R Strickland, M Jackson, I Rakocevic, L Woods, W Szczerbiak, G Trent, K Gill). Steals: 8 (K Garnett 2, R Nesterovic 2, W Szczerbiak 2, G Trent, A Peeler). -------------------------------------------- INDIANA 31 20 28 28 - 107 MINNESOTA 25 19 24 33 - 101 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 2 (J Bender, 1:51 3rd; J O'Neal, 7:24 3rd). Minnesota - 2 (R Nesterovic, 4:23 1st; K Garnett, 1:51 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (J Tinsley, 0:39 4t). A: 15,176. T: 2:19. Officials: Hue Hollins, Rodney Mott, Steve Javie.


Extended Box

INDIANA (107) AT MINNESOTA (101) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 36 6-14 2-2 2 2 4 0 4 4 0 14 J O'NEAL F 34 10-20 0-0 2 9 11 2 4 2 3 20 B MILLER C 30 2-8 4-4 1 3 4 4 2 1 3 8 R ARTEST G 34 8-12 1-1 1 5 6 4 5 1 3 17 J TINSLEY G 30 7-9 1-1 1 2 3 11 2 1 3 17 J BENDER 21 2-7 0-1 1 3 4 2 4 0 0 4 E STRICKLAND 19 2-8 1-2 1 3 4 3 1 0 1 5 R MERCER 27 7-11 8-8 1 2 3 2 1 2 0 22 J FOSTER 8 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 F JONES 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 J BREWER DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 44-89 17-19 10 31 41 30 24 11 13 107 (.494) (.895) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (18 PTS) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 41 8-18 9-10 5 4 9 4 5 2 4 27 L WOODS F 11 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 4 R NESTEROVIC C 33 8-13 0-1 0 5 5 0 6 2 3 16 W SZCZERBIAK G 37 6-15 7-7 1 3 4 2 3 2 1 19 T HUDSON G 33 9-15 0-0 0 4 4 6 2 0 4 18 K GILL 15 4-8 2-3 1 1 2 0 4 0 1 10 G TRENT 17 2-3 0-0 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 4 R STRICKLAND 14 0-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 0 1 0 R SLATER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 A PEELER 27 1-5 1-2 0 5 5 5 2 1 0 3 I RAKOCEVIC 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 M JACKSON 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 TOTALS 240 40-85 19-23 11 28 39 21 23 8 18 101 (.471) (.826) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19 (16 PTS) INDIANA 31 20 28 28 - 107 MINNESOTA 25 19 24 33 - 101 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J BENDER 3, J O'NEAL, R ARTEST, J FOSTER, B MILLER. MINNESOTA - K GARNETT 4, G TRENT, R NESTEROVIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 2-5 (.400), A HARRINGTON 0-1, J TINSLEY 2- 3, E STRICKLAND 0-1. MINNESOTA 2-9 (.222), K GARNETT 2-2, W SZCZERBIAK 0- 3, T HUDSON 0-1, K GILL 0-1, A PEELER 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - J BENDER, J O'NEAL. MINNESOTA - R NESTEROVIC, K GARNETT. FLAGRANT FOULS: INDIANA 1 (J TINSLEY, 0:39 4T). OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, RODNEY MOTT, STEVE JAVIE. A - 15,176. T - 2:19.


Game Story

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- A quick start by the Indiana Pacers continued their quick start to the season. Jamaal Tinsley sharply ran the offense with 17 points and 11 assists as the Pacers extended their best start since entering the NBA with a 107-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Reserve Ron Mercer scored 22 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 20 and 11 rebounds for Indiana (8-1), which has its best nine-game start since entering the NBA in 1976. The Pacers, winners of seven straight, had a franchise-record 9-1 start in the old ABA in 1969. Beginning a stretch where it plays nine of 13 games on the road, Indiana never trailed and led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter as it handled Minnesota and swept the season series. "That is a big win for us, particularly after last night's win (over Milwaukee), because it's on the road," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "You're coming into a building where a team normally has a lot of success. ... Not many times do you get a chance to sweep the Timberwolves, and we got both." Ron Artest scored 17 points and Al Harrington added 14 for the Pacers, who have their longest winning streak since a seven-game run from April 3-15, 2001. Indiana also is doing it without veteran guard Reggie Miller, its top outside shooter who is sidelined with an ankle injury. "We're gonna be super, super dangerous when he gets back," Harrington said. "They have a lot of depth and they are not even playing with Reggie," Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett said. "They are going to be a dangerous team." Garnett scored 27 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 19 for the Timberwolves, who have lost four of their last five games. Tinsley had nine points and six assists in the first quarter, when Indiana shot 66 percent (15-of-23) from the field and opened a 31-25 lead. "We jumped out on them early, knowing that they're a good team and can make runs," Tinsley said. "We wanted to come in here and not let them get ahead on us." "We can't come out in the first quarter and let them dictate how they want to play," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. "The 31 points and 66 percent shooting in the first quarter set the tone for the whole game." Mercer scored the first six points in a 12-0 spurt that gave the Pacers their largest lead at 47-29 with 7:24 left in the second quarter. "They caught us off-guard," Minnesota guard Kendall Gill said. "They came at us and we did nothing to take them out of what they were doing. When you get a team like that hitting their shots on the road, it is very hard to stop them." The Timberwolves crept within 51-44 at halftime, but a three-point play by Tinsley started a 9-0 spurt that rebuilt Indiana's advantage to 71-55 with 5:08 to go in the third quarter. A layup by Garnett trimmed the deficit to 85-79 with 6:15 to play. Tinsley responded with a 3-pointer and fed Brad Miller and Harrington for jumpers that pushed the lead to 92-80 with 4:08 left. Minnesota got no closer than four in the final minute. "Knowing that they're a good team and that they play hard, they're not going to give up, and we knew they were going to make a run," Tinsley said. "We tried to keep our confidence and composure and keep running our offense." "Jamaal is one of those guys that he can be 3-for-16 and when you need a big shot, somehow he finds a way to make one - whether it be a 3-pointer or two-pointer," Thomas said. "He's just a gamer and you like to have him on the floor. He'll find a way to win."


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