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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          25   20   20   23    88   
     WASHINGTON       18   14   21   31    84      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 26, REGGIE MILLER 13, 
                      RON ARTEST 13
                WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 28, JUAN DIXON 15, 
                      BRENDAN HAYWOOD 11

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 21, BRAD MILLER 6, 
                      JAMAAL TINSLEY 6
                WAS - JARED JEFFRIES 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 10, RON ARTEST 5, BRAD 
                      MILLER 4
                WAS - TYRONN LUE 5, JUAN DIXON 4, JERRY 
                      STACKHOUSE 3

         ATT:   20,173

Box Score

INDIANA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 27 6-10 1-2 2-2 5 5 13 J O'Neal 37 11-19 4-4 4-21 3 2 26 B Miller 29 3-7 2-2 1-6 4 5 8 R Miller 28 3-8 4-4 0-0 1 2 13 J Tinsley 36 3-9 2-2 4-6 10 3 9 R Mercer 24 4-9 1-2 0-1 3 1 9 J Foster 17 1-4 0-0 0-4 1 0 2 A Harrington 17 0-2 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 J Bender 13 3-5 0-0 0-2 0 1 8 A Croshere 12 0-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 14-16 11-45 29 20 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (R Artest 0-1, R Miller 3-6, J Tinsley 1-3, J Bender 2-2, A Croshere 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (J O'Neal 2, J Bender, J Tinsley). Turnovers:16 (R Artest 5, J Tinsley 3, J O'Neal 2, B Miller 2, A Harrington 2, R Miller, R Mercer). Steals: 10 (R Artest 3, J Foster 2, J Tinsley 2, R Miller, J O'Neal, A Harrington). WASHINGTON (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Russell 20 1-4 4-4 0-2 0 2 6 K Brown 16 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 B Haywood 24 4-5 3-3 2-5 1 1 11 J Stackhouse 39 2-16 2-2 0-4 3 2 6 T Lue 27 1-9 2-2 1-5 5 4 4 C Oakley 6 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 M Jordan 34 10-21 5-8 0-1 2 2 28 J Jeffries 24 3-5 0-0 4-7 2 0 6 C Laettner 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 J Dixon 24 6-13 2-3 2-5 4 4 15 E Thomas 19 1-5 4-4 1-5 0 1 6 L Hughes DNP - STRAINED RIGHT WRIST _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-79 22-26 11-39 18 18 84 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.846. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (B Russell 0-2, J Stackhouse 0-3, T Lue 0-3, M Jordan 3-3, J Dixon 1-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:7 (B Haywood 3, E Thomas 2, J Stackhouse, J Jeffries). Turnovers:13 (J Stackhouse 3, T Lue 3, K Brown 3, B Russell, M Jordan, J Dixon, J Jeffries). Steals: 14 (J Dixon 6, M Jordan 3, T Lue 2, J Jeffries 2, E Thomas). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 25 20 20 23 - 88 WASHINGTON 18 14 21 31 - 84 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,173. T: 2:07. Officials: Kevin Fehr, Monty McCutchen, Ron Garretson.


Extended Box

INDIANA (88) AT WASHINGTON (84) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 27 6-10 1-2 2 0 2 5 5 3 5 13 J O'NEAL F 37 11-19 4-4 4 17 21 3 2 1 2 26 B MILLER C 29 3-7 2-2 1 5 6 4 5 0 2 8 R MILLER G 28 3-8 4-4 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 13 J TINSLEY G 36 3-9 2-2 4 2 6 10 3 2 3 9 R MERCER 24 4-9 1-2 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 9 J FOSTER 17 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 2 0 2 A HARRINGTON 17 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 0 J BENDER 13 3-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 8 A CROSHERE 12 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION F JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-77 14-16 11 34 45 29 20 10 16 88 (.442) (.875) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16 (20 PTS) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B RUSSELL F 20 1-4 4-4 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 6 K BROWN F 16 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 3 2 B HAYWOOD C 24 4-5 3-3 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 11 J STACKHOUSE G 39 2-16 2-2 0 4 4 3 2 0 3 6 T LUE G 27 1-9 2-2 1 4 5 5 4 2 3 4 C OAKLEY 6 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 M JORDAN 34 10-21 5-8 0 1 1 2 2 3 1 28 J JEFFRIES 24 3-5 0-0 4 3 7 2 0 2 1 6 C LAETTNER 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 J DIXON 24 6-13 2-3 2 3 5 4 4 6 1 15 E THOMAS 19 1-5 4-4 1 4 5 0 1 1 0 6 L HUGHES DNP - STRAINED RIGHT WRIST TOTALS 240 29-79 22-26 11 28 39 18 18 14 13 84 (.367) (.846) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13 (16 PTS) INDIANA 25 20 20 23 - 88 WASHINGTON 18 14 21 31 - 84 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL 2, J BENDER, J TINSLEY. WASHINGTON - B HAYWOOD 3, E THOMAS 2, J STACKHOUSE, J JEFFRIES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-13 (.462), R ARTEST 0-1, R MILLER 3-6, J TINSLEY 1-3, J BENDER 2-2, A CROSHERE 0-1. WASHINGTON 4-15 (.267), B RUSSELL 0-2, J STACKHOUSE 0-3, T LUE 0-3, M JORDAN 3-3, J DIXON 1- 4. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEVIN FEHR, MONTY MCCUTCHEN, RON GARRETSON. A - 20,173. T - 2:07.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Jermaine O'Neal helped the Indiana Pacers build the lead. Reggie Miller helped them hold it. O'Neal had season highs of 26 points and 21 rebounds and Miller provided clutch shooting down the stretch as the Pacers edged the Washington Wizards, 88-84, for their ninth victory in 10 games. Washington has lost a season-high four straight games. The Pacers never trailed, scoring the first 10 points of the game as O'Neal tallied eight. They led by as much as 61-42 on a jumper by Ron Artest with 4:13 left in the third quarter. But the Wizards closed to 65-53 entering the final period, then rallied behind Michael Jordan and rookies Juan Dixon and Jared Jeffries. Dixon scored six points in an 8-0 burst, and two free throws by Jordan cut the deficit to 71-70 with 4:53 to go. Miller, making his season debut after missing the first 12 games with a bone bruise in his ankle, drilled a 3-pointer and added two free throws to rebuild the lead to 76-70 with 3:35 remaining. "Every big shot that needed to be made and every momentum shot that needed to be made, he made them," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "He just knows when to shoot it and when to hit it." Jordan scored a season-high 28 points but made some questionable plays in the final minute. After his jumper made it 83-80, he intentionally fouled Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley, who made two free throws with 40 seconds left. Jordan drew a foul, but split the pair from the line. He made a steal and drew another foul but again made 1-of-2, making it 85-82 with 27 seconds to go. Miller, who has been the NBA's top free-throw shooter in three of the last four seasons, sank two foul shots for an 87-82 lead with 23 seconds to play. He scored 13 points, making three 3-pointers. "As you all know, I'm very superstitious and the team had been playing too well and they had that streak going," Miller said. "I probably could've come back three or four games before tonight, but I wasn't going to come in and break up that chemistry. They were playing too well together, so I was just going to let the streak run its course." "It's always good having Reggie Miller," O'Neal said. "He came in and made some big threes for us. He hasn't lost a step at all. He's so effective in so many ways that he demands attention at all times." Artest scored 13 points and Tinsley added nine and 10 assists for the Pacers, who bounced back from Saturday's 15-point home loss to Detroit that snapped their franchise-record nine-game winning streak. Dixon, a local favorite who led Maryland to the NCAA title last season, had 15 points and six assists, both season highs. Jeffries, whose Indiana squad lost to Maryland in the championship game, added six and seven rebounds. "I was kind of hoping that he would take Juan out of the game because he came in and right away gave them a spark," Thomas said. "He hit some shots and stole the basketball. He was getting to the basket on the high screen and roll, and Jeffries was battling inside." Wizards guard Jerry Stackhouse, who came in averaging 22.9 points per game, was held to a season-low six on 2-of-16 shooting. "We've just been in a funk," Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "Teams get in that funk and you've got to try and get them out. Every coach goes through it." Two free throws by Dixon, a layup by Jeffries and two foul shots by Etan Thomas pulled Washington within 77-76 with 2:43 left. Pacers center Brad Miller made a pair from the line and a jumper for an 81-76 advantage with 1:53 to go, and it remained a two-possession game thereafter. "We were so far down in the game and we just couldn't get over the hump," Jordan said. O'Neal scored 14 points in the first quarter as he overpowered Kwame Brown and helped Indiana to a 25-18 lead. A 3-pointer by Tinsley widened the gap to 42-27 with 2:25 left in the first half. "It's always good to jump out, especially on the road, because it puts a team on their heels," O'Neal said. "You don't want to give anybody any confidence, especially with Michael Jordan over there." Jordan made a jumper and 3-pointer, but Miller beat the horn with a 3-pointer for a 45-32 lead. The Pacers shot 44 percent (34-of-77) and held the Wizards to 37 percent (29-of-79). Washington played without guard Larry Hughes, who has a strained right wrist.


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