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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW YORK         32   18   17   20    87   
     INDIANA          26   17   26   20    89      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NYK - KURT THOMAS 24, LATRELL SPREWELL 20, 
                      OTHELLA HARRINGTON 12
                IND - RON MERCER 19, REGGIE MILLER 18, 
                      JERMAINE O'NEAL 16

HIGH REBOUND:   NYK - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 10, KURT THOMAS 8, 
                      SHANDON ANDERSON 6
                IND - BRAD MILLER 11, JERMAINE O'NEAL 8, THREE
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

HIGH ASSISTS:   NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 7, HOWARD EISLEY 5, 
                      CHARLIE WARD 3
                IND - ERICK STRICKLAND 6, BRAD MILLER 4, 
                      JAMAAL TINSLEY 4

         ATT:   15,331

Box Score

NEW YORK (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 44 10-19 0-0 0-3 7 2 20 O Harrington 31 5-10 2-3 3-10 0 3 12 K Thomas 44 12-23 0-0 1-8 2 2 24 A Houston 25 2-7 4-4 1-5 2 3 10 H Eisley 26 2-7 1-1 0-2 5 2 6 S Anderson 26 2-7 1-1 1-6 1 4 5 M Doleac 17 2-4 0-0 4-5 0 3 4 C Ward 22 2-7 0-0 0-3 3 0 6 T Knight 4 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 L Nailon 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Weatherspoon DNP - ORAL SURGERY L Postell DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 8-9 11-44 20 19 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L Sprewell 0-1, A Houston 2-3, H Eisley 1-3, S Anderson 0-1, C Ward 2-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:8 (K Thomas 4, O Harrington 3, S Anderson). Turnovers:12 (L Sprewell 4, C Ward 3, S Anderson 2, A Houston, K Thomas, H Eisley). Steals: 5 (S Anderson 2, C Ward, L Sprewell, T Knight). INDIANA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 22 2-8 2-2 1-3 0 6 6 J O'Neal 41 8-14 0-0 1-8 2 4 16 B Miller 40 3-8 9-9 2-11 4 2 15 R Miller 40 7-12 2-2 0-3 3 2 18 E Strickland 25 1-4 2-2 0-3 6 0 4 R Mercer 38 9-16 1-2 0-2 2 1 19 J Bender 7 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 2 J Tinsley 22 4-9 0-0 0-2 4 0 9 J Foster 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 R Artest DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 16-17 5-35 22 15 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.941. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (R Miller 2-3, E Strickland 0-2, J Tinsley 1-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:2 (J Bender, J Foster). Turnovers:12 (J O'Neal 2, B Miller 2, A Harrington 2, J Bender 2, J Tinsley 2, R Miller, J Foster). Steals: 9 (R Mercer 3, J O'Neal 2, E Strickland 2, R Miller, J Foster). ------------------------------------------- NEW YORK 32 18 17 20 - 87 INDIANA 26 17 26 20 - 89 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (Defensive Three, 5:35 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,331. T: 2:06. Officials: Ken Mauer, Steve Javie, Tommy Nunez.


Extended Box

NEW YORK (87) AT INDIANA (89) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 44 10-19 0-0 0 3 3 7 2 1 4 20 O HARRINGTON F 31 5-10 2-3 3 7 10 0 3 0 0 12 K THOMAS C 44 12-23 0-0 1 7 8 2 2 0 1 24 A HOUSTON G 25 2-7 4-4 1 4 5 2 3 0 1 10 H EISLEY G 26 2-7 1-1 0 2 2 5 2 0 1 6 S ANDERSON 26 2-7 1-1 1 5 6 1 4 2 2 5 M DOLEAC 17 2-4 0-0 4 1 5 0 3 0 0 4 C WARD 22 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 1 3 6 T KNIGHT 4 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 L NAILON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C WEATHERSPOON DNP - ORAL SURGERY L POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-86 8-9 11 33 44 20 19 5 12 87 (.430) (.889) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12 (14 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 22 2-8 2-2 1 2 3 0 6 0 2 6 J O'NEAL F 41 8-14 0-0 1 7 8 2 4 2 2 16 B MILLER C 40 3-8 9-9 2 9 11 4 2 0 2 15 R MILLER G 40 7-12 2-2 0 3 3 3 2 1 1 18 E STRICKLAND G 25 1-4 2-2 0 3 3 6 0 2 0 4 R MERCER 38 9-16 1-2 0 2 2 2 1 3 0 19 J BENDER 7 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 2 J TINSLEY 22 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 4 0 0 2 9 J FOSTER 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 R ARTEST DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION F JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-75 16-17 5 30 35 22 15 9 12 89 (.467) (.941) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12 (7 PTS) NEW YORK 32 18 17 20 - 87 INDIANA 26 17 26 20 - 89 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - K THOMAS 4, O HARRINGTON 3, S ANDERSON. INDIANA - J BENDER, J FOSTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-13 (.385), L SPREWELL 0-1, A HOUSTON 2- 3, H EISLEY 1-3, S ANDERSON 0-1, C WARD 2-5. INDIANA 3-8 (.375), R MILLER 2- 3, E STRICKLAND 0-2, J TINSLEY 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, STEVE JAVIE, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 15,331. T - 2:06.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Five nights later, it was the Indiana Pacers' turn to escape with a victory after a frantic finish. Ron Mercer scored 19 points and the Pacers withstood three shots by the New York Knicks in the final seconds to emerge with an 89-87 victory. Reggie Miller added 18 points and put the Pacers ahead to stay at 86-84 when he scored on a layup off a pass from Mercer with 1:40 left. "What I'm most proud of is we executed down the stretch," Miller said. "We had to come up with a defensive stand and we did. We had to make some big shots and we did that also." Indiana won its eighth straight home game and avenged a 98-96 loss at Madison Square Garden on Friday in which it misfired on several shots in the final seconds. A similar scenario unfolded Wednesday after Brad Miller sank a pair of free throws and Charlie Ward sank a 3-pointer with 18 seconds to go. Mercer made 1-of-2 free throws, setting up the final chance for the Knicks. New York had plenty of chances as the clock ticked down. Kurt Thomas missed a turnaround jumper before Michael Doleac missed a layup with Jermaine O'Neal defending. The ball bounced out to Allan Houston. With O'Neal and Miller closing fast, Houston rushed a shot that missed at the buzzer. "I thought Jermaine at the end of the game had about eight arms, swatting and blocking," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "It was a great effort by him. I feel great about this team, knowing what they are going through physically and mentally." Thomas had 24 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and Latrell Sprewell added 20 for the Knicks, who lost for the seventh time this season after holding a double-digit lead. The Pacers played without Ron Artest, a New York native who completed a three-game suspension for destroying a television monitor and an expensive camera in anger after Friday's loss. "We have to give a lot of credit to (O'Neal and Miller) on that last play for our win," Mercer said. "Our confidence is building in each other and now, with getting Ron back, I can only see things getting better." The Pacers, who are 15-1 at home this season, played their fourth straight game decided by three points or less. New York has lost its last three games by a combined eight points, all of them coming when it failed to convert in the final seconds. "You can say we've been in all three games and had a chance," Houston said. "If you're a pessimist, you say, 'We've lost three straight, what are we going to do?' I think right now we're somewhere in the middle." It was nowhere in the middle for Knicks coach Don Chaney. "This is a nightmare game for us, the kind you go back and don't really know what happened," Chaney said. "I haven't gotten a lot of sleep as of late." O'Neal scored 16 points and Brad Miller had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who trailed for almost the entire first half. New York built leads of 10 points on three occasions in the second quarter, the last coming on a layup by Sprewell with 80 seconds left that made it 48-38. A three-point play by Brad Miller and a jumper by Mercer cut the deficit to five before Thomas sank a short jumper to give the Knicks a 50-43 lead at intermission. The Pacers finally awoke in the third quarter, using an 11-2 run to tie the game at 63-63 with 2:41 left. Reggie Miller had a 3-pointer in the run, which was capped by a driving layup by Jamaal Tinsley. Neither team led by more than four points in the fourth quarter. Thomas put the Knicks ahead 84-82 on a jumper with 4:17 left, but that was their last basket before the 3-pointer by Ward, who had missed two previous shots from long range. Thomas took advantage of foul trouble by O'Neal to make his first six shots of the final period. He had a huge game after a frustrating night against Orlando on Monday in which he had to be restrained from going after referee Bob Delaney after picking up a fifth foul. "The refs let us play tonight. It was a hard-fought game, very physical," Thomas said. "This is a good building to shoot in and I have shot well both times this year. Unfortunately, we've come away with a loss both times." The Pacers defeated the Knicks at home for the fifth straight time.


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