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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DETROIT          16   27   22   21    86   
     INDIANA          26   14   28   20    88      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DET - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 21, RICHARD HAMILTON 
                      16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12
                IND - REGGIE MILLER 21, BRAD MILLER 19, RON 
                      ARTEST 19

HIGH REBOUND:   DET - BEN WALLACE 11, CLIFF ROBINSON 9, 
                      CORLISS WILLIAMSON 7
                IND - BRAD MILLER 15, JERMAINE O'NEAL 9, 
                      JAMAAL TINSLEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   DET - JON BARRY 5, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5, CLIFF 
                      ROBINSON 4
                IND - ERICK STRICKLAND 5, JAMAAL TINSLEY 5, 
                      REGGIE MILLER 4

         ATT:   18,345

Box Score

DETROIT (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Curry 11 1-3 1-2 0-2 0 4 3 B Wallace 39 1-5 0-0 3-11 2 1 2 C Robinson 39 5-18 1-2 3-9 4 5 12 R Hamilton 30 6-13 3-6 1-3 0 4 16 C Billups 35 7-17 5-5 1-6 5 3 21 C Williamson 29 4-10 0-0 5-7 0 3 8 J Barry 25 4-8 2-2 1-3 5 1 12 M Okur 19 2-7 0-0 2-6 0 1 4 C Atkins 13 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 0 8 H Davis DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Sanchez DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Prince DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-87 12-17 16-48 18 22 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.379, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (M Curry 0-1, C Robinson 1-5, R Hamilton 1-3, C Billups 2-4, J Barry 2-3, M Okur 0-2, C Atkins 2-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (C Robinson 3, B Wallace 2). Turnovers:9 (M Curry 3, C Billups 2, C Robinson, B Wallace, R Hamilton, J Barry). Steals: 5 (C Robinson 2, J Barry, M Okur, B Wallace). INDIANA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 38 5-11 6-6 1-3 2 2 19 J O'Neal 42 8-18 1-6 2-9 1 3 17 B Miller 44 8-15 3-3 3-15 2 3 19 R Miller 34 6-10 9-9 0-0 4 4 21 J Tinsley 25 0-5 0-0 0-8 5 4 0 E Strickland 23 4-7 0-0 0-2 5 3 10 A Harrington 24 1-5 0-0 1-4 1 4 2 R Mercer 10 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 A Croshere DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Foster DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-71 19-24 7-41 21 25 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (R Artest 3-5, R Miller 0-2, J Tinsley 0-1, E Strickland 2-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:8 (J O'Neal 3, B Miller 2, A Harrington 2, R Artest). Turnovers:12 (J O'Neal 4, R Artest 3, R Miller 2, R Mercer, A Harrington, J Tinsley). Steals: 6 (J Tinsley 3, J O'Neal, B Miller, A Harrington). ------------------------------------------- DETROIT 16 27 22 21 - 86 INDIANA 26 14 28 20 - 88 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:31. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Jess Kersey, Joe Derosa.


Extended Box

DETROIT (86) AT INDIANA (88) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M CURRY F 11 1-3 1-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 3 3 B WALLACE F 39 1-5 0-0 3 8 11 2 1 1 1 2 C ROBINSON C 39 5-18 1-2 3 6 9 4 5 2 1 12 R HAMILTON G 30 6-13 3-6 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 16 C BILLUPS G 35 7-17 5-5 1 5 6 5 3 0 2 21 C WILLIAMSON 29 4-10 0-0 5 2 7 0 3 0 0 8 J BARRY 25 4-8 2-2 1 2 3 5 1 1 1 12 M OKUR 19 2-7 0-0 2 4 6 0 1 1 0 4 C ATKINS 13 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 8 H DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION P SANCHEZ DNP - COACH'S DECISION T PRINCE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-87 12-17 16 32 48 18 22 5 9 86 (.379) (.706) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9 (14 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 38 5-11 6-6 1 2 3 2 2 0 3 19 J O'NEAL F 42 8-18 1-6 2 7 9 1 3 1 4 17 B MILLER C 44 8-15 3-3 3 12 15 2 3 1 0 19 R MILLER G 34 6-10 9-9 0 0 0 4 4 0 2 21 J TINSLEY G 25 0-5 0-0 0 8 8 5 4 3 1 0 E STRICKLAND 23 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 5 3 0 0 10 A HARRINGTON 24 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 1 1 2 R MERCER 10 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 A CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION J FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION F JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 32-71 19-24 7 34 41 21 25 6 12 88 (.451) (.792) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13 (15 PTS) DETROIT 16 27 22 21 - 86 INDIANA 26 14 28 20 - 88 BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - C ROBINSON 3, B WALLACE 2. INDIANA - J O'NEAL 3, B MILLER 2, A HARRINGTON 2, R ARTEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 8-22 (.364), M CURRY 0-1, C ROBINSON 1- 5, R HAMILTON 1-3, C BILLUPS 2-4, J BARRY 2-3, M OKUR 0-2, C ATKINS 2- 4. INDIANA 5-10 (.500), R ARTEST 3-5, R MILLER 0-2, J TINSLEY 0-1, E STRICKLAND 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, JESS KERSEY, JOE DEROSA. A - 18,345. T - 2:31.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Jermaine O'Neal and the Indiana Pacers had to wait more than 15 minutes before they could celebrate. O'Neal sank a jumper as time expired to give the Pacers an 88-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons that did not become official until after the referees huddled to watch a replay and debated for an inordinate amount of time before declaring the shot valid. "That might have been my first in my 15 years," Indiana's Reggie Miller said. "All along, I thought it was good, but the longer it took, the more I wasn't sure because maybe they saw something I didn't." Detroit rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final 2:47 and tied it at 86-86 before the Pacers regained possession with 24.1 seconds left. Erick Strickland drove to the basket and passed out to O'Neal, who drilled a jumper from near the top of the key. Under new rules that went into effect this season, officials gathered to see whether O'Neal got off the shot in time. Television replays appeared to show O'Neal shooting with four-tenths of a second left, but the 24-second shot clock above the basket was not nearly as conclusive. As players and fans waited anxiously, referees Jess Kersey, Joe DeRosa and Courtney Kirkland discussed their options before finally calling in coaches Rick Carlisle of Detroit and Isiah Thomas of Indiana and declaring the game over. "The question was, was the ball released before 24 seconds had come off the game clock to have a shot-clock violation," DeRosa said. "Twenty-four seconds had not expired off the game clock before the ball was released from his hands. So therefore the basket was good and it was not a shot-clock violation." While Carlisle disagreed with the decision, he put up only a mild protest. "It was a split-second situation. It looked to me like the ball was still in his hands," Carlisle said. "I disagree with the decision. I respect the officials' decision. It was a tough way to lose. The bottom line is we need to play better so we're not in that situation." The Pacers appeared to be in control after opening an 86-77 lead on a pair of free throws by Ron Artest with 2:47 left. But the Pistons made a stunning rally on 3-pointers by Jon Barry, Clifford Robinson and Chauncey Billups to tie it with 51 seconds remaining. O'Neal turned over the ball with 36 seconds left, but the Pacers got it back and set up the shot by O'Neal, who scored 17 points. O'Neal was just 8-of-18 from the field and missed his last five shots before the game-winner. "The bottom line is I knew it was good," O'Neal said. "I knew the ball wasn't in my palm. Whether it was off off my fingertips or in the air, I couldn't say. But when I looked at the rim. the release felt good, so I felt it was good." But the ruling left some confused and others thankful. "I don't know what they were looking for," Barry said. "How can they say it beat the shot clock when you couldn't hear the buzzer?" "The officials, to their credit, didn't rush into their decision," Thomas said. Miller had 21 points and Artest and Brad Miller added 19 each for the Pacers, who improved to a league-best 18-1 at home. Indiana has won 11 straight games at home. Their only loss at Conseco Fieldhouse this season was to Detroit on November 23. Brad Miller had 15 rebounds and did his best to contain's Detroit's Ben Wallace, who had 11 boards. Billups had 21 points and Richard Hamilton scored 16 for the Pistons, who will host the finale of the home-and-home series on Monday. Detroit had won five of the last six games with Indiana and missed a chance to move within one-half game of the Pacers in the Central Division. The Pacers led by as many as 10 points on several occasions in the first half, the first coming on a layup by Brad Miller that made it 24-14 with 1:49 left in the first quarter. Indiana's last double-digit lead of the half came on a jumper by O'Neal with 10:22 left in the second quarter to give Indiana a 30-20 edge. The Pistons responded with a 22-8 spurt that began with a pair of free throws by Barry and ended with a basket by Hamilton that gave Detroit a 42-38 lead. A 20-foot jumper by Brad Miller with 32 seconds left in the quarter cut Detroit's halftime lead to 43-40. Neither team led by more than four points in the third quarter. Artest gave the Pacers a 66-62 edge with a jumper with 44 seconds left in the period. Artest bounced back after a 1-for-10 shooting performance in Friday's loss at Boston.


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