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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          25   21   24   32    102  
     MIAMI            27   21   24   23    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - REGGIE MILLER 21, JERMAINE O'NEAL 18, 
                      RON ARTEST 18
                MIA - CARON BUTLER 22, TRAVIS BEST 20, MALIK 
                      ALLEN 14

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 11, BRAD MILLER 11, AL 
                      HARRINGTON 10
                MIA - BRIAN GRANT 16, MALIK ALLEN 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - BRAD MILLER 4, RON ARTEST 4, REGGIE 
                      MILLER 2
                MIA - EDDIE JONES 7, CARON BUTLER 6, TRAVIS 
                      BEST 3

         ATT:   14,503

Box Score

INDIANA (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J O'Neal 27 8-15 2-5 3-11 0 6 18 R Artest 38 6-13 5-10 0-3 4 2 18 B Miller 38 2-5 3-3 5-11 4 2 7 J Tinsley 31 5-10 2-5 2-2 1 2 13 R Miller 29 5-9 8-8 0-1 2 1 21 A Harrington 34 5-11 6-8 2-10 1 5 16 R Mercer 21 1-5 0-0 0-4 1 2 2 E Strickland 15 2-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 5 J Foster 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 A Croshere DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 26-39 12-43 14 21 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (R Artest 1-4, J Tinsley 1-2, R Miller 3-6, E Strickland 1-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:5 (J O'Neal 3, B Miller 2). Turnovers:13 (J Tinsley 4, E Strickland 2, B Miller 2, A Harrington 2, R Artest 2, J O'Neal). Steals: 6 (J Foster 2, J Tinsley 2, A Harrington, R Artest). MIAMI (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Butler 41 7-17 8-12 0-2 6 5 22 M Allen 37 7-15 0-0 2-6 0 4 14 B Grant 33 5-9 2-2 4-16 1 6 12 T Best 37 7-10 5-5 0-1 3 1 20 E Jones 40 3-11 2-3 0-4 7 2 9 V Stepania 16 4-10 1-1 0-2 0 5 9 R Butler 15 3-8 0-0 1-4 1 5 6 L Ellis 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 M James 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 3 E House 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 A Carter DNP - COACH'S DECISION S Marks DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 18-23 7-36 20 29 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.783. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (C Butler 0-3, T Best 1-3, E Jones 1-3, R Butler 0-1, M James 1-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:6 (M Allen 3, B Grant, E Jones, V Stepania). Turnovers:7 (E Jones 2, V Stepania 2, M Allen 2, M James). Steals: 9 (T Best 2, E Jones 2, C Butler 2, B Grant, M Allen, R Butler). -------------------------------------------- INDIANA 25 21 24 32 - 102 MIAMI 27 21 24 23 - 95 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (R Artest, 6:07 4th). Miami - 2 (C Butler, 5:37 1st; COACH Riley, 5:37 1st). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (R Artest, 8:13 4th). A: 14,503. T: 2:22. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Jason Phillips, Leroy Richardson.


Extended Box

INDIANA (102) AT MIAMI (95) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J O'NEAL F 27 8-15 2-5 3 8 11 0 6 0 1 18 R ARTEST F 38 6-13 5-10 0 3 3 4 2 1 2 18 B MILLER C 38 2-5 3-3 5 6 11 4 2 0 2 7 J TINSLEY G 31 5-10 2-5 2 0 2 1 2 2 4 13 R MILLER G 29 5-9 8-8 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 21 A HARRINGTON 34 5-11 6-8 2 8 10 1 5 1 2 16 R MERCER 21 1-5 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 2 E STRICKLAND 15 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 5 J FOSTER 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 A CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION F JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-72 26-39 12 31 43 14 21 6 13 102 (.486) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13 (14 PTS) MIAMI REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C BUTLER F 41 7-17 8-12 0 2 2 6 5 2 0 22 M ALLEN F 37 7-15 0-0 2 4 6 0 4 1 2 14 B GRANT C 33 5-9 2-2 4 12 16 1 6 1 0 12 T BEST G 37 7-10 5-5 0 1 1 3 1 2 0 20 E JONES G 40 3-11 2-3 0 4 4 7 2 2 2 9 V STEPANIA 16 4-10 1-1 0 2 2 0 5 0 2 9 R BUTLER 15 3-8 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 1 0 6 L ELLIS 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 M JAMES 11 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 E HOUSE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION S MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-84 18-23 7 29 36 20 29 9 7 95 (.440) (.783) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 8 (5 PTS) INDIANA 25 21 24 32 - 102 MIAMI 27 21 24 23 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL 3, B MILLER 2. MIAMI - M ALLEN 3, B GRANT, E JONES, V STEPANIA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-14 (.429), R ARTEST 1-4, J TINSLEY 1- 2, R MILLER 3-6, E STRICKLAND 1-2. MIAMI 3-11 (.273), C BUTLER 0-3, T BEST 1-3, E JONES 1-3, R BUTLER 0-1, M JAMES 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - R ARTEST. MIAMI - C BUTLER, COACH RILEY. FLAGRANT FOULS: INDIANA 1 (R ARTEST, 8:13 4TH). OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, JASON PHILLIPS, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 14,503. T - 2:22.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Ron Artest again lost his cool, but Reggie Miller made sure the Indiana Pacers did not lose the game. Miller had a key 3-pointer and layup in the final 69 seconds as the Pacers went on to an emotionally charged 102-95 victory over the Miami Heat. At the center of the battle was Artest, the talented but sometimes volatile Indiana forward. In the fourth quarter, he was called for a flagrant foul after pushing rookie Caron Butler while the two chased down a loose ball. That only escalated a war of words between Artest and Miami coach Pat Riley that had been building all game. After Artest scored and was fouled with 6:07 left, he walked toward the Miami bench, arguing with Heat assistant Keith Askins. Artest seemed to deliberately cross into the path of Riley, bumping him. Words again were exchanged before the two were separated. "The league ought to deal with that. That's crazy," Riley said. "I scream like crazy. I scream at officials and I scream at my players. I never have even talked to an opposing player and I don't want anyone talking to me or coming over to my bench. That's not the way it is and the officials are supposed to take care of that." Riley continued to save some of his best criticism for the officials, not Artest. "We're getting back to the old thing again where the officiating is not being consistent at all," said Riley, who earlier this season was fined $50,000 for criticizing officials. "That was a very punishing, physical game at both ends of the court." Artest, who finished with 18 points, only made things worse when he made an obscene gesture from center court after sinking a free throw to cut Miami's lead to 83-82. "That shouldn't have been done. That was bad," Artest said. In the first quarter, Riley and Butler received technical fouls for arguing that Artest had fouled Butler. As Riley complained to the officials, Artest walked up to the coach and joined the argument. Artest held Butler to just two points in a game earlier this month and was not impressed by his 22 points on Monday. "He only had about six points against me," Artest said. "Tell him when he scores all his points against me, that's when I respect him. I still have a lot of respect for him. That's why I played so hard." Artest was given a technical after his fourth-quarter disagreement with Riley, which did not appear to bother his coach, Isiah Thomas. "When he got the technical foul, I thought that instead of us getting out of character, their team got out of character, which consequently allowed us to get back into the game and compete," Thomas said. It was not the first time this season that Artest lost his composure. He was ejected for fighting with Raja Bell of Dallas, and earlier this month was suspended three games and fined $35,000 for smashing a camera following a loss in his hometown of New York. Miller made sure Artest's antics did not cost the Pacers a game, scoring 21 points. After his 3-pointer, he made a layup off a pass from Brad Miller, giving the Pacers a 98-95 edge. "You want to do it in the fourth," Reggie Miller said. "I hope we are getting known as one of the better defensive teams. We had to come up with stops, and we did." The Heat had another chance when Jamaal Tinsley missed two free throws with 26 seconds left, but Eddie Jones missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer. Al Harrington sank a pair of three throws with 19 seconds left to seal the win. Travis Best added 20 points and Brian Grant had 12 and 16 rebounds for the Heat, who lost their fifth straight game to the Pacers. Indiana improved to 10-4 in January and has notched three straight months with 10 or more wins for the first time since joining the NBA in 1976. Brad Miller had seven points and 11 rebounds and Harrington added 16 and 10 for Indiana, which went over .500 on the road this season (12-11). Neither team led by more than six points in a tight first half. A pair of free throws by Butler have the Heat a 48-42 lead with 1:17 left, but a 3-pointer by Tinsley and free throw by Jermaine O'Neal cut Miami's halftime lead to 48-46. O'Neal, Indiana's All-Star forward, was limited to 27 minutes by foul trouble, but he still managed 18 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. Miami set the pace early in the third quarter and built a 71-62 lead on a jumper by Best with 2:22 left. The Pacers used an 11-1 spurt spanning the end of the third and beginning of the fourth to take a 73-72 lead on a three-point play with 11:29 left.


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