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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MILWAUKEE        27   19   20   32    98   
     INDIANA          26   28   32   21    107     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIL - SAM CASSELL 23, DESMOND MASON 21, GARY 
                      PAYTON 19
                IND - BRAD MILLER 29, REGGIE MILLER 20, RON 
                      ARTEST 17

HIGH REBOUND:   MIL - DESMOND MASON 10, SAM CASSELL 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                IND - BRAD MILLER 12, AL HARRINGTON 8, 
                      JERMAINE O'NEAL 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIL - GARY PAYTON 10, SAM CASSELL 6, TONI 
                      KUKOC 3
                IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 9, RON ARTEST 5, JAMISON 
                      BREWER 5

Box Score

MILWAUKEE (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Mason 33 10-17 1-1 6-10 2 3 21 T Thomas 28 3-7 1-2 2-5 2 4 8 A Mason 22 3-6 0-0 1-2 1 0 6 S Cassell 41 7-14 9-10 3-7 6 3 23 G Payton 40 6-15 7-8 2-2 10 1 19 T Kukoc 26 3-10 0-0 1-4 3 3 7 M Redd 24 4-11 2-2 0-2 2 2 14 E Johnson 26 0-3 0-0 2-5 2 4 0 J Caffey DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Gadzuric DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Haislip DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Sampson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-83 20-23 17-37 28 20 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.870. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (T Thomas 1-2, S Cassell 0-1, G Payton 0-2, T Kukoc 1-4, M Redd 4-8). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (E Johnson 4, D Mason, M Redd). Turnovers:12 (S Cassell 4, A Mason 2, G Payton 2, D Mason 2, T Kukoc, T Thomas). Steals: 6 (T Kukoc 3, T Thomas 2, S Cassell). INDIANA (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 44 6-16 1-2 4-8 3 1 13 J O'Neal 36 6-14 0-0 0-6 2 1 12 B Miller 33 9-14 11-11 3-12 1 3 29 R Miller 34 6-9 6-7 0-1 4 1 20 J Tinsley 22 2-4 0-0 0-0 9 4 4 R Artest 26 7-10 2-4 1-5 5 3 17 E Strickland 10 2-3 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 J Foster 12 1-3 0-0 3-3 0 0 2 J Brewer 21 2-2 0-0 1-1 5 3 4 A Croshere 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 R Mercer DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-75 20-24 12-36 31 20 107 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.547, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (A Harrington 0-1, R Miller 2-4, R Artest 1-2, E Strickland 2-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (J O'Neal 2, A Harrington 2). Turnovers:13 (J Tinsley 5, E Strickland 2, R Artest 2, R Miller, J Brewer, A Croshere, A Harrington). Steals: 9 (B Miller 4, R Miller 2, R Artest 2, J Brewer). ------------------------------------------- MILWAUKEE 27 19 20 32 - 98 INDIANA 26 28 32 21 - 107 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Milwaukee - 2 (Defensive Three, 8:36 2nd; Defensive Three, 6:29 4th). Indiana - 1 (J Tinsley 2 (ejected), 0:15 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,431. T: 2:06. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Jack Nies, Jim Clark.


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (98) AT INDIANA (107) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MASON F 33 10-17 1-1 6 4 10 2 3 0 2 21 T THOMAS F 28 3-7 1-2 2 3 5 2 4 2 1 8 A MASON C 22 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 6 S CASSELL G 41 7-14 9-10 3 4 7 6 3 1 4 23 G PAYTON G 40 6-15 7-8 2 0 2 10 1 0 2 19 T KUKOC 26 3-10 0-0 1 3 4 3 3 3 1 7 M REDD 24 4-11 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 14 E JOHNSON 26 0-3 0-0 2 3 5 2 4 0 0 0 J CAFFEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GADZURIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION M HAISLIP DNP - COACH'S DECISION J SAMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-83 20-23 17 20 37 28 20 6 12 98 (.434) (.870) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12 (15 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 44 6-16 1-2 4 4 8 3 1 0 1 13 J O'NEAL F 36 6-14 0-0 0 6 6 2 1 0 0 12 B MILLER C 33 9-14 11-11 3 9 12 1 3 4 0 29 R MILLER G 34 6-9 6-7 0 1 1 4 1 2 1 20 J TINSLEY G 22 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 9 4 0 5 4 R ARTEST 26 7-10 2-4 1 4 5 5 3 2 2 17 E STRICKLAND 10 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 4 0 2 6 J FOSTER 12 1-3 0-0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 J BREWER 21 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 5 3 1 1 4 A CROSHERE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 R MERCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 41-75 20-24 12 24 36 31 20 9 13 107 (.547) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (17 PTS) MILWAUKEE 27 19 20 32 - 98 INDIANA 26 28 32 21 - 107 BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - E JOHNSON 4, D MASON, M REDD. INDIANA - J O'NEAL 2, A HARRINGTON 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 6-17 (.353), T THOMAS 1-2, S CASSELL 0- 1, G PAYTON 0-2, T KUKOC 1-4, M REDD 4-8. INDIANA 5-10 (.500), A HARRINGTON 0- 1, R MILLER 2-4, R ARTEST 1-2, E STRICKLAND 2-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: MILWAUKEE - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. INDIANA - J TINSLEY 2 (EJECTED). FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, JACK NIES, JIM CLARK. A - 16,431. T - 2:06.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Ron Artest returned to the court and the Indiana Pacers returned to their winning ways. Brad Miller scored a season-high 29 points and hauled in 12 rebounds and Artest had 17 points in a rare reserve role as the Pacers ended their season-high six-game losing streak with a 107-98 victory over the slumping Milwaukee Bucks. The mercurial Artest, suspended for Wednesday's game against Boston by coach Isiah Thomas for disciplinary reasons, came off the bench for the first time in 50 games this season to shoot 7-of-10 from the floor. "(Artest) makes a tremendous difference on our team," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "I thought he was really good at taking the ball at the basket tonight." Miller enjoyed his best game as a Pacer. He shot 9-of-14 from the floor, and scored scored nine of his 15 third-quarter points in the Pacers' 20-6 run to start the that period. "That's the thing about our team, you never know who's going to step up and have a big night," Miller said. "Some nights it depends on who's hot, and others it depends on matchups." With 5:52 left in the third quarter, Jermaine O'Neal hit Indiana's ninth consecutive shot to give his team a 74-54 bulge. The Pacers got a spark from energetic second-year player Jamison Brewer. The reserve guard, who has played in just five games this season, had a career night with five assists, four points, a rebound and a steal in 21 minutes. "It felt really great, especially being able to contribute because we had to have the win tonight," Brewer said. The win gave Indiana (38-21) sole possession of first place in the Central Division, one-half game ahead of the Detroit Pistons. It also entered into a tie with New Jersey for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Reggie Miller scored 20 points, Al Harrington added 13 and O'Neal 12 for the Pacers, who shot a sparkling 55 percent (41-of-75) from the field and dished out an impressive 31 assists. "We got back to the little things, got a lot of easy baskets," Reggie Miller said. "When our point guards are motivated and we rebound, then we can get it and run. That sets up our whole offense." Sam Cassell scored 23 points and Desmond Mason had 21 and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost three in a row and seven of the past eight. "They just played an overall good game tonight, but it's a team I still would not mind playing in the first round of the playoffs," Cassell said. Things didn't start on a high note for the Pacers. Jamaal Tinsley and Miller both picked up two fouls and reserve guard Erick Strickland three in the first quarter. The Bucks led by as many as seven points in the first before relinquishing the lead for good late in the second period. After Tim Thomas sank a 3-pointer with 5:13 to go, Reggie Miller hit a free throw for the tie and Artest sank a pair of buckets around Brad Miller's short jumper to give the Pacers a 46-40 edge with 3:33 to go. Artest's 13 points led Indiana at the break. He contributed in other ways as well, finishing the game with five rebounds, five assists and two steals. The Pacers got off to quick start in the second half. After Thomas' jumper 12 seconds into the period cut the deficit to 56-48, Indiana went on a 9-2 spurt. The run was kicked off by Reggie Miller's layup and capped by Brad Miller's free throw for a 65-50 cushion with 8:17 remaining. Trailing 86-66 with 12 minutes to play, Milwaukee got as close as 95-87 on Cassell's 3-pointer at the 4:09 mark. But Brad Miller, who was 11-of-11 from the foul line, sank two free throws to restore the double-digit lead and O'Neal made a layup with 2:17 left. The Bucks did not get closer than nine thereafter. "We gave a valiant effort after we got down by 20, but the Pacers did a tremendous job of regaining their composure," Cassell said. Tinsley played an active game despite scoring only four points. He briefly went to the locker room in the third quarter because of lower back pain but handed off nine assists before getting ejected for nearly mixing it up with Milwaukee guard Gary Payton. With 15 seconds left, the two came together and exchanged words, but nothing came of it except Tinsley's departure. Payton recorded 19 points and 10 assists and reserve Michael Redd contributed 14 points for the Bucks, who shot 43 percent (36-of-83) from the field in dropping their fourth straight to Indiana. "We just have to jell," Payton said. "Me and Sam are going to have to step up and get more involved." The Bucks took their biggest lead at 13-6 when Payton capped a 6-0 run with 6:11 left in the first quarter.


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