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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     NEW ORLEANS      22   20   17   22    81   
     INDIANA          21   15   23   12    71      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NOR - BARON DAVIS 20, JAMAL MASHBURN 16, DAVID
                      WESLEY 14
                IND - AL HARRINGTON 21, JERMAINE O'NEAL 19, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH REBOUND:   NOR - JAMAAL MAGLOIRE 12, P.J. BROWN 10, THREE
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                IND - AL HARRINGTON 10, JERMAINE O'NEAL 9, 
                      ERICK STRICKLAND 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   NOR - BARON DAVIS 4, DAVID WESLEY 3, JAMAL 
                      MASHBURN 3
                IND - ERICK STRICKLAND 7, RON ARTEST 4, REGGIE
                      MILLER 3

         ATT:   15,010

Box Score

NEW ORLEANS (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Mashburn 40 5-22 3-4 0-4 3 2 16 P Brown 38 1-5 4-4 4-10 2 0 6 J Magloire 30 4-9 2-2 3-12 2 5 10 G Lynch 10 0-0 1-2 1-2 0 4 1 D Wesley 38 4-12 5-6 0-2 3 1 14 S Augmon 20 1-3 0-0 0-4 0 2 2 K Anderson 13 4-5 0-0 0-3 0 1 8 R Traylor 17 1-3 0-0 2-4 1 2 2 B Davis 24 9-14 0-0 1-2 4 2 20 J Moiso 10 1-2 0-0 2-2 1 3 2 R Pack DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Alexander DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-75 15-18 13-45 16 22 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (J Mashburn 3-10, D Wesley 1-4, B Davis 2-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:10 (P Brown 3, G Lynch 2, R Traylor 2, J Magloire 2, J Moiso). Turnovers:18 (K Anderson 4, J Magloire 3, D Wesley 2, J Mashburn 2, P Brown 2, B Davis 2, G Lynch 2, S Augmon). Steals: 8 (D Wesley 2, B Davis 2, G Lynch, J Magloire, K Anderson, P Brown). INDIANA (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 42 8-20 5-6 5-10 1 5 21 J O'Neal 41 8-20 3-4 1-9 0 0 19 B Miller 16 1-4 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 R Miller 34 3-11 1-1 1-5 3 1 8 E Strickland 37 2-4 0-0 0-6 7 1 4 R Artest 28 2-7 3-6 0-3 4 2 8 J Bender 20 1-4 2-2 0-2 1 4 4 J Foster 11 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 2 0 R Mercer 11 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 5 A Croshere DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Tinsley DNP - PERSONAL P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-74 14-19 12-42 17 16 71 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.365, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (A Harrington 0-1, R Miller 1-4, E Strickland 0-1, R Artest 1-3, J Bender 0-1, R Mercer 1-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:9 (J O'Neal 4, J Bender 2, E Strickland, R Artest, J Foster). Turnovers:16 (A Harrington 4, B Miller 3, R Artest 3, E Strickland 2, J Foster 2, R Miller, J Bender). Steals: 12 (E Strickland 2, R Mercer 2, B Miller 2, A Harrington 2, R Artest 2, R Miller, J O'Neal). ------------------------------------------- NEW ORLEANS 22 20 17 22 - 81 INDIANA 21 15 23 12 - 71 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Orleans - 1 (B Davis, 5:03 3rd). Indiana - 2 (J Bender, 10:23 4th; COACH Thomas, 10:23 4th). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (A Harrington, 10:43 4th). A: 15,010. T: 2:13. Officials: Bennie Adams, Dick Bavetta, Mike Callahan.


Extended Box

NEW ORLEANS (81) AT INDIANA (71) NEW ORLEANS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J MASHBURN F 40 5-22 3-4 0 4 4 3 2 0 2 16 P BROWN F 38 1-5 4-4 4 6 10 2 0 1 2 6 J MAGLOIRE C 30 4-9 2-2 3 9 12 2 5 1 3 10 G LYNCH G 10 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 0 4 1 2 1 D WESLEY G 38 4-12 5-6 0 2 2 3 1 2 2 14 S AUGMON 20 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 2 K ANDERSON 13 4-5 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 1 4 8 R TRAYLOR 17 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 1 2 0 0 2 B DAVIS 24 9-14 0-0 1 1 2 4 2 2 2 20 J MOISO 10 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 2 R PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION C ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-75 15-18 13 32 45 16 22 8 18 81 (.400) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18 (20 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 42 8-20 5-6 5 5 10 1 5 2 4 21 J O'NEAL F 41 8-20 3-4 1 8 9 0 0 1 0 19 B MILLER C 16 1-4 0-0 3 1 4 1 1 2 3 2 R MILLER G 34 3-11 1-1 1 4 5 3 1 1 1 8 E STRICKLAND G 37 2-4 0-0 0 6 6 7 1 2 2 4 R ARTEST 28 2-7 3-6 0 3 3 4 2 2 3 8 J BENDER 20 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 4 J FOSTER 11 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 R MERCER 11 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 5 A CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION J TINSLEY DNP - PERSONAL P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 27-74 14-19 12 30 42 17 16 12 16 71 (.365) (.737) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18 (18 PTS) NEW ORLEANS 22 20 17 22 - 81 INDIANA 21 15 23 12 - 71 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW ORLEANS - P BROWN 3, G LYNCH 2, R TRAYLOR 2, J MAGLOIRE 2, J MOISO. INDIANA - J O'NEAL 4, J BENDER 2, E STRICKLAND, R ARTEST, J FOSTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW ORLEANS 6-17 (.353), J MASHBURN 3-10, D WESLEY 1- 4, B DAVIS 2-3. INDIANA 3-11 (.273), A HARRINGTON 0-1, R MILLER 1- 4, E STRICKLAND 0-1, R ARTEST 1-3, J BENDER 0-1, R MERCER 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW ORLEANS - B DAVIS. INDIANA - J BENDER, COACH THOMAS. FLAGRANT FOULS: INDIANA 1 (A HARRINGTON, 10:43 4TH,). OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, DICK BAVETTA, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 15,010. T - 2:13.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Baron Davis was back, and that made a big difference for the New Orleans Hornets. The Indiana Pacers were back home, and that made no difference at all. Davis scored 20 points off the bench in his first game in over a month to lead the surging Hornets to an 81-71 victory over the reeling Pacers, who have dropped five straight games. An All-Star last season, Davis tore cartilage in his left knee in late January and underwent surgery, forcing him to miss 20 games. The Hornets went 13-7 in his absence, using a collection of point guards while All-Star forward Jamal Mashburn stepped up his game. New Orleans had won eight straight games until Sunday's 102-92 home loss to New Jersey. Davis was activated from the injured list Monday and immediately returned the Hornets to their winning ways, sparking the offense in the second and fourth quarters. "I didn't expect 20 on my first night back," said Davis, who made 9-of-14 shots in 24 minutes. "I expected to contribute and try to lead my team to a victory. I didn't expect to score 20 - but we needed it." "He came back ready to play," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "It's amazing to see what he can bring to our team. It's amazing to see what we were missing all this time." The Hornets were clinging to a 72-69 lead as both teams went scoreless for more than three minutes. Davis ended the drought with a long 3-pointer that doubled the lead with 3:03 to go, and the Pacers got no closer than four points thereafter. "I've been watching basketball for the last two weeks," Davis said. "It's about being hungry. I was able to show some poise. I got into the rhythm and started feeling it a little." "For a guy that has missed the last six to eight weeks, it was just incredible," Hornets forward P.J. Brown said. "If his performance today is any indication of what it will be like the rest of the season, we're going to be in good shape." Once atop the Eastern Conference, the Pacers returned late Sunday night from an 0-4 western swing and hoped to turn things around at Conseco Fieldhouse, where they were a league-best 25-4. But poor shooting and another spate of flagrant and technical fouls sent Indiana to its 11th loss in 12 games. "I think this is a gut-check for everyone," said Pacers guard Reggie Miller, who scored just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. "Right now, we are in dire straits." Al Harrington had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jermaine O'Neal added 19 and nine for Indiana, which scored just two points in the last seven minutes. "I don't know what to say. I have no answers," O'Neal said. "As players and professionals, I hope we are embarrassed." After the game, coach Isiah Thomas held an extended meeting with his team, which visits Philadelphia on Wednesday. "The message is, 'You've got to get back to being a team,'" Thomas said. "Right now, we've lost trust and respect for teammates. We've got a lot of hard work to do to get those values back in our team." "No more pep talks and locker room meetings," O'Neal said. "It's all on us." Mashburn scored 16 points and David Wesley added 14 for the Hornets, who held the Pacers to just 36.5 percent (27-of-74) from the field. A 3-pointer and two free throws by Mashburn fueled a 7-0 spurt that started the final period and gave New Orleans a 66-59 lead. Indiana responded with eight straight points, taking the lead on Ron Mercer's steal and layup with 8:52 to go. Kenny Anderson made a layup to give the Hornets the lead for good, then added a pull-up jumper. O'Neal made a short jumper to make it 70-69 with 7:23 remaining, but the Pacers had just one basket the rest of the way. Wesley made two free throws before both teams went cold. After Davis' 3-pointer, Harrington had a hoop with 2:33 to play, but Indiana did not score again. O'Neal missed a jumper from the low post with just under a minute to play. Wesley made three free throws, Brown two and Mashburn one in the final 36 seconds. "We've kind of got a taste of blood in our mouths now that we are catching up to some of the teams that have been at the top of the conference all year," Wesley said. Jamaal Magloire had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Brown swept 10 boards and had three of the Hornets' 10 blocks. New Orleans shot 40 percent (30-of-75). The Pacers played without point guard Jamaal Tinsley, who had to attend to family matters. All-Star center Brad Miller aggravated a foot injury and played just 16 minutes. "Everyone says they are playing hard, but that doesn't get it," Thomas said. "You've got to play together. We've had some disruptions of play where we haven't had our team together. But that happens in a season." Davis scored seven points in the second quarter to help the Hornets open a 42-36 lead at halftime. Harrington scored six points in a 14-2 run that opened the third quarter, but Davis had eight points in the final four minutes of the period.


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