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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     UTAH             11   18   24   28    81   
     INDIANA          20   29   25   27    101     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   UTH - KARL MALONE 21, ANDREI KIRILENKO 15, 
                      MATT HARPRING 13
                IND - JONATHAN BENDER 22, ERICK STRICKLAND 19,
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND:   UTH - SCOTT PADGETT 8, KARL MALONE 7, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6
                IND - AL HARRINGTON 13, JERMAINE O'NEAL 11, 
                      JONATHAN BENDER 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 7, CALBERT CHEANEY 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                IND - ERICK STRICKLAND 11, AL HARRINGTON 4, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

Box Score

UTAH (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Harpring 33 6-8 0-0 1-6 0 3 13 K Malone 31 6-16 9-12 1-7 2 2 21 G Ostertag 22 0-1 1-4 3-6 0 3 1 C Cheaney 22 1-5 0-0 0-2 4 3 2 J Stockton 23 1-5 0-0 0-0 7 2 2 M Jackson 18 2-5 0-0 1-5 3 1 4 A Kirilenko 26 5-8 5-6 0-2 1 3 15 S Padgett 26 3-11 2-2 4-8 3 4 9 T Massenburg 11 1-6 2-2 2-3 0 4 4 D Stevenson 15 2-7 0-0 1-1 1 2 4 C Arroyo 7 2-4 1-1 0-0 1 0 5 J Amaechi 6 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 1 1 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-76 21-29 13-41 22 28 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (M Harpring 1-1, M Jackson 0-1, A Kirilenko 0-1, S Padgett 1-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:6 (A Kirilenko 3, T Massenburg 2, G Ostertag). Turnovers:11 (A Kirilenko 3, C Cheaney 2, T Massenburg, K Malone, M Harpring, S Padgett, M Jackson, J Stockton). Steals: 10 (K Malone 4, A Kirilenko 2, C Cheaney, M Jackson, M Harpring, S Padgett). INDIANA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Bender 31 8-12 3-5 6-7 2 5 22 A Harrington 31 3-13 1-1 5-13 4 5 7 J O'Neal 27 3-9 8-10 1-11 1 5 14 R Miller 29 4-6 2-2 0-0 2 1 11 E Strickland 43 6-13 3-3 0-2 11 4 19 J Foster 22 1-5 0-0 3-4 3 3 2 A Croshere 27 5-10 2-4 1-5 3 1 14 R Mercer 26 4-6 2-2 0-6 3 0 10 P Brezec 4 0-3 2-4 2-2 0 0 2 B Miller DNP - SORE LEFT FOOT R Artest DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J Tinsley DNP - PERSONAL REASONS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 23-31 18-50 29 24 101 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 10-16, .625 (J Bender 3-3, R Miller 1-2, E Strickland 4-7, A Croshere 2-3, R Mercer 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:6 (J O'Neal 4, R Mercer, J Bender). Turnovers:13 (E Strickland 5, A Harrington 2, R Miller, R Mercer, J Foster, J Bender, A Croshere, J O'Neal). Steals: 3 (E Strickland, R Mercer, A Harrington). ------------------------------------------- UTAH 11 18 24 28 - 81 INDIANA 20 29 25 27 - 101 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,935. T: 2:21. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Henderson, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

UTAH (81) AT INDIANA (101) UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M HARPRING F 33 6-8 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 1 1 13 K MALONE F 31 6-16 9-12 1 6 7 2 2 4 1 21 G OSTERTAG C 22 0-1 1-4 3 3 6 0 3 0 0 1 C CHEANEY G 22 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 1 2 2 J STOCKTON G 23 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 7 2 0 1 2 M JACKSON 18 2-5 0-0 1 4 5 3 1 1 1 4 A KIRILENKO 26 5-8 5-6 0 2 2 1 3 2 3 15 S PADGETT 26 3-11 2-2 4 4 8 3 4 1 1 9 T MASSENBURG 11 1-6 2-2 2 1 3 0 4 0 1 4 D STEVENSON 15 2-7 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 C ARROYO 7 2-4 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 J AMAECHI 6 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 TOTALS 240 29-76 21-29 13 28 41 22 28 10 11 81 (.382) (.724) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (13 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J BENDER F 31 8-12 3-5 6 1 7 2 5 0 1 22 A HARRINGTON F 31 3-13 1-1 5 8 13 4 5 1 2 7 J O'NEAL C 27 3-9 8-10 1 10 11 1 5 0 1 14 R MILLER G 29 4-6 2-2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 11 E STRICKLAND G 43 6-13 3-3 0 2 2 11 4 1 5 19 J FOSTER 22 1-5 0-0 3 1 4 3 3 0 1 2 A CROSHERE 27 5-10 2-4 1 4 5 3 1 0 1 14 R MERCER 26 4-6 2-2 0 6 6 3 0 1 1 10 P BREZEC 4 0-3 2-4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 B MILLER DNP - SORE LEFT FOOT R ARTEST DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE J TINSLEY DNP - PERSONAL REASONS TOTALS 240 34-77 23-31 18 32 50 29 24 3 13 101 (.442) (.742) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15 (14 PTS) UTAH 11 18 24 28 - 81 INDIANA 20 29 25 27 - 101 BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - A KIRILENKO 3, T MASSENBURG 2, G OSTERTAG. INDIANA - J O'NEAL 4, R MERCER, J BENDER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 2-6 (.333), M HARPRING 1-1, M JACKSON 0-1, A KIRILENKO 0-1, S PADGETT 1-3. INDIANA 10-16 (.625), J BENDER 3- 3, R MILLER 1-2, E STRICKLAND 4-7, A CROSHERE 2-3, R MERCER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE HENDERSON, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 17,935. T - 2:21.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Even if the Indiana Pacers had Ron Artest in their lineup, it is doubtful they could have put together a more dominant performance. Jonathan Bender scored a career-high 22 points and Erick Strickland added 19 and a career-high 11 assists as the Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 101-81 triumph over the Utah Jazz, just their second victory in 14 games. "Before tonight, everybody's telling me to take the ball to the rack," said Bender, who made 8-of-12 shots. "Tonight I did." "JB really took it in his own hands tonight," Pacers forward Al Harrington said of Bender, who had averaged just 5.6 points per game entering the contest. "It was great to see him have a good game after having such an up-and-down season." The Pacers were also missing starting center Brad Miller (sore left foot) and point guard Jamaal Tinsley (family reasons). "Tonight I wanted to give a lift to the team," Strickland said. "When you're missing some key guys ... that's one strength of this team, is that we have guys that accept challenges." The temperamental Artest was handed an automatic one-game suspension by the NBA for picking up his seventh flagrant-foul point with a tackle of Philadelphia guard Eric Snow on Wednesday. Artest also had to sit out Indiana's loss at Sacramento on Sunday for a flagrant foul on Portland's Bonzi Wells the previous day. "We need what he brings to the team," Strickland said. "We definitely need him. We just, as a team, need to get on track no matter who's in or out of the lineup." But the Pacers began the game with lots of intensity, going on a 15-1 run to take an early 17-5 lead. "They just never let up on us, they stroked it all night," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "Right from the start they wouldn't let us get closer or do anything. We didn't deserve to be out there with them." Indiana led by 20-11 after one quarter and 21-14 before Austin Croshere nailed a 3-pointer, two free throws and a dunk to commence a 26-6 run. Ron Mercer capped the burst with a jumper that gave the Pacers their biggest lead, 47-20, with 3:36 left in the half. Utah climbed within 49-29 at the break but got no closer than 16 points in the second half. "They're getting back to their own habits," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said of his squad. "I thought tonight the guys played with great trust and respect for the game. Everyone want to win but you don't want to concentrate on that solely. You've got to concentrate on your game plan and how you do it, sharing and trusting." "Sometimes we are a better team with our backs against the wall," said Pacers center Jermaine O'Neal, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds. "I hope that we've rediscovered something. Hopefully we can give this type of effort over the last 16-17 games." In a game where seemingly nothing went right for the Jazz, center Greg Ostertag was knocked out by an elbow from teammate Karl Malone while battling for a rebound with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Malone scored 21 points to pace Utah, which shot just 38 percent (29-of-76) from the field. Starting guards John Stockton and Calbert Cheaney scored just two points apiece. "You have to give them credit," Malone said. "They are a team that has had their backs to the wall the last 10-15 games or so. They needed a win tonight and they did everything to get that win. On the other hand, we didn't come to play at all." Utah coach Jerry Sloan rested stars Malone, Stockton and Matt Harpring for the fourth quarter with his team behind, 74-53. "Our guys couldn't get any breathing room ... until they sat on the bench, which is where they belonged," Sloan said. "I guess I just worked them too hard in practice." The start of the fourth quarter was delayed approximately 10 minutes following a scary incident in which an on-court entertainer landed awkwardly on his neck after trying a dunk off a trampoline. The young man was wheeled off the court on a stretcher but waved to the crowd to indicate he had movement in his upper body. "We didn't even want to play," Sloan said. "It's very aggravating that this team decides which games to play and which games are important. I felt like we weren't even in the same building as them. Right now I'm not sure if basketball is really important to this team."


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