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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          25   29   30   19    103  
     CLEVELAND        18   26   19   19    82      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - AL HARRINGTON 24, JONATHAN BENDER 21, 
                      RON ARTEST 15
                CLE - RICKY DAVIS 27, CARLOS BOOZER 15, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - AL HARRINGTON 11, AUSTIN CROSHERE 9, 
                      JAMAAL TINSLEY 7
                CLE - CARLOS BOOZER 8, MILT PALACIO 7, DARIUS 
                      MILES 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 9, REGGIE MILLER 4, RON 
                      ARTEST 4
                CLE - RICKY DAVIS 8, DARIUS MILES 6, MILT 
                      PALACIO 5

         ATT:   9,383

Box Score

INDIANA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 33 5-7 4-6 1-4 4 2 15 A Harrington 36 11-20 1-4 4-11 3 2 24 B Miller 20 1-7 0-0 0-3 2 2 2 J Tinsley 38 3-9 0-0 1-7 9 3 7 R Miller 23 4-9 0-0 0-5 4 0 12 J Bender 29 8-18 2-3 2-4 0 1 21 E Strickland 13 1-7 0-0 0-0 1 1 3 J Foster 23 1-2 3-6 4-5 2 3 5 T Hardaway 7 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 A Croshere 18 4-7 6-7 3-9 0 3 14 J O'Neal DNP - INJURED RIGHT ANKLE R Mercer DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-89 16-26 15-48 27 18 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.615. 3-Point Goals: 11-25, .440 (R Artest 1-1, A Harrington 1-3, J Tinsley 1-3, R Miller 4-6, J Bender 3-5, E Strickland 1-4, T Hardaway 0-2, A Croshere 0-1). Team Rebounds: 16. Blocked Shots:8 (J Bender 3, A Harrington 2, J Foster 2, R Artest). Turnovers:12 (R Artest 3, J Tinsley 3, A Croshere 2, B Miller 2, T Hardaway, A Harrington). Steals: 11 (R Artest 5, J Tinsley 2, T Hardaway, E Strickland, B Miller, A Harrington). CLEVELAND (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Miles 37 4-11 0-0 1-7 6 1 8 C Boozer 35 7-11 1-1 1-8 3 3 15 Z Ilgauskas 16 3-8 2-2 0-1 0 5 8 M Palacio 30 3-6 0-0 2-7 5 3 6 R Davis 48 11-22 4-5 0-2 8 3 27 C Mihm 19 1-6 4-4 1-4 0 1 6 J Jones 20 2-3 1-2 0-2 1 4 5 W Parker 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 D Diop 14 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 T Brown 9 3-6 1-2 0-2 1 1 7 M Stewart 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Wagner DNP - KNEE SURGERY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 13-16 5-36 26 24 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (R Davis 1-3, J Jones 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:5 (D Diop 2, Z Ilgauskas, C Boozer, R Davis). Turnovers:17 (M Palacio 5, Z Ilgauskas 3, C Boozer 3, T Brown 2, R Davis, D Miles, C Mihm, J Jones). Steals: 7 (R Davis 3, D Diop 2, M Palacio, C Mihm). -------------------------------------------- INDIANA 25 29 30 19 - 103 CLEVELAND 18 26 19 19 - 82 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 2 (R Artest, 7:27 4th; Defensive Three, 7:33 4th). Cleveland - 1 (J Jones, 6:56 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 9,383. T: 2:04. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Rodney Mott, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

INDIANA (103) AT CLEVELAND (82) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 33 5-7 4-6 1 3 4 4 2 5 3 15 A HARRINGTON F 36 11-20 1-4 4 7 11 3 2 1 1 24 B MILLER C 20 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 2 2 J TINSLEY G 38 3-9 0-0 1 6 7 9 3 2 3 7 R MILLER G 23 4-9 0-0 0 5 5 4 0 0 0 12 J BENDER 29 8-18 2-3 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 21 E STRICKLAND 13 1-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 J FOSTER 23 1-2 3-6 4 1 5 2 3 0 0 5 T HARDAWAY 7 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 A CROSHERE 18 4-7 6-7 3 6 9 0 3 0 2 14 J O'NEAL DNP - INJURED RIGHT ANKLE R MERCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-89 16-26 15 33 48 27 18 11 12 103 (.427) (.615) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 12 (15 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MILES F 37 4-11 0-0 1 6 7 6 1 0 1 8 C BOOZER F 35 7-11 1-1 1 7 8 3 3 0 3 15 Z ILGAUSKAS C 16 3-8 2-2 0 1 1 0 5 0 3 8 M PALACIO G 30 3-6 0-0 2 5 7 5 3 1 5 6 R DAVIS G 48 11-22 4-5 0 2 2 8 3 3 1 27 C MIHM 19 1-6 4-4 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 6 J JONES 20 2-3 1-2 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 5 W PARKER 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 D DIOP 14 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 2 0 0 T BROWN 9 3-6 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 7 M STEWART 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D WAGNER DNP - KNEE SURGERY TOTALS 240 34-76 13-16 5 31 36 26 24 7 17 82 (.447) (.813) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17 (28 PTS) INDIANA 25 29 30 19 - 103 CLEVELAND 18 26 19 19 - 82 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J BENDER 3, A HARRINGTON 2, J FOSTER 2, R ARTEST. CLEVELAND - D DIOP 2, Z ILGAUSKAS, C BOOZER, R DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 11-25 (.440), R ARTEST 1-1, A HARRINGTON 1- 3, J TINSLEY 1-3, R MILLER 4-6, J BENDER 3-5, E STRICKLAND 1-4, T HARDAWAY 0- 2, A CROSHERE 0-1. CLEVELAND 1-4 (.250), R DAVIS 1-3, J JONES 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - R ARTEST, DEFENSIVE THREE. CLEVELAND - J JONES. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, RODNEY MOTT, TIM DONAGHY. A - 9,383. T - 2:04.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers may not have had Jermaine O'Neal, but they had Al Harrington and Jonathan Bender. Harrington and Bender more than made up for the absence of O'Neal as the Pacers won on the road for the first time in nearly two months with a 103-82 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mired in an 11-game road losing streak since a victory over New Orleans on February 12, the Pacers learned before tip-off that they would be without O'Neal - their All-Star forward, leading scorer and rebounder - due to a sprained right ankle. "It's been long time. We had five left (road games) coming into tonight and hopefully we can win five in a row heading into the playoffs," Harrington said. "It's been a long, tough road for us to try to get back and try to get to the level we were accustomed to before the injuries and deaths and suspensions," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. Inserted into the starting lineup, Harrington played like O'Neal normally does, while Bender saw increased time off the bench and responded with one of the best games of his career. Harrington had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Bender netted 21 points, one shy of his career high. The duo combined for 33 points in the first half, when the Pacers built a 54-44 lead. Volatile Ron Artest added 15 points and Austin Croshere 14 for the Pacers, who extended their winning streak in Cleveland to 12 games. Indiana led by as many as 25 points in its latest victory over its Central Division rival. The Pacers controlled things from the outset, building a 14-4 lead less than five minutes into the contest behind six points from Harrington, who finished 11-of-20 from the field. Harrington scored 13 points in the opening quarter as the Pacers settled for a 25-18 advantage. "This was a great game for me for my confidence," Harrington said. "I have been struggling a little bit shooting the ball. Tonight, I found my rhythm and hopefully I can carry on." Bender scored nine points in a 12-6 surge to start the second quarter that he capped with a turaround jumper to extend the lead to 37-24. He had 12 points in the quarter after tallying four in the opening period. "I've been going with the flow the last couple of games," said Bender, who went 8-of-18 from the field. "I feel like I'm getting there." "He comes in and gives them a whole different dimension because he can shoot it long and he could post up around the basket," Cavs coach Keith Smart said. Harrington and Bender combined to make 14-of-24 shots in the first half. Coming off Tuesday's home loss to Sacramento, Indiana did not show any signs of fatigue in the second half. Jamaal Tinsley drilled a 3-pointer to start the second half and trigger a 12-0 run that Reggie Miller capped with a long jumper, extending the lead to 66-44 with 8:16 left in the third quarter. "I thought we came out in the third quarter focused with the intent on continuing to play the right way," Thomas said. Miller, who averaged less than 10 points per game and shot below 25 percent from 3-point range during March, finished with 12 points while going 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Indiana shot 43 percent (38-of-89) and held a 48-36 advantage on the boards. Ricky Davis scored 27 points and rookie Carlos Boozer had 15 for Cleveland, which shot 45 percent (34-of-76) and committed 17 turnovers. A dunk by Jeff Foster gave the Pacers their biggest lead at 80-55 with 2:56 left in the third quarter. Artest, who has missed 12 games due to suspension this season, received a technical foul with 7:27 remaining in the fourth quarter for pushing Davis along the baseline. Just over a minute later, Cavs forward Jumaine Jones was ejected after picking up his second technical foul. "He's (Artest) a good player and hard worker," Cavs forward Darius Miles said. "He's their Dennis Rodman. He's their John Salley. He's their Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn and all those big guys the "Bad Boys" had all in one."


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