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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          19   27   26   17    89   
     DETROIT          20   24   22   21    87      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 22, RON ARTEST 21, 
                      REGGIE MILLER 14
                DET - MEHMET OKUR 17, TAYSHAUN PRINCE 16, BEN 
                      WALLACE 16

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 15, JEFF FOSTER 11, SCOT
                      POLLARD 4
                DET - BEN WALLACE 17, MEHMET OKUR 6, TAYSHAUN 
                      PRINCE 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - REGGIE MILLER 4, RON ARTEST 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                DET - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 7, RICHARD HAMILTON 3, 
                      CHUCKY ATKINS 2

         ATT:   22,076

Box Score

INDIANA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 42 7-15 4-4 0-2 4 4 21 J O'Neal 35 10-18 2-5 4-15 2 5 22 S Pollard 19 1-7 0-0 2-4 0 4 2 K Anderson 31 5-9 0-0 0-2 3 2 10 R Miller 34 5-8 1-2 1-1 4 2 14 A Croshere 11 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 J Foster 24 1-5 3-4 3-11 2 4 5 A Harrington 23 3-8 0-0 0-0 0 3 6 F Jones 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Tinsley 16 2-4 0-0 2-3 3 1 5 A Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 10-15 12-39 18 28 89 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 7-14, .500 (R Artest 3-4, J O'Neal 0-1, R Miller 3-4, A Croshere 0-2, F Jones 0-1, J Tinsley 1-2). Team Rebounds: 15. Blocked Shots:9 (J O'Neal 5, S Pollard 2, R Artest 2). Turnovers:19 (R Artest 5, K Anderson 4, J Tinsley 3, R Miller 2, J O'Neal 2, A Croshere 2, J Foster). Steals: 8 (R Artest 2, R Miller, K Anderson, J O'Neal, J Foster, S Pollard, A Croshere). DETROIT (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Prince 37 6-9 3-4 1-5 0 1 16 B Wallace 41 6-16 4-6 6-17 1 3 16 E Campbell 19 4-6 3-4 3-4 1 2 11 R Hamilton 36 3-14 5-7 2-2 3 4 11 C Billups 36 3-17 2-2 2-4 7 2 8 C Williamson 17 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 M Okur 32 7-10 3-5 2-6 1 1 17 C Atkins 18 1-2 2-2 0-0 2 0 5 Z Rebraca 4 1-1 1-1 0-2 0 0 3 B Sura DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Fowlkes DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Milicic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-79 23-31 16-40 15 17 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (T Prince 1-1, R Hamilton 0-1, C Billups 0-2, M Okur 0-1, C Atkins 1-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:12 (B Wallace 6, M Okur 4, E Campbell 2). Turnovers:15 (C Atkins 3, R Hamilton 3, T Prince 3, E Campbell 2, C Williamson, Z Rebraca, B Wallace, M Okur). Steals: 11 (B Wallace 5, E Campbell 3, C Williamson, C Billups, R Hamilton). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 19 27 26 17 - 89 DETROIT 20 24 22 21 - 87 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:26. Officials: Greg Willard, James Capers, Tony Brown.


Extended Box

INDIANA (89) AT DETROIT (87) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 42 7-15 4-4 0 2 2 4 4 2 5 21 J O'NEAL F 35 10-18 2-5 4 11 15 2 5 1 2 22 S POLLARD C 19 1-7 0-0 2 2 4 0 4 1 0 2 K ANDERSON G 31 5-9 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 1 4 10 R MILLER G 34 5-8 1-2 1 0 1 4 2 1 2 14 A CROSHERE 11 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 2 4 J FOSTER 24 1-5 3-4 3 8 11 2 4 1 1 5 A HARRINGTON 23 3-8 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 F JONES 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J TINSLEY 16 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 3 1 0 3 5 A JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-79 10-15 12 27 39 18 28 8 19 89 (.456) (.667) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 21 (23 PTS) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T PRINCE F 37 6-9 3-4 1 4 5 0 1 0 3 16 B WALLACE F 41 6-16 4-6 6 11 17 1 3 5 1 16 E CAMPBELL C 19 4-6 3-4 3 1 4 1 2 3 2 11 R HAMILTON 36 3-14 5-7 2 0 2 3 4 1 3 11 C BILLUPS G 36 3-17 2-2 2 2 4 7 2 1 0 8 C WILLIAMSON 17 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 M OKUR 32 7-10 3-5 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 17 C ATKINS 18 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 5 Z REBRACA 4 1-1 1-1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 3 B SURA DNP - COACH'S DECISION T FOWLKES DNP - COACH'S DECISION D MILICIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 31-79 23-31 16 24 40 15 17 11 15 87 (.392) (.742) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15 (23 PTS) INDIANA 19 27 26 17 - 89 DETROIT 20 24 22 21 - 87 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL 5, S POLLARD 2, R ARTEST 2. DETROIT - B WALLACE 6, M OKUR 4, E CAMPBELL 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 7-14 (.500), R ARTEST 3-4, J O'NEAL 0-1, R MILLER 3-4, A CROSHERE 0-2, F JONES 0-1, J TINSLEY 1-2. DETROIT 2- 6 (.333), T PRINCE 1-1, R HAMILTON 0-1, C BILLUPS 0-2, M OKUR 0-1, C ATKINS 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, JAMES CAPERS, TONY BROWN. A - 22,076. T - 2:26.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Rick Carlisle got his "dream job" off to a successful start by surviving a wild finish in familiar surroundings. Carlisle won his coaching debut with the Indiana Pacers as Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in an 89-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Hired by Indiana on September 2, the 42-year-old Carlisle was fired by the Pistons despite leading Detroit to back-to-back Central Division titles and 100 wins in two seasons. He had called the Pacers his "dream job" and was the hand-picked choice of team president and former Boston Celtics teammate Larry Bird. Coincidentally, Carlisle's first game with the Pacers was in Detroit. Greeted with a standing ovation by the fans at The Palace at Auburn Hills, Carlisle also witnessed the raising of the Central Division championship banner. "That was really nice," Carlisle said. "It was a classy gesture from a classy organization to do that and they didn't have to. It was great to be back in this building, really wonderful to have an opportunity to win a game like this to start off our year." "He really didn't talk much about it, but we knew in the back of his mind he really wanted to win," O'Neal said. "Most of all, it was his first win as Indiana Pacers head coach. I think that's great and it was something we wanted to do for him." Carlisle also received a hug from Ben Wallace, who blossomed into an All-Star under Carlisle. "That was a very meaningful gesture to me, to have Ben Wallace come over and shake my hand and say good luck and thanks," Carlisle said. "It's hard for me to describe." "I think he deserved (the ovation) he got," Wallace said. "He did a great job for this team. He came to work every day. The hug was the least I could do to show my appreciation. I would have liked to give him an L, though." Carlisle saw his team squander an eight-point fourth-quarter lead and trail, 87-86, after a layup by Wallace with 2:05 to go. But O'Neal - who came out publicly against Bird's firing of Isiah Thomas and hiring of Carlisle - buried a 12-footer 24 seconds later and Jeff Foster hit a free throw with 14 seconds left. Detroit had a chance in the waning moments, but Chauncey Billups and Mehmet Okur missed jumpers in the final four seconds. Carlisle was aware that Billups would have no problem taking the pressure shot. "I had flashbacks, because (Billups) did it five or six times for us last year. In that huddle before the last play, I told Kenny (Anderson), 'If he's out behind the 3-point line, watch out, he's probably going to just rise up on you,'" Carlisle said. "Kenny did a good job of pushing up, made him put it on the floor. He had a pretty good look. We were fortunate that it missed." The loss spoiled the Pistons' debut of 63-year-old Larry Brown, who was named coach on June 2. "I'm proud of Chauncey for taking that last shot," Brown said. "He can miss 10 in a row and still believe the 11th one is going in. That's the mentality that guys like him have to have." "I had a good look, but I had to tell myself to take the shot instead of waiting," Billups said. "Last year, in the same situation, I would have tried to run the clock all the way down before shooting. But that's not how Larry wants it. He wants to go earlier." The Pacers pushed a two-point halftime lead to 61-53 midway through the third quarter and was up 74-66 when Al Harrington opened the fourth quarter with a jumper. A 3-pointer by Reggie Miller with 6:32 to go extended Indiana's advantage to 84-74 - the largest lead for either team - but Detroit went on a 13-2 run, highlighted by five points from Tayshaun Prince. "(Tayshaun) just didn't get the ball in the first half," Brown said. "He got more touches in the second half and came through. He and Okur are two young players who haven't played a lot and who are going to have to fight through that early." Wallace capped that burst with his layup that gave Detroit the lead for the first time since late in the second quarter. Wallace had 16 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks. Okur led Detroit with 17 points in 32 minutes off the bench. After a rocky preseason, O'Neal made 10-of-18 shot and had five blocks in 35 minutes. "I've been struggling a lot, not only in preseason games but in practice making shots and I just told myself in the first quarter, just let it come to me," O'Neal said. "Just get involved in the game and get some rebounds and some blocks and get a rhythm and hopefully, offensively my shot will come around."


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