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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          25   23   25   30    103  
     BOSTON           30   24   18   18    90      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - RON ARTEST 28, JERMAINE O'NEAL 21, 
                      REGGIE MILLER 18
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 18, MIKE JAMES 15, JIRI 
                      WELSCH 14

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 13, AL HARRINGTON 10, 
                      JEFF FOSTER 7
                BOS - PAUL PIERCE 9, RICKY DAVIS 6, MARK 
                      BLOUNT 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 7, RON ARTEST 4, AL 
                      HARRINGTON 3
                BOS - MIKE JAMES 8, RICKY DAVIS 4, WALTER 
                      MCCARTY 3

         ATT:   18,624

Box Score

INDIANA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J O'Neal 38 8-15 5-10 4-13 2 4 21 R Artest 42 10-21 6-6 2-5 4 2 28 J Foster 19 3-8 1-1 5-7 0 3 7 J Tinsley 33 2-4 0-0 1-4 7 5 5 R Miller 32 6-17 2-2 0-3 1 1 18 A Harrington 32 7-14 3-4 6-10 3 3 17 J Brewer 16 0-2 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 A Croshere 14 1-4 2-2 0-2 1 3 5 F Jones 14 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 J Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Johnson DNP - LOWER ABDOMINAL STRAIN S Pollard DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-87 19-25 18-47 21 22 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.437, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 8-24, .333 (R Artest 2-5, J Tinsley 1-3, R Miller 4-12, A Harrington 0-1, J Brewer 0-1, A Croshere 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:5 (J O'Neal 3, R Artest, J Foster). Turnovers:15 (J O'Neal 5, J Tinsley 4, R Artest 3, A Harrington, J Brewer, F Jones). Steals: 10 (R Artest 5, R Miller 2, F Jones 2, J O'Neal). BOSTON (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp V Baker 23 2-4 2-2 1-1 0 3 6 J Welsch 31 5-7 1-1 0-3 0 2 14 M Blount 35 4-4 0-0 2-6 0 3 8 M James 34 4-8 6-8 0-2 8 1 15 P Pierce 29 8-19 0-3 0-9 0 4 18 W Mccarty 25 0-4 0-0 0-5 3 3 0 R Davis 32 5-12 1-3 1-6 4 0 11 C Mihm 17 3-5 3-4 1-1 1 4 9 M Banks 14 3-4 3-4 0-1 1 1 9 M Stewart DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Jones DNP - BRUISED RIGHT SHOULDER B Hunter DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-67 16-25 5-34 17 21 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (J Welsch 3-3, M James 1-2, P Pierce 2-6, W Mccarty 0-3, R Davis 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:8 (M Blount 5, C Mihm, P Pierce, V Baker). Turnovers:17 (M James 4, P Pierce 3, W Mccarty 3, J Welsch 2, R Davis 2, C Mihm, M Blount, M Banks). Steals: 4 (C Mihm, M Blount, M James, R Davis). -------------------------------------------- INDIANA 25 23 25 30 - 103 BOSTON 30 24 18 18 - 90 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (COACH Carlisle, 5:05 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,624. T: 2:16. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Gary Benson, Nolan Fine.


Extended Box

INDIANA (103) AT BOSTON (90) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J O'NEAL F 38 8-15 5-10 4 9 13 2 4 1 5 21 R ARTEST F 42 10-21 6-6 2 3 5 4 2 5 3 28 J FOSTER C 19 3-8 1-1 5 2 7 0 3 0 0 7 J TINSLEY G 33 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 7 5 0 4 5 R MILLER G 32 6-17 2-2 0 3 3 1 1 2 0 18 A HARRINGTON 32 7-14 3-4 6 4 10 3 3 0 1 17 J BREWER 16 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 A CROSHERE 14 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 5 F JONES 14 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 J JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION A JOHNSON DNP - LOWER ABDOMINAL STRAIN S POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-87 19-25 18 29 47 21 22 10 15 103 (.437) (.760) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16 (20 PTS) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === V BAKER F 23 2-4 2-2 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 6 J WELSCH F 31 5-7 1-1 0 3 3 0 2 0 2 14 M BLOUNT C 35 4-4 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 1 1 8 M JAMES G 34 4-8 6-8 0 2 2 8 1 1 4 15 P PIERCE G 29 8-19 0-3 0 9 9 0 4 0 3 18 W MCCARTY 25 0-4 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 0 3 0 R DAVIS 32 5-12 1-3 1 5 6 4 0 1 2 11 C MIHM 17 3-5 3-4 1 0 1 1 4 1 1 9 M BANKS 14 3-4 3-4 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 9 M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION J JONES DNP - BRUISED RIGHT SHOULDER B HUNTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-67 16-25 5 29 34 17 21 4 17 90 (.507) (.640) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18 (27 PTS) INDIANA 25 23 25 30 - 103 BOSTON 30 24 18 18 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL 3, R ARTEST, J FOSTER. BOSTON - M BLOUNT 5, C MIHM, P PIERCE, V BAKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 8-24 (.333), R ARTEST 2-5, J TINSLEY 1- 3, R MILLER 4-12, A HARRINGTON 0-1, J BREWER 0-1, A CROSHERE 1-2. BOSTON 6- 15 (.400), J WELSCH 3-3, M JAMES 1-2, P PIERCE 2-6, W MCCARTY 0-3, R DAVIS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - COACH CARLISLE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, GARY BENSON, NOLAN FINE. A - 18,624. T - 2:16.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Ron Artest and the Indiana Pacers had a much better time than their last visit to the FleetCenter. Artest scored 28 points and got the better of Paul Pierce as the Pacers stormed to their third straight win, a 103-90 victory over the Boston Celtics. Indiana's 2002-03 season ended on this floor with a 20-point loss in Game Six of its first-round series with Boston. After the game, Artest - whose normally tough defense was shredded by Pierce - became frustrated and got into a shoving match with Pacers executive Mel Daniels. "The last time I was here it was bad," Artest said. "I think I started out with an airball and a couple of other things happened. We've just got to be ready to play, especially in this building. This building can get rowdy." In the first half, Artest did everything he could to slow down Pierce, including pulling down his shorts. Pierce tugged them up before burying a 3-pointer that gave Boston a 49-34 lead with 4:58 left in the second quarter. "You have to do whatever you can against him," Artest said. "He's that good." Artest answered with a three-point play to trigger a 12-5 run that closed the half. He added nine points in the third quarter, when he twice stripped Pierce and went in for layups. His lefthanded drive over Pierce gave Indiana the lead for good at 67-66 with 4:05 left. "He's a strong defender," Pierce admitted. "He has good hands and you've go to be careful with the ball around him. He did a good job when I spun, coming from behind and taking the ball from me." Indiana opened the final period with a 13-0 run that featured three 3-pointers by Reggie Miller, who scored 18 points. The Pacers poured it on and took their largest lead at 99-80 with 4:10 to go on a 3-pointer by Artest. "It was good to finally come in here and get a win," Miller said. "Last year we didn't win at all in here and we had plenty of chances to do so. There were a lot of games that were close, but we always came up on the short end. Tonight, we put a full 48 minute game together and got the win." "They just play steady," Pierce said. "They never get rattled. They play steady for all four quarters and no lead is safe with them. They are the best team in the East." Jermaine O'Neal had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana, which also avenged a 78-76 home loss to Boston earlier this season. "We got a monkey off our back," O'Neal said. "The last three times we've lost here. Coming out and playing the way we played tonight really helped remind us that we can win in this building. We know it's a tough building to win in, the crowd is crazy, the team is well-coached and they've got some players who can really hurt you. Doing what we did tonight can help us later on in the season." Pierce had 18 points and nine boards but made just 8-of-19 shots as he was hounded by Artest, who had five steals. "Artest played great defense on Pierce, who is as good an offensive player as you're going to find on the perimeter," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "When I'm playing against the best players in the league at my position and I have the opportunity to guard them, it's just fun to me," Artest said "I always try to step my game up. I just love doing it." Al Harrington had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who owned a 47-34 edge on the glass. "Our Achilles heel has been rebounding," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien said. "They got 12 offensive rebounds in the second half." Celtics swingman Jiri Welsch left in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury and did not return.


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