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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          20   23   26   21    90   
     NEW YORK         23   24   20   30    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - RON ARTEST 19, REGGIE MILLER 17, 
                      JERMAINE O'NEAL 17
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 23, KEITH VAN HORN 20, 
                      KURT THOMAS 19

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - JEFF FOSTER 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 12, KEITH VAN HORN 12, 
                      DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - RON ARTEST 5, JAMAAL TINSLEY 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,542

Box Score

INDIANA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 43 8-16 3-5 0-6 5 2 19 J O'Neal 35 6-20 5-8 3-6 0 4 17 J Foster 25 2-5 0-0 1-7 1 4 4 R Miller 34 6-10 2-2 1-4 2 0 17 J Tinsley 32 5-9 0-0 0-3 4 4 14 A Harrington 28 3-10 7-9 3-6 1 2 13 A Johnson 20 2-4 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 A Croshere 17 0-5 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 S Pollard 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 K Anderson DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Jones DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTI _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 17-24 10-37 15 20 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (R Artest 0-2, R Miller 3-7, J Tinsley 4-7, A Harrington 0-2, A Johnson 0-2, A Croshere 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:3 (J O'Neal, R Artest, J Foster). Turnovers:7 (J O'Neal 3, R Artest 2, R Miller, J Tinsley). Steals: 4 (R Miller 2, R Artest, J Tinsley). NEW YORK (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Thomas 33 8-11 3-3 4-12 2 4 19 K Van Horn 46 6-15 8-9 3-12 3 3 20 D Mutombo 24 1-6 1-2 2-7 0 5 3 S Anderson 16 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 3 2 S Marbury 42 6-17 11-12 0-4 8 2 23 P Hardaway 35 6-14 0-0 1-3 3 2 14 M Doleac 25 5-10 1-2 2-6 3 2 11 O Harrington 13 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 2 4 M Norris 6 0-0 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 D Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Williams DNP - SINUS INFECTION M Sweetney DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 25-30 13-48 21 23 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (K Van Horn 0-3, S Marbury 0-3, P Hardaway 2-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (D Mutombo 3, K Van Horn 2). Turnovers:8 (S Marbury 3, K Thomas 2, K Van Horn 2, O Harrington). Steals: 5 (K Van Horn 2, K Thomas, O Harrington, S Marbury). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 20 23 26 21 - 90 NEW YORK 23 24 20 30 - 97 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,542. T: 2:18. Officials: Bennie Adams, Joe Crawford, Leon Wood.


Extended Box

INDIANA (90) AT NEW YORK (97) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 43 8-16 3-5 0 6 6 5 2 1 2 19 J O'NEAL F 35 6-20 5-8 3 3 6 0 4 0 3 17 J FOSTER C 25 2-5 0-0 1 6 7 1 4 0 0 4 R MILLER G 34 6-10 2-2 1 3 4 2 0 2 1 17 J TINSLEY G 32 5-9 0-0 0 3 3 4 4 1 1 14 A HARRINGTON 28 3-10 7-9 3 3 6 1 2 0 0 13 A JOHNSON 20 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 4 A CROSHERE 17 0-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 S POLLARD 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 K ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION F JONES DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTI TOTALS 240 33-80 17-24 10 27 37 15 20 4 7 90 (.413) (.708) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8 (4 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K THOMAS F 33 8-11 3-3 4 8 12 2 4 1 2 19 K VAN HORN F 46 6-15 8-9 3 9 12 3 3 2 2 20 D MUTOMBO C 24 1-6 1-2 2 5 7 0 5 0 0 3 S ANDERSON G 16 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 2 S MARBURY G 42 6-17 11-12 0 4 4 8 2 1 3 23 P HARDAWAY 35 6-14 0-0 1 2 3 3 2 0 0 14 M DOLEAC 25 5-10 1-2 2 4 6 3 2 0 0 11 O HARRINGTON 13 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 1 4 M NORRIS 6 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 D JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION F WILLIAMS DNP - SINUS INFECTION M SWEETNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-80 25-30 13 35 48 21 23 5 8 97 (.438) (.833) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 8 (11 PTS) INDIANA 20 23 26 21 - 90 NEW YORK 23 24 20 30 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL, R ARTEST, J FOSTER. NEW YORK - D MUTOMBO 3, K VAN HORN 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 7-23 (.304), R ARTEST 0-2, R MILLER 3-7, J TINSLEY 4-7, A HARRINGTON 0-2, A JOHNSON 0-2, A CROSHERE 0-3. NEW YORK 2- 9 (.222), K VAN HORN 0-3, S MARBURY 0-3, P HARDAWAY 2-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, JOE CRAWFORD, LEON WOOD. A - 18,542. T - 2:18.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- A victory over the league-leading Indiana Pacers is a clear sign that Stephon Marbury and the New York Knicks are getting better. Marbury had 23 points and eight assists as the surging Knicks made all the big plays down the stretch and held off the Pacers, 97-90, for their third straight win. The Knicks improved to 7-3 since Lenny Wilkens replaced Don Chaney as coach on January 5. However, all of those wins had come against teams currently .500 or below. The Pacers, who came in with the best record in the NBA and a pair of All-Star forwards in Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest, provided a stiff test that the Knicks passed with flying colors. "It has to be very satisfying to all of us," Wilkens said. "It shows that we've come a long way. They're one of the top teams in the league." "They are playing better and their record shows that since the trade (acquiring Marbury) and since Lenny came in," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "They are certainly a team on the rise and I see them continuing to move up." Seemingly headed to the lottery a month ago, the Knicks are 23-27, climbing to second place in the weak Atlantic Division, but more importantly, seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race. "We're going in the right direction," Marbury said. "Everything is going forward." Marbury spent most of the fourth quarter going in the direction of the basket. After scoring 17 points in the first half primarily on jumpers, the dynamic point guard became a distributor in the fourth quarter, repeatedly driving and setting up forwards Keith Van Horn and Kurt Thomas for open jumpers. Working against Indiana's All-Star forward duo, Van Horn (8) and Thomas (11) combined for 19 of New York's 30 fourth-quarter points. Van Horn finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds and Thomas added 19 and 12. "The fact that (Marbury) is always a threat to shoot or take the ball to the hoop just opens up the floor," Thomas said. A jumper by Van Horn gave the Knicks the lead for good at 74-73 with 9:34 left. Marbury found Michael Doleac for a dunk and Thomas for a jumper to push the advantage to 85-79 before the Pacers closed to 89-88 with 1:49 to go on a 3-pointer by Jamaal Tinsley, who scored all 14 of his points in the second half. Penny Hardaway and Reggie Miller traded baskets before Marbury again penetrated and dished to Thomas, who sank a 15-footer for a 93-90 lead with 45 seconds remaining. "He created for other people and they hit shots," Carlisle said. "He is always a factor." Artest missed two free throws before Hardaway buried a bank shot to seal it with 17 seconds left. Hardaway scored 14 points off the bench as he picked up the slack for guard Allan Houston, who was placed on the injured list with a sore knee earlier in the day. Doleac contributed 11 points as the Knicks had five players in double figures. "We need to step it up offensively to make up for the 20 points a game that we lost," Van Horn said. "No one person can do it by himself." The victory had to be sweet for Knicks president Isiah Thomas, who was fired as coach of the Pacers last summer and replaced by Carlisle. As the clock wound down, Thomas watched from the the runway behind the scorer's table, refusing to allow himself a smile. "I think this game was for Isiah, Mark and George (Knicks assistants Mark Aguirre and George Glymph)," Marbury said. "Those guys really wanted to win this game and we knew how much it meant to them." Artest scored 19 points and O'Neal and Madison Square Garden villain Reggie Miller added 17 apiece for the Pacers, who were outrebounded, 48-37, and had a three-game winning streak snapped. O'Neal played despite a strained neck that kept him out of Monday's home win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He encountered some early foul trouble and made just 6-of-20 shots while grabbing six rebounds. "It just wasn't me out there," said O'Neal, who has been the best player in the East this season. "I have to put this loss on my shoulders. If I decide to play, whether it is hurt or healthy, I have to find a way to control the game and win the games we are supposed to win."


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