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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      INDIANA          26   27   18   15    86   
      CLEVELAND        20   30   26   22    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - REGGIE MILLER 29, ANTHONY JOHNSON 17, 
                      STEPHEN JACKSON 13
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 35, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 16, 
                      DREW GOODEN 13

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - SCOT POLLARD 9, DALE DAVIS 6, ANTHONY 
                      JOHNSON 5
                CLE - ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 11, DREW GOODEN 11, 
                      ANDERSON VAREJAO 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - ANTHONY JOHNSON 8, FRED JONES 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                CLE - LEBRON JAMES 5, ERIC SNOW 4, JEFF 
                      MCINNIS 3

         ATT:   20,562

Box Score

INDIANA (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jones 16 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 D Davis 31 2-6 1-2 1-6 1 2 5 S Pollard 30 3-5 0-1 2-9 0 5 6 A Johnson 36 6-10 4-5 2-5 8 1 17 R Miller 37 7-13 14-15 0-0 0 2 29 S Jackson 28 3-16 6-6 1-4 1 5 13 J Foster 16 1-2 2-2 0-2 2 3 4 F Jones 18 0-5 1-2 0-0 3 1 1 A Croshere 16 2-6 3-4 3-3 0 1 7 E Gill 12 0-1 0-0 1-3 2 2 0 J Tinsley DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT D Harrison DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-68 31-37 11-34 18 25 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.838. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (A Johnson 1-1, R Miller 1-4, S Jackson 1-6, F Jones 0-1, A Croshere 0-1, E Gill 0-1). Team Rebounds: 17. Blocked Shots:5 (D Davis 3, S Pollard, J Jones). Turnovers:13 (S Jackson 3, A Johnson 2, J Foster 2, D Davis, F Jones, J Jones, E Gill, R Miller, S Pollard). Steals: 2 (R Miller, F Jones). CLEVELAND (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L James 44 12-23 10-11 2-5 5 1 35 D Gooden 28 5-15 3-4 4-11 2 3 13 Z Ilgauskas 31 7-15 2-2 8-11 0 5 16 J McInnis 24 3-8 0-1 0-1 3 4 6 I Newble 18 1-6 2-2 2-3 0 2 4 A Pavlovic 26 1-5 1-2 0-1 2 2 3 R Traylor 15 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 E Snow 27 2-4 3-4 0-2 4 2 7 A Varejao 18 3-4 2-2 2-6 0 3 8 J Welsch 9 0-2 2-4 1-3 1 2 2 L Harris DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Diop DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-86 25-32 21-46 17 27 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (L James 1-5, J McInnis 0-3, A Pavlovic 0-1). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:7 (R Traylor 3, Z Ilgauskas 2, E Snow, A Varejao). Turnovers:5 (L James 4, E Snow). Steals: 3 (E Snow, J Welsch, L James). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 26 27 18 15 - 86 CLEVELAND 20 30 26 22 - 98 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 2 (A Croshere, 1:45 1st; J Foster, 3:14 3rd). Cleveland - 1 (I Newble, 4:46 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,562. T: 2:23. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Derrick Stafford, Tom Washington.


Extended Box

INDIANA (86) AT CLEVELAND (98) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JONES F 16 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 4 D DAVIS F 31 2-6 1-2 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 5 S POLLARD C 30 3-5 0-1 2 7 9 0 5 0 1 6 A JOHNSON G 36 6-10 4-5 2 3 5 8 1 0 2 17 R MILLER G 37 7-13 14-15 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 29 S JACKSON 28 3-16 6-6 1 3 4 1 5 0 3 13 J FOSTER 16 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 2 3 0 2 4 F JONES 18 0-5 1-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 1 A CROSHERE 16 2-6 3-4 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 7 E GILL 12 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 0 J TINSLEY DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT D HARRISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 26-68 31-37 11 23 34 18 25 2 13 86 (.382) (.838) TEAM REBS: 17 TOTAL TO: 15 (14 PTS) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L JAMES F 44 12-23 10-11 2 3 5 5 1 1 4 35 D GOODEN F 28 5-15 3-4 4 7 11 2 3 0 0 13 Z ILGAUSKAS C 31 7-15 2-2 8 3 11 0 5 0 0 16 J MCINNIS G 24 3-8 0-1 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 6 I NEWBLE G 18 1-6 2-2 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 4 A PAVLOVIC 26 1-5 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 3 R TRAYLOR 15 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 4 E SNOW 27 2-4 3-4 0 2 2 4 2 1 1 7 A VAREJAO 18 3-4 2-2 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 8 J WELSCH 9 0-2 2-4 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 2 L HARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION D DIOP DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-86 25-32 21 25 46 17 27 3 5 98 (.419) (.781) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 5 (4 PTS) INDIANA 26 27 18 15 - 86 CLEVELAND 20 30 26 22 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 3, S POLLARD, J JONES. CLEVELAND - R TRAYLOR 3, Z ILGAUSKAS 2, E SNOW, A VAREJAO. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 3-14 (.214), A JOHNSON 1-1, R MILLER 1- 4, S JACKSON 1-6, F JONES 0-1, A CROSHERE 0-1, E GILL 0-1. CLEVELAND 1- 9 (.111), L JAMES 1-5, J MCINNIS 0-3, A PAVLOVIC 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - A CROSHERE, J FOSTER. CLEVELAND - I NEWBLE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, DERRICK STAFFORD, TOM WASHINGTON. A - 20,562. T - 2:23.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers went cold in the second half. Luckily for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James did not. James scored 35 points and the Pacers made just nine baskets in the final 24 minutes as the Cavaliers posted a 98-86 victory. With the win, Cleveland (33-27) moved into a tie with Washington for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, which would give it home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Cavaliers have the third-best home record in the conference at 22-8. "We've got 20-some games left and it's about time that we wake up," said James, who made 12-of-23 shots and 10-of-11 free throws. "When he's shooting that way, nobody in the world can stop him," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said. Neither team had led by more than seven points when Anthony Johnson gave the Pacers their final lead, 70-67, with a three-point play with 2:35 left in the third period. Indiana did not make a basket in nearly 10 minutes, however, as the Cavs took control with a 15-4 run. "I like the swagger we got back defensively," Silas said. "I thought that was the reason that we won." James ignited the spurt with a 3-pointer and Drew Gooden added four of his 13 points before the end of the quarter as Cleveland took a 76-71 lead into the final period. James had four points and an assist as Cleveland pushed its lead to 82-74 with 7:39 remaining. The Pacers cut the deficit to 83-79 on a pair of free throws by Reggie Miller with just over five minutes left, but James hit a basket and three assists over the next three minutes to all but seal the victory. "The kid is a great player," said Indiana guard Stephen Jackson, who guarded James for most of the game. "He's definitely a great player in this league and he's having a great year." Miller scored 15 of his 29 points in the second half, when the Pacers shot 28 percent (9-of-33) and were held to just 33 points. "Reggie tried to carry us," said Jackson, who scored 13 on just 3-of-16 shooting. "But he needed a little help and we weren't able to help him tonight." Johnson contributed 17 points for Indiana, which lost for the second time in five games since All-Star Jermaine O'Neal was placed on the injured list. With O'Neal out, the Cavs were able to dominate inside, grabbing 21 offensive rebounds leading to 18 second-chance points. Zydrunas Ilgauskas led the effort with 16 points and 11 boards - eight offensive. "Our undoing tonight was that we gave up 21 offensive rebounds," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "We have such a small margin for error (given our injuries)." The Cavs shot under 40 percent (19-of-48) in the first half, but James scored 18 points to keep Cleveland within striking distance, 53-50. "When they were struggling in the first half, (James) took the ball four or five times and just made spectacular, breathtaking plays, jumped over us and made difficult shots," Carlisle said. "That's what a great franchise-type player does. He was just too good tonight."


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