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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      INDIANA          19   24   25   26    94   
      DETROIT          20   17   24   20    81      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - AUSTIN CROSHERE 15, REGGIE MILLER 14, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 12
                DET - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 23, RASHEED WALLACE 15,
                      TAYSHAUN PRINCE 13

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - DALE DAVIS 13, JEFF FOSTER 6, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                DET - BEN WALLACE 14, RASHEED WALLACE 6, 
                      CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - ANTHONY JOHNSON 6, REGGIE MILLER 4, FRED
                      JONES 2
                DET - TAYSHAUN PRINCE 5, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 4, 
                      CARLOS ARROYO 4

         ATT:   22,076

Box Score

INDIANA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Jackson 36 5-18 0-0 1-5 0 3 12 A Croshere 28 7-13 1-2 2-5 1 0 15 D Davis 29 3-6 3-4 5-13 0 2 9 R Miller 28 3-8 7-7 0-1 4 0 14 A Johnson 24 5-7 1-2 0-3 6 5 12 E Gill 18 1-3 5-5 0-3 0 4 8 F Jones 23 4-8 0-0 0-1 2 2 8 J Foster 24 3-3 4-4 3-6 1 4 10 S Pollard 14 0-1 1-2 0-3 0 1 1 J Jones 15 1-2 2-2 0-0 1 3 5 J Edwards 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Tinsley DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 24-28 11-40 15 24 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (S Jackson 2-5, A Croshere 0-1, R Miller 1-1, A Johnson 1-1, E Gill 1-1, F Jones 0-1, J Jones 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:4 (D Davis 4). Turnovers:7 (S Jackson 2, A Croshere, A Johnson, J Edwards, E Gill, J Foster). Steals: 5 (D Davis 2, E Gill 2, J Jones). DETROIT (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Prince 40 4-12 5-8 1-2 5 0 13 R Wallace 31 6-9 2-2 1-6 1 4 15 B Wallace 38 3-12 2-4 7-14 0 3 8 L Hunter 27 1-8 0-0 2-3 2 4 2 C Billups 37 6-13 8-8 1-5 4 5 23 C Arroyo 22 2-5 2-2 0-3 4 5 6 A McDyess 22 1-4 1-2 0-2 0 0 3 C Delfino 15 4-5 0-0 0-0 0 4 9 D Ham 5 1-1 0-2 0-0 0 0 2 D Milicic 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 E Campbell DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Hamilton DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-70 20-28 12-36 16 25 81 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (R Wallace 1-3, B Wallace 0-1, L Hunter 0-2, C Billups 3-6, C Delfino 1-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:6 (B Wallace 3, R Wallace 2, A McDyess). Turnovers:8 (T Prince 3, C Arroyo 2, A McDyess, C Delfino, C Billups). Steals: 2 (C Delfino 2). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 19 24 25 26 - 94 DETROIT 20 17 24 20 - 81 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 4 (A Johnson, 3:57 1st; S Jackson, 4:27 3rd; Defensive Three, 7:59 3rd; S Pollard, 5:50 4th). Detroit - 1 (R Wallace, 8:00 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:20. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Jason Phillips, Monty McCutchen.


Extended Box

INDIANA (94) AT DETROIT (81) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S JACKSON F 36 5-18 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 0 2 12 A CROSHERE F 28 7-13 1-2 2 3 5 1 0 0 1 15 D DAVIS C 29 3-6 3-4 5 8 13 0 2 2 0 9 R MILLER G 28 3-8 7-7 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 14 A JOHNSON G 24 5-7 1-2 0 3 3 6 5 0 1 12 E GILL 18 1-3 5-5 0 3 3 0 4 2 1 8 F JONES 23 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 8 J FOSTER 24 3-3 4-4 3 3 6 1 4 0 1 10 S POLLARD 14 0-1 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 1 J JONES 15 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 5 J EDWARDS 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 J TINSLEY DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT TOTALS 240 32-70 24-28 11 29 40 15 24 5 7 94 (.457) (.857) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8 (6 PTS) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T PRINCE F 40 4-12 5-8 1 1 2 5 0 0 3 13 R WALLACE F 31 6-9 2-2 1 5 6 1 4 0 0 15 B WALLACE C 38 3-12 2-4 7 7 14 0 3 0 0 8 L HUNTER G 27 1-8 0-0 2 1 3 2 4 0 0 2 C BILLUPS G 37 6-13 8-8 1 4 5 4 5 0 1 23 C ARROYO 22 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 4 5 0 2 6 A MCDYESS 22 1-4 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 3 C DELFINO 15 4-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 2 1 9 D HAM 5 1-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 D MILICIC 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 E CAMPBELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION R HAMILTON DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE TOTALS 240 28-70 20-28 12 24 36 16 25 2 8 81 (.400) (.714) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 8 (7 PTS) INDIANA 19 24 25 26 - 94 DETROIT 20 17 24 20 - 81 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 4. DETROIT - B WALLACE 3, R WALLACE 2, A MCDYESS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-11 (.545), S JACKSON 2-5, A CROSHERE 0- 1, R MILLER 1-1, A JOHNSON 1-1, E GILL 1-1, F JONES 0-1, J JONES 1- 1. DETROIT 5-13 (.385), R WALLACE 1-3, B WALLACE 0-1, L HUNTER 0-2, C BILLUPS 3-6, C DELFINO 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - A JOHNSON, S JACKSON, DEFENSIVE THREE, S POLLARD. DETROIT - R WALLACE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, JASON PHILLIPS, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 22,076. T - 2:20.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers were hoping to avoid any incidents in the first game here since the infamous November 19 brawl. Unfortunately, it was not to be. The Pacers posted a 94-81 victory over the Pistons in a game that was overshadowed by a bomb threat that delayed the start by almost 90 minutes. Approximately 40 minutes prior to the 8 p.m. EST start, two calls were placed to The Palace of Auburn Hills stating that there was a bomb in the Pacers' locker room. Although Auburn Hills police had swept the locker room in the morning and again late in the afternoon, the Pacers were evacuated to the team bus so the room could be searched again. According to Pacers coach Rick Carlisle, it was the second threat the caller had phoned in Friday. "You get two bomb threats within a couple of hours and the second one is as specific as to say that someone who worked in the building had placed it there," Carlisle said. "After what we've been through earlier in the year, I could certainly understand their concerns about safety. As well-staffed as The Palace is, when you get something as detailed as the description as who may have put the bomb where, you've got to take note of that." After it was determined that there was no bomb in the locker room - or anywhere else in the building - Indiana players were told they could return. Several Pacers reportedly did not want to play the game, but league officials told the them that if they did not play, the team would forfeit the contest. "It was very difficult when you have your lives threatened," Pacers guard Reggie Miller said. "We came here to do a job and that was to play a basketball game. Then the unexpected news almost 45 minutes before tip-off was very disturbing. Usually they keep these things from you but they tried to make it a point when the caller called back. Obviously, the bottom line, this is just a game. It was split down the middle on who wanted to play and who didn't want to play." "Until you find out if it is a prank call, you have to be looking out for your own safety," Detroit center Ben Wallace said. "It is hard to say what you would do until you've been in that position." After the lengthy suspensions handed out to Pacers Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal stemming from the melee with several Pistons' fans, Miller, an 18-year veteran and team captain,vented his frustration over what he considers league bias against Indiana. "It's unfortunate because we've been penalized so much this year, and our team, and nothing has ever happened to the Pistons or The Palace or even the city of Detroit," Miller said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it and the league ought to be ashamed of themselves to let security be as lax as it is around here. "We're always going to get the brunt of it as players, especially this year for this organization. (Commissioner) David Stern has to take a hard look in the mirror every morning when he wakes up on his decision, the way he penalized us and the way he penalized the Pistons." Both Detroit assistant coach Gar Heard and forward Tayshaun Prince thought the delay may have hurt the home team more than the visitors. "It's hard to sit in the locker room and kill time," Heard said. "I don't think that had a lot to do with the game, but it definitely didn't help us. We were ready to come out on the court and then we had to gear back down. It's hard to start that process over, and we just weren't ready." "To be honest, I was hoping the game would get changed to another day, because I was getting tired," Prince said. "I was falling asleep back here (in the locker room)." The game itself went off without incident as the Pacers took the lead with 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the second quarter and never were headed thereafter. Austin Croshere scored 15 points and Miller added 14 for the Pacers, who had five players in double figures and eight players who scored at least eight points. Detroit got as close as 64-61 on a jumper by Chauncey Billups, who scored 23 points, with nine seconds left in the third quarter. But Indiana responded with a 21-5 burst over the next 6 1/2 minutes to put away the game. "They stuck together and made a team decision to play the game, and went out and played one of the best games we played all year," Carlisle said. The Pistons have lost their last three games, all without leading scorer Richard Hamilton, who sat out again because of a sprained left ankle. "We have to find some movement until Rip (Hamilton) comes back," Heard said. "Teams are zoning it up, and we need to have another guy out there who can score." Owner of the third-best home record in the league (25-8), Detroit had its 12-game winning streak at The Palace halted as Indiana won here for the second time this season.


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