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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      INDIANA          28   28   23   18    97   
      NEW YORK         28   22   16   13    79      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - STEPHEN JACKSON 33, REGGIE MILLER 13, 
                      ANTHONY JOHNSON 13
                NYK - STEPHON MARBURY 19, TIM THOMAS 13, KURT 
                      THOMAS 12

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - SCOT POLLARD 10, JEFF FOSTER 8, DALE 
                      DAVIS 7
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 12, THREE PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - ANTHONY JOHNSON 4, EDDIE GILL 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                NYK - JAMAL CRAWFORD 5, STEPHON MARBURY 3, 
                      JERMAINE JACKSON 3

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

INDIANA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Jackson 38 12-22 3-5 0-5 2 2 33 S Pollard 22 3-8 2-2 5-10 0 4 8 D Davis 29 2-2 6-6 4-7 0 2 10 A Johnson 33 5-10 0-2 0-2 4 2 13 R Miller 29 3-15 5-5 0-1 2 1 13 J Foster 27 2-2 0-0 1-8 0 2 4 J Jones 16 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 5 3 E Gill 26 2-6 4-4 0-4 3 0 9 A Croshere 18 0-1 4-4 1-5 1 0 4 J Edwards 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Tinsley DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT F Jones DNP - LOWER BACK SPASMS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-69 24-28 11-43 13 18 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.435, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 13-25, .520 (S Jackson 6-10, A Johnson 3-4, R Miller 2-5, J Jones 1-1, E Gill 1-5). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:1 (R Miller). Turnovers:11 (S Jackson 4, A Johnson 3, R Miller 2, E Gill, J Jones). Steals: 6 (D Davis, S Pollard, A Johnson, J Foster, S Jackson, E Gill). NEW YORK (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Sweetney 25 3-5 2-4 3-5 1 5 8 T Thomas 32 5-11 2-2 1-5 0 2 13 K Thomas 36 6-12 0-0 5-12 2 1 12 J Crawford 45 4-14 0-0 1-5 5 1 10 S Marbury 38 5-17 8-9 0-1 3 0 19 M Rose 12 3-4 1-1 0-0 0 2 7 T Ariza 14 1-2 0-0 0-4 0 3 2 M Taylor 22 2-6 0-0 0-3 0 1 4 J Jackson 11 1-4 0-0 0-2 3 1 2 Je Williams 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 B Sundov 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Butler 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-76 13-16 10-37 14 18 79 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (T Thomas 1-1, J Crawford 2-6, S Marbury 1-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:1 (K Thomas). Turnovers:13 (S Marbury 4, K Thomas 2, M Rose, T Thomas, M Taylor, J Crawford, M Sweetney, T Ariza, J Butler). Steals: 7 (S Marbury 3, T Ariza 2, M Taylor, J Crawford). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 28 28 23 18 - 97 NEW YORK 28 22 16 13 - 79 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:13 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:06. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Joe Crawford, Scott Wall.


Extended Box

INDIANA (97) AT NEW YORK (79) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S JACKSON F 38 12-22 3-5 0 5 5 2 2 1 4 33 S POLLARD F 22 3-8 2-2 5 5 10 0 4 1 0 8 D DAVIS C 29 2-2 6-6 4 3 7 0 2 1 0 10 A JOHNSON G 33 5-10 0-2 0 2 2 4 2 1 3 13 R MILLER G 29 3-15 5-5 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 13 J FOSTER 27 2-2 0-0 1 7 8 0 2 1 0 4 J JONES 16 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 5 0 1 3 E GILL 26 2-6 4-4 0 4 4 3 0 1 1 9 A CROSHERE 18 0-1 4-4 1 4 5 1 0 0 0 4 J EDWARDS 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J TINSLEY DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT F JONES DNP - LOWER BACK SPASMS TOTALS 240 30-69 24-28 11 32 43 13 18 6 11 97 (.435) (.857) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12 (11 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M SWEETNEY 3F 25 3-5 2-4 3 2 5 1 5 0 1 8 T THOMAS F 32 5-11 2-2 1 4 5 0 2 0 1 13 K THOMAS F 36 6-12 0-0 5 7 12 2 1 0 2 12 J CRAWFORD G 45 4-14 0-0 1 4 5 5 1 1 1 10 S MARBURY G 38 5-17 8-9 0 1 1 3 0 3 4 19 M ROSE 12 3-4 1-1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 7 T ARIZA 14 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 2 1 2 M TAYLOR 22 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 1 1 4 J JACKSON 11 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 2 JE WILLIAMS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 B SUNDOV 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 J BUTLER 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 TOTALS 240 31-76 13-16 10 27 37 14 18 7 13 79 (.408) (.813) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (11 PTS) INDIANA 28 28 23 18 - 97 NEW YORK 28 22 16 13 - 79 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - R MILLER. NEW YORK - K THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 13-25 (.520), S JACKSON 6-10, A JOHNSON 3- 4, R MILLER 2-5, J JONES 1-1, E GILL 1-5. NEW YORK 4-12 (.333), T THOMAS 1- 1, J CRAWFORD 2-6, S MARBURY 1-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, JOE CRAWFORD, SCOTT WALL. A - 19,763. T - 2:06.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Reggie Miller's last game at Madison Square Garden was much quieter than some of his previous performances at the famed venue. Miller scored just 13 points on 3-of-15 shooting and ceded center stage to Stephen Jackson, who scored 33 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 97-79 victory over the reeling New York Knicks. The 39-year-old Miller was introduced first and got a mixed reaction from the fans while some held up signs that said "Reggie, thanks for the memories" and "Reggie don't retire." "The respect has always been there," Miller said. "It's always been a love-hate relationship with the city of New York. I didn't know what kind of reception I was going to get here tonight. I appreciate all the kind words and all the signs, it means a lot." "New York fans are great," said Knicks center Kurt Thomas, who faced Miller and the Pacers in the 1999 and 2000 playoffs. "No matter what, they are going to show the love and hate. Fans are unbelievable - their last time seeing him here in the Garden, they gave him a lot of respect." Playing the 18th and final season of his Hall of Fame career, Miller has had many exploits here, trash-talking with filmmaker Spike Lee while shooting down the playoff hopes of the Knicks. Among them were 25 points in the fourth quarter of a win in Game Five of the 1994 Eastern Conference finals, eight in the final 8.9 seconds to steal a win in Game One of the 1995 conference semifinals and 34 as the Pacers beat the Knicks, 93-80, in the conference finals clincher in 2000. Asked in his postgame news conference to select his favorite moment in New York, Miller picked the 1995 conference semifinals, which was clinched here in game Seven and marked the Pacers' first series victory over the Knicks. "Probably (beating New York) for the first time in 1995," Miller said. "I think we had lost two or three series to them. After a while, you start thinking, 'Are we ever going to be able to beat them?' So I think winning the first series will probably stand out." The quiet game was of little concern to Miller as the Pacers (39-34), who won their fourth game in a row, inched ahead of Cleveland for sixth place in the East and gained ground on Washington and Chicago. "I'm excited we got the win," he said. "We still got playoff games coming up. Hopefully there's still some magic left." "I think that's the most important thing to him (was) not that he scored but that his team came in and won," said New York coach Herb Williams, who was one of the veterans with the Pacers during Miller's rookie season in 1987. Indiana trailed, 41-36, with just over six minutes left in the second quarter before a pair of free throws by Miller triggered a 19-4 burst that gave the Pacers the lead for good. Miller and Jackson each scored five points during the run. On his 27th birthday, Jackson helped put away the game in the third period, scoring 13 points during a 15-3 spurt that gave the Pacers a 75-57 advantage with four minutes left in the quarter. Jackson, who came in averaging 22 points in his previous 15 games, put on a Milleresque performance. He scored 17 points in the period, including three open 3-pointers that were similar to the ones Miller hit during the mid-1990s. "Stephen Jackson was a guy who got a hot hand and we rode him," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "His 3-point shooting really was an answer anytime the Knicks made a run." With the game under control, Miller sat out the last seven minutes while the Garden crowd chanted "Reggie, Reggie" to acknowledge its nemesis. As he walked off, Miller saluted the cheering fans and went over to hug Lee. "I've always said there needs to be more Spike Lees in every building," Miller said. "He's still wearing his colors, that's what I respect about Spike. It was just a simple embrace, just a thank you." "I thought it was really neat how Spike and Reggie shook hands," Carlisle said. "Spike drove Reggie to real heights of greatness. It was cool to get those guys together." Stephon Marbury scored 19 points for the Knicks, who shot 4-of-19 in the fourth quarter en route to their seventh straight loss.


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