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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 24 22 19 24 89 INDIANA 22 15 28 21 86 FINAL


ATLANTA (89) AT INDIANA (86)

ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

CORBIN F 32 3-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 6 LAETTNER F 36 3-3 1-2 0 7 7 3 0 0 6 7 MUTOMBO C 43 12-18 1-2 7 8 15 1 3 0 1 25 BLAYLOCK G 43 7-16 2-3 0 2 2 9 3 6 5 18 SMITH G 43 8-17 3-4 2 4 6 6 3 2 3 21 LIVINGSTON 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 HENDERSON 17 4-7 1-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 9 GRAY 5 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 BROWN 16 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 2 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-72 9-15 12 26 38 21 18 8 17 89 (.528) (.600) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 19(14 PTS)

INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

D DAVIS F 37 2-6 1-2 2 9 11 0 3 1 0 5 MULLIN F 24 2-7 2-2 0 0 0 2 2 1 2 6 SMITS C 38 9-17 3-4 3 4 7 0 3 1 2 21 JACKSON G 17 1-5 1-2 1 1 2 7 1 0 1 3 MILLER G 43 10-15 6-6 3 1 4 5 6 3 1 30 A DAVIS 21 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 BEST 31 1-7 2-2 0 1 1 7 4 1 1 4 ROSE 28 4-11 4-4 0 1 1 0 2 1 3 12 POPE 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-70 20-24 10 19 29 21 21 8 10 86 (.443) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(15 PTS)

ATLANTA 24 22 19 24 - 89 INDIANA 22 15 28 21 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - LAETTNER 2, MUTOMBO 2, SMITH. INDIANA - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 4-8 (.500), BLAYLOCK 2-4, SMITH 2-4. INDIANA 4-11 (.364), MULLIN 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 4-5, BEST 0-3, ROSE 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - SMITH, INDIANA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, BEST. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, DON VADEN, MIKE SMITH. A - 13,400. T - 2:04.


ATLANTA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 32 3-6 0-0 1-1 1 2 6 Laettner 36 3-3 1-2 0-7 3 0 7 Mutombo 43 12-18 1-2 7-15 1 3 25 Blaylock 43 7-16 2-3 0-2 9 3 18 Smith 43 8-17 3-4 2-6 6 3 21 Livingston 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Henderson 17 4-7 1-2 2-4 0 2 9 Gray 5 0-0 1-2 0-0 0 2 1 Brown 16 1-5 0-0 0-3 1 2 2 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-72 9-15 12-38 21 18 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.528, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Blaylock 2-4, Smith 2-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Laettner 2, Mutombo 2, Smith). Turnovers: 19 (Laettner 6, Blaylock 5, Smith 3, Brown, Corbin, Mutombo). Steals: 8 (Blaylock 6, Smith 2).

INDIANA (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 37 2-6 1-2 2-11 0 3 5 Mullin 24 2-7 2-2 0-0 2 2 6 Smits 38 9-17 3-4 3-7 0 3 21 Jackson 17 1-5 1-2 1-2 7 1 3 Miller 43 10-15 6-6 3-4 5 6 30 A Davis 21 2-2 1-2 1-2 0 0 5 Best 31 1-7 2-2 0-1 7 4 4 Rose 28 4-11 4-4 0-1 0 2 12 Pope 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 20-24 10-29 21 21 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Mullin 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Miller 4-5, Best 0-3, Rose 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 11 (Rose 3, Mullin 2, Smits 2, Best, Jackson, Miller). Steals: 8 (Miller 3, Best, D Davis, Mullin, Rose, Smits). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 24 22 19 24 - 89 Indiana 22 15 28 21 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Smith, 1:59 3rd). Indiana 2 (Illegal Defense, 4:09 2nd; Best, 1:31 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,400. T: 2:04. Officials: Jack Nies, Don Vaden, Mike Smith.


GAME RECAP

Mookie Blaylock scored three points in the final eight seconds and finished with 18 and nine assists as the Atlanta Hawks notched the best start in franchise history with their eighth straight win, 89-86 over the Indiana Pacers.

Blaylock hit a fallaway jumper from the foul line with eight seconds to play, giving the Hawks an 88-84 edge. Indiana's Travis Best hit a short, leaning jumper with 2.9 seconds to go before Blaylock sank one of two free throws for an 89-86 lead.

Best's three-pointer as time expired went off the rim, clinching the Pacers' third straight defeat.

"I've always loved Mookie Blaylock," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "It seems at the end of every game, he makes the play that kills you."

Dikembe Mutombo had 25 points and 15 rebounds and Steve Smith added 21 points for Atlanta, which owns the league's best record. The 8-0 start is the best in franchise history, surpassing the 7-0 mark set in 1967, when the team was based in St. Louis.

"The great thing about this team is that they trust each other. Different guys hit the big shots," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "It (close games) builds character and confidence because you learn not to panic."

Atlanta has won its last four games by a combined nine points and has recorded just one double-digit victory this season.

"I don't think of it as many close games, we're just making big shots at the end," said Mutombo, who had 21 points and 11 boards in the first half. "We're learning how to be patient and to take our time and win ballgames."

Reggie Miller scored 30 points for the Pacers but fouled out with 1:21 to play.

Smith played a pivotal role down the stretch, scoring five straight points in a 27-second span. His layup put the Hawks ahead for good, 83-82, with 1:48 to go.

The momentum started to shift Atlanta's way 17 seconds later when Best, who made 1-of-7 shots from the field, was whistled for a techincal foul. Smith sank the ensuing free throw and hit another pair from the stripe after drawing Miller's sixth foul, building an 86-82 lead.

"At different times this whole year, we feel like we are not going to lose," Smith said. "We just keep hanging and hanging in there. We're in better shape (physically)."

"You've got to get tough at the end of games," Bird said. "We just made a number of mistakes down the stretch."

Trailing 55-49 midway through the third quarter, Indiana scored seven straight points to take its first lead since early in the second. Chris Mullin keyed the spurt, feeding Rik Smits for a 16-foot jumper and hitting a jumper of his own. Mullin's steal led to Miller's three-pointer, which gave the Pacers a 56-55 edge with four minutes left.

A dunk by Smits -- who scored 21 points -- with 18 seconds remaining knotted the game, 65-65, heading into the final quarter.

"Once again, we gave good effort with the same results," Smits said. "We have a lot of work to do. It's early in the season and we will be better."

Miller and Mutombo scored 11 points apiece in the opening quarter, but it was Smith's 15-foot jumper at the buzzer that gave Atlanta a 24-22 lead.

The Hawks held the Pacers without a field goal over the final 3:09 of the second quarter, reeling off a 9-2 spurt to take a 46-37 halftime lead. After Blaylock's three-pointer started the run, Mutombo and Alan Henderson had back-to-back tip-ins. Miller sank two free throws to halt the run, but Mutombo, who grabbed nine rebounds in the quarter, answered with a 15-foot jumper to put Atlanta back up by nine.

"I have great confidence with our teammates and they have great confidence with me," Mutombo said. "I'm very accepted on this ballclub and comfortable."

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