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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 18 15 24 32 89 INDIANA 30 14 33 24 101 FINAL


PHILADELPHIA (89) AT INDIANA (101)

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

JACKSON F 29 1-7 1-4 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 3 WEATHERSPOON F 37 7-14 4-9 6 4 10 1 1 1 1 18 MONTROSS C 25 2-5 0-2 3 5 8 0 3 0 2 4 STACKHOUSE G 37 9-13 3-3 3 1 4 3 4 3 3 21 IVERSON G 35 6-18 0-0 3 0 3 7 1 3 3 13 CUMMINGS 20 4-11 3-6 0 3 3 1 2 2 1 11 OVERTON 13 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 2 THOMAS 20 4-5 3-3 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 11 WILLIAMS 13 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 DAVIS 11 3-3 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 6 CHAMBERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALTERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-81 14-27 17 17 34 18 23 12 14 89 (.457) (.519) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(23 PTS)

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

MULLIN F 25 7-8 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 2 1 14 D DAVIS F 28 2-5 2-4 2 7 9 2 3 0 0 6 SMITS C 40 10-16 5-6 1 3 4 3 3 0 3 25 MILLER G 38 6-10 2-2 0 2 2 2 3 2 3 17 JACKSON G 35 2-3 0-0 1 4 5 14 0 2 4 4 A DAVIS 27 4-7 5-8 2 3 5 1 6 2 0 13 HOIBERG 10 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 2 BEST 13 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 ROSE 23 5-10 6-8 1 5 6 2 3 0 3 17 POPE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-64 21-29 8 31 39 26 23 9 16 101 (.594) (.724) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 19(19 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 18 15 24 32 - 89 INDIANA 30 14 33 24 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - WEATHERSPOON, IVERSON, THOMAS. INDIANA - SMITS 5, A DAVIS 2, MULLIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-7 (.143), JACKSON 0-2, IVERSON 1-5. INDIANA 4-8 (.500), MILLER 3-4, HOIBERG 0-2, ROSE 1-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ROSE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, KEN MAUER, VIOLET PALMER. A - 13,368. T - 2:04.


PHILADELPHIA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 29 1-7 1-4 1-1 1 2 3 Weatherspoon 37 7-14 4-9 6-10 1 1 18 Montross 25 2-5 0-2 3-8 0 3 4 Stackhouse 37 9-13 3-3 3-4 3 4 21 Iverson 35 6-18 0-0 3-3 7 1 13 Cummings 20 4-11 3-6 0-3 1 2 11 Overton 13 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 Thomas 20 4-5 3-3 0-2 1 4 11 Williams 13 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 4 0 Davis 11 3-3 0-0 1-1 2 2 6 Chambers DNP - coach's decision Walters DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-81 14-27 17-34 18 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.519. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Jackson 0-2, Iverson 1-5). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Weatherspoon, Iverson, Thomas). Turnovers: 15 (Iverson 3, Overton 3, Stackhouse 3, Montross 2, Cummings, Jackson, Weatherspoon). Steals: 12 (Iverson 3, Stackhouse 3, Cummings 2, Davis, Jackson, Weatherspoon, Williams).

INDIANA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 25 7-8 0-0 0-5 1 2 14 D Davis 28 2-5 2-4 2-9 2 3 6 Smits 40 10-16 5-6 1-4 3 3 25 Miller 38 6-10 2-2 0-2 2 3 17 Jackson 35 2-3 0-0 1-5 14 0 4 A Davis 27 4-7 5-8 2-5 1 6 13 Hoiberg 10 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 Best 13 1-2 1-1 0-0 1 1 3 Rose 23 5-10 6-8 1-6 2 3 17 Pope 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Croshere DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-64 21-29 8-39 26 23 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.594, FT-.724. 3-Point Goals: 4-8, .500 (Miller 3-4, Hoiberg 0-2, Rose 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Smits 5, A Davis 2, Mullin). Turnovers: 19 (Jackson 4, Miller 3, Rose 3, Smits 3, Best, Mullin, Pope). Steals: 9 (A Davis 2, Jackson 2, Miller 2, Mullin 2, Hoiberg). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 18 15 24 32 - 89 Indiana 30 14 33 24 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Rose, 9:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,368. T: 2:04. Officials: Jack Nies, Ken Mauer, Violet Palmer.


GAME RECAP

The Indiana Pacers spoiled Larry Brown's return and won for the sixth time in seven games with a 101-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as Rik Smits scored 25 points to lead a balanced attack.

Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose scored 17 points apiece for the Pacers, who have won six straight meetings and 13 of the last 14 with the 76ers. Miller scored 10 points in a 30-point opening quarter and Chris Mullin scored 10 in the 33-point third period, both season highs for Indiana.

"I did play hard, but not because Larry Brown was here," Rose said. "My confidence level is getting better and better and I will continue to work hard, not only for myself, but to help this team to continue to win and improve."

Brown, who had coached the Pacers for the last four seasons, was greeted with polite applause, which he acknowledged with a nod to the Market Square Arena crowd. He resigned last summer and was replaced by the legendary Larry Bird. After the game, he shook hands with many of the Pacers players.

"This is an ABA city," said Brown, who played and coached in the defunct league. "I've been on the visitor's bench a lot of times, but I've had four great years here. A lot of these players did a great deal for me."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 21 points for the 76ers, who trailed by as many as 22 points and have dropped seven straight games at Indianapolis since November 24th, 1993. Clarence Weatherspoon added 18 points and 10 rebounds but Allen Iverson was held to 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting.

The nomadic Brown compiled a 190-138 record and guided Indiana to the Eastern Conference finals in 1994 and 1995, its deepest advancement since entering the NBA in 1976.

Brown resigned after the team missed the playoffs last season and he had a falling out with Pacers president Donnie Walsh. He signed a five-year deal to coach the 76ers, with control over personnel decisions.

After Brown was greeted, it was all downhill for him and the 76ers. Overmatched against the 7-4 Smits and the bigger Pacers, they trailed 30-18 after one quarter and never really recovered. Smits shot 10-of-16 from the field and blocked five shots.

"They got great rebounding," Brown said. "Their big people are just so active. The biggest thing is that they are unselfish at both ends of the court. ... They're one of the best teams we've plyed against. They really are a team."

Mullin scored four points in a 10-2 burst that broke a 4-4 tie and gave Indiana the lead for good. A 17-footer by Smits capped the run and gave the Pacers a 14-6 lead with 7:22 to go in the period.

The Sixers cut the deficit to 23-16 on a drive by Stackhouse, but Miller made a three-pointer, Antonio Davis hit a jumper and Jalen Rose drove for a hoop, extending the advantage to 14 points in the quarter's final minute.

Iverson, who scored eight points in the first quarter, shot just 1-of-7 in the second period, when Philadelphia held Indiana to a season-low 14 points but managed just 15 itself. The Sixers shot 36 percent (16-of-45) and received no bench points in the first half, falling into a 44-33 hole.

"We ran out of it in the first half and didn't execute the way we should have," Iverson said.

Mullin scored eight points in the first five minutes of the second half, including a fast-break layup that built the lead to 58-41 with 7:03 left in the third quarter. Four points by Clarence Weatherspoon cut the deficit to 13 points, but Mullin triggered a 9-2 burst with another jumper.

A layup by Fred Hoiberg gave the Pacers their largest lead at 77-55 with 29 seconds left. Indiana shot 69 percent (11-of-16) in the quarter.

"I thought our starters played very well," Bird said. "I thought they won it twice tonight, in the first half and the second half. ... We're playing better basketball. Now comes the ultimate challenge -- going on the road for five games."

Philadelphia closed to 90-82 on a three-pointer by Iverson with 4:12 remaining, but Indiana went right to Smits, who buried a short hook to restore the double-digit lead.

Mark Jackson handed out a season-high 14 assists and Mullin scored 14 points. Antonio Davis scored 13 points and Dale Davis grabbed nine rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 59 percent (38-of-64) from the field and held a 39-34 rebounding edge.

"The last three or four games is a turnaround that we have been looking for," Antonio Davis said. "I think we're out there relaxed, doing what we do best."

Terry Cummings and rookie Tim Thomas scored 11 points apiece for the Sixers, who shot 46 percent (37-of-81) and missed 13 of 27 free throws.

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