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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 25 15 20 20 80 INDIANA 22 21 23 21 87 FINAL


NEW YORK (80) AT INDIANA (87)

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

OAKLEY F 38 3-12 0-0 4 11 15 4 4 1 2 6 JOHNSON F 17 4-6 2-4 3 3 6 2 1 0 2 10 EWING C 36 10-22 3-7 1 11 12 2 4 0 3 23 WARD G 16 1-3 2-2 1 2 3 2 5 0 0 4 HOUSTON G 26 3-9 3-3 0 1 1 1 4 1 2 10 MILLS 35 5-10 2-2 0 6 6 2 1 1 0 12 CHILDS 32 1-5 2-2 0 3 3 2 3 0 0 4 STARKS 26 4-13 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 11 DUDLEY 14 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION B WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-81 14-20 11 39 50 17 28 4 10 80 (.383) (.700) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(16 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 30 4-8 2-5 4 5 9 3 3 0 1 10 MULLIN F 25 3-7 4-4 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 10 SMITS C 33 8-15 2-2 2 5 7 0 5 2 1 18 JACKSON G 30 2-9 5-6 0 7 7 4 1 0 0 10 MILLER G 37 4-12 5-6 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 14 A DAVIS 23 2-5 3-4 1 7 8 1 4 0 2 7 POPE 6 1-3 2-3 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 4 BEST 18 4-11 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 9 ROSE 23 1-5 0-0 0 4 4 6 0 0 0 2 HOIBERG 11 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 WEST 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-80 23-30 9 35 44 23 19 2 7 87 (.375) (.767) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 7(8 PTS)

NEW YORK 25 15 20 20 - 80 INDIANA 22 21 23 21 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - EWING 3, CHILDS 2, OAKLEY, WARD, DUDLEY. INDIANA - MULLIN, D DAVIS, SMITS, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 4-12 (.333), OAKLEY 0-1, WARD 0-2, HOUSTON 1-1, MILLS 0-1, CHILDS 0-1, STARKS 3-6. INDIANA 4-11 (.364), MULLIN 0-2, JACKSON 1-1, MILLER 1-2, BEST 1-2, ROSE 0-1, HOIBERG 1-3. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, JOE BORGIA, SCOTT WALL. A - 15,745. T - 2:10.


NEW YORK (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 38 3-12 0-0 4-15 4 4 6 Johnson 17 4-6 2-4 3-6 2 1 10 Ewing 36 10-22 3-7 1-12 2 4 23 Ward 16 1-3 2-2 1-3 2 5 4 Houston 26 3-9 3-3 0-1 1 4 10 Mills 35 5-10 2-2 0-6 2 1 12 Childs 32 1-5 2-2 0-3 2 3 4 Starks 26 4-13 0-0 0-2 2 2 11 Dudley 14 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 4 0 Myers DNP - coach's decision B Williams DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-81 14-20 11-50 17 28 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.383, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Oakley 0-1, Ward 0-2, Houston 1-1, Mills 0-1, Childs 0-1, Starks 3-6). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (Ewing 3, Childs 2, Oakley, Ward, Dudley). Turnovers: 10 (Ewing 3, Houston 2, Johnson 2, Oakley 2, Starks). Steals: 4 (Houston, Mills, Oakley, Starks).

INDIANA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 30 4-8 2-5 4-9 3 3 10 Mullin 25 3-7 4-4 0-0 5 1 10 Smits 33 8-15 2-2 2-7 0 5 18 Jackson 30 2-9 5-6 0-7 4 1 10 Miller 37 4-12 5-6 1-4 1 2 14 A Davis 23 2-5 3-4 1-8 1 4 7 Pope 6 1-3 2-3 0-1 0 3 4 Best 18 4-11 0-0 1-3 2 0 9 Rose 23 1-5 0-0 0-4 6 0 2 Hoiberg 11 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 0 3 West 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Croshere DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-80 23-30 9-44 23 19 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Mullin 0-2, Jackson 1-1, Miller 1-2, Best 1-2, Rose 0-1, Hoiberg 1-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Mullin, D Davis, Smits, Rose). Turnovers: 7 (A Davis 2, D Davis, Miller, Mullin, Smits, West). Steals: 2 (Smits 2). ____________________________________________ New York 25 15 20 20 - 80 Indiana 22 21 23 21 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:58 3rd). Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Childs, 0:12 4th). A: 15,745. T: 2:10. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Joe Borgia, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

Rik Smits scored 18 points and Reggie Miller added 14 as the Indiana Pacers committed a season-low seven turnovers while winning their sixth straight home game, 87-80 over the New York Knicks.

Indiana won its fourth consecutive game overall in sending the Knicks to their sixth straight road loss. New York is in the midst of its worst road skid since losing 18 in a row from December 2nd to February 22nd of the 1987-88 season.

"I'm proud of the guys and for the way they came out and got the job done," said Pacers coach Larry Bird. "I just thought we met the challenges tonight. We weren't perfect tonight, but we got the win and it's a big win."

Travis Best scored seven points in the second quarter as the Pacers whittled away at a six-point deficit. With 2:51 to play in the first half, Miller sank a layup that put Indiana ahead for good, 37-36.

The Pacers built a three-point halftime lead into a 14-point bulge midway through the third quarter with a 16-5 run sparked by Smits and Chris Mullin, who finished with 10 points.

Dale Davis added 10 points and point guard Mark Jackson hurt the team he once directed with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who shot just 37.5 percent (30-of-80) from the field but had all five starters score in double figures.

"It was a good win because we took care of the ball down the stretch, we limited them to one shot and collapsed well on Patrick," said Jackson. "We're feeling good about ourselves and it shows."

Patrick Ewing netted 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Chris Mills contributed 12 points off the bench for the Knicks, who closed to within 83-80 with a half-minute left on John Starks' three-pointer but were shut down thereafter.

"We don't make shots," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "Eight of the nine we lost on the road, we've shot less than 45 percent."

A three-pointer by Starks early in the second quarter gave the Knicks a 28-22 advantage, but Indiana fought back. Antonio Davis drained a jumper and Best followed with a three-pointer to slice the margin to one. New York held Indiana at bay until Ewing and Starks were called for consecutive fouls and Miller put the Pacers on top for good with his layup.

Indiana jumped all over New York to start the second half. Smits nailed a 15-footer and Jackson hit from behind the arc before a free throw by Ewing stopped the bleeding and pulled New York within 48-41.

Baskets by Smits and Mullin extended the lead to 11 points before the Knicks sliced the gap with consecutive buckets, but Mullin scored five straight points for a 59-45 cushion with seven minutes remaining. New York was able to draw within 66-60 after three quarters.

Trailing 75-67 midway through the final quarter, the Knicks closed with an 8-1 spurt. Ewing sank a 10-footer and Chris Childs put home a driving layup, halving the deficit before Miller hit 1-of-2 free throws. Ewing hit again from seven feet out and Charles Oakley followed with a tip-in of his own miss, narrowing the gap to 76-75 with 2:26 to play.

"We got back into it and got down by one, but couldn't get over the hump in the fourth," Van Gundy said. "I think we're shooting under 40 percent on the road."

New York's comeback bid failed when Antonio Davis hit a foul shot, Jackson made a layup and Smits nailed a 14-footer.

Oakley had just six points but grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds for New York, which held a 50-44 rebounding edge.

Starks shot 4-for-13 from the field but scored 11 points off the bench and Larry Johnson had 10 points for the Knicks, who shot 38 percent (31-of-81). Johnson, who returned Tuesday from an ankle injury, played just five minutes in the second half.

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