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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 32 20 18 19 89 NEW YORK 31 24 23 19 97 FINAL


INDIANA (89) AT NEW YORK (97)

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

MULLIN F 35 5-9 4-4 0 2 2 4 2 2 0 16 D DAVIS F 22 3-4 0-0 0 5 5 0 1 0 2 6 SMITS C 29 3-9 2-2 0 4 4 2 3 0 0 8 MILLER G 40 6-12 6-8 0 2 2 0 2 1 4 21 JACKSON G 35 5-12 3-4 1 5 6 9 3 2 1 17 A DAVIS 19 1-3 1-2 2 2 4 1 3 0 2 3 MCKEY 26 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 9 ROSE 17 1-6 3-3 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 5 BEST 13 1-2 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 4 HOIBERG 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-65 21-25 3 26 29 18 20 7 11 89 (.446) (.840) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 13(15 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 39 6-13 2-4 3 8 11 3 2 0 4 14 OAKLEY F 28 6-11 0-0 1 4 5 4 3 4 1 12 DUDLEY C 21 4-5 0-0 3 5 8 0 3 0 0 8 HOUSTON G 27 5-12 0-1 1 1 2 3 4 0 0 10 WARD G 19 2-3 1-2 0 2 2 3 1 2 3 6 CHILDS 29 2-9 0-0 1 2 3 8 3 1 0 6 B WILLIAMS 27 4-7 2-2 3 4 7 0 3 0 1 10 STARKS 25 5-12 6-7 1 4 5 3 1 0 1 17 MILLS 25 5-6 4-4 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 14 BOWIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-78 15-20 13 32 45 24 23 8 10 97 (.500) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(9 PTS)

INDIANA 32 20 18 19 - 89 NEW YORK 31 24 23 19 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, SMITS, A DAVIS. NEW YORK - DUDLEY 2, OAKLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 10-16 (.625), MULLIN 2-3, MILLER 3-7, JACKSON 4-5, MCKEY 1-1. NEW YORK 4-13 (.308), WARD 1-2, CHILDS 2-6, STARKS 1-4, MILLS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, TOM WASHINGTON, RODDY MOTT. A - 19,763. T - 2:03.


INDIANA (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 35 5-9 4-4 0-2 4 2 16 D Davis 22 3-4 0-0 0-5 0 1 6 Smits 29 3-9 2-2 0-4 2 3 8 Miller 40 6-12 6-8 0-2 0 2 21 Jackson 35 5-12 3-4 1-6 9 3 17 A Davis 19 1-3 1-2 2-4 1 3 3 Mckey 26 4-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 9 Rose 17 1-6 3-3 0-3 0 2 5 Best 13 1-2 2-2 0-2 1 1 4 Hoiberg 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Croshere DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-65 21-25 3-29 18 20 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 10-16, .625 (Mullin 2-3, Miller 3-7, Jackson 4-5, Mckey 1-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (D Davis 2, Smits, A Davis). Turnovers: 13 (Miller 4, A Davis 2, D Davis 2, Mckey 2, Jackson). Steals: 7 (Jackson 2, Mullin 2, Hoiberg, Mckey, Miller).

NEW YORK (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 39 6-13 2-4 3-11 3 2 14 Oakley 28 6-11 0-0 1-5 4 3 12 Dudley 21 4-5 0-0 3-8 0 3 8 Houston 27 5-12 0-1 1-2 3 4 10 Ward 19 2-3 1-2 0-2 3 1 6 Childs 29 2-9 0-0 1-3 8 3 6 B Williams 27 4-7 2-2 3-7 0 3 10 Starks 25 5-12 6-7 1-5 3 1 17 Mills 25 5-6 4-4 0-2 0 3 14 Bowie DNP - coach's decision Grandison DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-78 15-20 13-45 24 23 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Ward 1-2, Childs 2-6, Starks 1-4, Mills 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Dudley 2, Oakley). Turnovers: 11 (Johnson 4, Ward 3, B Williams, Oakley, Starks). Steals: 8 (Oakley 4, Ward 2, Childs, Mills). ____________________________________________ Indiana 32 20 18 19 - 89 New York 31 24 23 19 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:03. Officials: Ron Garretson, Tom Washington, Roddy Mott.


GAME RECAP

John Starks led six players in double figures with 17 points off the bench, including seven during a key second-half run, as the New York Knicks defeated the Indiana Pacers, 97-89, for their third straight victory.

Also contributing to New York's balanced attack were Chris Mills and Larry Johnson with 14 points apiece, Charles Oakley with 12 and Allan Houston and Buck Williams with 10. Johnson also had 11 rebounds and Chris Childs eight assists.

The three-game winning streak is the Knicks' longest since December 11th-16th, and they improved to 13-1 in their last 14 meetings with Indiana at Madison Square Garden.

"I think it was the hardest we played (this year), combined with shooting well," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said, referring to his team's 39-for-78 shooting from the field. "The team defense was very good."

Reggie Miller scored all of his 21 points over the first three quarters for Indiana, which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Former Knick Mark Jackson added 17 points and team-highs of nine assists and six rebounds and Chris Mullin had 16 points for the Pacers, who also had their four-game road winning streak halted.

New York dominated the boards, outrebounding the Pacers, 45-29. The Knicks' defense also held Rik Smits to eight points on 3-of-9 shooting and four rebounds. Miller did not attempt a shot in the fourth quarter and missed both of his free throws. Indiana hit 45 percent (29-for-65) of its field-goal attempts.

"I thought they played pretty good defense," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "Sometimes it boils down to getting some rebounds, and that's been one of our problems all year. Tonight it really showed.

"They played good defense against Smits. They forced him out. They pushed on him and he really wasn't himself tonight."

Said Van Gundy, "Smits is a tough matchup and is as good an offensive center that there is. We limited him. Miller's the go-to guy. You can't give him everything. You're going to have to live with some made jumpers."

A 17-4 burst bridging the third and fourth quarters put the Knicks in command.

Miller converted a three-point play off an inbounds pass to pull Indiana within 71-69 with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter. Mills and Oakley made consecutive baskets before Antonio Davis added a free throw.

Starks, who had seven points during the spurt, connected on a three-pointer to give the Knicks a 78-70 lead at the end of the period.

A three-point play by Jalen Rose to start the fourth quarter pulled the Pacers within 78-73, but New York reeled off the next 10 points, capped by a running jumper by Starks, to move ahead 88-73 with 7:57 left.

A bucket by Derrick McKey 22 seconds later gave the Pacers their first field goal in more than 7 1/2 minutes. Indiana, which has lost 14 of the last 18 meetings with New York, got no closer than eight points down the stretch.

"They're a good team right now," Jackson said. "Anytime you're knocking down shots, it makes it easier. They did a great job penetrating and hitting open shots."

Miller scored 11 points in the first quarter to help Indiana open a 32-31 lead. All nine Knicks scored in the opening period, led by Starks' seven points.

A tip-in by Antonio Davis gave Indiana a 40-34 lead at the 7:19 mark of the second quarter, but New York responded with an 8-0 spurt, capped by a jumper by Starks, to take a 42-40 lead just over two minutes later.

After Dale Davis tied the game with a jumper, Childs gave the Knicks the lead for good after knocking down a three-pointer with 4:06 left in the half. Mills hit a 19-footer with 1.3 seconds left, but Jackson heaved in a 50-foot bank shot at the buzzer, reducing New York's lead to 55-52 at halftime.

"It's not about beating Reggie Miller, it's about winning," Starks said. "The Pacers have been playing very good basketball lately and we knew what we were facing. We were aggressive and stayed disciplined on defense. We didn't do a lot of gambling.

"We have to find ways to win (without Patrick Ewing). Tonight it was with our defense and guys stepped up and hit big shots. I thought tonight we moved the basketball very well."

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