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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 22 22 19 25 88 INDIANA 14 20 34 27 95 FINAL


BOSTON (88) AT INDIANA (95)

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

MCCARTY F 22 1-5 0-0 2 2 4 2 0 0 2 3 WALKER F 41 8-25 6-10 8 8 16 1 4 0 3 22 DECLERCQ C 17 3-3 3-4 2 2 4 0 2 1 0 9 BILLUPS G 32 5-10 1-2 0 2 2 4 3 1 1 14 MERCER G 34 5-17 3-5 0 3 3 1 3 1 1 13 KNIGHT 31 4-9 2-2 3 2 5 0 3 1 0 10 BOWEN 17 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 5 2 0 2 BARROS 16 1-3 6-6 0 2 2 3 1 0 1 8 BROWN 16 1-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 3 THOMAS 4 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 MINOR 10 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 0 EDNEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-85 23-31 17 26 43 14 29 6 10 88 (.353) (.742) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 21 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 0 0 6 MULLIN F 36 5-12 6-6 1 4 5 3 2 1 0 17 SMITS C 33 6-18 3-3 4 11 15 3 3 0 0 15 JACKSON G 32 0-3 2-2 1 4 5 9 2 0 4 2 MILLER G 35 9-15 12-15 0 5 5 1 2 1 1 32 A DAVIS 21 0-1 4-6 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 4 ROSE 12 3-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 0 3 6 BEST 16 2-4 2-3 0 2 2 4 3 1 0 6 MCKEY 21 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 5 2 HOIBERG 13 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 5 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-70 29-35 9 32 41 22 29 4 13 95 (.443) (.829) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(21 PTS)

BOSTON 22 22 19 25 - 88 INDIANA 14 20 34 27 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - DECLERCQ 2, MCCARTY, KNIGHT. INDIANA - D DAVIS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 5-17 (.294), MCCARTY 1-2, WALKER 0-1, BILLUPS 3-6, MERCER 0-1, KNIGHT 0-1, BOWEN 0-1, BARROS 0-1, BROWN 1-4. INDIANA 4-13 (.308), MULLIN 1-4, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 2-6, MCKEY 0-1, HOIBERG 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, TONY BROTHERS, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 16,754. T - 2:13.


BOSTON (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 22 1-5 0-0 2-4 2 0 3 Walker 41 8-25 6-10 8-16 1 4 22 Declercq 17 3-3 3-4 2-4 0 2 9 Billups 32 5-10 1-2 0-2 4 3 14 Mercer 34 5-17 3-5 0-3 1 3 13 Knight 31 4-9 2-2 3-5 0 3 10 Bowen 17 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 5 2 Barros 16 1-3 6-6 0-2 3 1 8 Brown 16 1-8 0-0 0-1 1 4 3 Thomas 4 1-2 2-2 0-1 1 2 4 Minor 10 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Edney DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-85 23-31 17-43 14 29 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.353, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Mccarty 1-2, Walker 0-1, Billups 3-6, Mercer 0-1, Knight 0-1, Bowen 0-1, Barros 0-1, Brown 1-4). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Declercq 2, Mccarty, Knight). Turnovers: 10 (Walker 3, Mccarty 2, Barros, Billups, Mercer, Minor, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Bowen 2, Billups, Declercq, Knight, Mercer).

INDIANA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 21 3-4 0-0 1-3 1 5 6 Mullin 36 5-12 6-6 1-5 3 2 17 Smits 33 6-18 3-3 4-15 3 3 15 Jackson 32 0-3 2-2 1-5 9 2 2 Miller 35 9-15 12-15 0-5 1 2 32 A Davis 21 0-1 4-6 1-2 0 3 4 Rose 12 3-6 0-0 0-0 0 5 6 Best 16 2-4 2-3 0-2 4 3 6 Mckey 21 1-5 0-0 1-3 1 3 2 Hoiberg 13 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 5 Croshere DNP - coach's decision West DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 29-35 9-41 22 29 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.829. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Mullin 1-4, Jackson 0-1, Miller 2-6, Mckey 0-1, Hoiberg 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (D Davis). Turnovers: 13 (Mckey 5, Jackson 4, Rose 3, Miller). Steals: 4 (A Davis, Best, Miller, Mullin). ____________________________________________ Boston 22 22 19 25 - 88 Indiana 14 20 34 27 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,754. T: 2:13. Officials: Ed F Rush, Tony Brothers, Scott Foster.


GAME RECAP

Reggie Miller scored 23 of his 32 points in the second half, giving Indiana Pacers coach Larry Bird his second victory over his old team in seven days and keeping him in the running to coach the East All-Stars with a 95-88 victory over the Boston Celtics.

If Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson fails to post a victory against the Utah Jazz on Sunday, then Bird -- the former Celtics great in his first year of coaching at any level -- will guide the Eastern Conference All-Stars on February 8th in New York.

Miller led the charge as the Pacers rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit. He scored 13 points in the third quarter, giving Indiana its first lead since the opening period.

"Rik (Smits) got the boards and Reggie made play after play after play," said Bird. "Reggie just took over."

After the Celtics forged ahead with a 10-0 fourth-quarter spurt, Miller nailed the go-ahead three-pointer with 4:51 remaining to give Indiana the lead for good. Boston pulled within three points with 28 seconds left, but Miller sank four free throws to ice the Pacers' fourth straight home win.

Antoine Walker collected 22 points and 16 rebounds and rookie Chauncey Billups added 14 points for Boston, which fell to Bird's Pacers in Boston on Sunday.

Indiana, which has won seven of its last eight games, chipped away at the 44-34 halftime gap and sliced the margin to 55-52 on a pair of free throws by Chris Mullin with 5:10 to go in the third period. Walker pushed the lead back to five points with a lay-in, but an 8-0 run capped by Mullin's three-pointer gave Indiana a 60-57 edge with 2:41 to play.

"They picked it up defensively in the second half," observed Walker. "They're a tough team on their homecourt. When you are on the road against the fourth-best team in the NBA, you need to put them away when you have the chance."

Mullin had 17 points, hitting just 5-of-12 from the field but all six tries from the line. The Pacers made 44 percent (31-of-70) of their shots but just 4-of-13 from behind the arc.

The Pacers assumed a 75-67 lead on a layup by Dale Davis before the Celtics mounted a comeback. With 8:39 to go, Dana Barros ignited a 10-0 surge with a pair from the line. Ron Mercer got two of his 13 points with a 17-footer before Andrew DeClercq reeled off six straight points, including a lay-in that gave Boston a 77-75 edge with 6:14 to go.

DeClercq finished with nine points and Travis Knight scored 10 off the bench for the Celtics, who held a 43-41 rebounding edge but shot just 35 percent (30-of-85), including 5-of-17 from three-point range.

"We don't have a Rik Smits or Reggie Miller," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "We're a young team that doesn't always shoot a high percentage. When we start taking good shots we will be okay."

The teams exchanged baskets before Miller drained his second three-pointer to put Indiana ahead, 80-79. Smits followed with five straight points to widen the gap to 85-79 with 3:22 left. Mercer scored with 28 seconds to go to cut it to three points before Miller took over.

"This was another come-from-behind game. They kept hanging around and making it interesting," said Smits. "They have good team speed and always cause trouble on the double-teams. They are a young team."

Boston, which has lost four of their last five and nine of 11, turned the ball over just 10 times and took almost full advantage of the Pacers' 13 giveaways, converting them into 21 points.

The Pacers posted their fourth win in a row over Boston despite being held without a field goal for the final 5:24 of their season-low 14-point first quarter.

"They (Boston) played very well in the first quarter," Bird said. "Our defense just wasn't there."

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