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NBA NEW JERSEY 88 INDIANA 95 1:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR


NEW JERSEY (92) AT INDIANA (99)

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

GILL F 32 3-10 1-2 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 7 VAN HORN F 25 7-13 5-6 2 6 8 3 4 0 3 21 J WILLIAMS C 32 5-11 1-1 3 4 7 0 2 1 0 11 KITTLES G 33 7-14 1-1 3 2 5 3 3 3 0 16 DOUGLAS G 25 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 1 0 2 CASSELL 32 4-14 2-4 1 1 2 9 2 0 2 10 GATLING 29 5-9 1-2 4 4 8 0 3 1 2 11 SEIKALY 21 3-10 4-4 2 2 4 2 4 2 0 10 HARRIS 7 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 CAGE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 EVANS 3 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 VAUGHN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-88 15-20 18 23 41 18 27 8 9 92 (.420) (.750) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

MULLIN F 30 7-13 3-3 0 5 5 4 3 1 1 20 D DAVIS F 25 4-6 0-0 2 6 8 0 2 0 1 8 SMITS C 27 6-13 4-6 3 3 6 0 5 1 2 16 MILLER G 37 5-11 8-10 0 3 3 3 0 1 0 21 JACKSON G 37 4-8 6-6 2 5 7 10 1 0 3 14 A DAVIS 30 1-3 2-4 2 4 6 0 0 1 2 4 MCKEY 20 2-4 1-2 2 0 2 1 4 0 1 5 ROSE 13 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 BEST 11 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 3 1 0 3 2 HOIBERG 9 1-3 3-3 0 2 2 0 3 1 1 6 POPE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-67 29-36 11 29 40 22 19 5 14 99 (.463) (.806) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 16 24 31 21 - 92 INDIANA 28 15 30 26 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - KITTLES 3, GILL. INDIANA - A DAVIS 5, SMITS 2, D DAVIS 2, MULLIN, MCKEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 3-11 (.273), VAN HORN 2-5, KITTLES 1-3, DOUGLAS 0-1, CASSELL 0-2. INDIANA 8-17 (.471), MULLIN 3-5, MILLER 3-6, JACKSON 0-2, ROSE 1-2, HOIBERG 1-2. TECHNICALS: NEW JERSEY - GATLING. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, MIKE CALLAHAN, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,380. T - 2:08.


NEW JERSEY (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 32 3-10 1-2 2-5 0 1 7 Van Horn 25 7-13 5-6 2-8 3 4 21 J Williams 32 5-11 1-1 3-7 0 2 11 Kittles 33 7-14 1-1 3-5 3 3 16 Douglas 25 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 5 2 Cassell 32 4-14 2-4 1-2 9 2 10 Gatling 29 5-9 1-2 4-8 0 3 11 Seikaly 21 3-10 4-4 2-4 2 4 10 Harris 7 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Cage 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Evans 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Vaughn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-88 15-20 18-41 18 27 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Van Horn 2-5, Kittles 1-3, Douglas 0-1, Cassell 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Kittles 3, Gill). Turnovers: 11 (Van Horn 3, Cassell 2, Gatling 2, Evans, Harris). Steals: 8 (Kittles 3, Seikaly 2, Douglas, Gatling, J Williams).

INDIANA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 30 7-13 3-3 0-5 4 3 20 D Davis 25 4-6 0-0 2-8 0 2 8 Smits 27 6-13 4-6 3-6 0 5 16 Miller 37 5-11 8-10 0-3 3 0 21 Jackson 37 4-8 6-6 2-7 10 1 14 A Davis 30 1-3 2-4 2-6 0 0 4 Mckey 20 2-4 1-2 2-2 1 4 5 Rose 13 1-6 0-0 0-1 1 0 3 Best 11 0-0 2-2 0-0 3 1 2 Hoiberg 9 1-3 3-3 0-2 0 3 6 Pope 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Croshere DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-67 29-36 11-40 22 19 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Mullin 3-5, Miller 3-6, Jackson 0-2, Rose 1-2, Hoiberg 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 11 (A Davis 5, Smits 2, D Davis 2, Mullin, Mckey). Turnovers: 15 (Best 3, Jackson 3, A Davis 2, Smits 2, D Davis, Hoiberg, Mckey, Mullin). Steals: 5 (A Davis, Hoiberg, Miller, Mullin, Smits). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 16 24 31 21 - 92 Indiana 28 15 30 26 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New Jersey 1 (Gatling, 8:48 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,380. T: 2:08. Officials: Joe Forte, Mike Callahan, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

Reggie Miller scored eight of his 21 points in the final five minutes and Chris Mullin exploded for a 17-point third quarter as the Indiana Pacers hit all 12 free throws down the stretch en route to a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

Trailing 81-79 with eight minutes remaining, the Pacers took the lead for good on consecutive three-pointers by reserves Fred Hoiberg and Jalen Rose.

"We hope that we are peaking," said Rose. "You have to give the other team credit. They come to play and are really after us. We must continue to keep games close at the end and have a chance to win."

Kerry Kittles's jumper with 5:29 left cut the deficit to two points before Miller answered with a lay-in and the first two of a dozen free throws that carried Indiana to victory.

Mullin finished with 20 points and helped the Pacers survive repeated Nets comeback attempts in the third quarter as Indiana won for the fourth time in five games.

"The last few games I think I have been a little more assertive and aggressive," Mullin said. "And it shows results. We are a better team now than we were a week or two ago."

"He needs to be aggressive," agreed Pacers coach Larry Bird. "We brought him here to get 15 points a night."

Keith Van Horn netted 21 points and Kittles added 16 for the Nets, whose half-game lead for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference will be on the line when they host Washington on Sunday.

Rik Smits had 16 points and six rebounds and Mark Jackson added 14, 10 assists and seven rebounds. The Pacers shot 45 percent (31-of-67) and made 8-of-17 three-pointers while winning for the fifth time in their last six home games.

New Jersey had six scorers in double figures but nevertheless lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Jayson Williams collected 11 points and seven rebounds, Chris Gatling had 11 points and Rony Seikaly and Sam Cassell each scored 10 points. Cassell, who came off the bench instead of getting his usual start at point guard, added nine assists.

"They were just a better team," said Williams. "Now we need to put some distance between us and Orlando and Washington.

"This team (the Pacers) has everything," he continued. "The best shooter in Chris, and, in my opinion, the second-best center in Rik. They've got one of the best point guards in Mark Jackson. I'm happy for Larry Bird, he's a good man."

The Pacers started quickly, running out to a 28-16 lead after one quarter, but they went cold in the second period, hitting just 4-of-16 from the field as New Jersey pulled within 43-40 at the break.

The Nets made their move in the third quarter, tying it at 51-51 on a dunk by Williams with 7:50 to play. The lead seesawed back and forth, but each time New Jersey inched ahead, Mullin was there to answer.

In the period, he hit 6-of-8 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers. When New Jersey took its biggest lead at 66-62 on Cassell's foul shot with 2:58 left, Mullin and Miller drained three-pointers to give Indiana the advantage headed into the fourth quarter.

The lead changed hands five times in the opening four minutes of the final period until Hoiberg gave Indiana an 82-81 edge from beyond the arc with 7:35 remaining.

Miller, who scored six straight points down the stretch, made it 89-83 with his free throws with 3:27 left. After Kittles cut the deficit in half with a three-pointer, Miller hit two more from the line. New Jersey was unable to make any headway thereafter.

"We were there," Cassell said simply. "They trapped, we missed shots, they made shots. I'm interested in winning. This was a game I knew we could have won."

Indiana owns the third seed in the East and is three games behind the first-place Chicago Bulls in Central Division. The Pacers visit the United Center on April 13th.

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