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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 23 21 15 22 81 INDIANA 30 17 22 27 96 FINAL


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WASHINGTON (81) AT INDIANA (96)

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

CHEANEY F 21 4-9 2-2 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 10 HOWARD F 36 8-20 0-0 0 6 6 1 3 0 0 16 DAVIS C 22 0-1 0-0 3 5 8 1 2 0 0 0 RICHMOND G 33 4-9 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 0 1 8 C WHITNEY G 17 1-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 0 2 2 T MURRAY 20 4-10 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 12 STRICKLAND 27 6-12 0-0 0 4 4 6 1 2 4 12 THORPE 22 2-5 2-2 0 3 3 0 4 0 0 6 LEGLER 16 4-6 1-1 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 9 J WHITE 12 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 0 1 0 JACKSON 7 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 6 MCINNIS 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BOHANNON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WALLACE DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 35-84 9-9 6 25 31 11 31 4 11 81 (.417) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 20 1-4 0-2 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 2 MULLIN F 26 5-10 3-4 0 4 4 3 1 0 2 15 SMITS C 27 5-9 1-2 1 6 7 2 3 0 1 11 JACKSON G 26 3-6 2-2 0 2 2 8 1 0 1 8 MILLER G 27 4-8 6-6 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 14 A DAVIS 25 4-8 1-3 3 5 8 0 5 0 1 9 PERKINS 18 2-5 5-8 1 6 7 0 2 2 1 9 BEST 22 2-5 4-6 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 8 ROSE 23 4-9 7-8 0 5 5 3 4 1 3 16 HOIBERG 17 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 4 CROSHERE 3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 POPE 3 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 HARRINGTON 3 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 MCKEY DNP - SORE LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 32-68 29-43 9 36 45 19 24 4 14 96 (.471) (.674) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

WASHINGTON 23 21 15 22 - 81 INDIANA 30 17 22 27 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - DAVIS, T MURRAY, THORPE. INDIANA - A DAVIS 2, MULLIN, BEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-12 (.167), CHEANEY 0-1, RICHMOND 0-1, C WHITNEY 0-4, T MURRAY 2-5, STRICKLAND 0-1. INDIANA 3-10 (.300), MULLIN 2-4, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 0-1, PERKINS 0-2, BEST 0-1, ROSE 1-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, JOE DEROSA, KEVIN FEHR. A - 16,621. T - 2:07.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Cheaney 21 4-9 2-2 1-1 0 3 10 Howard 36 8-20 0-0 0-6 1 3 16 Davis 22 0-1 0-0 3-8 1 2 0 Richmond 33 4-9 0-0 0-3 1 3 8 C Whitney 17 1-6 0-0 1-1 1 2 2 T Murray 20 4-10 2-2 0-0 0 3 12 Strickland 27 6-12 0-0 0-4 6 1 12 Thorpe 22 2-5 2-2 0-3 0 4 6 Legler 16 4-6 1-1 0-2 0 3 9 J White 12 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 5 0 Jackson 7 2-4 2-2 0-0 0 2 6 Mcinnis 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Bohannon 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wallace DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-84 9-9 6-31 11 31 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Cheaney 0-1, Richmond 0-1, C Whitney 0-4, T Murray 2-5, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Davis, T Murray, Thorpe). Turnovers: 11 (Strickland 4, C Whitney 2, T Murray 2, J White, Jackson, Richmond). Steals: 4 (Strickland 2, Jackson, T Murray).

INDIANA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 20 1-4 0-2 1-3 0 2 2 Mullin 26 5-10 3-4 0-4 3 1 15 Smits 27 5-9 1-2 1-7 2 3 11 Jackson 26 3-6 2-2 0-2 8 1 8 Miller 27 4-8 6-6 0-2 0 4 14 A Davis 25 4-8 1-3 3-8 0 5 9 Perkins 18 2-5 5-8 1-7 0 2 9 Best 22 2-5 4-6 1-1 2 1 8 Rose 23 4-9 7-8 0-5 3 4 16 Hoiberg 17 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 4 Croshere 3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Pope 3 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Harrington 3 0-0 0-2 0-2 0 0 0 Mckey DNP - sore lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-68 29-43 9-45 19 24 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.674. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Mullin 2-4, Jackson 0-1, Miller 0-1, Perkins 0-2, Best 0-1, Rose 1-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 4 (A Davis 2, Mullin, Best). Turnovers: 14 (Rose 3, Croshere 2, Mullin 2, A Davis, Harrington, Hoiberg, Jackson, Miller, Perkins, Smits). Steals: 4 (Perkins 2, D Davis, Rose). ____________________________________________ Washington 23 21 15 22 - 81 Indiana 30 17 22 27 - 96 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 1:23 1st, 0:59 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,621. T: 2:07. Officials: Joe Forte, Joe Derosa, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers had been working out as a team throughout the lockout, and looked it. The Washington Wizards did not get their star point guard until this week, and also looked it.

Chris Mullin scored 10 of his 15 points in the first two-plus minutes and the Pacers never trailed en route to a 96-81 victory over the Wizards in the season opener for both teams.

The Pacers are favored to win the Eastern Conference, partially because they spent the lockout holding informal workouts among themselves. As a result, they got off to a quick start and did not look back, beating Washington for the fifth straight time.

"We just wore them down," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "The conditioning they put in on their own and the work they put in in training camp showed."

"Moreso than being comfortable with the offense, you have to be comfortable with each other," Wizards coach Bernie Bicjerstaff said. "They've got a nice basketball team and they are comfortable."

The Wizards were not sure whether they were going to have star point guard Rod Strickland until Wednesday, when he ended a negotiating impasse by agreeing to a four-year, $40 million deal.

Strickland did not start and by the time he entered with 6:52 left in the first quarter, Indiana had opened a 14-8 lead.

Jalen Rose came off the bench to score 16 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, when the Pacers put away the game. Reggie Miller added 14 points for Indiana, which had eight players with eight or more points.

"There's no question Jalen wants the ball all the time and he continues to improve every time he's out there," Bird said. "We have a lot of faith in him that he can play anytome, anywhere."

"The starters did an excellent job and we carried it on," Rose said. "We hope that will be a trademark for the entire season. We wanted to jump on them early."

Juwan Howard scored 16 points for the Wizards, who were beaten 45-31 on the boards and 29-9 at the line. Strickland added 12 points and six assists in 27 minutes.

"I was a little tight, but it felt good," Strickland said. "I'm still getting adjusted with playing with these guys."

"I was surprised at how well he fit in," Howard said. "All of us were rusty and it was great having Rod in there."

Guarded by Calbert Cheaney, who has moved back to small forward this season, Mullin made two 3-pointers and two long jumpers to give Indiana a 10-6 lead just 2:03 into the contest. A jumper by Mark Jackson extended the lead to 20-10 before the Pacers settled for a 30-23 lead after one quarter.

Strickland came alive in the second quarter with eight points, including a 16-footer in a 7-0 run that closed the period and pulled Washington within 47-44.

A jumper by Cheaney cut the deficit to one point early in the third quarter, but Pacers center Rik Smits answered with a pair of jumpers. He had nine of his 11 points in the period, which ended with Indiana holding a 69-59 lead.

Rose took charge in the final period. He scored four points in a 13-4 burst that widened the lead to 82-63 with 7:11 remaining. A fast-break layup by Washington's Otis Thorpe made it 84-72 before Rose scored seven more points in a 10-2 spurt that sealed it at 94-74 with 1:52 left.

Free agent signee Sam Perkins sported corn rows and contributed nine points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 47 percent (32-of-68) from the field and 29-of-43 from the line.

"I was waiting on this day for a long time," Perkins said.

All-Star guard Mitch Richmond scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting for the Wizards, who shot 42 percent (35-of-84) and made all nine of their foul shots.

Richmond was acquired in the deal that sent troubled forward Chris Webber to the Sacramento Kings and was fifth in the league last season at 23.2 points per game.

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