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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 27 17 27 24 95 CLEVELAND 21 23 20 25 89 FINAL


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INDIANA (95) AT CLEVELAND (89)

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

MULLIN F 36 8-16 4-5 2 2 4 2 1 0 2 22 D DAVIS F 22 1-1 1-2 0 4 4 0 4 0 2 3 SMITS C 20 3-8 0-0 2 1 3 1 5 0 0 6 JACKSON G 28 2-6 5-6 0 5 5 10 2 0 4 10 MILLER G 35 8-18 9-9 0 2 2 6 2 1 0 28 A DAVIS 26 1-4 0-0 3 5 8 0 5 2 2 2 PERKINS 15 1-2 6-6 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 8 POPE 13 1-4 0-1 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 2 ROSE 19 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 BEST 20 3-7 4-4 0 0 0 4 4 1 2 11 HOIBERG 6 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 CROSHERE DNP - BRUISED RIBS MCKEY DNP - SORE BACK HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-71 32-37 9 24 33 23 31 4 12 95 (.394) (.865) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(18 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 18 1-5 1-2 1 2 3 3 3 0 0 3 KEMP F 38 6-13 14-17 3 5 8 2 3 1 2 26 ILGAUSKAS C 27 3-10 5-6 4 4 8 1 5 2 3 11 KNIGHT G 33 5-9 2-4 1 3 4 6 4 0 2 12 PERSON G 26 5-12 1-1 1 3 4 0 0 1 2 12 SURA 14 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 1 POTAPENKO 16 4-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 8 ANDERSON 28 4-6 5-6 1 5 6 2 2 1 3 13 NEWMAN 24 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 2 FERRY 16 0-3 1-1 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 1 BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GREEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-70 30-39 12 28 40 22 26 6 14 89 (.414) (.769) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

INDIANA 27 17 27 24 - 95 CLEVELAND 21 23 20 25 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - SMITS 2, A DAVIS 2, ROSE 2. CLEVELAND - HENDERSON 2, KEMP 2, ILGAUSKAS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 7-26 (.269), MULLIN 2-6, JACKSON 1-2, MILLER 3-9, PERKINS 0-1, POPE 0-2, ROSE 0-1, BEST 1-2, HOIBERG 0-3. CLEVELAND 1-9 (.111), PERSON 1-7, SURA 0-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, CLEVELAND - ASSISTANT COACH ROTHSTEIN. OFFICIALS: JIM CAPERS, JESS KERSEY, JIM KINSEY. A - 17,139. T - 2:24.


Box Score

INDIANA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 36 8-16 4-5 2-4 2 1 22 D Davis 22 1-1 1-2 0-4 0 4 3 Smits 20 3-8 0-0 2-3 1 5 6 Jackson 28 2-6 5-6 0-5 10 2 10 Miller 35 8-18 9-9 0-2 6 2 28 A Davis 26 1-4 0-0 3-8 0 5 2 Perkins 15 1-2 6-6 1-2 0 1 8 Pope 13 1-4 0-1 1-2 0 4 2 Rose 19 0-2 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 Best 20 3-7 4-4 0-0 4 4 11 Hoiberg 6 0-3 2-2 0-1 0 2 2 Croshere DNP - bruised ribs Mckey DNP - sore back Harrington DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-71 32-37 9-33 23 31 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.865. 3-Point Goals: 7-26, .269 (Mullin 2-6, Jackson 1-2, Miller 3-9, Perkins 0-1, Pope 0-2, Rose 0-1, Best 1-2, Hoiberg 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Smits 2, A Davis 2, Rose 2). Turnovers: 12 (Jackson 4, A Davis 2, Best 2, D Davis 2, Mullin 2). Steals: 4 (A Davis 2, Best, Miller).

CLEVELAND (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 18 1-5 1-2 1-3 3 3 3 Kemp 38 6-13 14-17 3-8 2 3 26 Ilgauskas 27 3-10 5-6 4-8 1 5 11 Knight 33 5-9 2-4 1-4 6 4 12 Person 26 5-12 1-1 1-4 0 0 12 Sura 14 0-2 1-2 0-1 3 2 1 Potapenko 16 4-7 0-0 1-4 0 3 8 Anderson 28 4-6 5-6 1-6 2 2 13 Newman 24 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 0 2 Ferry 16 0-3 1-1 0-1 2 4 1 Butler DNP - coach's decision Green DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-70 30-39 12-40 22 26 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Person 1-7, Sura 0-2). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 6 (Henderson 2, Kemp 2, Ilgauskas 2). Turnovers: 15 (Anderson 3, Ilgauskas 3, Kemp 2, Knight 2, Person 2, Potapenko, Sura). Steals: 6 (Ilgauskas 2, Anderson, Kemp, Newman, Person). ____________________________________________ Indiana 27 17 27 24 - 95 Cleveland 21 23 20 25 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 3:32 1st, 11:43 2nd). Cleveland 1 (Assistant Coach Rothstein, 2:16 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,139. T: 2:24. Officials: Jim Capers, Jess Kersey, Jim Kinsey.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Reggie Miller scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half and Chris Mullin added 22 as the Indiana Pacers bounced back with a 95-89 victory over the winless Cleveland Cavaliers.

Indiana rebounded from a loss at Detroit on Sunday and improved to 1-1 on its five-game road trip. The Pacers won in Cleveland for the first time in six regular-season meetings, although they did close out last year's first-round playoff series with a win at Gund Arena.

"We played much harder tonight," said Miller, who suffered a sore neck following a nasty spill late in the fourth quarter. "We wore them down in the second half. We knew they would be piped up because they gave us trouble in the playoffs last year."

Trailing 60-59 midway through the third quarter, the Pacers took control with an outside assault. After Miller's jumper put the Indiana ahead to stay, Mullin, Miller and Mark Jackson hit 3-pointers to give the Pacers a 70-62 advantage with 1:42 left in the period.

Cleveland closed to 86-82 on Shawn Kemp's two foul shots with 1:20 remaining, but Miller scored six points in the final minute to clinch the victory. He was 9-of-9 from the foul line, hitting four in the final 40 seconds.

"The players did an awful good job of meeting the challenge," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "It was a tough game but we got good production from a lot of people. We need nine (players) to win a ballgame and we had that tonight."

The Cavaliers dropped their home opener and are 0-3 for the first time since opening the 1995-96 season with seven straight losses.

Kemp scored 26 points for Cleveland, including 14-of-17 from the foul line. But the Cavaliers were just 1-of-9 from 3-point range while the Pacers were 7-of-26.

"I thought Kemp gave us a great effort," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "He was real active and he worked. He had a lot of people on his back and gave us a heck of a game."

With center Rik Smits playing only four minutes in the first half after picking up three fouls in the first three minutes, the Cavaliers jumped to a 21-17 first-quarter lead. Mullin, who did not play in the second period, scored all but two of the Pacers' points in the first quarter.

Indiana used a 22-7 run to open a 39-28 lead with 6:12 left in the first half but Cleveland ripped off 11 straight points and pulled into a 44-44 tie at halftime.

The Pacers took a 77-66 lead on Travis Best's jumper with 9:47 remaining before the Cavaliers sliced the deficit, pulling within 84-80 on Kemp's two free throws. Best scored nine of his 11 points in the final period.

"It wasn't pretty but everybody pulled together tonight," Best added. "When Reggie is in there he stretches the defense and kind of opens me up."

Smits and Miller missed jumpers but Antonio Davis kept alive the possession with a pair of crucial offensive rebounds.

The Pacers experienced a potentially scary moment when Miller was hit by Cedric Henderson while going up for a dunk and landed on his head.

But Miller shook off the injury after a brief delay and made both foul shots to give the Pacers an 86-80 with 1:30 left. After Kemp hit two more foul shots, Miller scored on a driving layup and Best added a pair from the line to make it 90-82 with 49 seconds left.

"When I was hit I couldn't move my neck and I had a tingle in my fingers," Miller said. "I was a little woozy but I made the two free throws. My neck is still a little sore."

Anderson scored 13 points and Brevin Knight added 12 for the Cavaliers, who commited 14 turnovers and shot just 41 percent from the field.

"Basically, it was a close game," Fratello said. "Three things jump out at you -- turnovers at critical times, critical defensive breakdowns and we're just not making shots right now. On nights when we start making them, we'll come away with a few wins."

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