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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 26 25 25 25 101 LA LAKERS 25 26 27 21 99 FINAL


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INDIANA (101) AT LA LAKERS (99)

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

D DAVIS F 22 3-6 4-6 2 3 5 0 1 0 1 10 MULLIN F 21 2-6 2-2 0 0 0 2 2 2 1 7 SMITS C 27 5-11 6-8 1 4 5 1 3 2 0 16 JACKSON G 27 3-4 3-4 0 3 3 7 3 1 2 10 MILLER G 36 6-13 12-13 0 2 2 1 2 1 2 26 A DAVIS 25 4-6 3-5 5 4 9 0 5 1 2 11 CROSHERE 14 0-3 2-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 PERKINS 22 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 1 2 ROSE 25 5-10 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 2 3 11 BEST 21 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 4 1 0 1 6 HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCKEY DNP - SORE BACK POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-69 33-42 10 23 33 16 23 10 13 101 (.449) (.786) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

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

KNIGHT F 25 2-4 0-0 3 6 9 2 6 0 2 4 BRYANT F 35 6-12 5-6 0 2 2 0 5 2 3 18 ONEAL C 39 16-30 4-7 8 9 17 2 4 1 2 36 JONES G 36 4-12 3-4 0 3 3 4 4 0 0 12 FISHER G 18 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 8 2 0 3 6 HARPER 33 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 7 3 2 4 5 FOX 22 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 10 CAMPBELL 14 0-2 3-4 3 6 9 0 4 0 1 3 BLOUNT 17 2-2 1-1 2 1 3 2 1 0 2 5 ROOKS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 HORRY DNP - IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT JACOBSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PATTERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-85 16-22 17 31 48 28 32 5 18 99 (.459) (.727) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(22 PTS)

INDIANA 26 25 25 25 - 101 LA LAKERS 25 26 27 21 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, SMITS, CROSHERE. LA LAKERS - KNIGHT 4, BRYANT 2, JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-16 (.375), MULLIN 1-3, JACKSON 1-1, MILLER 2-6, CROSHERE 0-3, PERKINS 0-1, BEST 2-2. LA LAKERS 5-16 (.313), BRYANT 1-4, JONES 1-4, FISHER 2-5, HARPER 1-1, FOX 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JOE DEROSA, KEVIN FEHR. A - 17,505. T - 2:34.


Box Score

INDIANA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 22 3-6 4-6 2-5 0 1 10 Mullin 21 2-6 2-2 0-0 2 2 7 Smits 27 5-11 6-8 1-5 1 3 16 Jackson 27 3-4 3-4 0-3 7 3 10 Miller 36 6-13 12-13 0-2 1 2 26 A Davis 25 4-6 3-5 5-9 0 5 11 Croshere 14 0-3 2-2 0-0 0 1 2 Perkins 22 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 Rose 25 5-10 1-2 1-4 1 3 11 Best 21 2-7 0-0 0-2 4 1 6 Harrington DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision Mckey DNP - sore back Pope DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-69 33-42 10-33 16 23 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Mullin 1-3, Jackson 1-1, Miller 2-6, Croshere 0-3, Perkins 0-1, Best 2-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (D Davis 2, Smits, Croshere). Turnovers: 13 (Rose 3, A Davis 2, Jackson 2, Miller 2, Best, D Davis, Mullin, Perkins). Steals: 10 (Mullin 2, Rose 2, Smits 2, A Davis, Jackson, Miller, Perkins).

LA LAKERS (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Knight 25 2-4 0-0 3-9 2 6 4 Bryant 35 6-12 5-6 0-2 0 5 18 Oneal 39 16-30 4-7 8-17 2 4 36 Jones 36 4-12 3-4 0-3 4 4 12 Fisher 18 2-6 0-0 0-2 8 2 6 Harper 33 2-6 0-0 1-2 7 3 5 Fox 22 5-11 0-0 0-1 2 3 10 Campbell 14 0-2 3-4 3-9 0 4 3 Blount 17 2-2 1-1 2-3 2 1 5 Rooks 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Horry DNP - irregular heartbeat Jacobson DNP - coach's decision Lue DNP - coach's decision Patterson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-85 16-22 17-48 28 32 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Bryant 1-4, Jones 1-4, Fisher 2-5, Harper 1-1, Fox 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Knight 4, Bryant 2, Jones). Turnovers: 18 (Harper 4, Bryant 3, Fisher 3, Blount 2, Knight 2, Oneal 2, Campbell, Fox). Steals: 5 (Bryant 2, Harper 2, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Indiana 26 25 25 25 - 101 La Lakers 25 26 27 21 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,505. T: 2:34. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Joe Derosa, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

INGLEWOOD, California (Ticker) -- Down the stretch, Shaquille O'Neal's muscle was no match for Reggie Miller's shot-making.

Miller scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half, including a clutch 3-pointer with 2:35 remaining, as the Indiana Pacers held on for a 101-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers -- just their fourth in 26 visits to The Forum.

"In years past, the last five minutes they have really killed us, Miller said. "It has always been (us) in the game, but for some reason they have always made a run or come up with a big shot. We came up with the big shots and big plays when we had to."

O'Neal had 36 points and 17 rebounds, repeatedly overpowering Indiana's deep frontcourt. But in the final four minutes, the 7-2, 320-pound superstar had just two points and committed a key offensive foul, while the 6-7, 180-pound Miller scored six points.

The Pacers made 4-of-6 free throws in the final 13.5 seconds, just enough to hold off the score-and-foul strategy by the Lakers. Kobe Bryant, who scored 18 points, made a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 100-99 with 4.8 seconds left but saw another rim out at the buzzer.

"It felt good. I thought it was going to go in, but it had a lot of rim," Bryant said. "I had good rhythm on it and I said to myself, `That looks pretty'."

"With four seconds to go, I thought they would drop in to Shaq and let him go to work," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "But Kobe came off and had a good look at it."

Battling O'Neal for part of the game, Rik Smits scored 16 points for Indiana (4-2), which completed a 3-2 road trip with its first victory at The Forum since January 3, 1992.

"It is always tough to come out here and get a win," Smits said. "We have been on the road a long time and to have this as our last game, and coming out the way it did, we feel pretty good about it. This was a good win for us."

"No one else in the league could have gone 4-2 in a stretch like this," Miller said. "Now it's time to go home and win some home games."

The Lakers are considered a title contender, but for the second straight Sunday, they lost at home on national television to a team also considered a contender. Los Angeles fell to 3-3 and has lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time since March 1-2, 1998.

"Supposedly, we're going to be the teams in the Finals," Lakers guard Derek Harper said. "When you face a team like this, this is an opportunity to see where you are as a basketball team. Unfortunately, we didn't fare well. We lost the game down the stretch again. That's a very difficult thing, to be in control of the game and let it slip away. It was very similar (to Utah) from the standpoint of we thought we had control of the game. But again, experienced teams just want to get in striking distance."

"I'm very dissatisfied," said O'Neal, who sat out Thursday's loss at Minnesota with a strained groin. "We shouldn't be 3-3."

The Lakers led by as many as six points in the final period but a 3-pointer by Indiana's Travis Best tied it at 90-90 with 3:33 to go. O'Neal, who was 16-of-30 from the field, was whistled for an offensive foul.

Miller made 1-of-2 from the line to give the Pacers the lead for good and drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing on the ensuing possession to make it 94-90 with 2:35 to go.

"Reggie has shown for years he can shoot the basketball," said Lakers guard Eddie Jones, one of the game's better defenders who guarded Miller most of the game. "Whether he's guarded or whether he's got three guys around him, no matter what."

O'Neal answered with his final points on a layup and Smits made a free throw with 1:10 to go. Bryant made a jumper but Jalen Rose sank a clutch 16-footer with 31 seconds left. After a Lakers miss, he added a free throw 18 seconds later to give Indiana a 98-94 lead.

"We wanted this to be a big game and we approached it that way," Rose said.

"We are a team that makes plays," said Pacers point guard Mark Jackson, who had 10 points and seven assists. "We execute and are fundamentally sound. It was important for us to take care of the ball and defensively rotate and make them earn everything, and that's what we did down the stretch. The things we have been known to do, we came up big down the stretch in those things."

Rose and Antonio Davis scored 11 points apiece and Dale Davis added 10 for the Pacers, who shot 45 percent (31-of-69) from the field and made 33-of-42 free throws. Antonio Davis grabbed nine rebounds.

Jones scored 12 points and Rick Fox added 10 for the Lakers, who shot 46 percent (39-of-85) and made 16-of-22 foul shots. Los Angeles held a 48-33 edge on the glass.

"When you play a team like Indiana, you can't put them on the foul line," O'Neal said. "They've had some real unbelievable shooters."

The Lakers played without starting forward Robert Horry, who was hospitalized before the start of the game with an irregular heartbeat. He will remain overnight for observation and further tests.

O'Neal scored 19 points in the first half, which ended in a 51-51 tie. He dueled Miller in the third quarter, scoring five straight points to give Los Angeles a 78-72 lead before Miller made a jumper and two free throws to close the quarter.

In the third period, Miller scored 14 points and O'Neal 11.

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