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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 18 26 16 23 83 INDIANA 22 23 23 14 82 FINAL


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ATLANTA (83) AT INDIANA (82)

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

CRAWFORD F 28 4-9 2-2 1 2 3 0 4 1 1 10 HENDERSON F 24 1-9 0-0 3 2 5 0 0 0 1 2 MUTOMBO C 42 6-8 2-5 4 13 17 2 3 2 2 14 JOHNSON G 43 6-12 4-4 0 3 3 6 2 1 4 17 SMITH G 40 5-13 1-3 0 1 1 5 6 2 1 13 CORBIN 18 2-7 1-4 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 LONG 24 3-5 8-8 0 4 4 0 3 0 1 14 MCLEOD 15 2-4 4-4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 WEST 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 BLAYLOCK DNP - FLU GRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHEPPARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-67 22-30 9 27 36 13 20 7 11 83 (.433) (.733) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(6 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 35 2-5 0-0 4 8 12 0 3 0 1 4 MULLIN F 30 6-10 2-2 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 15 SMITS C 30 10-16 2-2 5 2 7 0 4 0 2 22 JACKSON G 33 3-9 3-4 0 2 2 9 1 1 4 9 MILLER G 39 6-15 5-5 0 2 2 2 2 1 0 17 BEST 15 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 2 A DAVIS 11 2-5 0-2 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 HARRINGTON 15 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 PERKINS 20 0-4 1-2 1 4 5 0 3 0 1 1 ROSE 12 3-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 5 1 1 6 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 13-17 14 28 42 15 27 4 11 82 (.442) (.765) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

ATLANTA 18 26 16 23 - 83 INDIANA 22 23 23 14 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - NONE. INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, MULLIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 3-9 (.333), CRAWFORD 0-1, JOHNSON 1-2, SMITH 2-4, CORBIN 0-2. INDIANA 1-13 (.077), MULLIN 1-5, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 0-4, HARRINGTON 0-1, PERKINS 0-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - MILLER. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, TIM DONAGHY, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 16,669. T - 2:13.


Box Score

ATLANTA (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Crawford 28 4-9 2-2 1-3 0 4 10 Henderson 24 1-9 0-0 3-5 0 0 2 Mutombo 42 6-8 2-5 4-17 2 3 14 Johnson 43 6-12 4-4 0-3 6 2 17 Smith 40 5-13 1-3 0-1 5 6 13 Corbin 18 2-7 1-4 1-1 0 0 5 Long 24 3-5 8-8 0-4 0 3 14 Mcleod 15 2-4 4-4 0-1 0 0 8 West 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Blaylock DNP - flu Gray DNP - coach's decision Sheppard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-67 22-30 9-36 13 20 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.433, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Crawford 0-1, Johnson 1-2, Smith 2-4, Corbin 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 12 (Johnson 4, Mutombo 2, Crawford, Henderson, Long, Smith, West). Steals: 7 (Mutombo 2, Smith 2, Corbin, Crawford, Johnson).

INDIANA (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 35 2-5 0-0 4-12 0 3 4 Mullin 30 6-10 2-2 1-6 1 2 15 Smits 30 10-16 2-2 5-7 0 4 22 Jackson 33 3-9 3-4 0-2 9 1 9 Miller 39 6-15 5-5 0-2 2 2 17 Best 15 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 3 2 A Davis 11 2-5 0-2 0-4 0 0 4 Harrington 15 1-3 0-0 1-1 1 4 2 Perkins 20 0-4 1-2 1-5 0 3 1 Rose 12 3-6 0-0 2-3 0 5 6 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 13-17 14-42 15 27 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 1-13, .077 (Mullin 1-5, Jackson 0-1, Miller 0-4, Harrington 0-1, Perkins 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (D Davis 2, Mullin). Turnovers: 12 (Jackson 4, Smits 2, Best, D Davis, Mullin, Perkins, Rose). Steals: 4 (Harrington, Jackson, Miller, Rose). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 18 26 16 23 - 83 Indiana 22 23 23 14 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Miller, 1:55 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,669. T: 2:13. Officials: Mike Mathis, Tim Donaghy, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Reggie Miller dubbed tonight's matchup with the second-place Atlanta Hawks as a "must win" for his Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers. There's always next time.

Grant Long scored six of his team's last eight points as the Hawks rallied to beat Indiana for the second time in a week and third time this season, 83-82, thanks in part to a turnover by Miller as time expired and some questionable officiating.

With Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls out of the way, the Pacers appeared to be a shoe-in for the top spot in the Central Division. But the Hawks have established themselves as a serious threat, pulling within 1 1/2 games of the top spot.

"Tonight we were fortunate," Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We never gave up. Things happened for us. We know they are one of the top teams and we know that everytime we come here."

Atlanta was without starting point guard Mookie Blaylock, who was sidelined with the flu. He sank a 12-foot jumper with 1.9 seconds left on Wednesday to lift the Hawks to a 103-102 win over the Pacers.

"You don't quit and you'll continue to win ballgames," said Blaylock. "We stayed with it even after we missed a few (shots), but we kept working hard."

Tonight's hero was Long, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.

With his team trailing, 79-75, and 1:53 remaining, he drove the lane and threw down a thunderous dunk to spark the Hawks' finish. Rik Smits, who led Indiana with 22 points, answered with a jumper with 1:31 to play.

Blaylock's replacement, Anthony Johnson, scored a season-high 17 points, including a 16-footer from the left sideline that cut the deficit to 81-79 with 1:18 left.

"We feel we have a championship caliber team," Johnson said. "We were facing adversity with injuries and illness so we just had to step it up. Before the game, I looked at Mookie and waited for him to dress, and when he didn't I know I had to step up. Defense is the key to beating Indiana three times."

Smits appeared to re-establish a four-point lead for the Pacers when he drained a short jumper in the lane with the shot clock winding down. But after a protest from the Atlanta bench, the call was overturned after the clock appeared to run out before the buzzer sounded.

"(The officials) kept explaining the rules and said they made the right call," added Indiana coach Larry Bird. "You just have to keep playing through it."

The Pacers seemed to have a steal on the ensuing inbounds pass as the ball appeared to deflect off Steve Smith and out of bounds, but the officials again ruled in favor of the Hawks.

"The 24-second call was a tough call and the play after that was a tough call also," said Smits. "Still, we shouldn't have been in that situation. We must stop letting teams hang around and be in position to win at the end of the game."

"In my opinion, the game was called very well," Smith said.

Given a reprieve, Long responded by burying a 17-footer from the corner to knot the game at 81-81 with 38 seconds remaining.

Mark Jackson missed a runner in the lane with 26 seconds to go before Long drew a foul from Dale Davis with 3.4 left. He calmly made both free throws to give Atlanta the lead, but the contest was far from over.

After an Indiana timeout, Smith inexplicably fouled Miller before the ensuing inbounds pass to send the NBA's third-best free-throw shooter to the line for one shot. Miller made the free throw but was unable to maintain possession of the ball while going up for a potential winning jumper as time expired.

"He was looking for a foul," said Blaylock of Miller's last-second attempt.

Dikembe Mutombo had 14 points and 17 rebounds, including the 7,000th of his career, for the red-hot Hawks, who have reeled off 10 wins in their last 12 games.

"A lot of it has to do with our style," said Mutombo on his team's success against the Pacers. "We like to be aggressive. The officials call what they see, but the players control the game."

"We're not really worried about losing it," added Jackson. "But it's how we lost the game. We must go out and play hard to win tomorrow and the rest of the season."

Miller scored 17 points and Chris Mullin added 15 for Indiana, whose only two losses in the last seven games have come against Atlanta.

Pacers forward Antonio Davis sprained his right ankle in the second quarter and did not return.

Smith scored 13 points and Chris Crawford added 10 for the Hawks, who shot 43 percent (29-of-67) and were outrebounded, 42-36.

Mullin and Johnson exhanged 3-pointers to knot the game at 60-60 with 4:21 left in the third quarter before Indiana appeared to take control.

Mullin scored five points during an 8-0 run to end the period and Jalen Rose hit a seven-foot runner to give the Pacers a 70-60 cushion with 11:16 to play.

Atlanta failed to make a basket for an 8:25 stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters before Johnson and Long drained consecutive jumpers to close the gap to 70-64 with 7:17 left.

The Pacers shot 44 percent (34-of-77) and outscored the Hawks, 40-30, in the paint.

The Hawks have handed the Pacers two of their four home losses and knocked them one-half game behind Orlando for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

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