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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 21 30 22 20 93 NEW YORK 26 28 20 20 94 FINAL


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INDIANA (93) AT NEW YORK (94)

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

D DAVIS F 39 2-4 4-6 4 7 11 3 4 0 0 8 MULLIN F 21 4-9 2-2 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 13 SMITS C 28 7-16 1-2 2 4 6 0 3 0 1 15 JACKSON G 26 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 6 1 1 1 4 MILLER G 37 7-19 4-4 1 0 1 5 3 0 4 19 BEST 24 4-6 5-5 0 2 2 5 2 1 2 15 HARRINGTON 23 1-3 0-0 2 4 6 0 5 0 1 2 PERKINS 29 4-9 5-8 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 15 ROSE 13 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION A DAVIS DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-75 23-29 12 23 35 21 24 2 10 93 (.413) (.793) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

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

DUDLEY F 19 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 0 JOHNSON F 37 2-7 5-6 0 3 3 4 3 0 1 9 EWING C 40 14-24 9-11 4 11 15 1 3 1 0 37 HOUSTON G 35 5-9 6-6 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 17 WARD G 37 2-8 2-2 1 5 6 7 2 4 2 7 CAMBY 13 0-1 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 2 CHILDS 11 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 5 0 1 0 SPREWELL 32 7-12 4-4 0 5 5 0 1 1 4 18 THOMAS 14 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 4 WINGATE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-70 28-31 7 29 36 18 24 6 10 94 (.457) (.903) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(15 PTS)

INDIANA 21 30 22 20 - 93 NEW YORK 26 28 20 20 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - SMITS 2. NEW YORK - EWING 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 8-19 (.421), MULLIN 3-5, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 1-6, BEST 2-2, PERKINS 2-4, ROSE 0-1. NEW YORK 2-9 (.222), HOUSTON 1-2, WARD 1-3, CHILDS 0-2, SPREWELL 0-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ROSE (EJECTED), NEW YORK - EWING. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, DERRICK STAFFORD, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Box Score

INDIANA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 39 2-4 4-6 4-11 3 4 8 Mullin 21 4-9 2-2 2-4 0 3 13 Smits 28 7-16 1-2 2-6 0 3 15 Jackson 26 1-4 2-2 0-1 6 1 4 Miller 37 7-19 4-4 1-1 5 3 19 Best 24 4-6 5-5 0-2 5 2 15 Harrington 23 1-3 0-0 2-6 0 5 2 Perkins 29 4-9 5-8 1-4 0 1 15 Rose 13 1-5 0-0 0-0 2 2 2 Croshere DNP - coach's decision A Davis DNP - sprained right ankle Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 23-29 12-35 21 24 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.793. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Mullin 3-5, Jackson 0-1, Miller 1-6, Best 2-2, Perkins 2-4, Rose 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Smits 2). Turnovers: 10 (Miller 4, Best 2, Harrington, Jackson, Mullin, Smits). Steals: 2 (Best, Jackson).

NEW YORK (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Dudley 19 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 3 0 Johnson 37 2-7 5-6 0-3 4 3 9 Ewing 40 14-24 9-11 4-15 1 3 37 Houston 35 5-9 6-6 0-0 2 3 17 Ward 37 2-8 2-2 1-6 7 2 7 Camby 13 0-1 2-2 0-2 0 2 2 Childs 11 0-3 0-0 0-0 3 5 0 Sprewell 32 7-12 4-4 0-5 0 1 18 Thomas 14 2-5 0-0 1-1 0 2 4 Wingate 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 28-31 7-36 18 24 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.903. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Houston 1-2, Ward 1-3, Childs 0-2, Sprewell 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Ewing 2). Turnovers: 10 (Sprewell 4, Ward 2, Childs, Houston, Johnson, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Ward 4, Ewing, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Indiana 21 30 22 20 - 93 New York 26 28 20 20 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Rose (ejected), 2:57 2nd). New York 1 (Ewing, 2:57 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Derrick Stafford, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- For a change, Patrick Ewing and the New York Knicks won both a confrontation and a close game.

Ewing scored a season-high 37 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Knicks escaped with a 94-93 victory over long-time nemesis Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers.

"We had to find a way to win and it took a lot of mental toughness," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "We did the things you have to do to win tough games."

The Knicks were pushed around in Sunday's road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers but tonight they pushed back. Ewing engaged in a second-quarter shoving match with Pacers swingman Jalen Rose, who was ejected for throwing a punch.

"He tripped me," said Ewing. "I wanted to smack him but I didn't want to get suspended. We won the ballgame, everybody showed up and it was a big win for us."

Ewing's late-game failures have been responsible for a handful of narrow losses this season. This time, the superstar missing shots down the stretch was Miller, who repeatedly has burned the Knicks over the years.

Miller, who led Indiana with 19 points, drained a 22-foot jumper to give his team a 93-88 lead with 2:41 remaining. But New York, which has suffered several fourth-quarter meltdowns, turned it on down the stretch.

Allan Houston made two free throws before Latrell Sprewell, who scored 18 points, made a driving layup with 1:20 left before hitting two from the line with 1:01 to play to put the Knicks ahead for good.

"We lost so many close ones this year and to be finally on the winning side definitely feels good and we can try to build on this," Sprewell said. "Against a quality team like Indiana is a really good confidence-builder for our team."

Indiana had several chances down the stretch, but Miller did not have the magic touch. He committed a turnover in the lane with 50 seconds remaining and missed a potential winning jumper with eight seconds left.

"(Miller) missed and we could have done a better job of getting the rebound but we were fortunate to get the win," Ewing added.

Travis Best recovered a loose ball off Miller's miss but missed a long-range jumper of his own before rookie Al Harrington's tip-in attempt rimmed out as time expired.

"Our tenacity on defense was there tonight," Knicks guard Chris Childs said. "Jeff likes to use the word resolve. We got the win, no matter what. We gave them enough looks to win it but luckily the ball rolled our way."

Miller, who committed a crucial turnover in the waning moments of Monday's 83-82 setback to Atlanta, was just 7-of-19 from the field and managed just five points in the fourth quarter.

Miller was unavailable for comment after the game but did issue the following release through the Pacers' public relations department:

"It's a very disappointing loss. I felt we had control of the game. Both teams played hard. Both teams competed hard."

Ewing made 14-of-24 shots and 9-of-11 at the line. For once, he was happy to watch someone else miss a shot at the buzzer. The Knicks have suffered four one-point losses this season, three of which have come with Ewing missing makeable shots in the final moments.

The Knicks had lost four of their last five games. They bounced back from Sunday's 99-91 loss during which forwards Chris Dudley and Kurt Thomas both were ejected.

Ewing threw Rose to the floor after collecting a rebound with 2:57 remaining in the second quarter and the Knicks clinging to a 46-44 lead. As Ewing turned to run upcourt after releasing an outlet pass, Rose stuck his leg out and tripped the center, sparking the subsequent melee.

"I think I took it personal, the way he threw me to the ground," said Rose. "He took it personal, the way I stuck out my foot after he walked over me after he threw me to the ground."

Infuriated, Ewing stalked after Rose as referee Dick Bavetta rushed between the two players. Bavetta absorbed a short punch to the nose intended for Ewing as New York coach Jeff Van Gundy and several Pacers tried to break up the skirmish.

Rose was ejected for a punching foul during the altercation and Ewing escaped the incident without punishment, calmly sinking the subsequent technical free throw. Bavetta had a bandage placed across his nose and action resumed.

"I saw the replay and I think it showed that I did not throw any punches," Rose added.

Sam Perkins, Rik Smits and Best each scored 15 points for Indiana, which shot 41 percent (31-of-75) from the field. The Pacers were without forward Antonio Davis, who suffered a sprained ankle in Monday's loss to the Hawks.

"It affected us quite a bit," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "Anytime you lose a player like Antonio Davis it sort of messes things up. The guys played hard and they played well enough to win the game."

"I figured one of those shots would go in," Smits added. "It's just the way our season has been. Keep things interesting all the way up to the last second. It seems like every game is like that with the heroics in the fourth quarter to win the game."

Houston collected 17 points for the Knicks, who shot 46 percent (32-of-70) and held a 36-35 edge on the boards.

Both teams committed 10 turnovers but New York held the edge at the line, making 28-of-31 free throws while Indiana sank 23-of-29 from the stripe.

Ewing opened the game hot, making his first four shots as the Knicks jumped out to a 12-4 lead with 7:35 remaining in the first quarter.

Rose capped a 9-2 run with a jumper with 5:45 left in the first half as the Pacers forged a 42-42 tie, setting the stage for a seesaw battle that featured 14 lead changes and nine ties.

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