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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 23 23 23 19 88 DETROIT 31 15 19 21 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 23, ANTONIO DAVIS 17, RIK SMITS 13 DET - BISON DELE 19, GRANT HILL 18, JOE DUMARS 12

HIGH REBOUND: IND - ANTONIO DAVIS 9, DALE DAVIS 7 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 11, BISON DELE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DET - JOE DUMARS 9, GRANT HILL 6

ATT: 19,642


Extended Box

INDIANA (88) AT DETROIT (86)

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

MULLIN F 30 1-6 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 4 D DAVIS F 24 2-4 2-2 3 4 7 1 1 0 0 6 SMITS C 29 4-18 5-6 1 3 4 4 3 0 0 13 MILLER G 38 8-14 2-2 0 4 4 1 4 0 1 23 ROSE G 36 4-8 1-2 1 3 4 4 4 0 0 10 BEST 26 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 9 3 2 2 2 A DAVIS 23 6-11 5-5 3 6 9 0 2 0 2 17 HARRINGTON 13 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 2 PERKINS 21 4-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 11 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - DEATH IN FAMILY

TOTALS 240 31-75 16-19 9 28 37 22 20 3 7 88 (.413) (.842) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 9(4 PTS)

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

HILL F 37 5-17 8-12 2 6 8 6 3 0 1 18 REID F 25 3-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 1 0 6 DELE C 34 9-12 1-2 4 5 9 2 5 2 1 19 DUMARS G 35 5-15 0-0 1 3 4 9 1 0 0 12 HUNTER G 34 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 6 WILLIAMS 21 2-6 2-2 3 8 11 1 2 1 0 6 STACKHOUSE 20 3-7 2-4 0 2 2 1 1 1 4 8 MONTROSS 15 2-4 1-1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 5 BUECHLER 19 2-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 REEVES DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION YOUNG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-79 14-21 12 29 41 23 21 5 6 86 (.418) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 6(3 PTS)

INDIANA 23 23 23 19 - 88 DETROIT 31 15 19 21 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - SMITS, A DAVIS, HARRINGTON, PERKINS. DETROIT - MONTROSS 3, REID, DELE, BUECHLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 10-17 (.588), MULLIN 1-4, MILLER 5-7, ROSE 1-1, HARRINGTON 0-1, PERKINS 3-4. DETROIT 6-16 (.375), DUMARS 2-8, HUNTER 2-3, BUECHLER 2-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, LEON WOOD, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,642. T - 2:15.


Box Score

INDIANA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 30 1-6 1-2 0-1 1 0 4 D Davis 24 2-4 2-2 3-7 1 1 6 Smits 29 4-18 5-6 1-4 4 3 13 Miller 38 8-14 2-2 0-4 1 4 23 Rose 36 4-8 1-2 1-4 4 4 10 Best 26 1-4 0-0 0-2 9 3 2 A Davis 23 6-11 5-5 3-9 0 2 17 Harrington 13 1-5 0-0 1-3 1 2 2 Perkins 21 4-5 0-0 0-3 1 1 11 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - death in family _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 16-19 9-37 22 20 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 10-17, .588 (Mullin 1-4, Miller 5-7, Rose 1-1, Harrington 0-1, Perkins 3-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 4 (Smits, A Davis, Harrington, Perkins). Turnovers: 9 (A Davis 2, Best 2, Mullin 2, Miller). Steals: 3 (Best 2, Harrington).

DETROIT (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 37 5-17 8-12 2-8 6 3 18 Reid 25 3-5 0-0 1-3 1 5 6 Dele 34 9-12 1-2 4-9 2 5 19 Dumars 35 5-15 0-0 1-4 9 1 12 Hunter 34 2-5 0-0 0-2 2 2 6 Williams 21 2-6 2-2 3-11 1 2 6 Stackhouse 20 3-7 2-4 0-2 1 1 8 Montross 15 2-4 1-1 1-2 0 2 5 Buechler 19 2-8 0-0 0-0 1 0 6 Reeves DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision Young DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-79 14-21 12-41 23 21 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Dumars 2-8, Hunter 2-3, Buechler 2-5). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Montross 3, Reid, Dele, Buechler). Turnovers: 6 (Stackhouse 4, Dele, Hill). Steals: 5 (Dele 2, Reid, Stackhouse, Williams). ____________________________________________ Indiana 23 23 23 19 - 88 Detroit 31 15 19 21 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,642. T: 2:15. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Leon Wood, Mike Smith.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- While Antonio Davis came up huge down the stretch for the Indiana Pacers, Grant Hill folded for the Detroit Pistons.

Davis, who collected 17 points and nine rebounds, scored the go-ahead three-point play with 1:37 to play and rejected Hill with less than a minute remaining to lift the Pacers to an 88-86 victory over the Pistons in a key Central Division battle.

"We knew they were going to Grant," Davis said. "Reggie (Miller) stayed with him as long as he could and when he got past him it was my job to help out. When I saw him go up, I just went up with him and blocked it."

The first-place Pacers (23-11), who were without the services of starting point guard Mark Jackson due to the death of his father, held what appeared to be a comfortable 84-77 lead with 3:17 to play.

But Detroit responded with a 7-0 run and knotted the contest at 84-84 on Lindsey Hunter's 3-pointer with two minutes remaining.

Davis, who has been hampered by an ankle sprain, threw down a thunderous dunk and sank a free throw to give the Pacers a three-point lead before Bison Dele, who scored 19 points for the Pistons, answered with a slam with 1:23 left.

"It bothers me," Davis said. "But there's no time for pain right now. My teammates are counting on me and I want to be out there helping them."

Rik Smits, who scored 13 points, made 1-of-2 free throws to make it 88-86. Hill attempted a turnaround jumper that Davis rose up and rejected back to the top of the arc with 49 seconds to go.

"He's one of our key defensive players," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "Tonight he stayed in the game, played hard and was involved in every big defensive play we had, especially down the stretch. That's not the first big block he had for us this year."

Travis Best missed a jump shot with 25 seconds to go and Hill had another chance to tie it, this time from the line with 13 seconds left. But the 76 percent foul shooter missed both.

Dele tipped the second miss towards the right baseline, where Jerome Williams corraled the loose ball to give Detroit its final reprieve with 10 seconds to play.

Hill, who finished with 18 points, missed a fallaway jumper from the left side with 1.2 seconds remaining and Davis tipped the rebound out to Best as time expired.

"I had an opportunity," Hill said. "It just didn't fall. Sometimes you come through in situations like that. Sometimes you fail. That's part of being in this league. That's part of life. I just hope the coach calls my number the next time we're in a situation like that."

"He has made that shot for us all year," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry added. "If we had it to do all over again, we'd throw it right back into him."

Miller scored 23 points, including the 18,000th of his career, as the Pacers increased their lead to three games over Detroit in the Central. Indiana won for just the second time in 10 visits to Auburn Hills and avenged a 107-98 loss here on February 7.

"They handed us a pretty big loss in our second game of the year," said Miller. "We haven't had great success against them here. So to come in here when we're shorthanded and banged up is a big win for us."

Joe Dumars scored 12 points for the Pistons, who have dropped back-to-back games after a six-game winning streak.

"We played extremely hard but they made a couple of plays at the end and we didn't -- that was the difference," Gentry said. "These kind of losses hurt but it makes you feel good that the guys played extremely hard."

Sam Perkins scored 13 points and Jalen Rose, starting in place of Jackson, added 10 for Indiana, which shot 41 percent (31-of-75) and yielded just four points off nine turnovers.

"At first, everybody was kind of stagnant," added Miller. "Mark knows how to get us in our offense. Rose ran some plays we handn't run in a month and a half but he was trying."

Williams grabbed 11 rebounds to go with six points for Detroit, which shot 42 percent (33-of-79) and held a 41-39 advantage on the boards.

Miller became the 41st player in NBA history to collect 18,000 points. He made 5-of-7 3-pointers to lead the Pacers to a 10-of-17 performance from long range.

Miller's driving layup with 40 seconds left in the first half forged a 46-46 tie at the break.

"When the game's tied like that it just turns into a race to the finish," Dele said. "Today, our car was just a little bit slower down the straightaway."

The Pacers opened the second half with a 12-5 run, capped by Rose's 20-footer from the left sideline that gave them a 58-51 lead with 7:35 remaining.

"We've been in so many close games this year and we made a lot of mistakes in the stretch," said Bird. "We tried to give this one away on the last rebound but we end up winning it. It's about time we won one like that."

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