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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 41 26 23 29 119 NEW JERSEY 27 28 27 30 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 27, DALE DAVIS 23, JALEN ROSE 17 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 39, KEITH VAN HORN 16, SCOTT BURRELL 13

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DALE DAVIS 13, SAM PERKINS 8 NJN - JAMIE FEICK 17, KEITH VAN HORN 7

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 5, JALEN ROSE 3 NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 1

ATT: 13,051


Extended Box

INDIANA (119) AT NEW JERSEY (112)

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

D DAVIS F 31 8-10 7-14 6 7 13 1 5 0 3 23 ROSE F 28 6-12 4-4 1 4 5 3 6 2 3 17 SMITS C 17 2-7 2-4 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 6 JACKSON G 33 5-7 2-2 1 2 3 5 2 3 3 14 MILLER G 39 4-13 19-21 2 2 4 1 4 2 2 27 PERKINS 31 4-7 0-2 1 7 8 0 3 0 3 9 CROSHERE 17 2-7 0-0 2 3 5 0 5 0 2 4 HARRINGTON 21 4-8 5-6 1 3 4 0 3 1 3 14 BEST 11 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 MULLIN 12 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 5 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 39-53 15 28 43 14 38 10 20 119 (.474) (.736) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 20(22 PTS)

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

BURRELL F 18 3-6 4-4 1 0 1 1 6 0 1 13 VAN HORN F 33 5-19 6-6 1 6 7 0 6 2 5 16 MCILVAINE C 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 GILL G 32 4-7 3-4 1 4 5 0 6 2 1 11 MARBURY G 46 15-34 8-11 1 2 3 7 3 3 7 39 FEICK 36 2-4 5-8 6 11 17 0 3 0 0 9 HARRIS 22 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 4 NEWMAN 17 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 5 DOUGLAS 17 2-2 3-4 2 0 2 1 3 2 2 7 G MURESAN 13 2-2 4-7 2 2 4 0 3 0 1 8 CAGE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-81 35-46 15 30 45 11 39 11 18 112 (.444) (.761) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

INDIANA 41 26 23 29 - 119 NEW JERSEY 27 28 27 30 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, PERKINS. NEW JERSEY - HARRIS, NEWMAN, GILL, MCILVAINE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-13 (.462), ROSE 1-1, JACKSON 2-2, MILLER 0-3, PERKINS 1-1, CROSHERE 0-1, HARRINGTON 1-2, MULLIN 1-3. NEW JERSEY 5-12 (.417), BURRELL 3-5, GILL 0-1, MARBURY 1-4, NEWMAN 1-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - MILLER, NEW JERSEY - VAN HORN, GILL. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, NOLAN FINE, MARC DAVIS. A - 13,051. T - 2:53.


Box Score

INDIANA (119) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 31 8-10 7-14 6-13 1 5 23 Rose 28 6-12 4-4 1-5 3 6 17 Smits 17 2-7 2-4 0-0 2 4 6 Jackson 33 5-7 2-2 1-3 5 2 14 Miller 39 4-13 19-21 2-4 1 4 27 Perkins 31 4-7 0-2 1-8 0 3 9 Croshere 17 2-7 0-0 2-5 0 5 4 Harrington 21 4-8 5-6 1-4 0 3 14 Best 11 0-3 0-0 1-1 1 5 0 Mullin 12 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 5 Foster DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 39-53 15-43 14 38 119 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.736. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Rose 1-1, Jackson 2-2, Miller 0-3, Perkins 1-1, Croshere 0-1, Harrington 1-2, Mullin 1-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 3 (D Davis 2, Perkins). Turnovers: 20 (D Davis 3, Harrington 3, Jackson 3, Perkins 3, Rose 3, Croshere 2, Miller 2, Mullin). Steals: 10 (Jackson 3, Miller 2, Mullin 2, Rose 2, Harrington).

NEW JERSEY (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Burrell 18 3-6 4-4 1-1 1 6 13 Van Horn 33 5-19 6-6 1-7 0 6 16 Mcilvaine 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 4 0 Gill 32 4-7 3-4 1-5 0 6 11 Marbury 46 15-34 8-11 1-3 7 3 39 Feick 36 2-4 5-8 6-17 0 3 9 Harris 22 2-3 0-0 1-3 1 2 4 Newman 17 1-4 2-2 0-2 1 3 5 Douglas 17 2-2 3-4 2-2 1 3 7 G Muresan 13 2-2 4-7 2-4 0 3 8 Cage DNP - coach's decision Perry DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 35-46 15-45 11 39 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.761. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Burrell 3-5, Gill 0-1, Marbury 1-4, Newman 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Harris, Newman, Gill, Mcilvaine). Turnovers: 18 (Marbury 7, Van Horn 5, Douglas 2, Burrell, G Muresan, Gill, Newman). Steals: 11 (Marbury 3, Douglas 2, Gill 2, Van Horn 2, Mcilvaine, Newman). ____________________________________________ Indiana 41 26 23 29 - 119 New Jersey 27 28 27 30 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Miller, 0:19 4th). New Jersey 2 (Van Horn, 8:13 3rd; Gill, 6:19 4th). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (Perkins, 2:45 4th). A: 13,051. T: 2:53. Officials: Bob Delaney, Nolan Fine, Marc Davis.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- The hard rain and bad weather outside might have kept some fans away from Continental Airlines Arena. But the moisture and poor condition of the floor inside could not slow the Indiana Pacers.

Reggie Miller scored 27 points and made two key free throws in the final seconds and Dale Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pacers to a 119-112 victory over the New Jersey Nets in the season opener for both teams.

"I just went out there and played as hard as possible," said Davis, whose season high last year was 21 points. "I got the ball in some good position and capitalized. The main thing is for me to stay aggressive."

Expected to benefit from the new rules limiting contact, Miller made just 4-of-13 shots from the field but sank 19-of-21 free throws for Indiana, which opened a 14-point first-quarter lead and never trailed thereafter.

"Offensively everyone was looking to be aggressive," Miller said. "Our style of play has to change with the new rules. Everyone is noting how the new rules will help the younger teams, but we feel it will help us because we are a great jump-shooting team."

The Pacers held a 114-112 lead when Miller was fouled but also was called for a technical foul after his flailing elbow found New Jersey center Jamie Feick's nose with 18 seconds remaining. Feick left as blood from his nose dripped to the floor.

Stephon Marbury missed the technical and Miller sank both free throws. Following Miller's foul shots, New Jersey's Johnny Newman missed a jumper and Davis grabbed the rebound and made one free throw after getting fouled.

Marbury missed a 3-point attempt with 4.9 seconds to play and Miller sealed the victory with a pair of free throws one second later.

Marbury, who led the NBA in points and assists in the preseason, had 39 points and seven assists for New Jersey. He made 15 of a career-high 34 shots. Feick grabbed 17 rebounds in 36 minutes off the bench.

"It's a basketball game, when you go on the court you don't think `I've got 25 shots I can't shoot no more,'" said Marbury, who shot 15-of-34 from the field. "I'm playing basketball, I'm just trying to win. I didn't pay attention to that I just came into the game focused on trying to get a win."

"At least we did crawl our way back into contention rather than lie dead," said New Jersey coach Don Casey. "We had guys really struggling to score. It forced Stephon to shoot."

Keith Van Horn had 16 points and seven rebounds but made just 5-of-19 shots for the Nets.

The game was delayed several times as condensation from the ice below the court coupled with humid conditions outside produced moisture and a wet floor. Ballboys were positioned behind the baseline and dried the court with towels when play was at the opposite end. With heavy rains and winds in northern New Jersey, the crowd appeared to be significantly less than the announced 13,051.

Jalen Rose scored 15 points, making all but one of his shots, as the Pacers outscored the Nets 41-27 in the first quarter. Miller added 10 points in the period when Indiana shot a torrid 67 percent (14-of-21). Rose had only one point the rest of the way, but New Jersey native Al Harrington contributed a career-high 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench.

"I thought I was ready last year, but I'm happy because I learned a lot," said Harrington, who left tickets for 17 people. "In the next couple of years when guys retire or something we will be a young running team."

Indiana maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second period and had its biggest advantage at 61-42 when Harrington sank a 3-pointer with 4:17 left.

The lead did not dip below 10 points until Marbury made a 3-pointer to cap a 7-1 spurt that pulled the Nets within 90-82 with 23 seconds left in the third period.

Indiana pushed the lead to 106-92 when Miller made two free throws with 6:19 to go. Marbury hit a 19-footer with 4:57 left that cut the deficit to 108-97 and began a 15-4 run.

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