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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 30 10 22 34 96 HOUSTON 25 20 22 20 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - AL HARRINGTON 18, REGGIE MILLER 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 13 HOU - CHARLES BARKLEY 18, HAKEEM OLAJUWON 18, STEVE FRANCIS 18

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DALE DAVIS 11, RIK SMITS 6 HOU - CHARLES BARKLEY 24, STEVE FRANCIS 6

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 7, JALEN ROSE 4 HOU - STEVE FRANCIS 12, WALT WILLIAMS 4

ATT: 14,866


Extended Box

INDIANA (96) AT HOUSTON (87)

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

D DAVIS F 32 4-7 5-7 2 9 11 0 2 2 0 13 ROSE F 22 5-11 0-0 2 2 4 4 0 0 3 12 SMITS C 21 3-10 0-0 1 5 6 0 0 1 1 6 JACKSON G 28 4-7 4-4 0 3 3 7 4 2 2 13 MILLER G 36 5-11 7-7 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 17 PERKINS 27 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 1 0 6 HARRINGTON 30 6-13 6-6 2 3 5 0 4 1 2 18 CROSHERE 16 2-5 3-3 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 7 BEST 18 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 4 MULLIN 10 0-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-83 25-27 8 32 40 18 15 11 11 96 (.398) (.926) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

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

BARKLEY F 35 7-12 3-4 9 15 24 0 5 1 1 18 WILLIAMS F 33 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 4 4 1 0 8 OLAJUWON C 35 9-21 0-0 0 5 5 3 3 1 5 18 ANDERSON G 17 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 FRANCIS G 38 8-17 0-0 2 4 6 12 4 2 4 18 MOBLEY 33 2-10 1-2 1 2 3 1 3 1 1 5 CATO 13 1-1 4-4 0 4 4 0 2 1 0 6 ROGERS 13 0-1 0-2 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 0 MASSENBURG 13 2-6 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 6 DREW 10 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 HAMILTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-86 10-14 12 38 50 22 25 8 17 87 (.430) (.714) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(23 PTS)

INDIANA 30 10 22 34 - 96 HOUSTON 25 20 22 20 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - CROSHERE 2, D DAVIS 2, SMITS. HOUSTON - CATO 2, ROGERS, ANDERSON, MASSENBURG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-15 (.333), ROSE 2-3, JACKSON 1-2, MILLER 0-1, PERKINS 2-5, HARRINGTON 0-1, CROSHERE 0-2, MULLIN 0-1. HOUSTON 3-17 (.176), BARKLEY 1-1, WILLIAMS 0-4, FRANCIS 2-6, MOBLEY 0-3, ROGERS 0-1, DREW 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, MATT BOLAND, TIM DONAGHY. A - 14,866. T - 2:10.


Box Score

INDIANA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 32 4-7 5-7 2-11 0 2 13 Rose 22 5-11 0-0 2-4 4 0 12 Smits 21 3-10 0-0 1-6 0 0 6 Jackson 28 4-7 4-4 0-3 7 4 13 Miller 36 5-11 7-7 0-2 3 0 17 Perkins 27 2-7 0-0 0-3 0 1 6 Harrington 30 6-13 6-6 2-5 0 4 18 Croshere 16 2-5 3-3 0-1 1 1 7 Best 18 2-6 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 Mullin 10 0-6 0-0 1-3 1 2 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 25-27 8-40 18 15 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.926. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Rose 2-3, Jackson 1-2, Miller 0-1, Perkins 2-5, Harrington 0-1, Croshere 0-2, Mullin 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Croshere 2, D Davis 2, Smits). Turnovers: 12 (Rose 3, Best 2, Harrington 2, Jackson 2, Miller, Smits). Steals: 11 (Best 2, D Davis 2, Jackson 2, Croshere, Harrington, Mullin, Perkins, Smits).

HOUSTON (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Barkley 35 7-12 3-4 9-24 0 5 18 Williams 33 4-8 0-0 0-4 4 4 8 Olajuwon 35 9-21 0-0 0-5 3 3 18 Anderson 17 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 2 4 Francis 38 8-17 0-0 2-6 12 4 18 Mobley 33 2-10 1-2 1-3 1 3 5 Cato 13 1-1 4-4 0-4 0 2 6 Rogers 13 0-1 0-2 0-2 0 2 0 Massenburg 13 2-6 2-2 0-1 0 0 6 Drew 10 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 0 4 Hamilton DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 10-14 12-50 22 25 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 3-17, .176 (Barkley 1-1, Williams 0-4, Francis 2-6, Mobley 0-3, Rogers 0-1, Drew 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Cato 2, Rogers, Anderson, Massenburg). Turnovers: 17 (Olajuwon 5, Francis 4, Drew 2, Rogers 2, Anderson, Barkley, Massenburg, Mobley). Steals: 8 (Francis 2, Barkley, Cato, Mobley, Olajuwon, Rogers, Williams). ____________________________________________ Indiana 30 10 22 34 - 96 Houston 25 20 22 20 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Houston 1 (Rogers, 7:34 4th). A: 14,866. T: 2:10. Officials: Jess Kersey, Matt Boland, Tim Donaghy.


Game Story

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Twenty-year-old forward Al Harrington continued to display his newfound maturity, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter when the Indiana Pacers used a decisive run to keep the Houston Rockets winless at home, 96-87.

The Rockets appeared to be well on their way to a third straight victory and first at the Compaq Center, holding a 71-64 lead with 9:51 to play behind the spirited play of veterans Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley.

But the Pacers were more interested in completing their own three-game winning streak and took control of the contest by reeling off the next 15 points.

"We started playing in the second half," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "We didn't put any pressure on Houston until late in the game. I thought whoever made a run would win the game and we did."

Harrington, who averaged only 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in his rookie campaign after graduating St. Patrick's High School in New Jersey, pulled the Pacers within one on a layup with 8:05 remaining. The 6-9, 230-pounder put Indiana ahead for good, 72-71, by sinking a pair from the line with 7:34 left.

"I thought Al was getting a little carried away out there," Bird said. "He's a very valuable player for us. He's learning the game, but he has a lot more room to get better."

"It's not even close. I'm much more patient and more ready to play (this year)," Harrington added. "Coach is experimenting with which combinations he's gonna use. Hopefully I'm going to get more playing time."

Reggie Miller scored 17 points, including five during the run for the Pacers, who improved to 2-2 on the road and spoiled the evening for the raucous crowd at the Compaq Center.

"We did a good job of limiting Houston and we made some big shots in the fourth quarter," Miller said. "Houston missed a lot of wide-open 3-pointers but we did get a hand in their face."

Barkley had a tremendous night with 18 points and a season-high 24 rebounds, and Olajuwon and rookie Steve Francis tallied 18 points apiece for the Rockets, who answered Indiana's burst with a 6-0 run, but did not challenge thereafter.

"If you've ever played against Charles, you'd know how he gets the job done," Bird said. "He's got very strong arms and he knows how to rebound."

"If you can put up number like (Barkley) did tonight, you might have to reconsider retirement," Miller added. "I consider Charles one of my boys and he's really gonna be missed."

The Rockets slipped to 0-5 at home, their worst start in Houston since dropping seven in a row to start the 1973-74 campaign.

"We needed to stop the bleeding and we didn't," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We needed a big play and we didn't get one. It's just frustrating. We had the wide-open shots and no one seemed to hit one."

Mark Jackson and Dale Davis scored 13 points apiece and Jalen Rose added 12 for Indiana, which shot 40 percent (33-of-83) and scored 23 points off 17 turnovers.

Davis grabbed 11 rebounds, but the Pacers lost the battle along the boards, 50-40, thanks in most part to Barkley.

"We had a couple of mental blocks out there tonight," Barkley said. "We got the shots we wanted but they just didn't go in."

The demonstrative forward sank 7-of-12 shots and nearly got the Rockets back into it when he hit a pair of free throws and made a follow shot to pull Houston within 79-77 with 3:20 to go.

"The rebounds don't matter if you don't win," Barkley added. "We lost another home game and it's just getting more frustrating every time."

Miller and Olajuwon exchanged baskets before Harrington sank two more from the line and Jackson drained a 3-pointer to open up an 86-79 cushion with 1:46 left.

"There's no question that our bench tonight was the key," Jackson said. "They came in and won the game for us."

Francis dished out 12 assists for the Rockets, who used a 20-10 second quarter to take a 45-40 lead at the half. The teams played it even in the third quarter before Houston appeared ready to pull away for good in the early moments of the final period.

"(Francis) is learning the game, but he still has a way to go," Bird added.

Tony Massenburg and Bryce Drew came off the bench and hit jumpers on consecutive trips to give the Rockets a 71-64 advantage before the roof caved in.

Best and Miller hit back-to-back jumpers, before Harrington put the Pacers ahead with his layup and two free throws. But the run was just getting started for Indiana.

Austin Croshere's free throws were followed by Miller's three-point play. Best then stole an errant pass from Olajuwon and went in for an uncontested layup to make it 79-71 with 5:31 left.

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