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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 23 17 25 20 85 BOSTON 22 21 18 34 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - DALE DAVIS 19, REGGIE MILLER 18, JALEN ROSE 17 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 17, DANA BARROS 15, KENNY ANDERSON 13

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DALE DAVIS 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 12, ADRIAN GRIFFIN 9

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 8, REGGIE MILLER 4 BOS - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 15,728


Extended Box

INDIANA (85) AT BOSTON (95)

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

D DAVIS F 28 8-14 3-6 4 8 12 0 4 0 1 19 ROSE F 36 8-17 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 1 1 17 SMITS C 31 5-9 2-3 3 5 8 1 2 0 1 12 JACKSON G 34 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 8 2 1 4 3 MILLER G 39 5-16 6-6 0 2 2 4 2 0 2 18 HARRINGTON 20 1-9 0-0 2 6 8 1 5 0 2 2 CROSHERE 19 0-4 0-0 3 2 5 0 1 1 0 0 PERKINS 16 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 BEST 13 4-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 MULLIN 4 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-89 11-15 13 28 41 18 19 3 11 85 (.382) (.733) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

GRIFFIN F 31 5-8 1-2 3 6 9 3 2 2 1 12 WALKER F 29 5-14 0-2 0 5 5 0 2 0 1 11 ELLISON C 15 2-5 0-0 4 1 5 1 4 1 0 4 ANDERSON G 28 4-12 3-6 0 3 3 4 1 1 1 13 PIERCE G 36 8-15 0-0 4 8 12 4 1 1 3 17 POTAPENKO 12 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 0 3 2 BATTIE 24 4-6 3-3 1 2 3 2 5 0 0 11 BARROS 20 5-11 2-2 1 3 4 4 1 0 2 15 CHEANEY 24 2-4 0-2 0 3 3 0 2 2 1 4 WILLIAMS 5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 MCCARTY 16 1-6 3-4 0 2 2 3 0 0 1 6 OVERTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-82 12-21 13 38 51 23 20 7 13 95 (.451) (.571) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(9 PTS)

INDIANA 23 17 25 20 - 85 BOSTON 22 21 18 34 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - CROSHERE 3, D DAVIS 2, SMITS. BOSTON - MCCARTY, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-18 (.333), ROSE 1-4, JACKSON 1-3, MILLER 2-4, HARRINGTON 0-2, CROSHERE 0-1, PERKINS 1-2, MULLIN 1-2. BOSTON 9-16 (.563), GRIFFIN 1-2, WALKER 1-2, ANDERSON 2-3, PIERCE 1-2, BARROS 3-5, MCCARTY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, TERRY DURHAM, MARC DAVIS. A - 15,728. T - 2:13.


Box Score

INDIANA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 28 8-14 3-6 4-12 0 4 19 Rose 36 8-17 0-0 0-2 3 2 17 Smits 31 5-9 2-3 3-8 1 2 12 Jackson 34 1-4 0-0 1-3 8 2 3 Miller 39 5-16 6-6 0-2 4 2 18 Harrington 20 1-9 0-0 2-8 1 5 2 Croshere 19 0-4 0-0 3-5 0 1 0 Perkins 16 1-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 3 Best 13 4-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 8 Mullin 4 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 Foster DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-89 11-15 13-41 18 19 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Rose 1-4, Jackson 1-3, Miller 2-4, Harrington 0-2, Croshere 0-1, Perkins 1-2, Mullin 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Croshere 3, D Davis 2, Smits). Turnovers: 12 (Jackson 4, Harrington 2, Miller 2, D Davis, Rose, Smits). Steals: 3 (Croshere, Jackson, Rose).

BOSTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Griffin 31 5-8 1-2 3-9 3 2 12 Walker 29 5-14 0-2 0-5 0 2 11 Ellison 15 2-5 0-0 4-5 1 4 4 Anderson 28 4-12 3-6 0-3 4 1 13 Pierce 36 8-15 0-0 4-12 4 1 17 Potapenko 12 1-1 0-0 0-3 2 0 2 Battie 24 4-6 3-3 1-3 2 5 11 Barros 20 5-11 2-2 1-4 4 1 15 Cheaney 24 2-4 0-2 0-3 0 2 4 Williams 5 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Mccarty 16 1-6 3-4 0-2 3 0 6 Overton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-82 12-21 13-51 23 20 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.571. 3-Point Goals: 9-16, .563 (Griffin 1-2, Walker 1-2, Anderson 2-3, Pierce 1-2, Barros 3-5, Mccarty 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Mccarty, Battie). Turnovers: 14 (Pierce 3, Potapenko 3, Barros 2, Anderson, Cheaney, Griffin, Mccarty, Walker). Steals: 7 (Cheaney 2, Griffin 2, Anderson, Ellison, Pierce). ____________________________________________ Indiana 23 17 25 20 - 85 Boston 22 21 18 34 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,728. T: 2:13. Officials: Jim Clark, Terry Durham, Marc Davis.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Larry Bird got a first-hand look at the improved Boston Celtics.

Dana Barros keyed a fourth-quarter run and the Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers for the first time with Bird on the sidelines, posting a 95-85 victory.

Trailing by two points with just over nine minutes remaining, the Celtics used a 19-4 burst to take control. Barros scored 11 of his 15 points in the run, including three 3-pointers that put Boston ahead 86-73 with 3:48 to play.

"I really got into the flow in the fourth quarter," Barros said. "We were playing with tremendous energy and I think that really helped us."

The Celtics outscored Indiana, 34-20, over the final 12 minutes, with their bench accounting for 27 of those points.

Bird spent all 13 seasons of his Hall of Fame playing career in Boston, leading the Celtics to three NBA championships. He became Indiana coach in 1997-98 and won the first eight meetings against his former team until tonight.

"I don't think Larry, when he took the job as head coach, thought he would go his whole career without losing to the Celtics," said Pacers swingman Jalen Rose, who scored 17 points. "It was a game we had a chance to win, but the way they made their perimeter shots down the stretch gave them a lot of energy."

Paul Pierce added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who have won seven of their first 11 games. Boston has finished at least 10 games under the .500 mark each of the last six seasons.

"I have tremendous respect for Larry Bird, both as a player and as a coach," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "But it was the Pacers who were beating us, not Larry. He beat me enough when I was a coach, I know what he can do. The Pacers have just been better than us, but we were better than them tonight."

Dale Davis contributed 19 points and 12 rebounds and Reggie Miller added 18 points for Indiana, which has dropped three of its last four games.

"With the history coach has here (Boston), of course there's more pressure," Miller said. "Right now I'm really disappointed."

Rose hit a jumper, giving Indiana a 69-67 lead with 9:13 to play, before Griffin hit a 15-footer and Barros followed with the first of his 3-pointers to put the Celtics in front for good.

Travis Best answered with a basket before Tony Battie converted a three-point play for a six-point advantage. Miller hit a driving layup, but Barros drained a pair of 3-pointers around another by Walter McCarty to cap the burst.

The Celtics came into the game ranked fourth in the league in 3-point percentage at 41 percent (62-of-150) and did nothing to hurt that, going 9-of-16.

Kenny Anderson added 13 points and Battie 11 as the Celtics shot 45 percent (37-of-82), compared to 38 percent (34-of-89) for Indiana. The Celtics also garnered a 51-41 rebounding edge

The Celtics' bench outscored the Indiana reserves, 38-16.

"From what I could see on the bench, our second unit did a great job," Anderson said. "They were tremendous, and I think that's really important because it's the deep teams in the NBA that win."

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