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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 26 17 28 25 96 VANCOUVER 22 20 30 17 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 26, DALE DAVIS 17, AUSTIN CROSHERE 13 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 24, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 15, CHEROKEE PARKS 12

HIGH REBOUND: IND - AUSTIN CROSHERE 9, DALE DAVIS 8 VAN - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 10, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 10, TRAVIS BEST 5 VAN - MIKE BIBBY 7, MICHAEL DICKERSON 3

ATT: 11,683


Extended Box

INDIANA (96) AT VANCOUVER (89)

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

D DAVIS F 35 6-12 5-7 3 5 8 0 4 1 2 17 ROSE F 25 4-11 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 9 SMITS C 24 4-9 0-2 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 8 JACKSON G 28 1-4 1-2 2 2 4 10 2 2 2 4 MILLER G 41 7-12 10-10 0 5 5 2 2 2 1 26 MULLIN 9 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 BEST 20 2-4 3-3 0 3 3 5 3 1 2 7 CROSHERE 23 4-12 3-4 2 7 9 1 3 1 1 13 PERKINS 13 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 4 HARRINGTON 22 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 1 6 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-77 22-28 9 29 38 24 23 8 11 96 (.442) (.786) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 36 10-22 4-4 4 6 10 2 5 1 1 24 HARRINGTON F 26 5-11 5-6 2 6 8 0 5 0 4 15 PARKS C 24 6-10 0-0 1 6 7 1 0 1 0 12 BIBBY G 32 3-7 1-2 0 4 4 7 4 1 2 8 DICKERSON G 31 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 3 4 0 1 4 EKEZIE 28 5-9 0-0 3 4 7 0 5 0 2 10 CARR 18 0-2 3-4 0 4 4 2 3 0 0 3 SCOTT 13 3-9 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 9 PRICE 15 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 2 LOPEZ 17 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 2 1 2 PALACIO DNP - COACH'S DECISION REEVES DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 35-80 15-18 12 33 45 16 29 5 16 89 (.438) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

INDIANA 26 17 28 25 - 96 VANCOUVER 22 20 30 17 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - SMITS 2, MILLER 2, CROSHERE, HARRINGTON. VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM 2, HARRINGTON, EKEZIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-17 (.353), ROSE 1-2, JACKSON 1-2, MILLER 2-4, MULLIN 0-2, CROSHERE 2-6, HARRINGTON 0-1. VANCOUVER 4-9 (.444), BIBBY 1-2, SCOTT 3-5, PRICE 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, TIM DONAGHY, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 11,683. T - 2:14.


Box Score

INDIANA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 35 6-12 5-7 3-8 0 4 17 Rose 25 4-11 0-0 0-2 3 3 9 Smits 24 4-9 0-2 1-2 2 1 8 Jackson 28 1-4 1-2 2-4 10 2 4 Miller 41 7-12 10-10 0-5 2 2 26 Mullin 9 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Best 20 2-4 3-3 0-3 5 3 7 Croshere 23 4-12 3-4 2-9 1 3 13 Perkins 13 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Harrington 22 3-6 0-0 1-3 0 2 6 Foster DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 22-28 9-38 24 23 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Rose 1-2, Jackson 1-2, Miller 2-4, Mullin 0-2, Croshere 2-6, Harrington 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Smits 2, Miller 2, Croshere, Harrington). Turnovers: 12 (Best 2, D Davis 2, Jackson 2, Rose 2, Croshere, Harrington, Miller). Steals: 8 (Jackson 2, Miller 2, Best, Croshere, D Davis, Harrington).

VANCOUVER (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 36 10-22 4-4 4-10 2 5 24 Harrington 26 5-11 5-6 2-8 0 5 15 Parks 24 6-10 0-0 1-7 1 0 12 Bibby 32 3-7 1-2 0-4 7 4 8 Dickerson 31 1-3 2-2 1-2 3 4 4 Ekezie 28 5-9 0-0 3-7 0 5 10 Carr 18 0-2 3-4 0-4 2 3 3 Scott 13 3-9 0-0 0-1 0 0 9 Price 15 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Lopez 17 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Palacio DNP - coach's decision Reeves DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 15-18 12-45 16 29 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Bibby 1-2, Scott 3-5, Price 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Abdur-rahim 2, Harrington, Ekezie). Turnovers: 16 (Harrington 4, Price 4, Bibby 2, Ekezie 2, Abdur-rahim, Dickerson, Lopez, Scott). Steals: 5 (Lopez 2, Abdur-rahim, Bibby, Parks). ____________________________________________ Indiana 26 17 28 25 - 96 Vancouver 22 20 30 17 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,683. T: 2:14. Officials: Don Vaden, Tim Donaghy, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Reggie Miller snapped out of a severe shooting funk with 26 points as the Indiana Pacers remained perfect against the slumping Vancouver Grizzies with a 96-89 victory.

Coming off Wednesday's win at Portland, the Pacers appeared complacent for most of the game against the struggling Grizzlies, who have lost an NBA season-high nine straight games.

But Miller, who had made just 3-of-20 shots over his previous two contests, had something to prove. The 6-7 shooting guard sank 7-of-12 from the floor and made all 10 free throws.

"They pay me to put the ball in the basket," Miller said. "I've been rushing (my shot). I tried to take a little bit more time tonight and once you hit the first few, it makes the rest easier."

Vancouver took an 89-88 lead with 2:11 to play on rookie Obinna Ekezie's follow shot. But the Pacers finished the contest with an 8-0 run, all from the line.

Miller hit six of those free throws to lead Indiana to its first back-to-back triumphs since a season-high three-game winning streak from November 11-15.

"We've been inconsistent as a team," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "Reggie Miller has been inconsistent and Rik (Smits) hasn't been hitting his shots, which makes it tough. It really helps when Reggie Miller scores."

After Miller's free throws gave Indiana the lead for good, 90-89, with two minutes remaining, Othella Harrington's short jumper bounced off the rim, against the glass and just to the right of the rim where Shareef Abdur-Rahim tipped it back into the cylinder.

The ball rolled around and out before Indiana's Austin Croshere grabbed it and fed it to Miller, who was quickly fouled and hit two more from the line with 42 seconds to go.

"At the end we needed a good defensive game, showed we could get some big stops at crunch time," Miller said.

Mike Bibby and Abdur-Rahim both missed driving layups on Vancouver's ensuing trip and again Miller answered with two free throws, opening a five-point lead with 21 seconds left.

"I thought we played some good basketball tonight against a very good team," Vancouver coach Brian Hill said. "At the end we just couldn't get our shots to drop. We had a tough time with Reggie Miller. He carried them on his back tonight."

Abdur-Rahim had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost to Indiana nine times in as many all-time meetings.

Dale Davis scored 17 points and Croshere added 13 and nine rebounds off the bench for the Pacers, who shot 44 percent (34-of-77) and scored 21 points off 16 turnovers.

Othella Harrington collected 15 points and eight rebounds and Ekezie added 10 and a season-high seven for Vancouver, which shot 44 percent (35-of-80) and held a 45-38 advantage on the boards.

Indiana appeared to take control early in the fourth quarter. Ekezie's dunk gave Vancouver a 76-73 lead with 10 minutes to play, but Travis Best made a layup, Sam Perkins sank a 20-footer and Croshere was good from 21 feet to make it 79-76 with 8:59 remaining.

Al Harrington followed with a layup and Croshere hit 1-of-2 from the line to cap the 9-0 run, giving Indiana an 82-76 cushion with 6:34 left.

But Abdur-Rahim made two free throws and Othella Harrington knocked down a short jumper to cut the deficit to two with 5:44 remaining. Croshere's 3-pointer made it 85-80 moments later, but the Grizzlies came storming back with a 9-3 run and retook the lead on Ekezie's follow shot at the two-minute mark.

"You've got to give Vancouver credit," Miller said. "They battled back. We had a big lead, they could have quit. But it shows the young talent that they have over in the other room."

Dennis Scott made his debut for the Grizzlies tonight after missing the start of the season with a strained left hamstring. He scored nine points in 13 minutes, draining 3-of-5 3-pointers.

"I'd like to thank the fans and everybody for being so patient with me, with my injury," Scott said. "When the second (3-pointer) went in, I felt like the old Dennis Scott. I've just gotta keep on working hard."

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