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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 24 20 24 16 84 INDIANA 23 39 24 23 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - THEO RATLIFF 16, TYRONE HILL 14, ALLEN IVERSON 14 IND - REGGIE MILLER 32, JALEN ROSE 20, AUSTIN CROSHERE 15

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - THEO RATLIFF 13, TYRONE HILL 8 IND - JALEN ROSE 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 15, AARON MCKIE 3 IND - JALEN ROSE 6, DERRICK MCKEY 6

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (84) AT INDIANA (109)

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

HILL F 30 6-13 2-2 2 6 8 0 2 1 1 14 LYNCH F 31 4-9 0-0 4 1 5 0 0 2 0 9 RATLIFF C 35 6-11 4-4 6 7 13 0 2 0 1 16 IVERSON G 37 6-19 1-2 1 1 2 1 3 2 0 14 SNOW G 35 3-9 0-0 0 2 2 15 2 0 2 6 GEIGER 12 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 4 HUGHES 10 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 3 MCKIE 19 4-6 0-0 0 2 2 3 2 2 1 8 OWENS 20 5-8 0-1 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 10 BOWEN 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MACCULLOCH 4 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 MOHAMMED 3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 37-92 7-9 14 25 39 21 18 7 8 84 (.402) (.778) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8(9 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 25 2-3 0-0 3 3 6 1 2 0 1 4 ROSE F 39 7-13 4-4 0 7 7 6 2 1 3 20 SMITS C 27 5-9 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 10 JACKSON G 28 4-10 0-0 0 6 6 5 2 2 1 9 MILLER G 34 12-21 3-3 1 3 4 1 2 1 2 32 CROSHERE 23 6-10 2-3 0 6 6 1 0 0 1 15 BEST 16 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 2 PERKINS 17 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 8 MCKEY 24 3-4 2-2 1 4 5 6 2 2 2 9 FOSTER 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 J BENDER 3 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 MULLIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-80 11-12 7 36 43 27 16 6 10 109 (.538) (.917) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(18 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 24 20 24 16 - 84 INDIANA 23 39 24 23 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4, MACCULLOCH 2, SNOW, IVERSON. INDIANA - SMITS 3, D DAVIS 3, MILLER 2, JACKSON 2, MCKEY, BEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 3-8 (.375), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 1-5, HUGHES 1-1, OWENS 0-1. INDIANA 12-19 (.632), ROSE 2-2, JACKSON 1-4, MILLER 5-5, CROSHERE 1-3, PERKINS 2-3, MCKEY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, KEN MAUER, GARY BENSON. A - 18,345. T - 2:03.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 30 6-13 2-2 2-8 0 2 14 Lynch 31 4-9 0-0 4-5 0 0 9 Ratliff 35 6-11 4-4 6-13 0 2 16 Iverson 37 6-19 1-2 1-2 1 3 14 Snow 35 3-9 0-0 0-2 15 2 6 Geiger 12 2-9 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 Hughes 10 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 3 Mckie 19 4-6 0-0 0-2 3 2 8 Owens 20 5-8 0-1 1-1 0 4 10 Bowen 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Macculloch 4 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Mohammed 3 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-92 7-9 14-39 21 18 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 1-5, Hughes 1-1, Owens 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Ratliff 4, Macculloch 2, Snow, Iverson). Turnovers: 8 (Owens 2, Snow 2, Hill, Hughes, Mckie, Ratliff). Steals: 7 (Iverson 2, Lynch 2, Mckie 2, Hill).

INDIANA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 25 2-3 0-0 3-6 1 2 4 Rose 39 7-13 4-4 0-7 6 2 20 Smits 27 5-9 0-0 1-4 2 2 10 Jackson 28 4-10 0-0 0-6 5 2 9 Miller 34 12-21 3-3 1-4 1 2 32 Croshere 23 6-10 2-3 0-6 1 0 15 Best 16 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 4 2 Perkins 17 3-4 0-0 0-2 2 0 8 Mckey 24 3-4 2-2 1-5 6 2 9 Foster 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 J Bender 3 0-3 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Mullin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-80 11-12 7-43 27 16 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 12-19, .632 (Rose 2-2, Jackson 1-4, Miller 5-5, Croshere 1-3, Perkins 2-3, Mckey 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 12 (Smits 3, D Davis 3, Miller 2, Jackson 2, Mckey, Best). Turnovers: 11 (Rose 3, Mckey 2, Miller 2, Croshere, D Davis, Jackson). Steals: 6 (Jackson 2, Mckey 2, Miller, Rose). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 24 20 24 16 - 84 Indiana 23 39 24 23 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:03. Officials: Joe Crawford, Ken Mauer, Gary Benson.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers don't have to click their heels three times to know that there is no place like Conseco Fieldhouse.

Reggie Miller put on a shooting clinic, scoring a season-high 32 points as the Pacers cooled off Allen Iverson en route to a franchise-record 18th straight home win, a 109-84 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Miller shot down the Sixers early, hitting 8-of-14 shots and all three of his 3-point attempts for 21 first-half points as the Pacers opened a 62-44 cushion at intermission. He finished 12-of-21 from the floor and buried all five of his shots beyond the arc, moving into 30th place on the all-time scoring list with 19,230 points.

"When Reggie hits his threes and comes out aggressive offensively, he'll score points," Indiana coach Larry Bird said.

"He's an All-Star, what can I say?," Iverson said of Miller. "He played well. But everybody (puts up their best effort against me), why should Reggie be any different."

Indiana has not lost in its new arena since a 107-99 setback to the Detroit Pistons on November 25. The Pacers are an NBA-best 21-2 overall at home and eclipsed the previous club-record of 17 straight home wins, established from December 5, 1995-February 4, 1996.

"You've got to take care of the home-court advantage," Bird said. "When you run off a streak like that, teams have to take notice when they come in here, they're going to be in for a battle."

"(The streak means) nothing because we can easily lose it to anyone," Miller added. "We have to continue to play hard here but we have to raise our level of play on the road."

Jalen Rose scored 20 points and Austin Croshere added 15 off the bench for Indiana, which has won 12 straight home games against Philadelphia, including a pair of home victories during last season's four-game sweep of Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Iverson, who scored an NBA season-high 50 points in Sunday's 119-108 victory over Sacramento, managed just 14 as Philadelphia lost for the fifth time in six road contests. The Pacers held the NBA's leading scorer to a 6-of-19 shooting performance in 37 minutes and kept former Pacers coach Larry Brown winless in six all-time visits to Indiana.

"He had a big night last night," Miller said. "We did a good job of getting to him early. But let's face it, a lot of it had to do with him as well. He missed some easy shots."

The Pacers began the second quarter with a one-point deficit but put together perhaps their finest stretch of basketball this season over the next 17 minutes. Indiana made 18-of-25 shots, 9-of-9 free throws and scored on 23 of 29 possessions to take a commanding 74-49 lead with 6:53 remaining in the third quarter.

"That's as well as we've played in a long time at both ends," Bird said.

Miller has made at least 100 3-pointers in an NBA-record 11 straight seasons for the Pacers, who finished the night with season highs of 12 3-pointers and 12 blocked shots.

"Reggie was just sensational tonight," Brown said of his former shooting guard. "We started good but then I went to the bench and we began to struggle. We didn't have any legs tonight, but that didn't matter. They were just sensational."

Croshere opened the second quarter with a pair of free throws and capped the decisive 11-0 run by knocking down a 3-pointer with 9:08 remaining in the period, putting Indiana ahead to stay, 34-24.

"The second quarter was very big for us," Croshere said. "We jump-started and kept them at bay. This is a type of offense and defense that we have to continue to play."

Theo Ratliff had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia, becoming the first Sixer other than Iverson to lead the club in scoring since December 11 -- a span of 25 games. Aaron McKie scored 16 in a loss at Charlotte that night as Iverson managed just 11 points in his return from a thumb injury.

Ironically, Iverson complained of his thumbs being sore from hoisting up 40 shots against the Kings on Sunday. But the energetic 6-foot guard showed no early signs of having lost his shooting touch, making a pair of layups during an opening 14-7 run.

"I couldn't even think about shooting the ball 40 times," Indiana forward Sam Perkins said. "He had to be tired so we went at him and by we, I mean the whole team."

Iverson and the Sixers slowed down dramatically thereafter, managing just 30 points over the next 17 minutes with only two coming from Philadelphia's heralded scoring machine.

"The only person who could stop me is myself," Iverson said. "I made some bad shots early and had some bad judgements. Reggie has played good defense as long as I've been watching the league."

Miller, who missed his first four shots, made two 3-pointers, a pair of free throws and buried an 18-footer as Indiana closed within 24-23 at the end of the first quarter.

After Croshere opened the second quarter by knocking down a pair from the line, Rose hit a five-foot hook and four free throws and Croshere made it a 10-point bulge by hitting from 24 feet.

Things got ugly after Ratliff made a free throw to cut the deficit to 49-42 with 3:17 left in the half.

Derrick McKey made a runner, Rik Smits a hook, Dale Davis a follow shot and Miller another 3-pointer to up the advantage to 58-44 with 73 seconds remaining. Miller added a layup and Smits hit a 16-footer with three seconds left to extend the margin to 62-44 at intermission.

Smits had 10 points for the Pacers, who shot 54 percent (43-of-80), including a season-best 63 percent (12-of-19) from beyond the arc.

"They got any shot they wanted," McKie said. "They had all their guys blazin' tonight."

Iverson connected for his first basket in nearly 19 minutes when he hit a 25-footer to pull the Sixers within 65-49 with 10:07 left in the third quarter. Miller framed a runner by Mark Jackson with a three-point play and 15-footer before Rose's layup opened a 25-point cushion with 6:53 remaining in the third quarter.

The Sixers committed a sesaon-low eight turnovers but suffered their worst loss of the season. Philadelphia shot 40 percent (37-of-92) and lost the battle on the boards, 43-39.

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