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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 28 27 30 28 113 BOSTON 30 23 28 23 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - JALEN ROSE 23, THREE PLAYERS WITH 16 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 27, VITALY POTAPENKO 21, KENNY ANDERSON 18

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DALE DAVIS 11, DERRICK MCKEY 6 BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 10, ANTOINE WALKER 10

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 9, JALEN ROSE 4 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 7, KENNY ANDERSON 5

ATT: 18,328


Extended Box

INDIANA (113) AT BOSTON (104)

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

D DAVIS F 33 7-10 2-3 4 7 11 1 3 0 0 16 ROSE F 40 9-17 4-4 0 4 4 4 2 0 1 23 SMITS C 22 8-15 0-2 0 5 5 1 2 0 2 16 JACKSON G 28 7-9 1-1 1 0 1 9 1 1 2 15 MILLER G 38 2-5 10-10 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 16 MCKEY 24 5-7 0-0 1 5 6 1 5 2 0 10 CROSHERE 17 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 0 1 2 BEST 18 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 7 PERKINS 20 2-4 2-2 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 8 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MULLIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-78 19-22 8 30 38 24 20 3 10 113 (.564) (.864) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(18 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 45 9-18 6-8 0 5 5 7 4 2 1 27 WALKER F 38 5-17 2-2 4 6 10 3 4 1 2 12 POTAPENKO C 42 9-12 3-3 4 6 10 2 1 1 2 21 ANDERSON G 31 6-19 3-4 1 0 1 5 2 0 0 18 CHEANEY G 33 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 9 BATTIE 14 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 0 2 BARROS 17 5-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 11 GRIFFIN 14 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 3 3 0 0 4 MCCARTY 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ELLISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-87 14-17 11 20 31 24 25 4 5 104 (.471) (.824) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 5(7 PTS)

INDIANA 28 27 30 28 - 113 BOSTON 30 23 28 23 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, CROSHERE. BOSTON - PIERCE 2, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-13 (.462), ROSE 1-3, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 2-3, MCKEY 0-1, BEST 1-2, PERKINS 2-3. BOSTON 8-16 (.500), PIERCE 3-6, WALKER 0-1, ANDERSON 3-4, CHEANEY 1-2, BARROS 1-1, MCCARTY 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, JIM CAPERS, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 18,328. T - 2:06.


Box Score

INDIANA (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 33 7-10 2-3 4-11 1 3 16 Rose 40 9-17 4-4 0-4 4 2 23 Smits 22 8-15 0-2 0-5 1 2 16 Jackson 28 7-9 1-1 1-1 9 1 15 Miller 38 2-5 10-10 0-1 3 1 16 Mckey 24 5-7 0-0 1-6 1 5 10 Croshere 17 1-5 0-0 1-5 2 3 2 Best 18 3-6 0-0 0-2 1 3 7 Perkins 20 2-4 2-2 1-3 2 0 8 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Foster DNP - coach's decision Mullin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-78 19-22 8-38 24 20 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.564, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Rose 1-3, Jackson 0-1, Miller 2-3, Mckey 0-1, Best 1-2, Perkins 2-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (D Davis 2, Croshere). Turnovers: 10 (Best 2, Jackson 2, Smits 2, Croshere, Miller, Perkins, Rose). Steals: 3 (Mckey 2, Jackson).

BOSTON (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 45 9-18 6-8 0-5 7 4 27 Walker 38 5-17 2-2 4-10 3 4 12 Potapenko 42 9-12 3-3 4-10 2 1 21 Anderson 31 6-19 3-4 1-1 5 2 18 Cheaney 33 4-8 0-0 0-0 1 5 9 Battie 14 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 3 2 Barros 17 5-6 0-0 0-1 2 3 11 Griffin 14 2-2 0-0 2-2 3 3 4 Mccarty 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ellison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-87 14-17 11-31 24 25 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Pierce 3-6, Walker 0-1, Anderson 3-4, Cheaney 1-2, Barros 1-1, Mccarty 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Pierce 2, Battie). Turnovers: 5 (Potapenko 2, Walker 2, Pierce). Steals: 4 (Pierce 2, Potapenko, Walker). ____________________________________________ Indiana 28 27 30 28 - 113 Boston 30 23 28 23 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,328. T: 2:06. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Jim Capers, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Jalen Rose scored 15 of his 23 points in crunch time as the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers used a balanced attack to snap a five-game road losing streak with a 113-104 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Rose buried 5-of-8 shots and four free throws over the final 5:21 and seemed to come up with a clutch jumper every time the Celtics threatened. The versatile 6-8 guard scored 13 straight points for the Pacers, including a 24-footer from the right sideline that gave Indiana a 109-102 cushion with 1:02 to play.

"That fourth quarter, guys were just getting me the ball, going to me and expecting me to score," Rose said.

Dale Davis, Rik Smits and Reggie Miller scored 16 points apiece and Mark Jackson added 15 for the Pacers, who boast the NBA's top home record and a franchise-record 18-game home winning streak, but had dropped seven of eight road contests entering tonight.

Indiana won the season series, 3-1, and has taken 10 of 11 meetings between the clubs since Celtics legend Larry Bird took over as Pacers coach in 1997-98. Bird, who has indicated that this season would be his last on the sidelines, may have made his last visit to the FleetCenter as a coach, barring a playoff matchup between the clubs.

"We knew this would be a big game for Larry," Rose said. "This probably being his last game in Boston, we wanted to come out and play well and play hard. And I thought we did that."

"This game is just another game to me," Bird said. "I don't feel any extra sentiment. It's no bigger than any other road game we play this year. We needed a win before the break. We needed to snap that road losing streak and we did that."

The Pacers (32-16) have won seven of eight games overall and maintained a 1 1/2-game lead over Miami for the best record in the Eastern Conference entering the All-Star break. Indiana won 33 of 50 games last season.

Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Vitaly Potapenko added 21 for Boston, which has lost three in a row.

Before tonight's game, the Celtics dealt forward Danny Fortson to the Toronto Raptors for point guard Alvin Williams and reserve center Sean Marks in a three-way deal with Milwaukee.

Derrick McKey scored 10 points and Davis grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 56 percent (44-of-78) and went 19-of-22 from the line. Miller made all 10 of his free throws for Indiana, which held a 38-31 advantage on the boards and overcame 18 points off turnovers.

Celtics forward Antoine Walker had a miserable shooting night, going 5-of-17 for 12 points. Kenny Anderson had 18 points and Dana Barros added 11 of the bench for Boston, which shot 47 percent (41-of-87) and yielded just five points off turnovers. The Celtics enter the All-Star break at 21-28 after a promising 10-8 start.

"Pretty much the same story for us," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We're a very good offensive club right now but as with a lot of young teams, we're not very good defensively. We have trouble getting key stops when we need them."

"I wouldn't say that they caught us out of position," Walker said. "I just think Jalen Rose knocked down some big shots wit the shot clock running down that really killed us. Don't forger, Jalen is a pretty good ballplayer. He can do things like that."

The Celtics trapped the Pacers to perfection in the fourth quarter and appeared to be wearing them down. But Rose entered the game for Miller with 8:18 to play and the Pacers clinging to a slim 92-90 lead on Sam Perkins' 3-pointer seconds earlier.

McKey made a pair of baskets to offset two free throws by Pierce and a 19-footer by Calbert Cheaney. Rose hit a seven-footer, a 22-footer, an 18-footer and four-foot hook shot in the lane to give the Pacers a 104-97 lead with 3:07 remaining.

Potapenko converted a three-point play before Rose made a pair of free throws. Cheaney's runner again cut the margin to three but Rose provided the dagger with the shot clock running down on Indiana's ensuing possession. He took a cross-court feed from Miller just in front of the right sideline and sank a 3-pointer to make it 109-102 with 62 seconds left.

"Jalen was huge for us," Bird said. "We set up a couple of plays for him down the stretch because he was shooting the ball real well."

Walker's 11-footer with 3:14 remaining in the first half staked Boston to a 53-43 lead but the Pacers responded with a 16-0 run, opening a 59-53 advantage early in the third quarter on Davis' follow shot. Davis scored six points during the run.

"This game shows that we're more than one or two star players," Davis said. "Jalen had the hot hand and he really came through for us in the clutch. This is a good time for us to get a break. A win before the break always feel great and I like where we are at 32-16."

"I think we need to get out heads together over the break and have at least a .500 record," Walker said. "So we can get back to where we want to be down the stretch."

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