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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 17 22 14 20 73 NEW YORK 21 25 24 17 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 16, JALEN ROSE 12, AUSTIN CROSHERE 10 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 19, LATRELL SPREWELL 17, PATRICK EWING 16

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DALE DAVIS 16, AUSTIN CROSHERE 6 NYK - KURT THOMAS 11, PATRICK EWING 9

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 6, TRAVIS BEST 3 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

INDIANA (73) AT NEW YORK (87)

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

CROSHERE F 31 5-14 0-0 2 4 6 1 3 0 0 10 ROSE F 31 5-13 2-2 0 5 5 2 0 1 2 12 D DAVIS C 37 0-9 0-0 8 8 16 1 1 3 2 0 JACKSON G 27 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 6 0 0 1 7 MILLER G 28 5-11 6-7 0 1 1 1 4 0 4 16 MCKEY 24 1-3 1-2 1 3 4 1 1 2 1 3 BEST 19 3-7 1-2 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 7 PERKINS 22 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 7 MULLIN 12 1-6 4-4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 7 FOSTER 5 1-1 0-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 J BENDER 4 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 SMITS DNP - SORE LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 27-79 16-21 14 28 42 15 16 7 12 73 (.342) (.762) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 39 4-13 4-5 1 6 7 4 0 1 1 12 THOMAS F 38 2-7 0-0 3 8 11 2 1 1 1 4 EWING C 36 8-13 0-0 2 7 9 0 2 0 3 16 HOUSTON G 28 9-14 0-0 0 4 4 2 4 0 3 19 SPREWELL G 39 7-11 3-3 0 3 3 4 5 2 1 17 CHILDS 30 2-6 0-0 1 4 5 9 5 0 2 5 WALLACE 20 5-8 2-2 0 4 4 0 4 0 3 12 BRUNSON 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 WINGATE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DUDLEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-74 9-10 7 36 43 23 23 4 14 87 (.514) (.900) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 14(10 PTS)

INDIANA 17 22 14 20 - 73 NEW YORK 21 25 24 17 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - NONE. NEW YORK - EWING 3, SPREWELL, THOMAS, L JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 3-14 (.214), CROSHERE 0-3, ROSE 0-1, JACKSON 1-3, MILLER 0-1, MCKEY 0-1, BEST 0-1, PERKINS 1-1, MULLIN 1-3. NEW YORK 2-9 (.222), L JOHNSON 0-2, HOUSTON 1-3, SPREWELL 0-1, CHILDS 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, KEN MAUER, BILL KENNEDY. A - 19,763. T - 2:10.


Box Score

INDIANA (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Croshere 31 5-14 0-0 2-6 1 3 10 Rose 31 5-13 2-2 0-5 2 0 12 D Davis 37 0-9 0-0 8-16 1 1 0 Jackson 27 3-8 0-0 0-1 6 0 7 Miller 28 5-11 6-7 0-1 1 4 16 Mckey 24 1-3 1-2 1-4 1 1 3 Best 19 3-7 1-2 0-1 3 3 7 Perkins 22 2-4 2-2 1-4 0 1 7 Mullin 12 1-6 4-4 1-1 0 1 7 Foster 5 1-1 0-2 1-2 0 1 2 J Bender 4 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Smits DNP - sore lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-79 16-21 14-42 15 16 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.342, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Croshere 0-3, Rose 0-1, Jackson 1-3, Miller 0-1, Mckey 0-1, Best 0-1, Perkins 1-1, Mullin 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 12 (Miller 4, D Davis 2, Rose 2, Best, Jackson, Mckey, Perkins). Steals: 7 (D Davis 3, Mckey 2, Perkins, Rose).

NEW YORK (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 39 4-13 4-5 1-7 4 0 12 Thomas 38 2-7 0-0 3-11 2 1 4 Ewing 36 8-13 0-0 2-9 0 2 16 Houston 28 9-14 0-0 0-4 2 4 19 Sprewell 39 7-11 3-3 0-3 4 5 17 Childs 30 2-6 0-0 1-5 9 5 5 Wallace 20 5-8 2-2 0-4 0 4 12 Brunson 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 2 Wingate 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dudley 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-74 9-10 7-43 23 23 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.900. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (L Johnson 0-2, Houston 1-3, Sprewell 0-1, Childs 1-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 6 (Ewing 3, Sprewell, Thomas, L Johnson). Turnovers: 14 (Ewing 3, Houston 3, Wallace 3, Childs 2, L Johnson, Sprewell, Thomas). Steals: 4 (Sprewell 2, L Johnson, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Indiana 17 22 14 20 - 73 New York 21 25 24 17 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:10. Officials: Steve Javie, Ken Mauer, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Allan Houston gave the Indiana Pacers a haunting reminder of what happened in their last visit to Madison Square Garden.

Houston scored 13 of his 19 points in the decisive third quarter to lead the New York Knicks to a convincing 87-73 victory over the Pacers and into a first-place tie with the Miami Heat in the Atlantic Division.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak and was only the second in 10 games for the Pacers (34-17), who remain atop the Eastern Conference. The Knicks (31-19) and Heat (31-19) trail Indiana by 2 1/2 games. However, Indiana slipped to 12-15 on the road.

The Pacers still have bitter memories of Houston ringing them up for 32 points in New York's series-clinching 90-82 win in Game Six of the Eastern Conference finals last June 11.

In the first meeting this season at Indiana on Christmas Day, the Pacers coasted to a 101-90 win and held Houston to 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting while famed Knick-killer Reggie Miller led Indiana with 26 points.

Today, it was Houston who took the game into his own hands in the third quarter, scoring 13 of New York's first 19 points in the second half and helping the Knicks open a 65-50 lead with an assortment of jumpers and drives.

"We wanted to get off to a good start at the beginning of the third quarter," Houston said. "You just try to get a few points before they adjust."

Houston, who was selected as an All-Star for the first time in his seven-year career this season, torched Miller and Mark Jackson in the quarter and the Pacers never recovered. He finished 9-of-14 from the field.

Ironically, New York started its "Big Backcourt" of Houston and Latrell Sprewell for the first time since the December 25 loss at Indiana. Sprewell scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

"It was fun. It reminded me of my college days," Houston said. "I didn't worry about starting the point, I just let the game come to me. For a time, I think the big backcourt caused some problems for them."

Before the game, the Knicks placed starting point guard Charlie Ward on the injured list with a broken pinky and coach Jeff Van Gundy opted to go with the "Big Backcourt" and used Chris Childs off the bench. However, Childs played 30 minutes and finished with nine assists and just two turnovers.

The Pacers played their second straight game without starting center Rik Smits, who is bothered by a sore lower back.

Without the 7-4 Smits, the Pacers had no inside threat, shot just 34 percent from the field and finished with a season-low in points. The previous low came in an 83-82 loss at Chicago on January 24.

"It was great team defense and we really made it tough on them," Sprewell said.

"We weren't moving the ball well," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "We weren't shooting the ball well and we just didn't match their intensity."

Miller led the Pacers with 16 points, but was limited to 28 minutes due to foul problems. He spent most of the day arguing with the officials and was heckled by the New York fans.

Normally a forward, the 6-9 Dale Davis again started at center for the injured Smits and pulled down 16 rebounds, but failed to score and was 0-of-9 from the field.

Patrick Ewing took advantage of Smits' absence and had 16 points and nine rebounds.

"We did a fabulous job," Ewing said. "We were clicking on all cylinders. I felt good and my shot was dropping."

"Not having to go against a 7-4 guy makes a difference, but it's no excuse for us," Jackson said.

After a layup by Jackson pulled the Pacers within 48-43 with 10:30 left in the third quarter, Houston scored nine straight points over the next three minutes. He hit a 23-foot 3-pointer from the right sideline, drilled a 17-footer from the right side, fired an 18-foot jumper from the left sideline over Miller and hit a 14-footer from the left side to open a 57-43 lead.

Austin Croshere converted a layup to stop Houston's run, but Latrell Sprewell answered with a layup for New York.

After a three-point play by Miller, Houston drilled a 19-foot jumper from the right side, Childs hit a 15-foot jumper and Houston drove past Jackson and converted a layup with 2:40 left in the quarter, giving the Knicks a 65-50 lead.

A dunk by John Wallace, who finished with 12 points off the bench, gave New York its biggest lead at 76-56 with 9:05 left in the fourth quarter.

"They beat us pretty handily up there and we owed them one," Wallace said. "We held them to 73 points and that's enough said right there. I thought we took it to them in the third quarter and blew it wide open."

The Knicks opened the second quarter with a 10-1 run to take a 31-18 lead. Sprewell capped the spurt with a short jumper from the left side with 7:56 left in the half.

Jalen Rose hit two straight jumpers and a pair of free throws as the Pacers scored nine straight points and pulled within 42-39 with 46 seconds left in the half.

The Knicks closed the half with four straight points on a 21-foot jumper by Rick Brunson and a layup by Larry Johnson.

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