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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 32 17 23 17 89 INDIANA 18 29 24 19 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 23, RAEF LAFRENTZ 17, CHRIS GATLING 15 IND - JALEN ROSE 19, TRAVIS BEST 13, RIK SMITS 11

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - KEON CLARK 22, RAEF LAFRENTZ 11 IND - DALE DAVIS 11, JALEN ROSE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 8, ANTONIO MCDYESS 3 IND - JALEN ROSE 9, DALE DAVIS 2

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

DENVER (89) AT INDIANA (90)

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

CLARK F 38 2-8 0-0 4 18 22 0 2 0 3 4 MCDYESS F 40 11-20 1-2 5 4 9 3 4 0 2 23 LAFRENTZ C 25 7-16 1-1 4 7 11 1 5 1 3 17 POSEY G 23 3-9 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 7 VAN EXEL G 38 4-14 1-2 0 2 2 8 2 0 3 10 GATLING 27 6-14 3-3 4 3 7 1 4 2 1 15 JONES 4 1-3 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 2 MCCLOUD 25 3-11 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 7 C HERREN 10 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 BOWEN 10 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 4 1 0 2 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - SPRAINED LEFT WRIST ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-98 6-8 21 39 60 17 24 5 15 89 (.398) (.750) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 27 2-6 0-2 6 5 11 2 3 2 2 4 ROSE F 43 8-24 3-8 3 4 7 9 3 1 1 19 SMITS C 18 3-8 5-6 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 11 JACKSON G 19 2-6 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 7 MILLER G 37 3-12 2-2 0 3 3 1 0 3 1 10 CROSHERE 20 3-8 2-2 1 5 6 0 0 1 1 9 BEST 26 4-5 5-6 0 5 5 0 1 1 1 13 PERKINS 23 4-7 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 2 10 MCKEY 27 1-2 4-4 0 5 5 1 3 1 1 7 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MULLIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-78 23-32 11 32 43 13 16 9 12 90 (.385) (.719) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

DENVER 32 17 23 17 - 89 INDIANA 18 29 24 19 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - MCDYESS 2, CLARK. INDIANA - ROSE, D DAVIS, MCKEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 5-16 (.313), LAFRENTZ 2-3, POSEY 1-2, VAN EXEL 1-5, GATLING 0-1, MCCLOUD 1-4, BOWEN 0-1. INDIANA 7-19 (.368), JACKSON 1-2, MILLER 2-8, CROSHERE 1-4, PERKINS 2-4, MCKEY 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, LEON WOOD, NOLAN FINE. A - 18,345. T - 2:11.


Box Score

DENVER (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Clark 38 2-8 0-0 4-22 0 2 4 Mcdyess 40 11-20 1-2 5-9 3 4 23 Lafrentz 25 7-16 1-1 4-11 1 5 17 Posey 23 3-9 0-0 1-1 1 1 7 Van Exel 38 4-14 1-2 0-2 8 2 10 Gatling 27 6-14 3-3 4-7 1 4 15 Jones 4 1-3 0-0 0-4 0 1 2 Mccloud 25 3-11 0-0 1-2 2 0 7 C Herren 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Bowen 10 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 4 2 Abdul-wahad DNP - sprained left wrist Alexander DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-98 6-8 21-60 17 24 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Lafrentz 2-3, Posey 1-2, Van Exel 1-5, Gatling 0-1, Mccloud 1-4, Bowen 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Mcdyess 2, Clark). Turnovers: 15 (Clark 3, Lafrentz 3, Van Exel 3, Mcdyess 2, C Herren, Gatling, Mccloud, Posey). Steals: 5 (Gatling 2, Bowen, Lafrentz, Posey).

INDIANA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 27 2-6 0-2 6-11 2 3 4 Rose 43 8-24 3-8 3-7 9 3 19 Smits 18 3-8 5-6 0-1 0 3 11 Jackson 19 2-6 2-2 0-2 0 2 7 Miller 37 3-12 2-2 0-3 1 0 10 Croshere 20 3-8 2-2 1-6 0 0 9 Best 26 4-5 5-6 0-5 0 1 13 Perkins 23 4-7 0-0 1-3 0 1 10 Mckey 27 1-2 4-4 0-5 1 3 7 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Mullin DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-78 23-32 11-43 13 16 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 7-19, .368 (Jackson 1-2, Miller 2-8, Croshere 1-4, Perkins 2-4, Mckey 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Rose, D Davis, Mckey). Turnovers: 13 (D Davis 2, Jackson 2, Perkins 2, Best, Croshere, Mckey, Miller, Rose, Smits). Steals: 9 (Miller 3, D Davis 2, Best, Croshere, Mckey, Rose). ____________________________________________ Denver 32 17 23 17 - 89 Indiana 18 29 24 19 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:11. Officials: Ron Garretson, Leon Wood, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- It took much more work than expected, but the Indiana Pacers kept alive their home winning streak.

The Pacers overcame an early 18-point deficit and used a strong bench effort to rally for a 90-89 victory over the shorthanded Denver Nuggets and extend their winning streak at Conseco Fieldhouse to 24 games.

Jalen Rose scored 19 points for Indiana, which was playing its first game since returning from a three-game road trip and looked it. The Pacers started slowly and trailed 32-14 late in the first quarter.

"I'm seeing a pattern with our starters coming out and not getting the job done in the first quarter," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "It's a problem and we've got to find a way to rectify it. We've got to do something or we're in big trouble. We escaped."

Indiana finally caught Denver late in the third quarter but did not take the lead until a 3-pointer by reserve forward Sam Perkins made it 80-79 with 6:17 to play. The Pacers made just 1-of-6 free throws in the last four minutes but escaped when George McCloud's potential tying 3-pointer fell short in the final seconds and Raef LaFrentz put in a meaningless follow shot just before the horn.

Travis Best scored 13 points and fellow reserves Perkins and Austin Croshere added 10 apiece for Indiana, which has not lost at home since Thanksgiving but almost saw its streak come to an end against one of the NBA's worst road teams. The Pacers also may have been looking ahead to Thursday's showdown against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"We more or less didn't show up until about 7:30," Perkins said. "Be reminded that the game started at 7:00. We must do everything better Thursday -- everything. If not, it could be disastrous."

Antonio McDyess scored 23 points and Keon Clark pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds for the Nuggets, who fell to 6-21 away from home in the opener of a four-game road trip. Denver played without injured shooting guards Bryant Stith and Tariq Abdul-Wahad and has not beaten Indiana since March 31, 1995, a span of nine games.

"They're a team that can win games down the stretch; we need to learn how," McCloud said. "We knew we had to come to play or get blown out on their court after they've won 23 or 24 (in a row). I thought we outplayed them."

After Perkins' shot, Denver's Nick Van Exel made a jumper before Derrick McKey made four free throws, giving Indiana an 84-81 lead with 4:38 remaining. Rose missed two free throws, but LaFrentz stepped on the end line rebounding the second and Reggie Miller made him pay with a 3-pointer for an 87-81 lead with 3:45 to go.

"I just wonder how a guy on the bottom free-throw block can get a rebound and then step on the baseline," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "It's impossible unless he was pushed."

McDyess made a free throw and LaFrentz sank a 3-pointer, giving the Nuggets a chance to tie. But McCloud missed a jumper and Van Exel misfired on a 3-pointer. Best's drive extended the lead to 89-85 with 1:20 left.

McDyess answered with a corner jumper 30 seconds later and Rose missed. But Van Exel missed a shot and Best was fouled. He split the pair with 9.4 seconds to go, giving the Nuggets one last chance. McCloud, a former Pacer, was well short with his 3-pointer.

"I got a pretty good look at it but just didn't hit it," McCloud said. "There is no excuse for our loss tonight, but they were getting the calls at home and they really got them down the stretch."

Rik Smits scored 11 points and Dale Davis grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 38.5 percent (30-of-78) from the field but made 23-of-32 free throws. The Nuggets were just 6-of-8 from the line.

"It was ridiculous," McDyess said. "The refs being able to take away a game from us and it was something we could not control."

Starting guards Miller and Mark Jackson had awful games for the Pacers. Miller, averaging 19.0 points per game, missed his first eight shots and did not score until late in the third quarter. Jackson, averaging 8.5 assists, was held without one for the first time this season.

LaFrentz had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Chris Gatling scored 15 points for the Nuggets, who shot under 40 percent (39-of-98) and held a 60-43 rebounding advantage.

McDyess had a layup, tip-in and dunk in a 9-0 burst that gave Denver its largest lead at 32-14 with 1:04 left in the opening quarter. Indiana shot just 4-of-18 in the first period.

A jumper by McDyess kept the advantage at 47-36 with 4:51 to go in the second quarter before Best scored six points and Perkins five in an 11-2 run that cut the deficit to 49-47 at halftime. However, Denver regrouped and 3-pointers by rookie James Posey and Van Exel helped the Nuggets rebuild the lead to double digits early in the third quarter.

Miller finally found his stroke, sinking a 20-footer and 3-pointer to pull the Pacers into a 67-67 tie with 1:16 left in the period. The Nuggets led 72-71 entering the final quarter.

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