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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 28 18 23 25 94 INDIANA 24 34 21 16 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 23, LAMOND MURRAY 20, ANDRE MILLER 16 IND - JALEN ROSE 26, TRAVIS BEST 16, REGGIE MILLER 15

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - SHAWN KEMP 13, ANDREW DECLERCQ 7 IND - JALEN ROSE 13, DALE DAVIS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 7, BREVIN KNIGHT 5 IND - MARK JACKSON 6, JALEN ROSE 4

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (94) AT INDIANA (95)

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

KEMP F 34 9-16 5-6 2 11 13 3 4 2 4 23 MURRAY F 34 10-20 0-0 2 4 6 2 1 0 3 20 BRYANT C 18 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 6 0 2 4 MILLER G 28 5-10 6-8 1 2 3 7 2 1 2 16 PERSON G 22 2-8 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 1 4 C HENDERSON 19 2-4 2-2 3 0 3 1 1 0 1 6 FERRY 18 2-8 1-1 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 5 SURA 26 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 2 4 2 0 3 KNIGHT 17 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 0 2 4 BOYKINS 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 KETNER 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 DECLERCQ 17 3-6 1-2 4 3 7 1 2 0 0 7

TOTALS 240 39-83 16-21 15 29 44 22 24 5 15 94 (.470) (.762) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(13 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 26 3-8 3-6 6 3 9 1 4 0 1 9 ROSE F 45 7-14 12-14 2 11 13 4 3 3 3 26 SMITS C 25 4-12 1-2 1 3 4 2 4 0 3 9 JACKSON G 24 1-4 0-0 0 5 5 6 1 1 1 2 MILLER G 40 6-14 3-4 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 15 CROSHERE 26 4-6 1-1 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 9 PERKINS 15 2-4 0-0 3 2 5 1 3 0 0 5 BEST 24 6-13 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 16 MULLIN 7 1-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 2 MCKEY 8 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 22-29 13 30 43 19 21 8 12 95 (.449) (.759) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

CLEVELAND 28 18 23 25 - 94 INDIANA 24 34 21 16 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - MILLER. INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, CROSHERE, SMITS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 0-3 (.000), PERSON 0-1, FERRY 0-1, SURA 0-1. INDIANA 3-12 (.250), ROSE 0-1, JACKSON 0-2, MILLER 0-4, PERKINS 1-1, BEST 2-3, MULLIN 0-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - D DAVIS. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, DERRICK STAFFORD, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 18,345. T - 2:13.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kemp 34 9-16 5-6 2-13 3 4 23 Murray 34 10-20 0-0 2-6 2 1 20 Bryant 18 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 6 4 Miller 28 5-10 6-8 1-3 7 2 16 Person 22 2-8 0-0 1-5 0 1 4 C Henderson 19 2-4 2-2 3-3 1 1 6 Ferry 18 2-8 1-1 0-3 0 1 5 Sura 26 1-3 1-2 0-0 2 4 3 Knight 17 2-3 0-0 0-1 5 2 4 Boykins 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Ketner 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Declercq 17 3-6 1-2 4-7 1 2 7 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-83 16-21 15-44 22 24 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.470, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 0-3, .000 (Person 0-1, Ferry 0-1, Sura 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 1 (Miller). Turnovers: 15 (Kemp 4, Murray 3, Bryant 2, Knight 2, Miller 2, C Henderson, Person). Steals: 5 (Kemp 2, Sura 2, Miller).

INDIANA (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 26 3-8 3-6 6-9 1 4 9 Rose 45 7-14 12-14 2-13 4 3 26 Smits 25 4-12 1-2 1-4 2 4 9 Jackson 24 1-4 0-0 0-5 6 1 2 Miller 40 6-14 3-4 0-1 1 0 15 Croshere 26 4-6 1-1 0-2 2 2 9 Perkins 15 2-4 0-0 3-5 1 3 5 Best 24 6-13 2-2 0-1 2 2 16 Mullin 7 1-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 Mckey 8 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 22-29 13-43 19 21 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Rose 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Miller 0-4, Perkins 1-1, Best 2-3, Mullin 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (D Davis 2, Croshere, Smits). Turnovers: 14 (Rose 3, Smits 3, Croshere 2, Mullin 2, D Davis, Jackson). Steals: 8 (Miller 3, Rose 3, Croshere, Jackson). ____________________________________________ Cleveland 28 18 23 25 - 94 Indiana 24 34 21 16 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (D Davis, 3:17 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:13. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Derrick Stafford, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Reggie Miller hit the go-ahead free throw with 4.6 seconds left as the Indiana Pacers squeaked past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 95-94, to clinch the Central Division title and establish a franchise record for home wins.

The Pacers appeared to have matters wrapped up early, taking a 79-69 lead into the final period against the struggling Cavaliers. But Shawn Kemp scored 10 of his 23 points during a fourth-quarter rally and Cleveland forged ahead, 92-90, on Bobby Sura's layup with 1:59 remaining.

"It appeared that Kemp saved his energy and used it when he needed it," Indiana forward Jalen Rose said.

Miller responded with a 21-footer and Travis Best put the Pacers in front, 94-92, on an acrobatic leaning jumper with 38 seconds to play.

"I was waiting for a whistle, actually," Best said. "I thought I got fouled on the play. But I just had to use my strength to get that one off. It felt good leaving my hand, even though I was falling to the ground."

Cleveland point guard Brevin Knight got a favorable bounce on a runner in the lane to knot the contest with 19 seconds remaining before Miller drew contact from Sura on the perimeter with 4.6 ticks to go.

"I had (drawn) three or four charges earlier in the game," Sura said. "So you knew they weren't going to call it down here at the end."

A 92 percent foul shooter, Miller uncharacteristically clanged his first attempt off the rim. But the veteran shooting guard swished the second and Cleveland forward Lamond Murray lost his dribble out of bounds as time expired on the Cavs.

"I just lost control of the ball and it just went out of bounds," Murray said. "It was really frustrating. The play was for me to take it hard to the hole. It was my assignment, but I lost it."

Jalen Rose had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Best scored 16 points and Miller finished with 15 for Indiana, which improved to 34-5 at Conseco Fieldhouse, bettering the 1994-95 team that went 33-8 at home. The Pacers won the Central for the second straight season and for the third time in six campaigns.

"Anytime you win a (division) championship, it means something," Rose said. "One of three championships, hopefully. The second in the Eastern Conference (playoffs) and the third in the NBA (Finals)."

"It's the only good thing to come out of this game," Indiana center Rik Smits said of the division crown. "I mean its a `W.' Unfortunately, it's another one where we had a lead and let it get away."

Murray scored 20 points and rookie Andre Miller added 16 and seven assists for Cleveland, which has lost seven straight visits to Indiana.

Rik Smits, Austin Croshere and Dale Davis scored nine points apiece for the Pacers, who shot 45 percent (35-of-78). Indiana two games ahead of Miami for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Heat posted a 103-85 victory at New Jersey tonight.

The Cavs shot 47 percent (39-of-83), held a 44-43 edge on the boards and scored 14 points off turnovers.

Cleveland trailed 58-46 at the half after being outscored 34-18 in the second period.

Sam Perkins' 3-pointer gave Indiana a 79-69 lead entering the final period before Kemp and the Cavs made their move.

Kemp made two free throws and a layup around a layup by Cedric Henderson before Davis' layup gave Indiana an 85-80 lead with 6:57 to play.

Kemp responded with a layup and a 17-footer, but Best was good from 17 feet to increase the margin to three points. Henderson slammed and Knight hit a 17-footer to give the Cavs their first lead since early in the second period, 88-87.

"We fell down 13 (points), but the got right back in it," said Cleveland coach Randy Wittman. "Nobody gets rewarded for finishing second. It all comes down to that play at the end. This is disappointing, no matter how we lose."

Kemp scored nine first-quarter points to stake Cleveland to a 28-24 lead. Rose made two free throws and Chris Mullin, who was activated from the injured list earlier today, had a follow shot to forge a 28-28 tie early in the second quarter.

Rose buried a 16-footer and Best made a layup to cap a 15-4 run that gave the Pacers a 47-36 cushion with 4:35 left in the third period.

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