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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 21 19 24 17 81 NEW YORK 24 20 19 20 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - MARK JACKSON 13, RIK SMITS 12, DALE DAVIS 11 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 20, PATRICK EWING 20, LARRY JOHNSON 17

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DALE DAVIS 12, DERRICK MCKEY 10 NYK - PATRICK EWING 10, LARRY JOHNSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - MARK JACKSON 5, JALEN ROSE 4 NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 8, LATRELL SPREWELL 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

INDIANA (81) AT NEW YORK (83)

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

D DAVIS F 32 4-9 3-3 2 10 12 1 1 0 2 11 ROSE F 29 4-12 0-0 0 3 3 4 3 2 1 9 SMITS C 30 5-12 2-6 1 3 4 1 3 0 3 12 JACKSON G 27 4-7 2-2 0 5 5 5 1 0 4 13 MILLER G 32 2-7 4-4 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 9 MULLIN 12 3-4 0-1 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 8 MCKEY 24 1-5 2-2 2 8 10 1 0 1 1 4 PERKINS 18 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 CROSHERE 15 1-6 1-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 3 BEST 21 2-5 4-4 1 3 4 3 4 1 0 8 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-73 18-24 8 36 44 17 19 4 14 81 (.384) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(8 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 37 6-13 2-2 0 7 7 3 3 0 1 17 SPREWELL F 44 9-14 2-2 0 3 3 5 2 3 4 20 EWING C 35 9-16 2-3 1 9 10 0 3 0 2 20 HOUSTON G 29 6-17 0-0 1 4 5 1 5 1 2 12 WARD G 22 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 1 0 6 CAMBY 32 1-5 0-0 3 2 5 0 5 0 2 2 CHILDS 26 2-5 0-0 0 4 4 8 4 0 0 4 THOMAS 15 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 2 2 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-78 6-7 5 34 39 20 25 5 13 83 (.462) (.857) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 13(4 PTS)

INDIANA 21 19 24 17 - 81 NEW YORK 24 20 19 20 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - D DAVIS, CROSHERE. NEW YORK - CAMBY 5. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 7-18 (.389), ROSE 1-3, JACKSON 3-4, MILLER 1-5, MULLIN 2-2, MCKEY 0-1, PERKINS 0-1, CROSHERE 0-2. NEW YORK 5-13 (.385), L JOHNSON 3-6, HOUSTON 0-3, WARD 2-4. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - THOMAS. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, TOMMY NUNEZ, MIKE SMITH. A - 19,763. T - 2:25.


Box Score

INDIANA (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 32 4-9 3-3 2-12 1 1 11 Rose 29 4-12 0-0 0-3 4 3 9 Smits 30 5-12 2-6 1-4 1 3 12 Jackson 27 4-7 2-2 0-5 5 1 13 Miller 32 2-7 4-4 0-1 0 2 9 Mullin 12 3-4 0-1 0-1 2 2 8 Mckey 24 1-5 2-2 2-10 1 0 4 Perkins 18 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 Croshere 15 1-6 1-2 2-4 0 1 3 Best 21 2-5 4-4 1-4 3 4 8 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-73 18-24 8-44 17 19 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Rose 1-3, Jackson 3-4, Miller 1-5, Mullin 2-2, Mckey 0-1, Perkins 0-1, Croshere 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (D Davis, Croshere). Turnovers: 16 (Jackson 4, Smits 3, D Davis 2, Miller 2, Croshere, Mckey, Rose). Steals: 4 (Rose 2, Best, Mckey).

NEW YORK (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 37 6-13 2-2 0-7 3 3 17 Sprewell 44 9-14 2-2 0-3 5 2 20 Ewing 35 9-16 2-3 1-10 0 3 20 Houston 29 6-17 0-0 1-5 1 5 12 Ward 22 2-4 0-0 0-2 3 0 6 Camby 32 1-5 0-0 3-5 0 5 2 Childs 26 2-5 0-0 0-4 8 4 4 Thomas 15 1-4 0-0 0-3 0 3 2 Brunson DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 6-7 5-39 20 25 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L Johnson 3-6, Houston 0-3, Ward 2-4). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 5 (Camby 5). Turnovers: 13 (Sprewell 4, Camby 2, Ewing 2, Houston 2, Thomas 2, L Johnson). Steals: 5 (Sprewell 3, Houston, Ward). ____________________________________________ Indiana 21 19 24 17 - 81 New York 24 20 19 20 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Thomas, 9:54 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:25. Officials: Joe Crawford, Tommy Nunez, Mike Smith.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- It has taken nearly all season, but Patrick Ewing again is the go-to guy for the New York Knicks.

Ewing capped a terrific fourth quarter with a turnaround jumper from the left corner with two seconds left that gave the Knicks a thrilling and controversial 83-81 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

It was the second game in as many days that brought back memories of New York's run to the NBA Finals last season, and the Knicks won this one. They bounced back from Sunday's heart-stopping loss in Miami and kept both the Heat and Pacers in their sights in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Ewing scored eight of his 20 points in the tense fourth quarter. He made three straight New York baskets midway through the period but saved his best for last, helping in a 3-pointer by Larry Johnson and making the game-winner.

After Indiana's Reggie Miller tied the game with two free throws with 15 seconds remaining, Ewing took a pass on the left block, turned toward the baseline and feathered a 14-footer over the smaller Dale Davis that sent the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden into a frenzy.

"The play was to go to Allan (Houston)," Ewing said. "I was one of the options. I got a good spot and I was able to hit my patented shot."

Miller, a long-time Garden villain who made just 2-of-7 shots, missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Pacers lost at New York for the 16th time in their last 18 regular-season visits.

Ewing made 9-of-16 shots and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Over the last four games, the 37-year-old center is averaging 22.7 points and 12.7 boards. He began the season on the injured list and has deferred to Houston and Latrell Sprewell for most of the season but has taken charge of late, leading the team in scoring in three of the last four games.

"He continues to give everything he has," Houston said. "He's extremely determined. We all feed off that because we see how hard he's working, how competitive he is, how driven he is to get a ring."

Earlier in the final period, the Knicks took advantage of three missed free throws by Smits and took an 81-79 lead on Johnson's 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining. Ewing was underneath and TV replays showed he tipped it in but he denied touching the ball, even though Johnson said he did.

"My feet were planted the whole time," Johnson said. "It felt good when I let it go. It did look like Patrick touched it and he said he didn't."

"I don't know what happened," Ewing said. "I don't know what you're talking about. I don't remember the play, so quit asking me about it."

Ewing was being coy. Lead official Joey Crawford admitted after the game that he had blown the call.

"I screwed the play up," Crawford said. "We just watched it. The tape doesn't lie."

After the shot, Johnson flashed the "Big L," his trademark arm sign from last year's playoffs. The whole scene recalled Game Three of the 1999 Eastern Conference Finals, when Johnson's miraculous four-point play stunned Indiana and put New York on the path to the NBA Finals.

"That was one of the first things I thought of," Smits said. "Why again, here in New York, same place? A very similar situation where a referee's call or non-call affected the outcome of the game. It's very disappointing."

"I was standing right there and I had a better view than the officials," Pacers coach Larry Bird said. "It has happened to us before in here. We accept it and move on. What are you going to do -- get a technical foul? That would really help at that time, wouldn't it? I told them what I thought and moved on. You gotta move on when you get calls like that."

Tonight's win came one day after the Knicks were stung by another playoff memory. On Sunday in Miami, New York lost 95-94 on Tim Hardaway's 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer that recalled last year's first-round series, when Houston's last-second shot eliminated the Heat.

"We've been lucky, if you want to call that luck," Sprewell said. "In a couple of games against them we've played here, we've definitely had someone on our side. If I was on the other end I'd probably be saying some of the same things they're saying. It's tough to swallow. That loss last night for us was tough to swallow so I understand where they're coming from."

Sprewell also scored 20 points for the Knicks (48-29), who won for the eighth time in 11 games and pulled within two games of first-place Miami (50-28) in the Atlantic Division with five to play. Johnson had 17 points and seven rebounds.

Mark Jackson scored 13 points and Smits added 12 for the Pacers (51-27), who squandered a chance to move two games ahead of the Heat in the race for the best record in the East. Miller and Jalen Rose, each of whom averages better than 18 points per game, battled foul trouble and scored nine apiece.

The fourth quarter opened with Indiana holding a 64-63 lead, featured seven lead changes and two ties and was a one-possession game until the horn. Two free throws by Derrick McKey and a jumper by Sam Perkins gave the Pacers a 74 71 edge with 5:12 to play before Ewing tied it with a three-point play.

Ewing followed with a pair of jumpers around a free throw by Smits to give the Knicks a 78-75 lead with 2:36 remaining. But he finally missed between jumpers by Travis Best and Smits as the Pacers grabbed a 79-78 lead with 1:40 left.

Houston missed twice and the Knicks looked dead when Smits was fouled with 32 seconds left. But he missed both free throws and Johnson -- with some help from Ewing -- made him pay.

"It came down to a referee's call or non-call that affected the outcome," Smits said. "Still, if I would have made my free throws, we would have been even at the end."

"Rik Smits just wasn't there," Bird said. "It's hard to have a lot of confidence in a guy that dribbles around and loses the ball and cannot convert the free throws -- at least one of them -- down the stretch. It is tough to take."

Davis had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot just 38 percent (28-of-73) but held advantages of 44-39 in rebounding and 18-6 in points at the line. Houston scored 12 points for the Knicks, who shot 46 percent (36-of-78).

Rose picked up three fouls in a 22-second span of the first quarter and Miller joined him on the bench with his second 20 seconds later. Despite the foul trouble, the Pacers got a boost from Best and trailed just 44-40 at halftime.

Rose finally scored on a jumper with 7:44 left in the third quarter. That was part of an 11-3 surge that gave Indiana a 55-53 lead.

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