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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 21 27 26 23 97 INDIANA 27 23 32 26 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 29, GLENN ROBINSON 20, RAY ALLEN 17 IND - REGGIE MILLER 41, JERMAINE ONEAL 24, TRAVIS BEST 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 10, SAM CASSELL 8 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 12, AUSTIN CROSHERE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 IND - TRAVIS BEST 9, REGGIE MILLER 5

ATT: 17,684


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (97) AT INDIANA (108)

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

ROBINSON F 41 8-18 3-4 1 4 5 4 2 0 3 20 THOMAS F 39 7-21 1-2 3 4 7 4 4 1 2 16 PRZYBILLA C 14 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 0 ALLEN G 39 6-16 2-2 2 3 5 1 3 0 2 17 CASSELL G 44 13-23 3-4 3 5 8 12 4 2 1 29 JOHNSON 27 2-3 2-2 5 5 10 1 5 1 0 6 HUNTER 26 2-10 2-2 1 2 3 1 3 2 0 7 S WILLIAMS 10 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAFFEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION HAM DNP - FOOT INJURY REDD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-92 13-16 17 27 44 23 26 6 9 97 (.424) (.813) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 9(11 PTS)

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

CROSHERE F 31 3-8 3-3 4 6 10 0 5 1 4 10 ONEAL F 43 9-19 6-10 4 8 12 2 4 1 1 24 PERKINS C 19 0-3 0-0 2 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 BEST G 39 6-13 4-4 0 2 2 9 3 2 1 16 R MILLER G 42 13-21 8-8 0 2 2 5 1 0 1 41 MCKEY 22 0-0 1-2 1 5 6 3 4 0 1 1 EDNEY 9 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 6 FOSTER 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 HARRINGTON 20 5-9 0-0 2 3 5 3 4 1 3 10 J BENDER 5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 TABAK 7 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 ROSE DNP - FRACTURED LEFT WRIST

TOTALS 240 39-81 22-27 14 32 46 27 22 5 12 108 (.481) (.815) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 21 27 26 23 - 97 INDIANA 27 23 32 26 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - PRZYBILLA 2, ROBINSON, THOMAS. INDIANA - ONEAL 3, R MILLER, CROSHERE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 6-26 (.231), ROBINSON 1-3, THOMAS 1-7, ALLEN 3-9, CASSELL 0-2, HUNTER 1-5. INDIANA 8-18 (.444), CROSHERE 1-3, PERKINS 0-2, BEST 0-2, R MILLER 7-11. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, NOLAN FINE, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 17,684. T - 2:07.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 41 8-18 3-4 1-5 4 2 20 Thomas 39 7-21 1-2 3-7 4 4 16 Przybilla 14 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 4 0 Allen 39 6-16 2-2 2-5 1 3 17 Cassell 44 13-23 3-4 3-8 12 4 29 Johnson 27 2-3 2-2 5-10 1 5 6 Hunter 26 2-10 2-2 1-3 1 3 7 S Williams 10 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Alston DNP - coach's decision Caffey DNP - coach's decision Ham DNP - foot injury Redd DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-92 13-16 17-44 23 26 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 6-26, .231 (Robinson 1-3, Thomas 1-7, Allen 3-9, Cassell 0-2, Hunter 1-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Przybilla 2, Robinson, Thomas). Turnovers: 9 (Robinson 3, Allen 2, Thomas 2, Cassell, Przybilla). Steals: 6 (Cassell 2, Hunter 2, Johnson, Thomas).

INDIANA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Croshere 31 3-8 3-3 4-10 0 5 10 Oneal 43 9-19 6-10 4-12 2 4 24 Perkins 19 0-3 0-0 2-5 1 0 0 Best 39 6-13 4-4 0-2 9 3 16 R Miller 42 13-21 8-8 0-2 5 1 41 Mckey 22 0-0 1-2 1-6 3 4 1 Edney 9 3-4 0-0 0-1 4 0 6 Foster 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Harrington 20 5-9 0-0 2-5 3 4 10 J Bender 5 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Tabak 7 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Rose DNP - fractured left wrist _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-81 22-27 14-46 27 22 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Croshere 1-3, Perkins 0-2, Best 0-2, R Miller 7-11). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 3, R Miller, Croshere). Turnovers: 13 (Croshere 4, Harrington 3, Best, J Bender, Mckey, Oneal, R Miller). Steals: 5 (Best 2, Croshere, Harrington, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 21 27 26 23 - 97 Indiana 27 23 32 26 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 1 (Johnson, 4:49 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,684. T: 2:07. Officials: Ron Garretson, Nolan Fine, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks are tired of watching helplessly as Reggie Miller turns into Superman.

Miller, who wore a Superman T-shirt during a first-round playoff series against Milwaukee last season, did not need a costume change to score 41 points tonight, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 108-97 victory over the struggling Bucks.

Miller broke out the T-shirt to inspire himself and his teammates during last season's thrilling five-game encounter with Milwaukee. He scored 41 points in the decisive game of that series on May 4 and was just as effective tonight as the lone starter on the floor from the unit that eliminated the Bucks.

The new-look Pacers must have appeared awfully familiar to Milwaukee when Miller connected on 13-of-21 shots, including a startling 7-of-11 3-pointers. The lean 6-7 sharpshooter had 19 of his points in the third period, when the Pacers went ahead for good, cruising to their second straight win.

"I felt a little more aggressive on the offensive end," Miller said after the 11th 40-point game of his career. "They were doubling down early and the perimeter guys got better looks at the basket because we were moving the ball well. I got into the gaps, which helped, and I got some easy looks to get me going. It's nice to get a win."

"It was a sneaky 41," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "He's amazing. Now that I'm having an opportunity to coach him, defensively is where I'm really impressed with him. He's a much better defender than he gets credit for."

Jermaine O'Neal had a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds and Travis Best, who hit the winning jumper in Game Five to knock out the Bucks, added 16 for Indiana, which has bounced back nicely after losing its first two games on the road.

"I knew he was tremendous," O'Neal said of Miller. "He's a competitor. I feel a lot of pressure to get him a championship because he deserves it. He's very intense, even in practice."

Sam Cassell had 29 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists for the Bucks, who have lost four of their first five games after being tabbed by many to be a legitimate Eastern Conference contender entering the season.

"We have to keep fighting and we just have to get pumped up," Cassell said. "I think we are definitely a playoff team."

"I think it is too early to say who is going to do what in the East right now," O'Neal said. "But I can say, `Don't count the Indiana Pacers out.' We are going to put it together and we are going to compete."

Glenn Robinson scored 20 points, Ray Allen added 17 and Tim Thomas 16 for Milwaukee, which saw Miller snap a 50-50 tie with a 3-pointer less than a minute into the second quarter to fall behind for good.

"We are fortunate that it is still early in the season," Allen said. "We're hesitant to shoot the ball and hesitant to pass the ball right now because we have no confidence scoring the basketball."

It was a 9-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters that put away Milwaukee. Miller made two free throws, O'Neal made one from the line and Al Harrington slammed to give Indiana an 82-74 lead entering the final 12 minutes.

Miller opened the fourth quarter with a 14-footer and Tyus Edney added a basket to make it 86-74. The Bucks did not challenge thereafter.

Austin Croshere and Harrington had 10 points apiece for the Pacers, who shot 48 percent (39-of-81) and held a 46-44 rebounding edge.

Milwaukee shot 42 percent (39-of-92) and committed just nine turnovers.

Miller had 13 points in the first half, helping Indiana to a slim 50-48 advantage. But his arsenal was on full display after halftime. He hit his first five shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. His four-point play with 6:59 left in the period gave the Pacers a 68-63 lead.

"Reggie played like Reggie," Allen said. "We got in the mode of letting him get open early and he got some confidence and he found his shot."

Another basket, three free throws and an assist on a thunderous slam by O'Neal followed before Miller misfired on a 24-footer. But the demonstrative guard came right back with two free throws, a blocked shot and a 14-footer from the right side to make it 84-74 with 11:37 to play.

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