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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 20 21 27 18 86 WASHINGTON 19 22 21 12 74 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 23, TYUS EDNEY 13, JERMAINE ONEAL 12 WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 25, JAHIDI WHITE 22, MITCH RICHMOND 12

HIGH REBOUND: IND - DERRICK MCKEY 10, JERMAINE ONEAL 9 WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 13, JUWAN HOWARD 7

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 19,955


Extended Box

INDIANA (86) AT WASHINGTON (74)

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

CROSHERE F 22 1-8 2-2 1 3 4 3 0 0 1 4 ONEAL F 34 6-10 0-2 3 6 9 1 3 2 2 12 PERKINS C 26 3-7 5-6 0 3 3 0 3 2 1 11 BEST G 30 3-10 2-2 1 3 4 4 4 2 3 8 R MILLER G 37 6-14 10-11 0 1 1 4 0 1 2 23 HARRINGTON 1 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 MCKEY 28 1-3 0-0 2 8 10 1 2 3 1 2 TABAK 21 4-7 1-1 2 4 6 0 3 1 2 9 J BENDER 16 2-6 0-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 EDNEY 18 5-9 3-4 0 1 1 4 2 3 2 13 FOSTER 7 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 ROSE DNP - FRACTURED LEFT WRIST

TOTALS 240 31-77 23-30 10 32 42 18 21 14 14 86 (.403) (.767) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(16 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 40 11-17 3-5 0 7 7 2 5 0 1 25 KING F 13 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 3 4 J WHITE C 39 6-8 10-15 4 9 13 0 5 2 2 22 RICHMOND G 37 5-15 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 0 3 12 STRICKLAND G 35 0-7 2-2 0 4 4 7 3 1 4 2 HAMILTON 30 1-10 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 1 5 2 LOPEZ 16 0-1 2-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 MICHAEL SMITH 10 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 EKEZIE 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C WHITNEY 13 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 5 PARKS 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 BOOTH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-65 20-28 5 32 37 16 25 5 22 74 (.415) (.714) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 22(24 PTS)

INDIANA 20 21 27 18 - 86 WASHINGTON 19 22 21 12 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J BENDER 2, MCKEY. WASHINGTON - J WHITE 7, LOPEZ 2, C WHITNEY, KING, MICHAEL SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 1-9 (.111), CROSHERE 0-2, PERKINS 0-3, R MILLER 1-4. WASHINGTON 0-6 (.000), RICHMOND 0-2, STRICKLAND 0-1, HAMILTON 0-3. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - RICHMOND. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, SCOTT FOSTER, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 19,955. T - 2:11.


Box Score

INDIANA (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Croshere 22 1-8 2-2 1-4 3 0 4 Oneal 34 6-10 0-2 3-9 1 3 12 Perkins 26 3-7 5-6 0-3 0 3 11 Best 30 3-10 2-2 1-4 4 4 8 R Miller 37 6-14 10-11 0-1 4 0 23 Harrington 1 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Mckey 28 1-3 0-0 2-10 1 2 2 Tabak 21 4-7 1-1 2-6 0 3 9 J Bender 16 2-6 0-2 0-1 1 1 4 Edney 18 5-9 3-4 0-1 4 2 13 Foster 7 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Rose DNP - fractured left wrist _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-77 23-30 10-42 18 21 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Croshere 0-2, Perkins 0-3, R Miller 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (J Bender 2, Mckey). Turnovers: 14 (Best 3, Edney 2, Oneal 2, R Miller 2, Tabak 2, Croshere, Mckey, Perkins). Steals: 14 (Edney 3, Mckey 3, Best 2, Oneal 2, Perkins 2, R Miller, Tabak).

WASHINGTON (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 40 11-17 3-5 0-7 2 5 25 King 13 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 3 4 J White 39 6-8 10-15 4-13 0 5 22 Richmond 37 5-15 2-2 0-1 2 3 12 Strickland 35 0-7 2-2 0-4 7 3 2 Hamilton 30 1-10 0-0 1-3 1 4 2 Lopez 16 0-1 2-2 0-3 0 0 2 Michael Smith 10 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Ekezie 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 C Whitney 13 2-4 1-2 0-0 2 1 5 Parks 4 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Booth DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-65 20-28 5-37 16 25 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.415, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 0-6, .000 (Richmond 0-2, Strickland 0-1, Hamilton 0-3). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 12 (J White 7, Lopez 2, C Whitney, King, Michael Smith). Turnovers: 22 (Hamilton 5, Strickland 4, King 3, Richmond 3, J White 2, Michael Smith 2, C Whitney, Howard, Lopez). Steals: 5 (J White 2, C Whitney, Hamilton, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Indiana 20 21 27 18 - 86 Washington 19 22 21 12 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Richmond, 3:47 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,955. T: 2:11. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Scott Foster, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers lost several players from last season's Eastern Conference championship squad, but the presence of Reggie Miller remains key to the team's success.

Miller scored 23 points and the Pacers took advantage of 22 turnovers en route to their third straight victory, 86-74 over the Washington Wizards.

There was cause for concern after the Pacers dropped their first two games, with the defeats blamed in large part on a major roster overhaul that saw changes at three starting positions.

But Miller remains as deadly a scoring force as ever and now is receiving ample support from his teammates.

Miller put the Pacers on top for good on an 18-foot jumper at 8:48 of the third quarter and followed with a 3-pointer that provided a 52-48 advantage.

Seemingly awakened by the taunts of several courtside fans, Miller collected 13 points in the session as Indiana took a 68-62 lead into the final period.

"People should always know that if they're going to sit in those expensive seats not to say anything to me," Miller said. "If they want me to bring them into the game, I'm going to bring them into the game. It would be better if they would just leave me alone and just let me go about my way. Sometimes it's good to let sleeping dogs lie, but they didn't."

The Wizards drew within 75-73 on a bucket by Juwan Howard with 5:56 left but Jermaine O'Neal answered with consecutive layups, Miller drained two free throws and Sam Perkins converted a three-point play to give the Pacers an 11-point cushion at the 2:46 mark.

Miller had a season-high 41 points in Wednesday's 108-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

"We're starting to come together a litle bit," Miller said. "Mind you, we are playing against teams that are under .500 but right now we'll take it. It's a great confidence booster -- especially to win on the road, which is always tough no matter who you are playing."

Howard scored 25 points and Jahidi White fell one short of his career high with 22. White also grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked a career-best seven shots for the Wizards, who missed their last eight shots from the field and remained winless in three tries at the MCI Center.

Mistakes continue to plague Washington, which entered the game as one of only four teams with more than 100 turnovers. Indiana took full advantage of the Wizards' misfortunes, scoring 24 points on 22 giveaways.

"I am all about the team. We have a 2-5 record, that's what disappoints me no matter how good I play," said Howard, who was 11-of-17 from the floor.

"Everybody needs to protect the ball, it's not just one person making all the turnovers," White said.

Washington converted half its shots in the first quarter but coughed up the ball seven times as Indiana forged a 20-19 lead. White collected nine points and Howard added six in the period.

"Jahidi has shown signs of coming around for a while," Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton said. "He's relaxed and confident... He feels good and the team feels good about him. If he continues to improve, it will give the other guys confidence."

White had six points as the Wizards closed the first half with a 12-4 run that made it 41-41.

White, Howard and Mitch Richmond combined to hit 15-of-21 shots from the field and accounted for 37 points at halftime. The rest of the team was only 2-of-10 from the floor.

After collecting 12 points by intermission, Richmond missed all six of his shots during a scoreless second half.

Tyus Edney scored 13 points and O'Neal collected 12 and nine rebounds for Indiana, which shot 40 percent (31-of-77) and made 23-of-30 free throws.

"I am really proud of Tyus Edney, his play helped us get over the hump tonight," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "Jermaine did a good job in the second half of rebounding the basketball. Everyone did a good job and contributed when they were called upon."

Wizards point guard Rod Strickland dished seven assists but scored only two points, missing all seven of his shots. Washington shot 42 percent (27-of-65) and converted 20-of-28 from the line.

Indiana has won 10 of last 11 meetings between the teams.

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