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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 18 17 17 12 64 INDIANA 31 17 22 18 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 15, STEPHEN JACKSON 14, SHERMAN DOUGLAS 9 IND - JALEN ROSE 21, REGGIE MILLER 16, TRAVIS BEST 14

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - AARON WILLIAMS 11, KENYON MARTIN 9 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 10, AUSTIN CROSHERE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 IND - TRAVIS BEST 10, REGGIE MILLER 5

ATT: 16,731


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (64) AT INDIANA (88)

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

HARRIS F 22 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 8 K MARTIN F 34 3-15 2-4 2 7 9 3 3 2 4 8 WILLIAMS C 32 5-11 5-7 5 6 11 3 4 0 1 15 DOUGLAS G 30 4-12 0-0 2 2 4 3 0 0 2 9 GILL G 23 0-9 2-2 1 0 1 0 2 3 2 2 NEWMAN 13 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 JACKSON 31 5-13 3-4 2 2 4 2 2 3 3 14 ESCHMEYER 10 0-4 0-4 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 OLLIE 18 0-2 2-4 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 2 SAMAKE 18 1-5 1-4 3 2 5 0 5 0 0 3 MCILVAINE 9 0-1 1-2 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 1 S MARBURY DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 22-82 18-33 17 28 45 12 23 9 15 64 (.268) (.545) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(22 PTS)

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

CROSHERE F 32 4-10 1-2 1 9 10 0 2 1 4 9 ROSE F 31 9-14 2-2 0 7 7 3 1 0 4 21 ONEAL C 29 3-7 4-6 2 8 10 0 3 1 2 10 BEST G 41 7-14 0-0 0 4 4 10 5 3 1 14 R MILLER G 30 5-10 5-5 0 6 6 5 1 2 3 16 HARRINGTON 20 5-8 3-4 2 2 4 0 0 0 3 13 FOSTER 17 0-2 0-0 3 3 6 1 5 1 1 0 MCKEY 7 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 PERKINS 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 J BENDER 16 1-7 2-4 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 5 TABAK 10 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 0 T MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-74 17-23 9 48 57 21 22 8 20 88 (.459) (.739) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 21(15 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 18 17 17 12 - 64 INDIANA 31 17 22 18 - 88

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - MCILVAINE 2, WILLIAMS, SAMAKE, ESCHMEYER. INDIANA - CROSHERE 5, ONEAL 2, J BENDER, R MILLER, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 2-7 (.286), DOUGLAS 1-1, GILL 0-1, NEWMAN 0-1, JACKSON 1-4. INDIANA 3-7 (.429), CROSHERE 0-1, ROSE 1-1, BEST 0-1, R MILLER 1-2, J BENDER 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, RON OLESIAK, RODNEY MOTT. A - 16,731. T - 2:08.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (64) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harris 22 4-7 0-0 0-2 0 2 8 K Martin 34 3-15 2-4 2-9 3 3 8 Williams 32 5-11 5-7 5-11 3 4 15 Douglas 30 4-12 0-0 2-4 3 0 9 Gill 23 0-9 2-2 1-1 0 2 2 Newman 13 0-3 2-2 0-1 0 1 2 Jackson 31 5-13 3-4 2-4 2 2 14 Eschmeyer 10 0-4 0-4 1-1 0 1 0 Ollie 18 0-2 2-4 0-2 1 3 2 Samake 18 1-5 1-4 3-5 0 5 3 Mcilvaine 9 0-1 1-2 1-5 0 0 1 S Marbury DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 22-82 18-33 17-45 12 23 64 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.268, FT-.545. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Douglas 1-1, Gill 0-1, Newman 0-1, Jackson 1-4). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Mcilvaine 2, Williams, Samake, Eschmeyer). Turnovers: 16 (K Martin 4, Jackson 3, Douglas 2, Gill 2, Eschmeyer, Newman, Ollie, Williams). Steals: 9 (Gill 3, Jackson 3, K Martin 2, Eschmeyer).

INDIANA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Croshere 32 4-10 1-2 1-10 0 2 9 Rose 31 9-14 2-2 0-7 3 1 21 Oneal 29 3-7 4-6 2-10 0 3 10 Best 41 7-14 0-0 0-4 10 5 14 R Miller 30 5-10 5-5 0-6 5 1 16 Harrington 20 5-8 3-4 2-4 0 0 13 Foster 17 0-2 0-0 3-6 1 5 0 Mckey 7 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 1 0 Perkins 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 J Bender 16 1-7 2-4 0-3 1 1 5 Tabak 10 0-2 0-0 1-3 1 3 0 T Mills DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-74 17-23 9-57 21 22 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.739. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Croshere 0-1, Rose 1-1, Best 0-1, R Miller 1-2, J Bender 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 10 (Croshere 5, Oneal 2, J Bender, R Miller, Rose). Turnovers: 21 (Croshere 4, Rose 4, Harrington 3, R Miller 3, Oneal 2, Best, Foster, J Bender, Perkins). Steals: 8 (Best 3, R Miller 2, Croshere, Foster, Oneal). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 18 17 17 12 - 64 Indiana 31 17 22 18 - 88 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Indiana 2 (Foster, 0:33 2nd; Tabak, 9:18 4th). A: 16,731. T: 2:08. Officials: Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Having lost seven straight games with leading scorer Stephon Marbury, the New Jersey Nets showed they also are capable of losing without him.

With Marbury watching from the bench with a sprained left ankle, the Nets lost their eighth straight game, establishing season lows in scoring and shooting percentage in an embarrassing 88-64 drubbing at the hands of the Indiana Pacers.

Averaging 25.8 points and 6.5 assists per contest, Marbury rested his ankle while Sherman Douglas assumed point guard duties and managed just nine points and three assists in 30 minutes.

"When it happens, you have to respond," Douglas said of Marbury's absence. "Tonight, we didn't respond. It's bad enough that we played bad offensively. As a team, we couldn't throw it in the ocean."

Jalen Rose led five Pacers in double figures with 21 points and sat out most of the fourth quarter, when New Jersey was an awful 1-of-18 from the field.

"We expected to beat New Jersey, especially playing without Stephon Marbury," Rose admitted. "But there's no sympathy in this league. Injuries are part of the game and your record speaks for itself. It doesn't say who played that night."

"Of course it's a very different game without (Marbury)," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "Anytime you have a guy on the court that brings 27 points a game and six or seven assists a game that's not playing, obviously it's going to hurt the team."

Reggie Miller scored 16 points and Travis Best added 14 and 10 assists for the Pacers, who improved to 5-3 at home and have won 13 of the last 17 meetings with New Jersey.

"We wanted to post Jalen up early," Best said. "He did a great job of scoring for us. We were able to jump out to an early lead and they just didn't have the firepower tonight to get back in the game."

The Nets posted a 97-92 home victory over the Pacers on November 18 but are in the midst of their longest losing streak since ending last season with 11 straight defeats.

Al Harrington scored 13 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 10 and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who got well in a hurry after a disappointing 1-3 road trip. Indiana had lost seven of nine before running into floundering New Jersey.

"We needed to have a game where we could, more or less, have a comfortable lead and get guys some minutes," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "It definitely was a confidence game for us."

Aaron Williams, one of the few bright spots and healthier players during New Jersey's fade, had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie Stephen Jackson added 14 points off the bench.

The Nets shot 27 percent (22-of-82) and lost the battle on the boards, 57-45, while yielding 22 points off 16 turnovers.

"It's probably one of the worst I've seen as far as we couldn't make shots," Scott said. "We got the shots, but we just couldn't make them tonight. I told them to bring it in and stay together. We need to take care of each other. It will come for us."

Austin Croshere had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 46 percent (34-of-74) while holding the Nets to their lowest point total since they scored a team record-low 62 points against Cleveland on January 28, 1997.

Indiana outscored New Jersey 46-24 in the paint and 23-9 on the break.

Matters were decided early as Rose hit a seven-footer to snap an 8-8 tie, sparking a 23-10 run to end the period as Indiana took control for good. The Nets failed to scored 20 points in any quarter and fell behind 44-25 with 3:41 left in the second period when O'Neal threw down a thunderous dunk off a feed from Miller.

Best's 10-footer with 10:27 to play gave Indiana its biggest lead, 77-52, and had Thomas pulling most of his starters in a show of mercy for the overmatched Nets.

The Nets could do nothing to close the deficit, getting their lone basket of the final 12 minutes on rookie Kenyon Martin's dunk with 4:44 remaining.

"Any defeat is always tough, whether it's by one (point) or 21," Martin said. "It's a loss. We just have to keep playing and the tables will turn."

Kendall Gill, playing on gimpy knees, was the worst offender during New Jersey's gruesome shooting display, misfiring on all nine attempts and managing just two points in 23 minutes.

"It was the worst," Gill said. "I don't know. I was shooting the same, the shots just didn't go down. I don't have any excuse for it."

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