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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 30 27 21 26 104 BOSTON 24 18 30 19 91 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 27, JALEN ROSE 25, AUSTIN CROSHERE 16 BOS - PAUL PIERCE 29, BRYANT STITH 25, ANTOINE WALKER 16

HIGH REBOUND: IND - AUSTIN CROSHERE 10, JEFF FOSTER 8 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 10, PAUL PIERCE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 10, JALEN ROSE 7 BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 14,834


Extended Box

INDIANA (104) AT BOSTON (91)

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

CROSHERE F 33 6-16 2-2 4 6 10 1 1 4 2 16 ROSE F 42 6-16 12-12 0 5 5 7 2 3 0 25 ONEAL C 10 4-7 0-0 1 0 1 1 4 0 3 8 BEST G 46 11-15 3-6 3 2 5 10 2 2 3 27 R MILLER G 35 3-7 4-4 0 3 3 3 0 1 1 10 FOSTER 24 3-5 1-3 3 5 8 0 2 1 0 7 HARRINGTON 29 3-7 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 2 3 6 PERKINS 10 1-3 1-1 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 3 MCKEY 11 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION T MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 23-28 12 30 42 24 14 13 13 104 (.481) (.821) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

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

PIERCE F 45 11-22 4-4 2 7 9 4 3 1 6 29 WALKER F 45 6-15 1-2 1 9 10 12 4 2 2 16 BATTIE C 35 3-9 0-2 2 6 8 0 2 1 3 6 BROWN G 38 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 4 5 1 0 6 STITH G 31 9-15 3-3 2 2 4 3 5 0 4 25 POTAPENKO 13 2-2 2-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 6 E WILLIAMS 7 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 OVERTON 10 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 2 2 GRIFFIN 13 0-4 1-2 2 3 5 1 2 1 1 1 MCCARTY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOISO DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 11-15 12 30 42 25 27 7 21 91 (.449) (.733) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 21(29 PTS)

INDIANA 30 27 21 26 - 104 BOSTON 24 18 30 19 - 91

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - HARRINGTON 2, ONEAL 2, BEST. BOSTON - BATTIE 3, PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-14 (.357), CROSHERE 2-3, ROSE 1-5, BEST 2-2, R MILLER 0-2, PERKINS 0-1, MCKEY 0-1. BOSTON 10-19 (.526), PIERCE 3-5, WALKER 3-5, STITH 4-8, E WILLIAMS 0-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ONEAL, BOSTON - WALKER. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, BILL SPOONER, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 14,834. T - 2:07.


Box Score

INDIANA (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Croshere 33 6-16 2-2 4-10 1 1 16 Rose 42 6-16 12-12 0-5 7 2 25 Oneal 10 4-7 0-0 1-1 1 4 8 Best 46 11-15 3-6 3-5 10 2 27 R Miller 35 3-7 4-4 0-3 3 0 10 Foster 24 3-5 1-3 3-8 0 2 7 Harrington 29 3-7 0-0 0-5 1 2 6 Perkins 10 1-3 1-1 0-3 1 1 3 Mckey 11 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 J Bender DNP - coach's decision T Mills DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 23-28 12-42 24 14 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Croshere 2-3, Rose 1-5, Best 2-2, R Miller 0-2, Perkins 0-1, Mckey 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Harrington 2, Oneal 2, Best). Turnovers: 14 (Best 3, Harrington 3, Oneal 3, Croshere 2, Mckey, R Miller). Steals: 13 (Croshere 4, Rose 3, Best 2, Harrington 2, Foster, R Miller).

BOSTON (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 45 11-22 4-4 2-9 4 3 29 Walker 45 6-15 1-2 1-10 12 4 16 Battie 35 3-9 0-2 2-8 0 2 6 Brown 38 3-8 0-0 0-2 4 5 6 Stith 31 9-15 3-3 2-4 3 5 25 Potapenko 13 2-2 2-2 2-2 0 1 6 E Williams 7 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 Overton 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 2 Griffin 13 0-4 1-2 2-5 1 2 1 Mccarty 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Carr DNP - coach's decision Moiso DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 11-15 12-42 25 27 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 10-19, .526 (Pierce 3-5, Walker 3-5, Stith 4-8, E Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Battie 3, Pierce). Turnovers: 21 (Pierce 6, Stith 4, Battie 3, E Williams 2, Overton 2, Walker 2, Griffin, Potapenko). Steals: 7 (Walker 2, Battie, Brown, Griffin, Overton, Pierce). ____________________________________________ Indiana 30 27 21 26 - 104 Boston 24 18 30 19 - 91 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Oneal, 5:54 3rd). Boston 1 (Walker, 2:24 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,834. T: 2:07. Officials: Joe Forte, Bill Spooner, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Travis Best was playing the right team to utilize his quickness.

Best scored 27 points and handed out 10 assists as the Indiana Pacers continued their recent dominance of the Boston Celtics with a 104-91 victory.

One of the quickest players in the NBA, Best had little trouble weaving his way through a host of defenders. The Pacers' 5-11 point guard primarily abused Randy Brown, who is one of Boston's better defensive guards.

Best, who went to high school in Western Massachusetts, played 46 minutes, making 11-of-15 shots from the field, including his only two 3-pointers.

"I felt real comfortable out there on the floor tonight," Best said. "It feels great to have done that with my friends and family looking on. I thought I did a good job tonight of deciding when to shoot and pass."

"I thought he did a great job deciding to when to go the basket and when to pull up for a medium-range jumper," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said.

Jalen Rose scored 25 points and Austin Croshere added 16 and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who took control with a 12-1 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters and opened an 84-73 advantage.

Indiana has won 13 of the last 14 meetings from Boston.

The Pacers were able to overcome Antoine Walker's fifth career triple-double. Walker finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Paul Pierce scored 29 points and Bryant Stith added 25 for the mistake-prone Celtics, who committed 21 turnovers that the Pacers converted into 29 points.

"It doesn't mean that much when you lose," Walker said. "They double-teamed me all night and Bryant and Paul were open for shots. They were hitting them. But I guess we stopped passing the ball and it caught up to us."

Looking nothing like a team that entered the contest two games under .500, the Pacers led by as many as 17 points in the first half and held a 57-42 advantage at the break. Best scored 15 points in the half.

But the Pacers resorted to their mediocre ways in the third quarter and let the Celtics get back into it.

Pierce scored 12 points in the period. He made two free throws with 1:26 left that capped a 23-8 run, tying the score, 72-72.

Indiana's Jeff Foster came alive, scoring four straight points, and Croshere had a dunk to close the period and provide a six-point bulge heading into the final period.

Foster, who came into the contest averaging just over three points per game, capped the 12-1 burst with a dunk with eight minutes remaining that gave Indiana an 84-73 cushion. He finished with seven points and eight rebounds.

Boston got no closer than nine points thereafter and coach Rick Pitino thought his club's lack of passing was the difference.

"I thought we were doing a great job of passing the basketball coming into tonight," Pitino said. "But at critical parts of that game tonight we didn't do a good job passing at all. We lost tonight because with the exception of Antoine we didn't pass the ball."

"We're a veteran team that knows how to handle adversity on the road," said Rose, who scored 14 points in the second half. "They tie the game late in the third and we execute in the fourth. That was the difference."

Indiana shot 48 percent (38-of-79) from the floor while Boston finished at 45 percent (35-of-78).

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