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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 23 23 15 26 87 NEW YORK 12 21 21 20 74 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - JALEN ROSE 24, REGGIE MILLER 16, TRAVIS BEST 16 NYK - LARRY JOHNSON 22, LATRELL SPREWELL 18, KURT THOMAS 14

HIGH REBOUND: IND - AL HARRINGTON 11, JERMAINE ONEAL 8 NYK - KURT THOMAS 18, LARRY JOHNSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - JALEN ROSE 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 3, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

INDIANA (87) AT NEW YORK (74)

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

MCKEY F 14 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 2 3 0 PERKINS F 22 1-3 0-0 0 6 6 3 1 0 1 3 ONEAL C 34 4-11 6-6 5 3 8 0 6 3 4 14 R MILLER G 42 6-15 2-2 1 2 3 3 2 1 0 16 ROSE G 44 10-14 2-3 0 4 4 5 1 1 1 24 HARRINGTON 33 4-9 1-2 1 10 11 2 4 0 3 9 CROSHERE 19 2-10 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 5 BEST 31 6-8 4-4 3 1 4 3 4 1 0 16 J BENDER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION T MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-71 15-17 11 29 40 16 24 8 12 87 (.465) (.882) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 41 6-11 10-13 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 22 SPREWELL F 41 8-19 2-2 1 2 3 1 0 0 4 18 THOMAS C 39 7-12 0-0 11 7 18 1 5 1 2 14 HOUSTON G 42 3-13 4-4 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 12 WARD G 21 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 3 CHILDS 11 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 RICE 23 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 2 LONGLEY 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STRICKLAND 17 1-7 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 3 CAMBY DNP - SUSPENDED BY NBA KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-75 17-21 16 19 35 9 16 4 11 74 (.360) (.810) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 11(9 PTS)

INDIANA 23 23 15 26 - 87 NEW YORK 12 21 21 20 - 74

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ONEAL. NEW YORK - RICE, THOMAS, LONGLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-17 (.353), MCKEY 0-1, PERKINS 1-2, R MILLER 2-8, ROSE 2-3, CROSHERE 1-2, BEST 0-1. NEW YORK 3-16 (.188), L JOHNSON 0-2, SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 2-4, WARD 1-4, CHILDS 0-1, RICE 0-1, STRICKLAND 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, PHIL ROBINSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,763. T - 2:17.


Box Score

INDIANA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mckey 14 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 4 0 Perkins 22 1-3 0-0 0-6 3 1 3 Oneal 34 4-11 6-6 5-8 0 6 14 R Miller 42 6-15 2-2 1-3 3 2 16 Rose 44 10-14 2-3 0-4 5 1 24 Harrington 33 4-9 1-2 1-11 2 4 9 Croshere 19 2-10 0-0 1-4 0 2 5 Best 31 6-8 4-4 3-4 3 4 16 J Bender 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Foster DNP - coach's decision T Mills DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-71 15-17 11-40 16 24 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.465, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Mckey 0-1, Perkins 1-2, R Miller 2-8, Rose 2-3, Croshere 1-2, Best 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1 (Oneal). Turnovers: 14 (Oneal 4, Harrington 3, Mckey 3, Perkins, Rose). Steals: 8 (Oneal 3, Mckey 2, Best, R Miller, Rose).

NEW YORK (74) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 41 6-11 10-13 2-6 0 2 22 Sprewell 41 8-19 2-2 1-3 1 0 18 Thomas 39 7-12 0-0 11-18 1 5 14 Houston 42 3-13 4-4 0-2 2 2 12 Ward 21 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 2 3 Childs 11 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Rice 23 1-6 0-0 1-3 2 2 2 Longley 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Strickland 17 1-7 1-2 1-2 0 1 3 Camby DNP - suspended by nba Knight DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-75 17-21 16-35 9 16 74 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.360, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (L Johnson 0-2, Sprewell 0-1, Houston 2-4, Ward 1-4, Childs 0-1, Rice 0-1, Strickland 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Rice, Thomas, Longley). Turnovers: 11 (Sprewell 4, Houston 2, Thomas 2, Childs, Strickland, Ward). Steals: 4 (Childs, Strickland, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Indiana 23 23 15 26 - 87 New York 12 21 21 20 - 74 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:17. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Phil Robinson, Scott Foster.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Jalen Rose scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half as the Indiana Pacers renewed their rivalry with the New York Knicks by rolling to an 87-74 triumph at Madison Square Garden.

Rose drilled 10-of-14 shots, including 2-of-3 3-pointers as the Pacers took their first meeting with New York since knocking off the Knicks in last season's Eastern Conference finals.

Knick killer Reggie Miller scored 16 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 14 for Indiana, which extended a franchise record by holding its fourth straight opponent below 80 points and posted its fourth win in a row.

"In the second half, they made some adjustments which consequently left Jalen open," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "They were very focused and concentrating on Reggie. Reggie was playing well, they did some things to take Reggie away in the second half, which consequently opened Jalen up on the right wing."

Larry Johnson scored 22 points for the Knicks, who tried in vain to overcome an early deficit and were turned away for good when Rose and Miller hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 79-64 with 4:19 to play.

"It's one win for us," Miller said. "The atmosphere alone (at Madison Square Garden) is the same, but the rivalry between the two teams is over. When they got rid of Patrick (Ewing), I considered it over."

New York, which has not allowed more than 100 points in an NBA record 33 consecutive games, managed just 12 points in the first quarter and had a three-game winning streak snapped.

"They are a much-improved defensive team," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said of the Pacers. "Some guys who we had an awful hard time guarding last year we had a hard time guarding in the game today. We had a hard time with Travis Best and Jalen Rose."

Best scored 16 points off the bench for Indiana, which shot 46.5 percent (33-of-71) and held a 40-35 rebounding advantage. The Knicks were without leading rebounder Marcus Camby, who was serving the second game of his five-game suspension for throwing a punch at San Antonio forward Danny Ferry on Monday.

Latrell Sprewell scored 10 of the Knicks' first-quarter points but managed only eight thereafter. Kurt Thomas had 14 points and 18 rebounds and Allan Houston added 12 points for New York, which shot just 36 percent (27-of-75).

"I think Kurt did a good job," Sprewell said. "He had a bunch of boards and gave us second opportunities. We would like to have Marcus out there for his energy and second shots."

The Knicks did make a serious run in the third quarter when the Pacers' offense began to stumble after building a 46-33 halftime lead. But Rose scored 11 of his team's 15 points in the period as Indiana managed to stave off New York's rally to hold a 61-54 advantage entering the final 12 minutes.

"We just didn't come out with the same energy Indiana came out with," Kurt Thomas said. "We have to put this behind us. We know we're a better team than we showed today."

Rose and O'Neal opened the fourth quarter with consecutive baskets as Indiana opened a 65-54 lead. Sprewell answered from 15 feet and Thomas added a layup, again shaving the deficit to seven.

But O'Neal and Rose combined to hit three free throws before Rose buried a 25-footer to make it 71-58 with 6:17 remaining.

Charlie Ward responded with a 3-pointer and New York closed to 73-64 on Johnson's free throw with 5:13 left. Rose provided the dagger on the ensuing possession when he barely beat the shot clock with a 27-footer from the top that swished through.

"Jalen and Reggie are still doing their thing," said Knicks guard Glen Rice, whose former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, beat Indiana in last season's NBA Finals. "They're a team you can't overlook."

Thomas missed a layup on the other end and Miller, who has made a career of sending Knicks fans home unhappy, sealed the win by connecting on a 25-footer that opened a 79-64 cushion with 4:19 to play.

"I would say it was the best we played all season," Thomas said.

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