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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 25 19 20 22 86 INDIANA 28 31 28 12 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - LINDSEY HUNTER 21, SAM CASSELL 16, RAY ALLEN 16 IND - REGGIE MILLER 24, JERMAINE ONEAL 17, AUSTIN CROSHERE 17

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - SCOTT WILLIAMS 8, ERVIN JOHNSON 7 IND - JALEN ROSE 8, AL HARRINGTON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - RAY ALLEN 5, SAM CASSELL 3 IND - JALEN ROSE 12, REGGIE MILLER 7

ATT: 17,259


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (86) AT INDIANA (99)

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

CAFFEY F 23 1-6 7-8 1 5 6 1 2 2 2 9 THOMAS F 30 4-10 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 3 0 9 S WILLIAMS C 30 4-8 0-0 2 6 8 0 2 0 1 8 ALLEN G 39 6-14 2-2 1 0 1 5 1 1 3 16 CASSELL G 33 7-17 2-2 1 1 2 3 1 1 4 16 JOHNSON 25 1-4 1-2 2 5 7 1 2 0 0 3 POPE 24 1-3 0-0 3 2 5 2 2 0 0 2 HUNTER 29 7-16 1-1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 21 ALSTON 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 KERSEY 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 PRZYBILLA 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 ROBINSON DNP - SORE RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 32-80 13-15 11 22 33 14 17 8 11 86 (.400) (.867) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 29 2-2 0-0 0 8 8 3 3 1 4 4 ONEAL F 42 6-12 5-6 1 5 6 5 1 0 1 17 TABAK C 31 6-7 1-2 3 4 7 1 3 0 2 13 R MILLER G 42 10-18 0-0 1 1 2 7 2 2 2 24 ROSE G 45 7-17 1-2 2 6 8 12 5 2 3 16 MCKEY 28 3-4 2-2 1 6 7 2 4 1 1 8 CROSHERE 17 6-9 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 17 PERKINS 4 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 FOSTER 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION BEST DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-71 11-14 9 34 43 32 18 6 16 99 (.563) (.786) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 25 19 20 22 - 86 INDIANA 28 31 28 12 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - POPE, JOHNSON, S WILLIAMS. INDIANA - ONEAL 6, ROSE 3, TABAK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 9-23 (.391), THOMAS 1-4, ALLEN 2-5, POPE 0-1, HUNTER 6-13. INDIANA 8-16 (.500), R MILLER 4-9, ROSE 1-3, CROSHERE 3-4. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - ONEAL. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, LUIS GRILLO, BILL KENNEDY. A - 17,259. T - 1:58.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Caffey 23 1-6 7-8 1-6 1 2 9 Thomas 30 4-10 0-0 0-2 1 4 9 S Williams 30 4-8 0-0 2-8 0 2 8 Allen 39 6-14 2-2 1-1 5 1 16 Cassell 33 7-17 2-2 1-2 3 1 16 Johnson 25 1-4 1-2 2-7 1 2 3 Pope 24 1-3 0-0 3-5 2 2 2 Hunter 29 7-16 1-1 1-1 1 1 21 Alston 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Kersey 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Przybilla 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Robinson DNP - sore right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-80 13-15 11-33 14 17 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (Thomas 1-4, Allen 2-5, Pope 0-1, Hunter 6-13). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Pope, Johnson, S Williams). Turnovers: 13 (Cassell 4, Allen 3, Caffey 2, Przybilla, S Williams). Steals: 8 (Thomas 3, Caffey 2, Allen, Cassell, Hunter).

INDIANA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 29 2-2 0-0 0-8 3 3 4 Oneal 42 6-12 5-6 1-6 5 1 17 Tabak 31 6-7 1-2 3-7 1 3 13 R Miller 42 10-18 0-0 1-2 7 2 24 Rose 45 7-17 1-2 2-8 12 5 16 Mckey 28 3-4 2-2 1-7 2 4 8 Croshere 17 6-9 2-2 0-1 2 0 17 Perkins 4 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 Foster 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Best DNP - strained lower back Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-71 11-14 9-43 32 18 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.563, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (R Miller 4-9, Rose 1-3, Croshere 3-4). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 10 (Oneal 6, Rose 3, Tabak). Turnovers: 17 (Harrington 4, Croshere 3, Rose 3, R Miller 2, Tabak 2, Mckey, Oneal). Steals: 6 (R Miller 2, Rose 2, Harrington, Mckey). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 25 19 20 22 - 86 Indiana 28 31 28 12 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Oneal, 2:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,259. T: 1:58. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Luis Grillo, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Austin Croshere may have become a forgotten man in Indiana this season, but he hasn't forgotten how to play.

Croshere scored all 17 of his points in the decisive second quarter and the Pacers opened a big lead before holding on for a 99-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

In last year's NBA Finals, Croshere looked like a certain future star, giving the Pacers a third scoring option behind Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose. He signed a seven-year, $51 million deal during the offseason and was expected to be a big part of Indiana's rebuilding plan.

However, the 6-9 forward could not find a good fit with this season's club as first-year coach Isiah Thomas continually has tinkered with his lineup and rotation. After averaging 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds as a reserve last season, he is at 9.4 and 4.8 this season.

"I think since I've kind of accepted coming off the bench, I've had the same attitude day in and day out. You don't know what to expect," Croshere said. "I think tonight I played 12 minutes in the first half and five or six in the second, so you never really know what's going to happen."

Croshere got rid of some of the frustration against the league's hottest team. In the second quarter, he made 6-of-7 shots, including all three from behind the arc, as Indiana increased a three-point lead to 59-44 at halftime.

"I just was real patient," he said. "I felt like I was in a rhythm, reading what the defense gave me, driving by guys when they were too far on me and shooting when they were off."

"We're a better team when Croshere contributes," Rose said. "Coming into the season, everyone expected him to be our third or fourth guy. Obviously, he's been up and down with that, in and out of the lineup."

Miller scored 24 points to lead a balanced attack for Indiana, which shot a blistering 56 percent (40-of-71) and led by as many as 25 points late in the third quarter.

"Offensively we played really good in the first half," Thomas said. "But we got into trading baskets with them. I didn't like the way we finished."

The Bucks rallied in the final period behind Lindsey Hunter, who made five 3-pointers in the period and finished with 21 points. But Milwaukee, playing without All-Star forward Glenn Robinson, never got closer than 10 points.

Robinson, who scored 45 points Sunday against Golden State, was sidelined with a sore right ankle. Tim Thomas started for him and scored nine while having trouble with Croshere in the second period.

"I don't think we respected them enough," Bucks coach George Karl said. "We missed Glenn and Ray (Allen) and Timmy didn't upgrade their games and we couldn't win."

The teams split the four-game season series as the Central Division rivalry continued to percolate. Indiana eliminated Milwaukee from the first round of the playoffs each of the last two seasons but the Bucks lead the division this season.

"We might see these guys in the first round," said Miller, whose team has won five of its last six games.

Milwaukee opened a 16-10 lead on a jumper by Jason Caffey with 7:25 left in the first quarter. Miller scored seven points in a 14-4 burst, including a 3-pointer that made it 24-20 with 2:26 to go.

Croshere took command in the second period. He began heating up with a 3-pointer and added two free throws and another 3-pointer to make it 43-34 with 6:35 remaining.

The lead still was nine when Croshere highlighted a 12-4 spurt with a layup and 3-pointer, giving the Pacers a 59-42 advantage in the final minute.

"We've got to find a way to get him consistent and produce the way he has been producing in the last few games at home," Rose said.

Indiana stayed hot in the third period, when Jermaine O'Neal scored nine points and Miller added eight. A jumper by O'Neal gave the Pacers their largest lead at 87-62 with 1:31 to play.

Hunter's fifth 3-pointer of the fourth quarter pulled the Bucks within 91-81 with 6:32 remaining. But Zan Tabak and Derrick McKey made jumpers and Milwaukee never got within single digits.

"The mountain was too tall to climb in the fourth quarter," Bucks guard Sam Cassell said. "It takes a lot to come back from 25 points down."

O'Neal scored 17 points and Rose added 16, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who held a 43-33 rebounding edge. The 6-8 Rose played point guard and filled in capably for Travis Best, who sat out with a strained lower back.

"I have to give Jalen a lot of credit," Miller said. "He played a lot of heavy minutes at point."

Cassell and Ray Allen scored 16 points apiece for the Bucks, who shot 40 percent (32-of-80).

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