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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 23 18 16 22 79 INDIANA 22 23 19 11 75 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 26, GLEN RICE 16, ALLAN HOUSTON 12 IND - JALEN ROSE 21, JERMAINE ONEAL 17, AL HARRINGTON 12

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 14, GLEN RICE 8 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 14, AL HARRINGTON 9

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - MARK JACKSON 7, CHARLIE WARD 5 IND - TRAVIS BEST 6, JALEN ROSE 5

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

NEW YORK (79) AT INDIANA (75)

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

SPREWELL F 36 11-21 2-2 0 3 3 1 5 1 2 26 THOMAS F 28 4-8 1-2 3 3 6 0 4 0 1 9 CAMBY C 43 3-7 1-3 2 12 14 2 2 2 2 7 HOUSTON G 36 5-16 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 12 JACKSON G 29 0-3 0-0 1 4 5 7 3 2 0 0 HARRINGTON 16 1-3 4-4 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 6 RICE 33 4-13 6-6 2 6 8 1 0 0 0 16 WARD 19 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 5 4 0 3 3 L JOHNSON DNP - SORE BACK KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-72 16-19 8 33 41 18 23 6 11 79 (.403) (.842) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(13 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 34 5-13 2-4 2 7 9 4 5 0 2 12 ONEAL F 45 7-13 3-6 3 11 14 3 4 1 0 17 PERKINS C 37 3-9 1-2 2 5 7 1 1 2 1 10 BEST G 38 2-13 4-4 0 1 1 6 2 1 2 9 ROSE G 47 7-15 6-6 0 4 4 5 5 0 4 21 CROSHERE 7 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 MCKEY 11 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 J BENDER 13 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 6 FOSTER 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 R MILLER DNP - SUSPENDED BY NBA T MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-72 18-24 8 32 40 22 20 5 10 75 (.361) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

NEW YORK 23 18 16 22 - 79 INDIANA 22 23 19 11 - 75

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 5, HOUSTON 2, SPREWELL, THOMAS. INDIANA - ONEAL 7, ROSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 5-11 (.455), SPREWELL 2-3, HOUSTON 0-3, JACKSON 0-1, RICE 2-3, WARD 1-1. INDIANA 5-11 (.455), PERKINS 3-5, BEST 1-2, ROSE 1-3, CROSHERE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - SPREWELL, HARRINGTON, INDIANA - PERKINS, BEST. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, TOMMY NUNEZ, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 18,345. T - 2:21.


Box Score

NEW YORK (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 36 11-21 2-2 0-3 1 5 26 Thomas 28 4-8 1-2 3-6 0 4 9 Camby 43 3-7 1-3 2-14 2 2 7 Houston 36 5-16 2-2 0-2 2 2 12 Jackson 29 0-3 0-0 1-5 7 3 0 Harrington 16 1-3 4-4 0-1 0 3 6 Rice 33 4-13 6-6 2-8 1 0 16 Ward 19 1-1 0-0 0-2 5 4 3 L Johnson DNP - sore back Knight DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-72 16-19 8-41 18 23 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.403, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Sprewell 2-3, Houston 0-3, Jackson 0-1, Rice 2-3, Ward 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Camby 5, Houston 2, Sprewell, Thomas). Turnovers: 13 (Ward 3, Camby 2, Harrington 2, Sprewell 2, Houston, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Camby 2, Jackson 2, Houston, Sprewell).

INDIANA (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 34 5-13 2-4 2-9 4 5 12 Oneal 45 7-13 3-6 3-14 3 4 17 Perkins 37 3-9 1-2 2-7 1 1 10 Best 38 2-13 4-4 0-1 6 2 9 Rose 47 7-15 6-6 0-4 5 5 21 Croshere 7 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Mckey 11 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 1 0 J Bender 13 2-4 2-2 0-1 1 2 6 Foster 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 R Miller DNP - suspended by nba T Mills DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-72 18-24 8-40 22 20 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.361, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Perkins 3-5, Best 1-2, Rose 1-3, Croshere 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 7, Rose). Turnovers: 12 (Rose 4, Best 2, Harrington 2, J Bender, Perkins). Steals: 5 (Perkins 2, Best, Foster, Oneal). ____________________________________________ New York 23 18 16 22 - 79 Indiana 22 23 19 11 - 75 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Sprewell, 6:10 3rd; Harrington, 9:59 4th). Indiana 2 (Perkins, 6:10 3rd; Best, 9:59 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:21. Officials: Joe Derosa, Tommy Nunez, George Toliver.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers sure could have used Reggie Miller down the stretch.

While Miller served a one-game suspension for throwing gum at an official, the Pacers failed to score in the last four minutes and the New York Knicks took advantage, closing the game with a 10-0 run to complete a 79-75 victory and a sweep of the home-and-home series.

"You're always going to miss a Hall of Fame player like Reg, but we had a chance to win tonight," Pacers swingman Jalen Rose said. "We just let it get away."

The Pacers held a 75-69 lead after Al Harrington's two free throws with 4:11 remaining. But back-to-back 3-pointers by Latrell Sprewell and Glen Rice tied the game with 1:43 to go.

Jermaine O'Neal, who had 17 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks, had a chance to reclaim the lead for Indiana, but missed a pair of free throws with 1:14 left.

On New York's ensuing possession, Sprewell missed a 23-footer with 56 seconds left.

Without Miller, the Pacers did the expected and went to leading scorer Rose. The Knicks double-teamed as former Pacer Mark Jackson raced over to the left corner to help Glen Rice. Attempting to dribble through the double-team, Rose lost the ball with 33 seconds left.

Perhaps looking to atone for the turnover, Rose hounded Jackson defensively, but that left point guard Travis Best to guard Sprewell. Realizing the mismatch, Jackson passed to the 6-5 Sprewell, who used his six-inch height advantage on Best, backed him up at the left baseline and hit a 14-foot jumper to give the Knicks their first lead of the half at 77-75 with 14 seconds left.

"It wasn't a switch, it was just a mixup," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "After the turnover, Jalen got stuck on Mark Jackson and Travis got stuck on Sprewell."

Best attempted to respond, launching a jumper from the top of the key over Jackson that rimmed the basket.

"It was a play designed for Jalen coming off the baseline," Thomas said. "He got knocked off the play and Travis decided to take the shot."

"We wanted to put the ball in Jalen's hand, but then I saw him fall down in the lane and there were a lot of people clogging up the paint," Best said. "I felt I had a good look so I let it go."

Rice grabbed the rebound, was fouled and hit both free throws with 3.1 seconds left to seal the win.

"We showed great resolve tonight, especially in the fourth quarter, being down six or seven points and able to come out with a victory," said Knicks center Marcus Camby, who had 14 rebounds and five blocks. "Latrell stepped up and hit a big shot and then Glen Rice hit his big three to tie the game. Latrell put us up two and we made big defensive stops at the end."

The Pacers scored just 11 points in the fourth quarter, missing 12-of-15 shots and committing six turnovers. Their last basket was a short jumper by Harrington with 5:12 left.

Sprewell led the Knicks with 26 points, including only two less than the Pacers in the fourth quarter.

"We finally got defensive stops and rebounds in the fourth quarter," Sprewell said. "We did a good job of helping, we were double teaming against Jalen and the rotations were good."

The win snapped a seven-game road losing streak for the Knicks and was their first at Conseco Fieldhouse, which opened prior to the 1999-2000 season. The Knicks were 0-5 here, including three losses in last season's Eastern Conference Finals.

"It was a just a great great win for us," Jackson said in his first trip here as a Knick. "We beat a team that's young and very athletic and who will be tough to beat down the road."

Rose had 21 points but was shut out in the fourth quarter, when he took only two shots.

"I felt we let this one get away from us again," Rose said. "We just didn't finish it off with our execution down the stretch."

The Pacers suffered their fourth straight loss, matching a season high, but remained a game ahead of Boston for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Celtics lost to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Miller was suspended one game and fined $10,000 by the NBA for throwing gum at an official in Tuesday's 97-83 loss at New York.

"I'd have to agree with the decision," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "It's always good when a good shooter is out of the game. Reggie Miller is a hard player to guard and it was a benefit to us."

The Knicks played without starting forward Larry Johnson, who has back problems.

Sprewell and Houston combined for 17 points in the first quarter, which ended with the Knicks holding a 23-22 lead.

Rose scored 10 points in the second quarter, including a 15-foot jumper with 55 seconds left. O'Neal followed with a pair of free throws to give Indiana a 45-41 halftime advantage

Indiana led by as many as nine points in the third quarter, the last time at 64-55 after a pair of free throws by Sam Perkins with 2:53 left.

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