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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 19 21 24 33 97 INDIANA 21 26 27 29 103 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JASON TERRY 31, TONI KUKOC 25, ALAN HENDERSON 16 IND - JALEN ROSE 21, AUSTIN CROSHERE 17, TYUS EDNEY 16

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - ALAN HENDERSON 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 13, AL HARRINGTON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - TONI KUKOC 7, JASON TERRY 5 IND - JALEN ROSE 6, REGGIE MILLER 6

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

ATLANTA (97) AT INDIANA (103)

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

HENDERSON F 38 6-11 4-7 6 5 11 2 3 1 0 16 KUKOC F 36 10-17 2-3 0 6 6 7 3 1 3 25 MOHAMMED C 24 3-7 0-0 2 4 6 0 2 0 1 6 KNIGHT G 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 3 0 0 TERRY G 46 12-21 3-4 1 4 5 5 2 2 7 31 CRAWFORD 14 2-5 0-1 0 0 0 2 5 0 3 4 MALONEY 28 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 4 6 0 1 3 MOTTOLA 14 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 GLOVER 6 2-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 4 D JOHNSON 12 0-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 C BOWDLER 15 2-3 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 6

TOTALS 240 39-88 11-17 10 27 37 22 32 9 15 97 (.443) (.647) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 17(30 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 38 6-13 0-1 3 5 8 5 5 3 3 12 ONEAL F 38 4-8 6-10 2 11 13 2 5 1 1 14 PERKINS C 20 0-2 0-0 1 5 6 3 0 2 0 0 R MILLER G 42 5-10 2-2 0 0 0 6 1 0 2 13 ROSE G 29 6-11 8-9 1 1 2 6 6 1 3 21 BEST 16 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 1 2 8 J BENDER 8 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 CROSHERE 27 6-10 5-5 0 6 6 1 2 0 3 17 EDNEY 22 4-9 7-8 1 0 1 5 3 0 3 16 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION T MILLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TABAK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-72 28-35 9 30 39 30 25 8 17 103 (.486) (.800) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 17(18 PTS)

ATLANTA 19 21 24 33 - 97 INDIANA 21 26 27 29 - 103

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - D JOHNSON, MOHAMMED, MOTTOLA. INDIANA - ONEAL 5, PERKINS 2, HARRINGTON 2, CROSHERE 2, ROSE, J BENDER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 8-21 (.381), KUKOC 3-5, TERRY 4-8, MALONEY 1-5, GLOVER 0-2, D JOHNSON 0-1. INDIANA 5-17 (.294), PERKINS 0-2, R MILLER 1-5, ROSE 1-3, BEST 2-2, J BENDER 0-1, CROSHERE 0-2, EDNEY 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LUIS GRILLO, RODNEY MOTT. A - 18,345. T - 2:14.


Box Score

ATLANTA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 38 6-11 4-7 6-11 2 3 16 Kukoc 36 10-17 2-3 0-6 7 3 25 Mohammed 24 3-7 0-0 2-6 0 2 6 Knight 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 1 0 Terry 46 12-21 3-4 1-5 5 2 31 Crawford 14 2-5 0-1 0-0 2 5 4 Maloney 28 1-7 0-0 0-3 4 6 3 Mottola 14 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Glover 6 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 2 4 D Johnson 12 0-5 0-0 1-1 1 4 0 C Bowdler 15 2-3 2-2 0-3 0 1 6 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-88 11-17 10-37 22 32 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Kukoc 3-5, Terry 4-8, Maloney 1-5, Glover 0-2, D Johnson 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (D Johnson, Mohammed, Mottola). Turnovers: 17 (Terry 7, Crawford 3, Kukoc 3, Maloney, Mohammed). Steals: 9 (Knight 3, Terry 2, D Johnson, Glover, Henderson, Kukoc).

INDIANA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 38 6-13 0-1 3-8 5 5 12 Oneal 38 4-8 6-10 2-13 2 5 14 Perkins 20 0-2 0-0 1-6 3 0 0 R Miller 42 5-10 2-2 0-0 6 1 13 Rose 29 6-11 8-9 1-2 6 6 21 Best 16 3-6 0-0 1-2 2 3 8 J Bender 8 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Croshere 27 6-10 5-5 0-6 1 2 17 Edney 22 4-9 7-8 1-1 5 3 16 Foster DNP - coach's decision T Mills DNP - coach's decision Tabak DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 28-35 9-39 30 25 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Perkins 0-2, R Miller 1-5, Rose 1-3, Best 2-2, J Bender 0-1, Croshere 0-2, Edney 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 13 (Oneal 5, Perkins 2, Harrington 2, Croshere 2, Rose, J Bender). Turnovers: 17 (Croshere 3, Edney 3, Harrington 3, Rose 3, Best 2, R Miller 2, Oneal). Steals: 8 (Harrington 3, Perkins 2, Best, Oneal, Rose). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 19 21 24 33 - 97 Indiana 21 26 27 29 - 103 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:14. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers got a big boost from their smallest player.

Tyus Edney came off the injured list to score a season-high 16 points as the Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 103-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

"Yeah it was a surprise," Edney said of playing 22 minutes in his first game back. "I didn't know how much I would play. But you know it's kind of been like that. You just have to stay ready and hope you can get in there."

Indiana is one percentage point behind the Boston Celtics for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The defending conference champions were coming off an 0-3 road trip and had lost seven of eight overall.

Signed as a free agent during the offseason, the 5-10 Edney had been on the injured list since January 2 with a sprained left ankle. He stepped in for foul-plagued Travis Best and energized the Pacers in the second and fourth quarters. He made 4-of-9 shots and added five assists.

"I was able to get comfortable in there," Edney said. "I was trying not to be too rusty, but fortunately I was able to get out there and get comfortable and get used to playing again."

Jalen Rose scored 21 points and Austin Croshere added 17 off the bench for Indiana, which never trailed from midway through the second quarter.

"The main thing is we were able to stop the bleeding," Rose said. "Anytime you've lost games consecutively like we have, seven out of the last eight, you gotta start somewhere and what better place to start than your own arena."

Jason Terry scored 31 points and Toni Kukoc added 25 for the Hawks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Atlanta is 2-10 since trading All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo.

Alan Henderson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which suffered its seventh straight road loss and fell to 7-27 away from Philips Arena. Henderson made 4-of-7 free throws, but the rest of the Hawks went to the line just 10 times, making six.

The Pacers shot 80 percent (28-of-35) from the line.

Jermaine O'Neal totaled 14 points and 13 rebounds along with five of Indiana's season-high 13 blocked shots. O'Neal's 182 blocked shots are third in the NBA and two away from the team record set by Herb Williams in the 1985-86 season.

"It was the same effort, but tonight we played the entire game," O'Neal said. "We played hard on the road, but had some letdowns. But I felt tonight we played a good solid 48 minutes."

Reggie Miller added 14 points and Al Harrington had 12 and eight rebounds as the Pacers held a 39-37 edge on the boards.

Indiana had a 21-19 lead after the first quarter and went ahead for good with 6:47 remaining in the second when Edney hit a running jumper to make it 28-27. The basket ignited a 16-4 run that Harrington capped with a short jumper for a 42-31 lead 3:07 before halftime.

"We had a lot of careless errors," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "We went too quickly and a lot of turnovers resulted in layups in the other direction which will hurt you."

Indiana had points from nine different players in the first half and held a 47-40 lead.

Kukoc opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and Nazr Mohammed followed with a layup to pull the Hawks within 47-45 with 11:12 remaining. O'Neal and Terry traded baskets before Harrington's 14-footer gave Indiana a 51-47 advantage with 10:18 left.

"It's been the story of our year where we've been close but haven't been able to pull out a win," Henderson said. "We coudln't afford to give Indiana a chance to run and we weren't able to stop them from doing that tonight."

The Hawks managed to trim the deficit to 53-50 when Matt Maloney hit a 3-pointer with 9 1/2 minutes left in the third. But the Pacers scored eight unanswered points, capped by Best's 3-pointer with 8:13 to go.

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