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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 23 21 17 17 78 INDIANA 23 30 20 27 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 21, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 18, DAVID VANTERPOL 10 IND - JALEN ROSE 23, AL HARRINGTON 14, REGGIE MILLER 12

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - POPEYE JONES 12, MICHAEL SMITH 12 IND - JEFF FOSTER 11, JALEN ROSE 10

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - DAVID VANTERPOL 4, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 IND - TYUS EDNEY 7, TRAVIS BEST 7

ATT: 16,393


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (78) AT INDIANA (100)

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

ALEXANDER F 28 2-9 4-4 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 8 LAETTNER F 29 6-12 5-5 0 1 1 1 4 2 4 18 MICHAEL SMITH C 30 0-2 0-0 3 9 12 3 4 0 1 0 HAMILTON G 33 10-21 1-3 0 2 2 3 5 1 6 21 PROFIT G 30 3-9 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 2 3 7 P JONES 18 3-7 2-2 7 5 12 2 2 0 1 8 VANTERPOL 24 4-11 2-5 1 2 3 4 1 1 3 10 NESBY 18 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 VAUGHT 18 2-6 0-0 3 2 5 0 1 0 1 4 MIKE SMITH 12 0-5 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 DAVIS DNP - STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING J WHITE DNP - SORE RIGHT HEEL

TOTALS 240 31-87 14-19 17 27 44 18 27 7 21 78 (.356) (.737) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 21(22 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 32 6-9 2-3 2 3 5 2 5 3 2 14 ONEAL F 11 1-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 1 2 PERKINS C 6 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 R MILLER G 27 4-9 3-3 0 2 2 2 5 0 3 12 ROSE G 39 9-20 4-5 1 9 10 4 1 0 4 23 BEST 27 5-10 1-3 0 2 2 7 0 4 0 11 CROSHERE 26 3-10 5-7 2 3 5 0 2 2 1 11 J BENDER 17 2-2 1-1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 FOSTER 26 2-4 4-4 5 6 11 1 5 1 1 8 TABAK 17 3-7 0-0 3 3 6 2 2 1 2 6 EDNEY 12 4-7 0-0 0 3 3 7 2 0 0 8 MCKEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-85 20-26 15 34 49 27 25 11 16 100 (.459) (.769) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(9 PTS)

WASHINGTON 23 21 17 17 - 78 INDIANA 23 30 20 27 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - LAETTNER 2, P JONES, PROFIT. INDIANA - ONEAL 3, TABAK 2, CROSHERE 2, J BENDER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 2-7 (.286), ALEXANDER 0-2, LAETTNER 1-1, HAMILTON 0-1, PROFIT 1-1, NESBY 0-1, MIKE SMITH 0-1. INDIANA 2-6 (.333), R MILLER 1-3, ROSE 1-1, CROSHERE 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, MIKE CALLAHAN, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 16,393. T - 2:09.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Alexander 28 2-9 4-4 0-2 1 4 8 Laettner 29 6-12 5-5 0-1 1 4 18 Michael Smith 30 0-2 0-0 3-12 3 4 0 Hamilton 33 10-21 1-3 0-2 3 5 21 Profit 30 3-9 0-0 1-3 3 3 7 P Jones 18 3-7 2-2 7-12 2 2 8 Vanterpol 24 4-11 2-5 1-3 4 1 10 Nesby 18 1-5 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Vaught 18 2-6 0-0 3-5 0 1 4 Mike Smith 12 0-5 0-0 2-3 1 0 0 Davis DNP - strained right hamstring J White DNP - sore right heel _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-87 14-19 17-44 18 27 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Alexander 0-2, Laettner 1-1, Hamilton 0-1, Profit 1-1, Nesby 0-1, Mike Smith 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Laettner 2, P Jones, Profit). Turnovers: 21 (Hamilton 6, Laettner 4, Profit 3, Vanterpol 3, Alexander, Michael Smith, Mike Smith, P Jones, Vaught). Steals: 7 (Laettner 2, Profit 2, Hamilton, Mike Smith, Vanterpol).

INDIANA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 32 6-9 2-3 2-5 2 5 14 Oneal 11 1-7 0-0 1-3 1 1 2 Perkins 6 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 R Miller 27 4-9 3-3 0-2 2 5 12 Rose 39 9-20 4-5 1-10 4 1 23 Best 27 5-10 1-3 0-2 7 0 11 Croshere 26 3-10 5-7 2-5 0 2 11 J Bender 17 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 2 5 Foster 26 2-4 4-4 5-11 1 5 8 Tabak 17 3-7 0-0 3-6 2 2 6 Edney 12 4-7 0-0 0-3 7 2 8 Mckey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-85 20-26 15-49 27 25 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.459, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (R Miller 1-3, Rose 1-1, Croshere 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 8 (Oneal 3, Tabak 2, Croshere 2, J Bender). Turnovers: 16 (Rose 4, R Miller 3, Harrington 2, J Bender 2, Tabak 2, Croshere, Foster, Oneal). Steals: 11 (Best 4, Harrington 3, Croshere 2, Foster, Tabak). ____________________________________________ Washington 23 21 17 17 - 78 Indiana 23 30 20 27 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,393. T: 2:09. Officials: Bob Delaney, Mike Callahan, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Isiah Thomas could not have picked a better trio of opponents to beat up on for his Indiana Pacers to strengthen their playoff hopes.

After back-to-back wins over Chicago and New Jersey, the Pacers rolled to a 100-78 rout of the Washington Wizards and opened a 2 1/2-game lead over the Boston Celtics in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jalen Rose scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers (37-40), who extended their winning streak to four games. Meanwhile, the Celtics suffered a 108-95 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

"We are beginning to look like a playoff team," Rose said. "We must continue to find ways to win and to make us a better basketball team. We can't worry about Boston or any other team. We must be concerned with us."

Indiana has been especially strong against the league's weaker teams, compiling a 24-10 record against sub-.500 opponents.

The hapless Wizards, losers of 11 of their last 13, suffered their eighth straight loss at Indiana.

"Tonight we played a team that played with more emotion," said Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton. "You have got to give Indiana a lot of credit. They shot pretty well and took advantage of our lapses. We have a difficult matchup with Indiana."

Richard Hamilton led Washington with 21 points and Christian Laettner added 18.

"They are playing together very well and getting some tremendous leadership from guys like Jalen and Reggie and the young guys are starting to contribute as well," Hamilton said of the Pacers.

Indiana, which has five games remaining, will host the New York Knicks on Wednesday and the Celtics on Friday. Boston will meet Miami on Wednesday.

"We want to win all of them," Thomas said. "You never know what can happen. Teams get can get on a roll, guys can get hot. They've (Boston) got two players in (Antoine) Walker and (Paul) Pierce and they can win out."

Al Harrington scored 14 points, Reggie Miller had 12 and Travis Best and Austin Croshere each added 11 for Indiana.

"Obviously, every game is important to us," Croshere said. "All of our guys seem to be stepping up when needed. We are in the driver's seat. It's ours to lose. We can't worry about Boston or any other team."

The Pacers' streak started with a win at home over Phoenix before they took advantage of Chicago, New Jersey and Washington.

The Wizards raced to an 11-4 lead as Laettner connected on a 3-pointer and a short jumper, but the Pacers scored seven of the next nine points and the game was tied at 23-23 after the first quarter.

Indiana took its first lead at 25-23 on a dunk by Jeff Foster 25 seconds into the second quarter and Croshere followed with another dunk.

After the Wizards pulled within 31-29 on a 15-foot jumper by Loy Vaught with 7 1/2 minutes left, the Pacers went on a 16-6 run.

Harrington ignited it with a 15-foot jumper from the right sideline and added a three-point play in the spurt.

"I got it going tonight and felt pretty good in all phases of my game," Harrington said. "I think I have been my biggest enemy. I have not been mentally prepared, but I am better now and hope to feed off of this."

A 19-foot corner jumper by Foster capped the run, opening a 47-35 lead with 3:12 left in the half.

A three-point play by Laettner pulled the Wizards within 55-47 with 10 1/2 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Rose hit a pair of jumpers and Miller connected on a 3-pointer to highlight another 16-6 run for Indiana.

A layup by Zan Tabak gave the Pacers their biggest lead at 71-53 with 4:37 left.

The Wizards pulled no closer than 12 points in the fourth quarter.

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