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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 28 20 30 17 10 105 CLEVELAND 24 29 20 22 6 101 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 30, REGGIE MILLER 22, JALEN ROSE 22 CLE - LAMOND MURRAY 22, ANDRE MILLER 19, CHRIS MIHM 13

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 20, ZAN TABAK 9 CLE - CHRIS MIHM 13, MATT HARPRING 7

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - JALEN ROSE 20, JERMAINE ONEAL 5 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 11, ANTHONY JOHNSON 5

ATT: 17,290


Extended Box

INDIANA (105) AT CLEVELAND (101) - FINAL IN OT

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

HARRINGTON F 39 2-7 1-2 1 3 4 3 6 2 0 5 ONEAL F 49 14-25 2-2 7 13 20 5 4 1 3 30 TABAK C 20 3-6 0-0 0 9 9 1 4 1 0 6 R MILLER G 28 9-17 3-3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 22 ROSE G 44 9-19 1-2 1 3 4 20 2 1 4 22 J BENDER 26 2-5 3-5 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 7 FOSTER 13 0-2 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 1 0 CROSHERE 31 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 5 9 EDNEY 11 0-1 4-4 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 4 T MILLS 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 BEST DNP - STRAINED LOWER BACK SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 43-92 14-18 10 43 53 34 25 8 17 105 (.467) (.778) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 18(16 PTS)

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

HARPRING F 33 4-8 1-2 2 5 7 2 1 0 1 9 WEATHERSPOON F 30 5-10 2-2 2 3 5 2 0 0 1 12 MIHM C 35 6-12 1-2 4 9 13 0 1 0 1 13 MILLER G 39 5-16 8-10 1 0 1 11 5 1 1 19 PERSON G 16 2-8 2-2 0 4 4 0 1 1 2 6 TRAYLOR 18 1-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 2 1 2 LANGDON 22 2-8 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 6 MURRAY 35 10-19 1-1 3 3 6 1 3 2 1 22 A JOHNSON 14 1-4 0-0 0 4 4 5 1 1 1 2 GATLING 18 3-7 4-4 1 3 4 0 1 2 1 10 BROWN 5 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 39-99 21-25 13 37 50 23 17 11 10 101 (.394) (.840) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 10(13 PTS)

INDIANA 28 20 30 17 10 - 105 CLEVELAND 24 29 20 22 6 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ONEAL 4, CROSHERE 2, J BENDER 2, FOSTER. CLEVELAND - MIHM 2, WEATHERSPOON, MURRAY, MILLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-18 (.278), R MILLER 1-7, ROSE 3-5, J BENDER 0-1, CROSHERE 1-3, T MILLS 0-2. CLEVELAND 2-9 (.222), HARPRING 0-1, MILLER 1-2, LANGDON 0-3, MURRAY 1-3. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - FOSTER, CLEVELAND - BROWN. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, MIKE CALLAHAN, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 17,290. T - 2:15.


Box Score

INDIANA (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 39 2-7 1-2 1-4 3 6 5 Oneal 49 14-25 2-2 7-20 5 4 30 Tabak 20 3-6 0-0 0-9 1 4 6 R Miller 28 9-17 3-3 0-0 1 0 22 Rose 44 9-19 1-2 1-4 20 2 22 J Bender 26 2-5 3-5 0-3 1 2 7 Foster 13 0-2 0-0 1-6 0 4 0 Croshere 31 4-8 0-0 0-4 1 2 9 Edney 11 0-1 4-4 0-2 2 1 4 T Mills 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Best DNP - strained lower back Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 43-92 14-18 10-53 34 25 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (R Miller 1-7, Rose 3-5, J Bender 0-1, Croshere 1-3, T Mills 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 9 (Oneal 4, Croshere 2, J Bender 2, Foster). Turnovers: 18 (Croshere 5, Rose 4, Oneal 3, Edney 2, Foster, J Bender, T Mills). Steals: 8 (Harrington 2, R Miller 2, J Bender, Oneal, Rose, Tabak).

CLEVELAND (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harpring 33 4-8 1-2 2-7 2 1 9 Weatherspoon 30 5-10 2-2 2-5 2 0 12 Mihm 35 6-12 1-2 4-13 0 1 13 Miller 39 5-16 8-10 1-1 11 5 19 Person 16 2-8 2-2 0-4 0 1 6 Traylor 18 1-6 0-0 0-4 1 1 2 Langdon 22 2-8 2-2 0-0 1 1 6 Murray 35 10-19 1-1 3-6 1 3 22 A Johnson 14 1-4 0-0 0-4 5 1 2 Gatling 18 3-7 4-4 1-4 0 1 10 Brown 5 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Jackson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 39-99 21-25 13-50 23 17 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.394, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Harpring 0-1, Miller 1-2, Langdon 0-3, Murray 1-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Mihm 2, Weatherspoon, Murray, Miller). Turnovers: 10 (Person 2, A Johnson, Gatling, Harpring, Mihm, Miller, Murray, Traylor, Weatherspoon). Steals: 11 (Gatling 2, Langdon 2, Murray 2, Traylor 2, A Johnson, Miller, Person). _________________________________________________ Indiana 28 20 30 17 10 - 105 Cleveland 24 29 20 22 6 - 101 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Foster, 2:14 2nd). Cleveland 1 (Brown, 2:14 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,290. T: 2:15. Officials: Joe Derosa, Mike Callahan, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- As the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Indiana Pacers are putting in a little extra work.

Jermaine O'Neal had 30 points and 20 rebounds and Jalen Rose added 20 points and 20 assists as the Pacers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-101 in overtime, in the season finale for both teams.

Indiana reached the NBA Finals last year but retooled its roster with younger players and struggled for much of the season. The Pacers closed by winning nine of their last 10 games to finish at 41-41.

"Our goal this year was develop young players and make it to the playoffs," Pacers first-year coach Isiah Thomas said. "We did all that, and also we were a .500 team. The longer we stay in the playoffs, the better we become. We've got three or four guys who are playing really good basketball going into the playoffs and that's the way you want to be."

Having already wrapped up the postseason berth, the Pacers have played overtime in three of their last four games, including the last two. Thomas was able to rest some of his regulars, but O'Neal played 49 minutes and Rose went 44.

"For the guys in the locker room, they wanted to win the game," Thomas said. "Myself, I just wanted to get out of here and not to get anyone injured."

The Pacers face the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the first round beginning Saturday. They eliminated the 76ers in the conference finals in each of the last two seasons.

"We are the defending Eastern Conference champions and the playoffs will be an exciting time," Rose said. "I want to go into the playoffs playing at a good rhythm and a good pace."

O'Neal made 14-of-25 shots as he matched his career high. The 23-year-old five-year veteran also established a career high in rebounds and added five assists and four blocks.

"It was kind of disappointing to lose the game Tuesday (vs. Philadelphia) and we wanted to continue to take the winning attitude into the playoffs," O'Neal said. "I didn't get a chance to play and work on a lot of things against Philly but tonight gave me a chance to come out and show myself and my teammates what I could do out there."

Rose, who has played more point guard this season than at any time in his career, had a career high in assists and tied Denver's Nick Van Exel for the second-best total in the league this season.

"Our guys did a great job knocking down shots and Jermaine O'Neal had a Wilt Chamberlain- Moses Malone-type night," Rose said.

In the overtime, O'Neal scored six points and Rose four as they combined for all of Indiana's points.

Reggie Miller scored 22 points for the Pacers, who shot 47 percent (43-of-92) and improved to 5-5 in overtime.

Lamond Murray scored 22 points and Andre Miller added 19 and 11 assists for Cleveland, which finished 30-52 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

The campaign took a drastic turn December 22 at Miami, when 7-3 center Zydrunas Ilgauskas broke his foot and was lost for the season for the fourth time in five years. The Cavaliers were 15-9 with him and 15-41 without him.

Andre Miller's jumper gave Cleveland a 93-90 lead with 1:06 to go in the fourth quarter but Rose tied it by banking in a 3-pointer. Murray and Miller opened overtime with baskets but the Cavs had just one hoop thereafter.

"Tonight's game was kind of reminiscent of some of the losses we had this year," Cavs coach Randy Wittman said. "Lack of communication down the stretch when we have leads has been a problem for us. As a young team, we have to learn from these mistakes and that will make us a better team next year."

This was the second year of a three-year contract for Wittman, who went some time this season before finally receiving a vote of confidence from owner Gordon Gund and general manager Jim Paxson.

"As far as I know, I will be back," Wittman said.

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