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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 23 26 22 28 99 DENVER 21 23 22 19 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - AL HARRINGTON 22, REGGIE MILLER 17, JALEN ROSE 16 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 20, GEORGE MCCLOUD 18, JAMES POSEY 15

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 DEN - RYAN BOWEN 12, RAEF LAFRENTZ 11

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 9, AVERY JOHNSON 7

ATT: 14,542


Extended Box

INDIANA (99) AT DENVER (85)

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

ONEAL F 37 4-13 6-7 3 10 13 2 3 0 1 14 ROSE F 35 7-17 2-4 0 6 6 6 3 1 1 16 FOSTER C 14 4-4 1-2 2 2 4 0 1 0 1 9 R MILLER G 40 5-11 4-4 1 4 5 6 1 2 0 17 TINSLEY G 34 2-7 4-4 0 2 2 10 4 5 3 8 HARRINGTON 30 11-15 0-0 3 4 7 2 1 2 3 22 CROSHERE 16 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 J BENDER 26 3-4 2-2 0 7 7 2 1 0 1 11 BREWER 8 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 2 BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-78 19-23 9 37 46 32 15 10 13 99 (.474) (.826) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

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

G MCCLOUD F 33 7-15 2-2 2 3 5 5 1 0 3 18 WILLIAMS F 22 2-6 0-0 3 4 7 0 2 1 2 4 LAFRENTZ C 38 5-12 2-2 1 10 11 0 2 0 2 13 POSEY G 38 4-18 7-8 3 3 6 2 2 3 3 15 VAN EXEL G 41 8-23 2-3 0 3 3 9 1 1 1 20 BOWEN 32 2-6 0-0 8 4 12 1 4 1 1 4 JOHNSON 25 3-10 3-4 1 2 3 7 5 3 0 9 CHEANEY 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 LENARD 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SATTERFIELD DNP - COACH'S DECISION SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-93 16-19 18 30 48 24 17 9 12 85 (.344) (.842) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

INDIANA 23 26 22 28 - 99 DENVER 21 23 22 19 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ONEAL 5, J BENDER 2, FOSTER 2, HARRINGTON. DENVER - LAFRENTZ 5, G MCCLOUD, BOWEN, VAN EXEL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-14 (.429), ROSE 0-2, R MILLER 3-6, TINSLEY 0-2, J BENDER 3-3, BREWER 0-1. DENVER 5-27 (.185), G MCCLOUD 2-7, LAFRENTZ 1-5, POSEY 0-4, VAN EXEL 2-8, JOHNSON 0-2, LENARD 0-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - HEAD COACH ISSEL, WILLIAMS, VAN EXEL 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE CALLAHAN, DEE KANTNER. A - 14,542. T - 2:04.


Box Score

INDIANA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 37 4-13 6-7 3-13 2 3 14 Rose 35 7-17 2-4 0-6 6 3 16 Foster 14 4-4 1-2 2-4 0 1 9 R Miller 40 5-11 4-4 1-5 6 1 17 Tinsley 34 2-7 4-4 0-2 10 4 8 Harrington 30 11-15 0-0 3-7 2 1 22 Croshere 16 0-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 J Bender 26 3-4 2-2 0-7 2 1 11 Brewer 8 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 1 2 Brezec DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - upper respiratory infection Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-78 19-23 9-46 32 15 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.826. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Rose 0-2, R Miller 3-6, Tinsley 0-2, J Bender 3-3, Brewer 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 10 (Oneal 5, J Bender 2, Foster 2, Harrington). Turnovers: 15 (Harrington 3, Tinsley 3, Brewer 2, Croshere, Foster, J Bender, Oneal, Rose). Steals: 10 (Tinsley 5, Harrington 2, R Miller 2, Rose).

DENVER (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp G Mccloud 33 7-15 2-2 2-5 5 1 18 Williams 22 2-6 0-0 3-7 0 2 4 Lafrentz 38 5-12 2-2 1-11 0 2 13 Posey 38 4-18 7-8 3-6 2 2 15 Van Exel 41 8-23 2-3 0-3 9 1 20 Bowen 32 2-6 0-0 8-12 1 4 4 Johnson 25 3-10 3-4 1-3 7 5 9 Cheaney 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Lenard 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Satterfield DNP - coach's decision Scott DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-93 16-19 18-48 24 17 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.344, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 5-27, .185 (G Mccloud 2-7, Lafrentz 1-5, Posey 0-4, Van Exel 2-8, Johnson 0-2, Lenard 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Lafrentz 5, G Mccloud, Bowen, Van Exel). Turnovers: 13 (G Mccloud 3, Posey 3, Lafrentz 2, Williams 2, Bowen, Van Exel). Steals: 9 (Johnson 3, Posey 3, Bowen, Van Exel, Williams). ____________________________________________ Indiana 23 26 22 28 - 99 Denver 21 23 22 19 - 85 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 4 (Head Coach Issel, 11:16 2nd; Williams, 7:36 4th; Van Exel 2 (ejected), 4:07 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,542. T: 2:04. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Al Harrington scored 22 points as the Indiana Pacers took advantage of a costly mistake by the Denver Nuggets en route to a 99-85 victory.

Harrington had no trouble against Denver's small frontcourt, making several easy layups and wide-open jumpers. He went 11-of-15 from the floor for Indiana, which shot 47 percent (37-of-78).

"Harrington came in and gave us a big lift," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "We knew they would make a run. Luckily, Reggie Miller still had his legs and made a couple of baskets. When he caught his second wind, he was as fresh as anyone."

Miller finished with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting as the Pacers placed five players in double figures.

The Pacers held a 71-68 edge heading to the fourth quarter but put away the game with a 10-0 run that made it 89-73 with 4:07 left.

The Nuggets finally scored on a pair of free throws by George McCloud with 3:52 left.

Denver attempted to get back in the game by throwing up four consecutve 3-ponters, but was woefully short on each en route to its fourth consecutive loss.

The Nuggets finished 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) from 3-point range.

The 10-0 burst began when Nuggets forward Scott Williams was whistled for a technical foul after slapping Jalen Rose with 7:36 remaining.

It was the second consecutive game that a mistake by Williams put the game out of reach for Denver.

In Sunday's 105-98 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Williams collided with teammate Raef LaFrentz on a rebound, leading to Devean George's go-ahead basket.

Nick Van Exel led the Nuggets with 20 points on 8-of-23 shooting. Denver went just 34 percent (32-for-93) from the field.

"It was frustrating, especially when our shots were not falling tonight," Van Exel said. "I got some good looks, but they just didn't fall. They shot the lights out. We went up 6-0 and they came back and scored the next eight.

"When we won those six games, the inside presence was no bg deal. "But after losing four in a row, it's a big deal. We have to go out there and get it done."

Van Exel also was whistled for two quick technicals after arguing with referee Joe Crawford with 4:07 left.

"The whole game was frustrating for us," Nuggets coach Dan Issel said. "We're just shooting perimeter shots. If we could shoot 43-45 percent from the field, we would have a chance to win. But when you shoot 35 percent, you have no chance."

The Pacers suffered a 96-90 loss to Portland on Tuesday, but Issel said they did not look like a team playing on back-to-back nights. The Nuggets had not played since Sunday.

Denver scored the first six points of the game, but Indiana answered by scoring six of its next seven baskets on the fast break.

"We gave up 31 fast-break points," Issel said. "We looked like the team who played last night. We weren't playing baselne to baseline. We were just playing free throw line to free throw line."

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