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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 20 18 22 23 83 INDIANA 30 20 22 26 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - MARCUS FIZER 19, BRAD MILLER 13, KEVIN OLLIE 12 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 22, JAMAAL TINSLEY 18, THREE PLAYERS WITH 15

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - MARCUS FIZER 7, CHARLES OAKLEY 7 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - FRED HOIBERG 5, RON MERCER 5 IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 10, REGGIE MILLER 6

ATT: 16,568


Extended Box

CHICAGO (83) AT INDIANA (98)

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

FIZER F 35 9-18 1-2 2 5 7 0 2 0 2 19 MERCER F 35 4-15 2-2 0 2 2 5 1 2 1 10 MILLER C 28 4-8 5-5 1 3 4 4 4 3 1 13 ANTHONY G 27 4-11 1-2 1 1 2 3 0 1 3 10 HASSELL G 26 3-8 1-2 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 7 HOIBERG 31 3-4 1-1 0 3 3 5 2 0 0 8 OAKLEY 24 1-5 0-0 2 5 7 2 1 1 0 2 CURRY 13 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 2 OLLIE 21 5-6 2-2 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 12 BAGARIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION CHANDLER DNP - MID-BACK STRAIN GUYTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-78 13-16 7 24 31 24 15 8 8 83 (.436) (.813) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 8(10 PTS)

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

ONEAL F 34 9-15 4-6 3 8 11 1 4 1 1 22 ROSE F 35 7-18 1-1 0 4 4 3 3 0 1 15 FOSTER C 21 1-3 0-0 3 4 7 1 1 1 0 2 R MILLER G 33 4-6 4-4 0 2 2 6 2 0 1 15 TINSLEY G 40 8-15 1-2 2 3 5 10 1 3 5 18 HARRINGTON 33 6-10 3-4 2 5 7 1 3 1 1 15 CROSHERE 13 3-6 0-0 3 2 5 1 1 0 0 6 J BENDER 24 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 2 4 3 BREWER 5 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 0 SUNDOV 2 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 BEST DNP - LOWER BACK STRAIN BREZEC DNP - SORE RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 40-78 13-17 15 31 46 27 18 8 13 98 (.513) (.765) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(16 PTS)

CHICAGO 20 18 22 23 - 83 INDIANA 30 20 22 26 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - HASSELL, OAKLEY, CURRY. INDIANA - HARRINGTON 2, J BENDER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 2-12 (.167), FIZER 0-1, MERCER 0-1, ANTHONY 1-4, HASSELL 0-3, HOIBERG 1-2, OAKLEY 0-1. INDIANA 5-14 (.357), ROSE 0-3, R MILLER 3-5, TINSLEY 1-3, CROSHERE 0-1, J BENDER 1-2. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, BLANE REICHELT, RON OLESIAK. A - 16,568. T - 1:57.


Box Score

CHICAGO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fizer 35 9-18 1-2 2-7 0 2 19 Mercer 35 4-15 2-2 0-2 5 1 10 Miller 28 4-8 5-5 1-4 4 4 13 Anthony 27 4-11 1-2 1-2 3 0 10 Hassell 26 3-8 1-2 1-2 3 2 7 Hoiberg 31 3-4 1-1 0-3 5 2 8 Oakley 24 1-5 0-0 2-7 2 1 2 Curry 13 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 3 2 Ollie 21 5-6 2-2 0-2 2 0 12 Bagaric DNP - coach's decision Chandler DNP - mid-back strain Guyton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-78 13-16 7-31 24 15 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.436, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Fizer 0-1, Mercer 0-1, Anthony 1-4, Hassell 0-3, Hoiberg 1-2, Oakley 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Hassell, Oakley, Curry). Turnovers: 8 (Anthony 3, Fizer 2, Hassell, Mercer, Miller). Steals: 8 (Miller 3, Mercer 2, Anthony, Hassell, Oakley).

INDIANA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 34 9-15 4-6 3-11 1 4 22 Rose 35 7-18 1-1 0-4 3 3 15 Foster 21 1-3 0-0 3-7 1 1 2 R Miller 33 4-6 4-4 0-2 6 2 15 Tinsley 40 8-15 1-2 2-5 10 1 18 Harrington 33 6-10 3-4 2-7 1 3 15 Croshere 13 3-6 0-0 3-5 1 1 6 J Bender 24 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 Brewer 5 0-0 0-0 0-2 3 1 0 Sundov 2 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Best DNP - lower back strain Brezec DNP - sore right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-78 13-17 15-46 27 18 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.513, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Rose 0-3, R Miller 3-5, Tinsley 1-3, Croshere 0-1, J Bender 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Harrington 2, J Bender). Turnovers: 15 (Tinsley 5, J Bender 4, Harrington, Oneal, R Miller, Rose). Steals: 8 (Tinsley 3, J Bender 2, Foster, Harrington, Oneal). ____________________________________________ Chicago 20 18 22 23 - 83 Indiana 30 20 22 26 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (Defensive Three, 4:11 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,568. T: 1:57. Officials: Ron Garretson, Blane Reichelt, Ron Olesiak.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers' young double act of Jermaine O'Neal and rookie Jamaal Tinsley took a leading role in yet another tragedy for the woeful Chicago Bulls.

O'Neal had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Tinsley contributed 18 and 10 assists as the Pacers extended their winning streak over the Bulls to seven games with an easy 98-83 victory.

O'Neal posted his sixth double-double in the last seven games. The 23-year-old forward netted 10 points in the opening quarter as Indiana jumped out to a 30-20 lead before crusing to its 13th win in the last 14 meetings with its Central Divsion rival.

"I think that our rebounding was pretty good tonight. I think I shot the ball well and made good shot selections," said O'Neal, who went 9-for-15 from the floor. "We must build on this and continue to improve, understand each other and play tighter as a team."

Tinsley, the NBA's Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for November, recorded his second straight double-double and team-leading 10th of the season helped the Pacers win for the fourth time in their last five games.

Marcus Fizer scored a season-high 19 points for the Bulls, who have dropped 13 of their last 15 contests.

Fizer started for veteran forward Charles Oakley, who had been critical of Bulls coach Tim Floyd earlier this season and was not in the starting lineup for the first time. Oakley had two points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes.

"We are young off the bench and not very good defensively when we go to the bench," Floyd said. "Bringing Charles off the bench helped that situation tonight."

"It doesn't hurt (not to start). We made a move and we got a lot out of it," Oakley said. "Marcus scored a lot of points tonight, but I think this is the first time that I haven't started since my rookie year."

Chicago is 0-11 on the road this season.

O'Neal registered double-digit boards for the eighth straight game. That helped Indiana dominate off the glass, posting a 46-31 margin that translated to a 16-4 edge in second-chance points. Chicago pulled down just seven offensive rebounds, including two in the opening half.

The Pacers trailed by two in the opening quarter when Tinsley's 17-foot jumper sparked their 15-4 run. Jalen Rose capped it by converting a 3-pointer as Indiana grabbed a 22-11 lead with 4:25 left in the period.

"We were playing against a team that we knew that we should (beat), and we went out and got it done," Pacers forward Jalen Rose said. "The bottom line is a win in the `W' column."

Tinsley, who played 40 minutes, likely will continue to get most of the playing time at point guard. Travis Best, who has taken the court just twice since November 16, did not play due to a lower back strain.

Rose, Reggie Miller and Al Harrington added 15 points apiece for the Pacers, who shot just over 51 percent (40-of-78). Indiana has won all six contests this season when shooting better than 50 percent from the floor.

"Offensively, balance is our most important weapon because you're developing so many assets to use," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "Right now, I don't see us settling into a team where one or two guys score all the points."

Miller went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. The most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history kept his current streak alive, hitting at least once from beyond the arc for the 32nd straight game.

Fred Hoiberg's basket early in the second quarter pulled the Bulls within six. But the Pacers reeled off eight of the next 10 points and took a 50-38 lead into the locker room.

Chicago failed to reduce its deficit to less than nine after the interval.

Floyd has a 48-134 record in three-plus season, the worst in NBA history. Along with the losing this season, Floyd has had to deal with multiple cases of player unrest.

Playing his 17th NBA season, Oakley was fined a whopping $50,000 last month for comments detrimental to the team.

"He can do that. He's the coach," Oakley said of Floyd's decision to bring him off the bench. "He did it and I have to live with it. I just want to go out and help the team play with a lot of energy."

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