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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 23 17 25 25 90 INDIANA 23 27 24 23 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON MERCER 22, MARCUS FIZER 15, RON ARTEST 11 IND - JALEN ROSE 38, AL HARRINGTON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - BRAD MILLER 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 13, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - GREG ANTHONY 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 9, TRAVIS BEST 7

ATT: 16,096


Extended Box

CHICAGO (90) AT INDIANA (97)

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

ARTEST F 22 3-7 4-7 1 4 5 3 5 0 2 11 OAKLEY F 23 3-4 2-2 1 3 4 1 5 1 4 8 MILLER C 20 4-6 0-0 3 4 7 1 1 2 0 8 ANTHONY G 31 2-8 1-2 0 0 0 7 1 2 1 5 MERCER G 42 10-26 2-2 2 4 6 4 5 1 1 22 HASSELL 13 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 FIZER 28 6-11 3-4 1 4 5 4 1 0 1 15 CHANDLER 19 1-4 0-2 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 2 HOIBERG 19 4-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 9 OLLIE 17 3-4 1-1 0 3 3 4 1 1 3 7 CURRY 6 1-2 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 GUYTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-80 14-22 13 25 38 28 24 8 12 90 (.463) (.636) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

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

ONEAL F 34 4-10 0-0 4 9 13 2 5 0 4 8 ROSE F 42 13-21 9-9 0 4 4 2 2 3 0 38 FOSTER C 22 2-5 4-5 3 3 6 1 2 0 1 8 R MILLER G 35 2-3 6-6 0 1 1 3 4 0 1 10 TINSLEY G 29 4-12 1-2 0 2 2 9 2 3 7 10 HARRINGTON 32 7-14 2-2 4 2 6 1 1 1 2 16 J BENDER 12 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 BEST 21 1-4 3-3 1 5 6 7 2 1 0 5 CROSHERE 12 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 0 P BREZEC 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-76 25-27 13 31 44 26 20 8 16 97 (.447) (.926) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

CHICAGO 23 17 25 25 - 90 INDIANA 23 27 24 23 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - FIZER, MERCER, ARTEST, OAKLEY, CHANDLER. INDIANA - TINSLEY 2, ONEAL, FOSTER, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 2-6 (.333), ARTEST 1-1, ANTHONY 0-2, FIZER 0-1, HOIBERG 1-2. INDIANA 4-16 (.250), ROSE 3-5, R MILLER 0-1, TINSLEY 1-5, J BENDER 0-2, BEST 0-1, CROSHERE 0-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, KEN MAUER, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 16,096. T - 2:12.


Box Score

CHICAGO (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 22 3-7 4-7 1-5 3 5 11 Oakley 23 3-4 2-2 1-4 1 5 8 Miller 20 4-6 0-0 3-7 1 1 8 Anthony 31 2-8 1-2 0-0 7 1 5 Mercer 42 10-26 2-2 2-6 4 5 22 Hassell 13 0-2 0-0 1-1 2 2 0 Fizer 28 6-11 3-4 1-5 4 1 15 Chandler 19 1-4 0-2 3-6 0 0 2 Hoiberg 19 4-6 0-0 0-0 2 2 9 Ollie 17 3-4 1-1 0-3 4 1 7 Curry 6 1-2 1-2 1-1 0 1 3 Guyton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-80 14-22 13-38 28 24 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Artest 1-1, Anthony 0-2, Fizer 0-1, Hoiberg 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Fizer, Mercer, Artest, Oakley, Chandler). Turnovers: 14 (Oakley 4, Ollie 3, Artest 2, Anthony, Fizer, Mercer). Steals: 8 (Anthony 2, Miller 2, Hoiberg, Mercer, Oakley, Ollie).

INDIANA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 34 4-10 0-0 4-13 2 5 8 Rose 42 13-21 9-9 0-4 2 2 38 Foster 22 2-5 4-5 3-6 1 2 8 R Miller 35 2-3 6-6 0-1 3 4 10 Tinsley 29 4-12 1-2 0-2 9 2 10 Harrington 32 7-14 2-2 4-6 1 1 16 J Bender 12 1-5 0-0 1-3 0 0 2 Best 21 1-4 3-3 1-6 7 2 5 Croshere 12 0-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 0 P Brezec 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Rogers DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-76 25-27 13-44 26 20 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.926. 3-Point Goals: 4-16, .250 (Rose 3-5, R Miller 0-1, Tinsley 1-5, J Bender 0-2, Best 0-1, Croshere 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 5 (Tinsley 2, Oneal, Foster, Harrington). Turnovers: 17 (Tinsley 7, Oneal 4, Harrington 2, Croshere, Foster, R Miller). Steals: 8 (Rose 3, Tinsley 3, Best, Harrington). ____________________________________________ Chicago 23 17 25 25 - 90 Indiana 23 27 24 23 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Defensive Three, 8:04 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,096. T: 2:12. Officials: Joe Forte, Ken Mauer, George Toliver.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Jalen Rose made sure the Chicago Bulls remained winless on the road.

Rose scored 38 points, his most since opening night, as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Bulls, 97-90.

"I just wanted to go out and play the game the way it should be played," Rose said. "My team members were definitely behind me and have always been behind me. We worked hard, we shot around the zone and it was a tremendous lift by the emotions that the crowd showed."

Amid rumored disagreements with Indiana coach Isiah Thomas over playing time, Rose had shot 8-of-32 for just 18 points in his previous three contests. But Rose responded with 13-of-21 shooting in 42 minutes in this one.

"Sometimes when there are people taking shots at you, wondering about your scenario and where your head is, you just go back to basics," Rose said. "I've done a lot of soul-searching. I just want more chances."

Rose scored a career-high 43 points in an overtime loss to New Jersey on October 30.

"I thought Jalen shot the ball well," Thomas said. "He stayed after practice yesterday, worked on his shooting, came out tonight and shot the ball well. I'm pleased with the way he shot the ball but I think it's a result of him working hard yesterday. He has a good work ethic but sometimes players forget how they got here. You've got to work at your game."

Chicago, the league's only winless team on the road, fell to 0-18 away from the United Center and lost its sixth straight game overall.

Al Harrington added 16 points for the Pacers, who beat the Bulls for the eighth straight time and eighth in a row at home. They have won 14 of its last 15 meetings with Chicago, which tried a zone defense, to no avail.

"We made short cuts, blocked, and against a zone someone is always going to be open," Harrington said. "We had to look for that person. A few times tonight it was me, and I was able to knock it down."

The Pacers shot 45 percent (34-of-76), slightly worse than Chicago's 46 percent (37-of-80). They outrebounded the Bulls, 43-38, led by Jermaine O'Neal's 13 boards.

"We spent some time working on how to break a zone in practice," Pacers forward Jeff Foster said. "I think it showed tonight. We kept the floor spread and took the open shots and crashed the boards when we had to."

The Pacers led, 74-65, entering the fourth quarter, and did not not allow the Bulls to get closer than 78-73 on a bucket by Marcus Fizer with 9:24 left.

Rose countered with a 3-pointer with 8:38 to go to start a 15-6 run that ended with a pair of free throws by Reggie Miller that gave the Pacers their biggest lead, 93-79, with 3:38 left.

Mercer led Chicago with 22 points but shot just 10-of-26. Fizer added 15 points for the Bulls, who fell to 0-3 against the Pacers this season.

"That's how it's been recently in the last couple of games we've had," Mercer said. "In this situation we need to look at the positives that happened. We hung around late in the game, but hte main thing for us tonight was not making free throws. If we can get that corrected, we're right there."

"The real difference in this game tonight was our free-throw shooting," said Bulls coach Bill Cartwright, who fell to 2-6.

Chicago made just 14-of-22 free throws while Indiana converted 25-of-27. Rose was a perfect 9-of-9 from the line and has hit 43 of his last 44.

Indiana closed the second quarter with a 10-1 run, taking a 50-40 lead into halftime. Rose was 6-of-7 for 17 points through two periods.

Cartwright sent forward Ron Artest into the locker room just before the end of the game after an argument with a heckler.

"Nothing happened," Artest said. "The guy was behind the bench, he was cursing and saying negative things. I just went back to get some water and my teammates thought I was going over to strangle him, but I wasn't -- I was just going to get some water. Next thing I know, it seemed like I had a thousand hands grab me and I'm the one falling over."

"Ron's a fierce competitor and he wants to win," Cartwright said. "I can't fault him for that, but he obviously has to learn to keep control. He's been our best player the last month."

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