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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 25 22 28 25 100 MILWAUKEE 24 29 26 26 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - REGGIE MILLER 27, AL HARRINGTON 18, JALEN ROSE 17 MIL - RAY ALLEN 36, SAM CASSELL 20, TIM THOMAS 19

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JEFF FOSTER 13, AL HARRINGTON 9 MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 14, ANTHONY MASON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 MIL - SAM CASSELL 9, ANTHONY MASON 6

ATT: 17,462


Extended Box

INDIANA (100) AT MILWAUKEE (105)

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

P BREZEC F 17 2-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 4 ROSE F 33 7-16 0-0 2 3 5 4 2 2 3 17 FOSTER C 36 4-9 3-5 6 7 13 2 5 2 1 11 R MILLER G 38 8-15 6-7 0 2 2 3 1 0 2 27 TINSLEY G 25 1-7 0-0 0 0 0 8 2 0 1 2 HARRINGTON 37 4-16 10-10 2 7 9 0 4 0 0 18 J BENDER 19 1-5 3-4 1 4 5 1 2 0 1 5 BEST 23 6-6 3-4 0 1 1 4 6 1 1 16 ROGERS 11 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SUNDOV 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - HYPEREXTENDED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 33-76 25-30 11 25 36 22 25 5 9 100 (.434) (.833) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 10(10 PTS)

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

MASON F 40 5-8 0-2 1 6 7 6 2 1 0 10 THOMAS F 37 8-16 0-0 1 2 3 3 1 2 2 19 PRZYBILLA C 15 0-1 2-4 3 3 6 1 2 0 1 2 ALLEN G 42 12-23 5-6 2 1 3 2 3 2 1 36 CASSELL G 38 4-16 12-15 4 1 5 9 5 0 2 20 JOHNSON 26 2-3 1-2 4 10 14 2 3 0 0 5 HAM 23 3-4 0-2 0 2 2 1 5 0 4 6 REDD 17 2-7 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 CAFFEY 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - LEFT THIGH BRUISE

TOTALS 240 36-79 22-33 15 25 40 27 21 5 10 105 (.456) (.667) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 10(14 PTS)

INDIANA 25 22 28 25 - 100 MILWAUKEE 24 29 26 26 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - BEST, FOSTER, J BENDER, ROGERS. MILWAUKEE - THOMAS, JOHNSON, ALLEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 9-22 (.409), ROSE 3-8, R MILLER 5-9, TINSLEY 0-3, J BENDER 0-1, BEST 1-1. MILWAUKEE 11-20 (.550), THOMAS 3-7, ALLEN 7-9, CASSELL 0-2, REDD 1-2. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - MASON. OFFICIALS: TIM DONAGHY, BENNETT SALVATORE, GREG WILLARD. A - 17,462. T - 2:12.


Box Score

INDIANA (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Brezec 17 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 4 Rose 33 7-16 0-0 2-5 4 2 17 Foster 36 4-9 3-5 6-13 2 5 11 R Miller 38 8-15 6-7 0-2 3 1 27 Tinsley 25 1-7 0-0 0-0 8 2 2 Harrington 37 4-16 10-10 2-9 0 4 18 J Bender 19 1-5 3-4 1-5 1 2 5 Best 23 6-6 3-4 0-1 4 6 16 Rogers 11 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Sundov 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - hyperextended left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-76 25-30 11-36 22 25 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Rose 3-8, R Miller 5-9, Tinsley 0-3, J Bender 0-1, Best 1-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 4 (Best, Foster, J Bender, Rogers). Turnovers: 10 (Rose 3, R Miller 2, Best, Foster, J Bender, Tinsley). Steals: 5 (Foster 2, Rose 2, Best).

MILWAUKEE (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 40 5-8 0-2 1-7 6 2 10 Thomas 37 8-16 0-0 1-3 3 1 19 Przybilla 15 0-1 2-4 3-6 1 2 2 Allen 42 12-23 5-6 2-3 2 3 36 Cassell 38 4-16 12-15 4-5 9 5 20 Johnson 26 2-3 1-2 4-14 2 3 5 Ham 23 3-4 0-2 0-2 1 5 6 Redd 17 2-7 2-2 0-0 2 0 7 Caffey 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Alston DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - left thigh bruise _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 22-33 15-40 27 21 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 11-20, .550 (Thomas 3-7, Allen 7-9, Cassell 0-2, Redd 1-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Thomas, Johnson, Allen). Turnovers: 10 (Ham 4, Cassell 2, Thomas 2, Allen, Przybilla). Steals: 5 (Allen 2, Thomas 2, Mason). ____________________________________________ Indiana 25 22 28 25 - 100 Milwaukee 24 29 26 26 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 1 (Mason, 3:57 4th). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (Foster, 0:20 4th). A: 17,462. T: 2:12. Officials: Tim Donaghy, Bennett Salvatore, Greg Willard.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Ray Allen is a shooter, not a fighter.

Allen outgunned Reggie Miller as he made seven 3-pointers and scored 36 points, lifting the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers and a sweep of the home-and-home series.

In Tuesday's win at Indiana, Allen scored 23 points, one less than Miller. Early in the fourth quarter, he was thrown to the floor by Miller, who picked up two quick technical fouls and was ejected.

There was no rough stuff in this one, only the smooth shooting of Allen, who made 12-of-23 shots and 7-of-9 from long range. In the fourth quarter, he turned back a rally by the Pacers by scoring 14 points and drilling four shots from the arc.

"I don't know what it is right now with my shot," said Allen, who fell one shy of his team record for 3-pointers set Saturday at New York. "Every shot I take right now feels good. Tonight was just magnificent as far as shooting goes."

"Ray is establishing himself as a big gun, similar to Reggie," Bucks coach George Karl said. "I think they like to play each other. I don't know how much longer Reggie will play, but I think they're very similar."

Miller made five 3-pointers and scored 27 points but that wasn't enough to prevent the Pacers from losing for the third time in as many meetings with the Bucks.

"He's (Allen) definitely one of the better ones," Miller said. "He is using screens well and letting the games come to him. He isn't forcing like he used to."

Sam Cassell scored 20 points and Tim Thomas contributed 19 for Milwaukee, which took the season series from Indiana for the first time in nine years. Overall, the Bucks have won five in a row.

"When I looked at the schedule, I wasn't happy about the back-to-backs," Allen said. "But now that we got both, it worked out well. I just think we're the better team and if we play well, we'll beat them most nights."

"Right now they are a better team," Indiana's Jalen Rose said.

The Pacers eliminated the Bucks from the playoffs in 1999 and 2000 but surrendered control of the Central Division last year, when Milwaukee won its first crown since 1986. The Bucks are atop the Central again, four games in front of the third-place Pacers.

"You get the tiebreaker over them and staying strong in the division and the conference is important," Karl said. "We're talking all the time about who we might play down the road. You'd like to go into that series with confidence."

The Bucks (23-13) have the second-best record in the East, 2 1/2 games behind New Jersey.

"We're watching New Jersey and we saw the score tonight against Washington (111-67)," Allen said. "And I know they're watching us. We just need to take care of business and then jump on them when we get 'em later this month."

Indiana trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter but got within 92-90 on a 3-pointer by Travis Best with 2:19 left. On the next possession, Thomas nearly lost the ball but went to the floor and shoveled it to Allen, who drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner.

The teams traded empty possessions and Rose hit a jumper with 53 seconds left before Allen struck again from the left wing for a 98-92 lead with 35 seconds remaining.

"It's insulting to me when teams go under on the pick-and-roll," Allen said. "If they go under, I'm gonna shoot and they're gonna pay."

"A lot of times we got lost on screens and didn't put a hand up on shots," Miller said.

Cassell made 6-of-7 free throws in the last 30 seconds to offset two 3-pointers by Miller, who went down firing.

Anthony Mason scored 10 points and Ervin Johnson pulled down 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 46 percent (36-of-79) and made 11-of-20 3-pointers. Milwaukee continues to score despite the absence off All-Star forward Glenn Robinson.

"We still need to get better finishing teams off when we get the lead," Karl said. "With all the injuries, we've really done a pretty good job the last 10, 12 games of getting wins and keeping a winning attitude."

Al Harrington scored 18 points and Rose added 17 for the Pacers, who shot 43 percent (33-of-76), including 9-of-22 from the arc. Best scored 16 points and Jeff Foster added 11 and 13 boards.

Indiana had injury problems of its own as it played without forward Jermaine O'Neal, its leading scorer who sat out with a hyperextended left knee.

"We have no inside attack without Jermaine," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "He controls the glass and lane for us. He allows us to get some easy baskets underneath."

Allen scored 18 points in the first half, including a pair of baskets in an 8-2 spurt that gave the Bucks a 53-47 lead at intermission.

Thomas scored 11 points in the third period, including a layup that gave Milwaukee its largest lead at 75-63 with 3:15 to go. Best scored six points in a 12-1 burst before Michael Redd's long 3-pointer at the horn gave the Bucks a 79-75 lead entering the final period.

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