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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 28 20 21 19 88 MIAMI 34 25 23 18 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - JALEN ROSE 21, REGGIE MILLER 14, AL HARRINGTON 14 MIA - EDDIE JONES 23, LAPHONSO ELLIS 14, KENDALL GILL 13

HIGH REBOUND: IND - AL HARRINGTON 9, AUSTIN CROSHERE 8 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 10, ALONZO MOURNING 9

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - JALEN ROSE 5, TRAVIS BEST 4 MIA - ROD STRICKLAND 13, EDDIE HOUSE 5

ATT: 15,689


Extended Box

INDIANA (88) AT MIAMI (100)

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

J BENDER F 26 3-5 3-4 2 2 4 1 2 0 2 9 FOSTER F 27 2-5 0-0 2 2 4 1 3 1 3 4 ROGERS C 7 2-3 1-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 5 ROSE G 37 10-21 0-0 0 4 4 5 3 1 1 21 R MILLER G 38 5-13 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 2 14 HARRINGTON 39 6-13 2-4 3 6 9 0 4 0 2 14 CROSHERE 33 4-12 2-2 1 7 8 2 1 0 2 12 BEST 33 3-7 3-4 0 3 3 4 5 2 1 9 P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION ONEAL DNP - HYPEREXTENDED LEFT KNEE SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION TINSLEY DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE FLEXOR

TOTALS 240 35-79 13-18 8 27 35 14 21 5 14 88 (.443) (.722) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

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

GILL F 22 6-9 1-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 13 GRANT F 35 6-13 0-0 4 6 10 4 2 0 2 12 MOURNING C 30 4-11 4-5 2 7 9 2 2 0 1 12 STRICKLAND G 32 3-6 3-4 0 2 2 13 1 2 3 9 JONES G 37 9-14 2-2 0 6 6 1 2 0 2 23 JACKSON 26 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 0 1 4 ELLIS 28 7-9 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 14 GATLING 14 2-5 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 1 1 4 HOUSE 16 4-6 0-0 0 4 4 5 1 1 2 9 ALLEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION JAMES DNP - COACH'S DECISION STEPANIA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-79 10-13 8 33 41 29 16 4 13 100 (.544) (.769) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(20 PTS)

INDIANA 28 20 21 19 - 88 MIAMI 34 25 23 18 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ROSE 2, HARRINGTON. MIAMI - ELLIS, STRICKLAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-18 (.278), ROSE 1-4, R MILLER 2-7, CROSHERE 2-6, BEST 0-1. MIAMI 4-10 (.400), GILL 0-1, JONES 3-4, JACKSON 0-1, ELLIS 0-1, HOUSE 1-3. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - HEAD COACH RILEY. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, DAVID JONES, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 15,689. T - 2:05.


Box Score

INDIANA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Bender 26 3-5 3-4 2-4 1 2 9 Foster 27 2-5 0-0 2-4 1 3 4 Rogers 7 2-3 1-2 0-1 0 3 5 Rose 37 10-21 0-0 0-4 5 3 21 R Miller 38 5-13 2-2 0-2 1 0 14 Harrington 39 6-13 2-4 3-9 0 4 14 Croshere 33 4-12 2-2 1-8 2 1 12 Best 33 3-7 3-4 0-3 4 5 9 P Brezec DNP - coach's decision Oneal DNP - hyperextended left knee Sundov DNP - coach's decision Tinsley DNP - bruised left knee flexor _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 13-18 8-35 14 21 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Rose 1-4, R Miller 2-7, Croshere 2-6, Best 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Rose 2, Harrington). Turnovers: 14 (Foster 3, Croshere 2, Harrington 2, J Bender 2, R Miller 2, Best, Rogers, Rose). Steals: 5 (Best 2, Foster, R Miller, Rose).

MIAMI (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 22 6-9 1-2 0-2 0 2 13 Grant 35 6-13 0-0 4-10 4 2 12 Mourning 30 4-11 4-5 2-9 2 2 12 Strickland 32 3-6 3-4 0-2 13 1 9 Jones 37 9-14 2-2 0-6 1 2 23 Jackson 26 2-6 0-0 0-1 3 4 4 Ellis 28 7-9 0-0 0-4 1 1 14 Gatling 14 2-5 0-0 2-3 0 1 4 House 16 4-6 0-0 0-4 5 1 9 Allen DNP - coach's decision James DNP - coach's decision Stepania DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-79 10-13 8-41 29 16 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.544, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Gill 0-1, Jones 3-4, Jackson 0-1, Ellis 0-1, House 1-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Ellis, Strickland). Turnovers: 15 (Strickland 3, Grant 2, House 2, Jones 2, Gatling, Gill, Jackson, Mourning). Steals: 4 (Strickland 2, Gatling, House). ____________________________________________ Indiana 28 20 21 19 - 88 Miami 34 25 23 18 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Head Coach Riley, 1:52 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,689. T: 2:05. Officials: Mike Callahan, David Jones, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- The Miami Heat are on the verge of becoming a respectable offensive team.

Eddie Jones scored 24 points and Rod Strickland dished out a season-high 13 assists as the Heat extended their season-high winning streak to four games with a 100-88 victory over the Indiana Pacers, who have lost five in a row.

Miami failed to scored 100 points in its first 35 games of the season, an NBA record for futility. It snapped the slide in Wednesday's win over the Lakers, the second triumph in its longest winning streak since April 4-11, 2001.

"Winning breeds confidence and a good feeling," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "I think our guys know that now is the time. If anything is going to happen, it has to start now. We can't wait any longer."

The Heat have averaged 94.8 points during their run, more than 10 points better than their season average. They have reached the century mark twice in three games for the first time since last March.

"There is a little bit more movement on offense," Riley said. "We've emphasized that part of our game. We are flashing guys and cutting guys back-door. We get in trouble when we become stagnant, as most teams do."

Miami shot a season-high 54 percent (43-of-79) and dished out 29 assists. The Heat never trailed after the opening minute and cruised to their second double-digit victory of the season.

"The Heat shot the ball really well tonight," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "They had good ball movement and and we just had difficulty defending it. It's hard to beat a hot team when you're not coming at them with your best."

"We got off to an absolutely great start," Riley said. "We played with a lot of energy, we were running and the offense was moving. The guys were moving the ball and just stayed with it."

Miami took control with a 17-7 run in the first quarter, turning a one-point lead into a 25-14 cushion. The Pacers pulled within 36-30 with 10:32 left in the second quarter, but LaPonso Ellis scored consecutive baskets to spark an 8-0 run for the Heat.

Miami shot a season-high 62 percent (26-of-42) in the first half and took a 59-48 lead into halftime. Indiana never got closer than eight points in the third and trailed, 88-71, with 8:55 left in the game.

Indiana's Al Harrington sank a jumper and Jalen Rose followed with 3-pointer to spark a 10-0 run. Reggie Miller added a 3-pointer during the burst and Rose capped it with a pair of free throws to make it 88-81 at the 6:17 mark.

Jones responded with a 3-pointer with 5:59 to go and added a pair of jumpers in the final 5:27. Indiana never got closer than nine thereafter.

"It's a great feeling to keep the lead and finish the game in the fourth quarter," Jones said. "Coach has been stressing execution and that's what we're doing, having better possessions."

Kendall Gill scored 13 points and Brian Grant added 12 and 10 rebounds for Miami, which held a 45-31 rebounding edge and outscored Indiana in the paint, 42-32.

Jermaine O'Neal, the Pacers' leading rebounder and shot blocker, missed his third straight game with a hyperextended left knee.

"Obviously we were missing our inside defensive presence with Jermaine and that showed by the way they were able to get easy shots down low," said Rose, who finished with 21 points.

Miller scored all of his 14 points after halftime and Harrington added 14 and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost five in a row for the first time since January 21-27, 1994.

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