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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 21 20 27 26 94 ATLANTA 26 23 22 24 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 22, REGGIE MILLER 19, BRAD MILLER 19 ATL - NAZR MOHAMMED 18, JASON TERRY 17, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 16

HIGH REBOUND: IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 14, KEVIN OLLIE 5, BRAD MILLER 5 ATL - IRA NEWBLE 9, NAZR MOHAMMED 8, JASON TERRY 5

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - KEVIN OLLIE 5, JAMAAL TINSLEY 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 ATL - JASON TERRY 8, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 4, TONI KUKOC 3

ATT: 10,634


Extended Box

INDIANA (94) AT ATLANTA (95)

INDIANA

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

R ARTEST F 26 2-8 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 2 7 J O'NEAL F 44 5-15 12-13 3 11 14 0 3 1 2 22 B MILLER C 26 7-10 5-5 2 3 5 3 3 2 1 19 J TINSLEY G 21 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 3 2 2 R MILLER G 42 7-15 2-2 1 2 3 3 3 0 1 19 K OLLIE 27 1-2 4-6 0 5 5 5 1 4 0 6 J BENDER 19 1-7 4-4 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 6 J FOSTER 13 0-1 1-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 1 A CROSHERE 22 4-8 2-2 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 12 R MERCER DNP - BACK SPASMS B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-73 32-36 10 31 41 18 21 10 10 94 (.384) (.889) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13 (17 PTS)

ATLANTA

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

D JOHNSON F 35 5-11 2-3 0 4 4 0 3 0 3 14 S ABDUR-RAHIM F 40 6-14 4-9 3 0 3 4 4 3 3 16 N MOHAMMED C 39 8-11 2-3 2 6 8 0 5 1 2 18 J TERRY G 34 6-13 2-2 0 5 5 8 3 0 3 17 I NEWBLE G 33 2-3 3-4 0 9 9 2 3 1 1 7 A HENDERSON 9 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 T KUKOC 26 5-12 3-3 0 2 2 3 4 0 2 15 J VAUGHN 16 2-5 1-2 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 6 H MOTTOLA 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 M STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION C BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION D GLOVER DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIG L SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-72 17-26 6 30 36 19 26 5 15 95 (.486) (.654) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (15 PTS)

INDIANA 21 20 27 26 - 94 ATLANTA 26 23 22 24 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - R ARTEST 3, J O'NEAL, J BENDER. ATLANTA - A HENDERSON, N MOHAMMED. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-24 (.250), R ARTEST 1-4, J TINSLEY 0- 4, R MILLER 3-9, J BENDER 0-2, A CROSHERE 2-5. ATLANTA 8-17 (.471), D JOHNSON 2-5, S ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, J TERRY 3-5, T KUKOC 2-5, J VAUGHN 1- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: PAT FRAHER, RONNIE NUNN, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 10,634. T - 2:20.


Box Score

INDIANA (94)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 26 2-8 2-2 1-2 0 4 7 J O'Neal 44 5-15 12-13 3-14 0 3 22 B Miller 26 7-10 5-5 2-5 3 3 19 J Tinsley 21 1-7 0-0 0-3 4 1 2 R Miller 42 7-15 2-2 1-3 3 3 19 K Ollie 27 1-2 4-6 0-5 5 1 6 J Bender 19 1-7 4-4 1-4 0 3 6 J Foster 13 0-1 1-2 1-3 1 2 1 A Croshere 22 4-8 2-2 1-2 2 1 12 R Mercer DNP - BACK SPASMS B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-73 32-36 10-41 18 21 94 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.384, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 6-24, .250 (R Artest 1-4, J Tinsley 0-4, R Miller 3-9, J Bender 0-2, A Croshere 2-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:5 (R Artest 3, J O'Neal, J Bender). Turnovers:10 (J O'Neal 2, R Artest 2, J Tinsley 2, R Miller, A Croshere, B Miller, J Bender). Steals: 10 (K Ollie 4, J Tinsley 3, B Miller 2, J O'Neal).

ATLANTA (95)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Johnson 35 5-11 2-3 0-4 0 3 14 S Abdur-Rahim 40 6-14 4-9 3-3 4 4 16 N Mohammed 39 8-11 2-3 2-8 0 5 18 J Terry 34 6-13 2-2 0-5 8 3 17 I Newble 33 2-3 3-4 0-9 2 3 7 A Henderson 9 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 0 T Kukoc 26 5-12 3-3 0-2 3 4 15 J Vaughn 16 2-5 1-2 0-3 2 1 6 H Mottola 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 M Strickland DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Bowdler DNP - COACH'S DECISION D Glover DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIG L Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 17-26 6-36 19 26 95 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.654. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (D Johnson 2-5, S Abdur-Rahim 0-1, J Terry 3-5, T Kukoc 2-5, J Vaughn 1-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:2 (A Henderson, N Mohammed). Turnovers:15 (S Abdur-Rahim 3, J Terry 3, D Johnson 3, T Kukoc 2, N Mohammed 2, J Vaughn, I Newble). Steals: 5 (S Abdur-Rahim 3, N Mohammed, I Newble).

------------------------------------------- INDIANA 21 20 27 26 - 94 ATLANTA 26 23 22 24 - 95 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (Defensive Three, 9:13 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,634. T: 2:20. Officials: Pat Fraher, Ronnie Nunn, Scott Foster.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The ball found its way into the right hands, but even Reggie Miller couldn't get the Indiana Pacers the win.

Miller missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer with one second left as the Pacers suffered a 95-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks that dropped them into a tie for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers never led but got within one point several times down the stretch. On their final possession, Miller got the ball for the last shot.

However, the all-time leader in 3-pointers but was forced to take a deep shot from the top of the key over the outstretched arms of the taller Nazr Mohammed. Ira Newble grabbed the rebound and time expired.

The Pacers ran two picks for Miller, trying to catch the Hawks unprepared. But instead, Mohammed went around the second pick and got his hands right in the face of Miller.

"We had our defense planned and if he (Miller) came off a pick we were going to switch everything," Hawks guard Jason Terry said. "Nazr did a great job when he came off the second pick of stepping out and not letting him get square to the basket."

"That was a big stop there at the end," Hawks coach Lon Kruger said. "Nazr and Ira both did a good job on that play. They communicated. Reggie is guy that can make tough shots and they made him take a tough shot. Reggie gave it a chance but it didn't go and we had a good result."

Indiana had failed to get the ball to Miller on its previous possession and Austin Croshere's 3-pointer with 31 seconds left was short.

After Jacque Vaughn pulled down the rebound and called a timeout, Terry missed a layup with nine seconds to play, setting the stage for Miller.

Terry struggled throughout the fourth quarter and his first basket came with two minutes left, a jumper that gave the Hawks the lead for good, 93-92.

Atlanta took a 76-70 lead with 10:31 remaining when Terry fed Shareef Abdur-Rahim for an uncontested dunk.

But the Hawks allowed the Pacers to tie the game twice down the stretch. O'Neal, who led the Pacers with 22 points and 14 rebounds, converted two foul shots that made it 84-84 with 4:25 left.

The Pacers, who had their best defensive effort of the season in an 85-68 home win over the Hawks on March 17, let Mohammed easily convert a dunk and the subsequent foul shot on the next possession.

Mohammed led five Hawks in double figures with 18 points and helped offset a poor fourth quarter by Abdur-Rahim, who did not score in the final 7:15.

Indiana (36-38) has lost six of eight and is tied with the surging Toronto Raptors for eighth place in the East. The Pacers face the Raptors on Sunday and Wednesday.

While the Pacers nearly won it, the one thing coach Isiah Thomas points to is their poor start, which saw them fall behind 15-2 in the opening minutes.

Indiana had won the first three games of the season series and was seeking its first sweep of Atlanta in 25 seasons. But the Pacers lacked the intensity and the Hawks took advantage.

"Our starters just didn't do a good job setting the tempo," Thomas said. "We didn't establish any pace and get everybody under control. We have guys who have never had to do it. You are asking them to raise their game to another level. A lot of guys are so young, they just don't know."

"We really had no sense of urgency coming out tonight," O'Neal added. "We had to play catch up the whole game. That really hurt us. We really can't afford to play that way. It's unexplainable. You would think we'd play as hard as possible. We just came out flat as if we had 30 or 40 games left. We have to beat Toronto both times."

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