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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          25   24   23   25    97   
     TORONTO          29   27   21   18    95      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - AL HARRINGTON 22, JERMAINE O'NEAL 20, 
                      RON MERCER 14
                TOR - VOSHON LENARD 22, ALVIN WILLIAMS 21, 
                      ANTONIO DAVIS 19

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - RON ARTEST 9, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 6
                TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 10, VOSHON LENARD 5, 
                      MORRIS PETERSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 7, BRAD MILLER 5, 
                      JERMAINE O'NEAL 4
                TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 6, MORRIS PETERSON 4, 
                      JEROME WILLIAMS 2

         ATT:   19,206

Box Score

INDIANA (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 33 9-14 4-5 1-4 2 3 22 J O'Neal 34 8-12 4-6 0-6 4 5 20 B Miller 32 3-8 0-0 2-6 5 0 6 R Artest 28 3-9 5-6 2-9 2 5 11 J Tinsley 33 3-9 1-2 1-6 7 4 7 J Bender 16 2-4 4-4 1-1 0 2 8 J Foster 11 2-4 1-1 4-6 1 1 5 R Mercer 40 7-13 0-0 1-2 0 2 14 E Strickland 13 1-2 1-2 0-2 0 1 4 J Brewer DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-75 20-26 12-42 21 23 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (R Artest 0-2, J Tinsley 0-1, R Mercer 0-1, E Strickland 1-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:2 (J O'Neal, R Artest). Turnovers:16 (A Harrington 4, R Artest 3, J O'Neal 2, B Miller 2, J Tinsley 2, E Strickland, R Mercer, J Bender). Steals: 2 (J O'Neal, J Tinsley). TORONTO (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Peterson 45 5-17 5-5 1-5 4 4 18 J Williams 41 4-7 2-7 1-4 2 4 10 A Davis 42 9-18 1-3 4-10 1 3 19 V Lenard 37 9-16 2-2 0-5 1 5 22 A Williams 39 7-12 6-6 1-3 6 1 21 C Jefferies 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 G Foster 13 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 4 0 J Jackson 11 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 2 5 M Bradley 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 L Hunter DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE J McCoy DNP - COACH'S DECISION V Carter DNP - LEFT QUADRICEPS INJURY M N'diaye DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT HEE N Huffman DNP - ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY RIGH _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 18-25 8-30 15 23 95 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (M Peterson 3-8, V Lenard 2-5, A Williams 1-3, C Jefferies 0-1, J Jackson 1-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:9 (A Davis 4, A Williams 2, J Williams, J Jackson, C Jefferies). Turnovers:11 (M Peterson 3, A Davis 2, V Lenard 2, A Williams 2, J Williams, M Bradley). Steals: 10 (J Williams 5, A Williams 5). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 25 24 23 25 - 97 TORONTO 29 27 21 18 - 95 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,206. T: 2:16. Officials: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

INDIANA (97) AT TORONTO (95) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 33 9-14 4-5 1 3 4 2 3 0 4 22 J O'NEAL F 34 8-12 4-6 0 6 6 4 5 1 2 20 B MILLER C 32 3-8 0-0 2 4 6 5 0 0 2 6 R ARTEST G 28 3-9 5-6 2 7 9 2 5 0 3 11 J TINSLEY G 33 3-9 1-2 1 5 6 7 4 1 2 7 J BENDER 16 2-4 4-4 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 8 J FOSTER 11 2-4 1-1 4 2 6 1 1 0 0 5 R MERCER 40 7-13 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 14 E STRICKLAND 13 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 4 J BREWER DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION F JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 38-75 20-26 12 30 42 21 23 2 16 97 (.507) (.769) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16 (14 PTS) TORONTO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M PETERSON F 45 5-17 5-5 1 4 5 4 4 0 3 18 J WILLIAMS F 41 4-7 2-7 1 3 4 2 4 5 1 10 A DAVIS C 42 9-18 1-3 4 6 10 1 3 0 2 19 V LENARD G 37 9-16 2-2 0 5 5 1 5 0 2 22 A WILLIAMS G 39 7-12 6-6 1 2 3 6 1 5 2 21 C JEFFERIES 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 G FOSTER 13 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 J JACKSON 11 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 M BRADLEY 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 L HUNTER DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE J MCCOY DNP - COACH'S DECISION V CARTER DNP - LEFT QUADRICEPS INJURY M N'DIAYE DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT HEE N HUFFMAN DNP - ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY RIGH TOTALS 240 35-76 18-25 8 22 30 15 23 10 11 95 (.461) (.720) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13 (15 PTS) INDIANA 25 24 23 25 - 97 TORONTO 29 27 21 18 - 95 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL, R ARTEST. TORONTO - A DAVIS 4, A WILLIAMS 2, J WILLIAMS, J JACKSON, C JEFFERIES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 1-5 (.200), R ARTEST 0-2, J TINSLEY 0-1, R MERCER 0-1, E STRICKLAND 1-1. TORONTO 7-18 (.389), M PETERSON 3- 8, V LENARD 2-5, A WILLIAMS 1-3, C JEFFERIES 0-1, J JACKSON 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, PAT FRAHER, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 19,206. T - 2:16.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Al Harrington scored 10 of his season-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Indiana Pacers ran their winning streak to eight games with a 97-95 triumph over the Toronto Raptors. Jermaine O'Neal added 20 points and Ron Mercer chipped in 14 off the bench for the Pacers (9-1), who are off to their best start since joining the NBA in 1976. "It was a total team effort," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "We just wanted to hang around ... try to keep it close and have a chance to win at the end of the game." The game was tied, 94-94, with 81 seconds left when Jamaal Tinsley penetrated and drew a foul. He made 1-of-2 from the line to give Indiana the lead, and the teams traded misses down the stretch. Former Pacer Antonio Davis missed a wide-open jumper from the left baseline with four seconds left. Indiana's Ron Mercer grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws, and Toronto never got a potential tying shot. "We came out and played as a team," Mercer said. "Everyone has a role and that's what we have to sacrifice for. ... We knew they were going to come out and play hard so we had to keep it close and play hard." "The only team that is going to win is the one that can make stops at the end of the game and we were able to do that," Harrington. "We're trying not to be cocky but we feel we can win every game that we play." Voshon Lenard scored 22 points and Alvin Williams contributed 21 for the Raptors, who lost for the first time in their last five home meetings with Indiana. Toronto (4-7) has lost three straight overall. "They hit some big shots," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "There were a couple of times on coverage we had a couple of little miscues and didn't get to the guy on time. They made the shot and it was tough on us." The Raptors took a 77-72 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Pacers opened the period with a 16-8 run. Harrington had eight points in the spurt, capping the burst with an 18-footer that gave Indiana an 88-85 lead with 5:09 to go. A 13-footer by Williams following penetration from Lenard left the game deadlocked, 92-92, but Tinsley drained a 17-footer with 1:52 remaining. Morris Peterson countered with two free throws 12 seconds later, but Tinsley's free throw with 81 seconds left gave Indiana a lead it did not relinquish. Lenard missed a 3-pointer with 56 seconds to go and, after a turnover off a bad pass, Davis missed a 13-footer. "He had a great look, he was open earlier but we went through the play and he got a wide-open shot and that's what you want," Wilkens added. "I'll take that shot every time." "I thought it was good," Davis said. "If I was going to take a shot from anywhere on the floor, that is where I would want to take that shot." After Artest's two free throws with two seconds left, Indiana fouled immediately on the inbounds pass. Peterson made the first free throw but was whistled for a lane violation on the second attempt. "Tonight was a tough one," Tinsley said. "We knew they would make their runs and we just wanted to stick around, knowing we are in their building. We just wanted to get it to the fourth quarter. We held our composure down the stretch and pulled it out." Jermaine Jackson made his Raptors' debut and had five points in 11 minutes. Toronto used just nine players and remains without star Vince Carter, who has missed eight games with a quadriceps strain. "I thought we deserved to win the game," Peterson said. "It's kind of tough but I think this is definitely a building block for us that we can compete with the guys we have."


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