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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     BOSTON           23   29   26   22    100  
     INDIANA          30   28   30   21    109     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 29, ANTOINE WALKER 22, J.R. 
                      BREMER 20
                IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 33, BRAD MILLER 21, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 10, THREE PLAYERS WITH 6
                IND - BRAD MILLER 12, JERMAINE O'NEAL 11, 
                      REGGIE MILLER 10

HIGH ASSISTS:   BOS - PAUL PIERCE 8, ANTOINE WALKER 6, J.R. 
                      BREMER 4
                IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 10, AL HARRINGTON 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,345

Box Score

BOSTON (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp E Williams 23 2-6 1-2 1-3 0 3 6 A Walker 44 9-20 0-0 0-6 6 5 22 T Battie 31 3-7 0-0 1-6 1 4 6 P Pierce 41 10-19 9-10 2-10 8 3 29 J Bremer 38 6-14 5-6 0-2 4 2 20 V Baker 11 0-0 3-4 0-1 0 1 3 W Mccarty 21 1-5 1-2 3-6 1 2 3 T Delk 22 3-6 0-0 0-4 1 4 8 S Williams 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 G Long 5 0-1 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 B Sundov DNP - COACH'S DECISION K Brown DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-80 20-26 7-38 21 25 100 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 10-28, .357 (E Williams 1-1, A Walker 4-10, P Pierce 0-1, J Bremer 3-8, W Mccarty 0-3, T Delk 2-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:8 (T Battie 4, E Williams 2, A Walker, P Pierce). Turnovers:14 (P Pierce 4, A Walker 3, G Long, E Williams, W Mccarty, J Bremer, S Williams, T Delk, V Baker). Steals: 8 (T Battie 2, P Pierce 2, J Bremer 2, E Williams, A Walker). INDIANA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 40 6-13 2-2 1-8 4 4 14 J O'Neal 40 10-22 13-14 4-11 1 3 33 B Miller 36 7-14 6-6 5-12 3 2 21 R Miller 36 4-15 4-4 3-10 3 1 14 J Tinsley 37 1-5 4-4 1-8 10 5 6 J Foster 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 A Croshere 9 1-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 R Mercer 22 4-8 2-2 0-1 1 5 10 E Strickland 11 3-5 1-1 1-3 2 0 9 R Artest DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Jones DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-86 32-33 16-55 25 24 109 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.970. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (B Miller 1-1, R Miller 2-8, J Tinsley 0-2, A Croshere 0-1, E Strickland 2-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots:7 (J O'Neal 2, B Miller 2, A Harrington, J Foster, J Tinsley). Turnovers:15 (J Tinsley 6, R Miller 4, A Harrington 3, E Strickland, R Mercer). Steals: 7 (J Tinsley 3, R Miller 2, E Strickland, A Harrington). -------------------------------------------- BOSTON 23 29 26 22 - 100 INDIANA 30 28 30 21 - 109 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 2 (R Mercer, 6:42 2nd; J O'Neal, 2:06 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:12. Officials: Greg Willard, Kevin Fehr, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

BOSTON (100) AT INDIANA (109) BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === E WILLIAMS F 23 2-6 1-2 1 2 3 0 3 1 1 6 A WALKER F 44 9-20 0-0 0 6 6 6 5 1 3 22 T BATTIE C 31 3-7 0-0 1 5 6 1 4 2 0 6 P PIERCE G 41 10-19 9-10 2 8 10 8 3 2 4 29 J BREMER G 38 6-14 5-6 0 2 2 4 2 2 1 20 V BAKER 11 0-0 3-4 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 3 W MCCARTY 21 1-5 1-2 3 3 6 1 2 0 1 3 T DELK 22 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 4 0 1 8 S WILLIAMS 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 G LONG 5 0-1 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION K BROWN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-80 20-26 7 31 38 21 25 8 14 100 (.438) (.769) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14 (15 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 40 6-13 2-2 1 7 8 4 4 1 3 14 J O'NEAL F 40 10-22 13-14 4 7 11 1 3 0 0 33 B MILLER C 36 7-14 6-6 5 7 12 3 2 0 0 21 R MILLER G 36 4-15 4-4 3 7 10 3 1 2 4 14 J TINSLEY G 37 1-5 4-4 1 7 8 10 5 3 6 6 J FOSTER 9 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 A CROSHERE 9 1-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 R MERCER 22 4-8 2-2 0 1 1 1 5 0 1 10 E STRICKLAND 11 3-5 1-1 1 2 3 2 0 1 1 9 R ARTEST DNP - SUSPENDED BY LEAGUE P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION F JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-86 32-33 16 39 55 25 24 7 15 109 (.419) (.970) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15 (16 PTS) BOSTON 23 29 26 22 - 100 INDIANA 30 28 30 21 - 109 BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - T BATTIE 4, E WILLIAMS 2, A WALKER, P PIERCE. INDIANA - J O'NEAL 2, B MILLER 2, A HARRINGTON, J FOSTER, J TINSLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 10-28 (.357), E WILLIAMS 1-1, A WALKER 4- 10, P PIERCE 0-1, J BREMER 3-8, W MCCARTY 0-3, T DELK 2-5. INDIANA 5- 15 (.333), B MILLER 1-1, R MILLER 2-8, J TINSLEY 0-2, A CROSHERE 0- 1, E STRICKLAND 2-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - R MERCER, J O'NEAL. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GREG WILLARD, KEVIN FEHR, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 18,345. T - 2:12.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- With his All-Star coach and fellow starting forward both serving suspensions, Jermaine O'Neal took it upon himself to get the Indiana Pacers back into the win column. O'Neal, who will start for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game on February 9, scored a season-high 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Pacers posted a 109-100 triumph over the Boston Celtics. With coach Isiah Thomas and teammate Ron Artest disciplined by the league until after the All-Star break, O'Neal helped Indiana snap a two-game slide. He made 10-of-22 shots, converted 13-of-14 attempts from the line and eclipsed his previous season high of 31 points, set January 29 against San Antonio. O'Neal's career high is 38, established December 22, 2001 against Cleveland. "We just played hard," O'Neal said. "They made their runs but we stayed focused. ... This team is deep enough. We found out tonight that the coaching staff is deep enough." Brad Miller, an All-Star center, had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Reggie Miller added 14 and 10 for the Pacers, who took a late second-quarter lead and never surrendered it. Brendan Malone served as interim coach and was able to joke about the experience. "I had a real good time," he said. "It was fun. I didn't realize, as a head coach, how long the game was. ... I'm happy to get the (win), I only need 800 more to get into the Hall of Fame." "He coached a good game," Reggie Miller said. "Brendan was on the line tonight. He knew when to call timeouts when we needed ... he stepped up and did his job." Paul Pierce had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Antoine Walker had 22, six and six, but Boston lost its third straight game. The Celtics also had a four-game winning streak against Indiana snapped. "They are a good team, they are well coached," Pierce said. "They hurt us on the interior with Brad Miller and Jermaine O'Neal. Thise are two All-Stars right there." Brad Miller had 10 points and six rebounds in the opening quarter as Indiana led 30-23 after 12 minutes. A layup by Ron Mercer extended the Pacers' advantage to 37-27 with 9:22 left in the opening half. Indiana was ahead 40-31 with 7:37 to go when Tony Battie buried a 10-pointer to ignite an 11-0 burst. J.R. Bremmer had a pair of 3-pointers in the spurt, including a 25-footer off a feed from Walker that put the Celtics ahead 42-40 with 5:07 remaining. Reggie Miller then found Brad Miller for a 3-pointer - his only shot from beyond the arc in the contest - and Indiana never trailed. O'Neal had an offensive rebound and basket to give the Pacers a seven-point lead with 2:28 remaining and Indiana led 58-52 at the half. Indiana shot just 40 percent (19-of-48) in the first half but made 16-of-17 free-throw attempts. The Pacers also held a 28-21 edge on the boards. A layup by Jamaal Tinsley with 7:20 left in the third quarter gave Indiana a 72-59 cushion. Boston battled back and was within 78-73 following a free throw by Walter McCarty with 3:41 to go in the quarter but O'Neal took over from there. Over the next 90 seconds he had a layup, a block, two offensive rebounds, a defensive rebound and two free throws as the Pacers extended their lead to 88-73 with just under two minutes to go. Indiana outrebounded Boston in the quarter, 16-9, and made all nine of its free-throw attempts. Boston, which was routed by Detroit, 118-66, on Friday, never got closer than seven over the final 12 minutes. Indiana finished 32-of-33 from the free-throw line and had a 55-38 rebounding advantage. "Too many rebounds and they were just too strong inside for us," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "The key was getting everyone in there (to rebound)," O'Neal added. "They shot a lot of threes and we needed everyone, even the guards, to chase rebounds."


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