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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          23   33   23   30    109  
     NEW YORK         26   28   14   25    93      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 23, RON ARTEST 23, RON 
                      MERCER 17
                NYK - SHANDON ANDERSON 13, LEE NAILON 13, 
                      HOWARD EISLEY 12

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 9, REGGIE MILLER 6, FOUR
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 9, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 8, 
                      SHANDON ANDERSON 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 8, TIM HARDAWAY 4, AUSTIN
                      CROSHERE 3
                NYK - HOWARD EISLEY 4, CHARLIE WARD 3, LATRELL
                      SPREWELL 3

         ATT:   19,763

Box Score

INDIANA (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 32 8-12 6-7 2-5 2 5 23 A Harrington 23 1-9 2-2 3-5 2 2 4 J O'Neal 38 7-16 9-12 1-9 2 2 23 R Miller 32 5-9 4-4 1-6 0 2 14 J Tinsley 29 1-6 0-0 1-5 8 0 2 J Foster 12 0-1 0-0 2-5 0 1 0 T Hardaway 16 4-4 1-1 0-3 4 0 12 A Croshere 23 3-5 5-5 2-4 3 1 12 R Mercer 27 7-11 3-4 0-3 0 3 17 J Bender 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Brewer 3 1-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 2 B Miller DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 30-36 12-45 21 18 109 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (R Artest 1-2, J O'Neal 0-1, R Miller 0-3, J Tinsley 0-2, T Hardaway 3-3, A Croshere 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (J O'Neal 2, R Artest). Turnovers:14 (J O'Neal 4, A Harrington 2, R Artest 2, T Hardaway, J Brewer, J Tinsley, J Foster, R Mercer, R Miller). Steals: 10 (R Miller 3, J O'Neal 2, R Artest 2, R Mercer, A Croshere, J Foster). NEW YORK (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 27 4-8 0-0 0-2 3 1 10 C Weatherspoon 28 2-7 2-2 3-8 0 5 6 K Thomas 31 4-12 2-2 4-9 1 5 10 H Eisley 24 5-8 0-0 0-0 4 0 12 A Houston 21 1-8 4-5 0-1 0 3 6 S Anderson 23 6-11 0-0 1-4 1 2 13 T Knight 17 3-5 2-2 1-2 2 3 8 M Doleac 20 4-8 0-0 1-2 0 4 8 C Ward 12 1-3 0-0 1-2 3 0 3 L Postell 11 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 F Williams 12 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 L Nailon 14 5-13 3-3 1-2 2 0 13 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 13-14 12-32 19 25 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.929. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (L Sprewell 2-4, H Eisley 2-4, A Houston 0-2, S Anderson 1-1, C Ward 1-2, L Postell 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (M Doleac 2, K Thomas, L Nailon). Turnovers:14 (H Eisley 3, C Weatherspoon 2, L Sprewell 2, K Thomas 2, F Williams 2, A Houston, S Anderson, L Nailon). Steals: 4 (A Houston, L Sprewell, K Thomas, T Knight). -------------------------------------------- INDIANA 23 33 23 30 - 109 NEW YORK 26 28 14 25 - 93 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (Defensive Three, 10:26 1st). New York - 1 (Defensive Three, 11:30 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:11. Officials: Bob Delaney, Rodney Mott, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

INDIANA (109) AT NEW YORK (93) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 32 8-12 6-7 2 3 5 2 5 2 2 23 A HARRINGTON F 23 1-9 2-2 3 2 5 2 2 0 2 4 J O'NEAL C 38 7-16 9-12 1 8 9 2 2 2 4 23 R MILLER G 32 5-9 4-4 1 5 6 0 2 3 1 14 J TINSLEY G 29 1-6 0-0 1 4 5 8 0 0 1 2 J FOSTER 12 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 1 1 0 T HARDAWAY 16 4-4 1-1 0 3 3 4 0 0 1 12 A CROSHERE 23 3-5 5-5 2 2 4 3 1 1 0 12 R MERCER 27 7-11 3-4 0 3 3 0 3 1 1 17 J BENDER 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 J BREWER 3 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 B MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-76 30-36 12 33 45 21 18 10 14 109 (.487) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14 (19 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 27 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 1 2 10 C WEATHERSPOON F 28 2-7 2-2 3 5 8 0 5 0 2 6 K THOMAS C 31 4-12 2-2 4 5 9 1 5 1 2 10 H EISLEY G 24 5-8 0-0 0 0 0 4 0 0 3 12 A HOUSTON G 21 1-8 4-5 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 6 S ANDERSON 23 6-11 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 1 13 T KNIGHT 17 3-5 2-2 1 1 2 2 3 1 0 8 M DOLEAC 20 4-8 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 8 C WARD 12 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 3 0 0 0 3 L POSTELL 11 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 F WILLIAMS 12 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 L NAILON 14 5-13 3-3 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 13 TOTALS 240 37-86 13-14 12 20 32 19 25 4 14 93 (.430) (.929) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15 (16 PTS) INDIANA 23 33 23 30 - 109 NEW YORK 26 28 14 25 - 93 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL 2, R ARTEST. NEW YORK - M DOLEAC 2, K THOMAS, L NAILON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-13 (.385), R ARTEST 1-2, J O'NEAL 0-1, R MILLER 0-3, J TINSLEY 0-2, T HARDAWAY 3-3, A CROSHERE 1-2. NEW YORK 6- 14 (.429), L SPREWELL 2-4, H EISLEY 2-4, A HOUSTON 0-2, S ANDERSON 1- 1, C WARD 1-2, L POSTELL 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - DEFENSIVE THREE. NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, RODNEY MOTT, TIM DONAGHY. A - 19,763. T - 2:11.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest scored 23 points apiece as the Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-93 victory over the New York Knicks. Indiana placed six players in double figures and earned a much-needed victory heading into the playoffs. The win ensured the Pacers of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Indiana still can clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a victory against New Jersey on Wednesday or a loss by Philadelphia in its finale against Washington. A 3-pointer by Tim Hardaway with five minutes remaining in the first half gave Indiana the lead for good, 46-43. The Pacers used a 10-2 run, fueled by four points by O'Neal, to close the third quarter and take a 79-68 advantage into the final 12 minutes. Artest, a New York native, made his first visit to Madison Square Garden since he broke a camera after a loss to the Knicks on January 3. He made 8-of-12 shots from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line. "Tonight was the most fun game of my career," Artest said. "It was not more than any other game, a win is a win. We also knew that we needed the victory for home court." Lee Nailon and Shandon Anderson each scored 13 points to lead New York, which concluded its season and will miss the playoffs for a second straight year. The Knicks, who earlier Tuesday gave coach Don Chaney a two-year contract extension, used their reserves frequently. Veterans Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell played sparingly in the second half. "We felt going into this season that we were going to be competitive, in terms of getting into the playoffs," Chaney said. "It was disappointing from that aspect, but we did gain team camaraderie. What we really gained overall was that our team really bonded a lot more than the previous year and this should really help us moving on to next season." Ron Mercer led a huge effort off the bench with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Reggie Miller finished with 14 points and Hardaway and Austin Croshere each chipped in with 12. "You can look at our production from the foul line and the amount of people we had in double figures - the guys played 48 minutes and played it in the right way and played it together," Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. The Pacers enjoyed a sizable advantage at the free-throw line, shooting 83 percent (30-of-36). O'Neal had no trouble with the defensive efforts of Kurt Thomas and the rest of the Knicks, getting to the line and making 9-of-12 shots. Jamaal Tinsley, another New York native, handed out eight assists and Hardaway, his backup, made all four shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers. "I feel like I established my role here," Hardaway said. "I just come here and give the team what we need. I think it's very important for this team to have the home court in the playoffs. They were just a couple of calls away from beating New Jersey." Indiana started slowly as Howard Eisley's 3-pointer gave New York an early 16-6 lead. Eisley had 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter as the Knicks settled for a 26-23 advantage. Sprewell's 3-pointer pulled the Knicks within 56-54 at halftime and the game stayed close for most of the third quarter. But the Pacers scored six of their 10 points at the foul line in their scoring spurt at the end of the period to take command. Mercer took advantage of the Knicks' substitutes to score 12 points in the fourth quarter. A basket by Jamison Brewer gave Indiana its largest lead at 109-86 with two minutes to go. Sprewell scored 10 points and Houston managed only six on 1-of-8 shooting for New York, which finished with a 37-45 record. That marks a seven-game improvement from last season, when Chaney took over for the final 63 games and fashioned a 20-43 mark. "The one thing that stands out is that we had so many close games and to be so close to making the playoffs, that's what stands out more than anything," Sprewell said. Houston made a free throw in the second quarter that gave him 10,000 points as a member of the Knicks. Every player for the Knicks played at least 11 minutes and the bench accounted for 49 points and 12 rebounds.


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