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NBA  FINAL IN 1ST OT  1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  1OT  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          15   20   32   23   13    103  
     ATLANTA          26   23   18   23   9     99      FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - RON ARTEST 22, JERMAINE O'NEAL 20, AL 
                      HARRINGTON 20
                ATL - JASON TERRY 29, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 26, 
                      STEPHEN JACKSON 16

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - AL HARRINGTON 13, RON ARTEST 12, JEFF 
                      FOSTER 8
                ATL - SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 10, THEO RATLIFF 9, 
                      STEPHEN JACKSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - ANTHONY JOHNSON 6, KENNY ANDERSON 5, RON
                      ARTEST 4
                ATL - JASON TERRY 8, THEO RATLIFF 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,818

Box Score

INDIANA (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 46 8-17 4-9 3-12 4 1 22 J O'Neal 33 7-18 6-12 2-6 0 5 20 J Foster 24 3-4 0-0 3-8 1 0 6 K Anderson 31 1-5 0-0 0-2 5 1 2 F Jones 37 7-11 0-0 1-4 1 4 15 A Harrington 42 8-17 4-7 4-13 0 3 20 A Johnson 29 5-9 4-5 0-1 6 5 15 S Pollard 15 0-3 1-2 2-5 1 3 1 A Croshere 8 0-3 2-2 0-1 1 1 2 R Miller DNP - SORE LOWER BACK J Tinsley DNP - COACH'S DECISION P Brezec DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 39-87 21-37 15-52 19 23 103 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.568. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (R Artest 2-7, F Jones 1-3, A Johnson 1-3, A Croshere 0-1). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:4 (J O'Neal 2, A Harrington, R Artest). Turnovers:14 (F Jones 4, J O'Neal 3, R Artest 3, S Pollard, A Croshere, A Johnson, A Harrington). Steals: 11 (J Foster 4, A Johnson 2, R Artest 2, F Jones 2, S Pollard). ATLANTA (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Jackson 43 7-18 0-0 0-5 3 4 16 S Abdur-Rahim 43 8-14 9-10 1-10 3 2 26 T Ratliff 38 3-4 0-0 1-9 4 5 6 J Terry 47 10-15 7-13 1-4 8 4 29 D Glover 38 5-16 3-4 1-4 2 2 14 B Diaw 17 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 N Mohammed 12 0-4 0-2 0-3 0 3 0 L Nailon 13 2-4 2-2 0-0 0 2 6 J Vaughn 14 1-1 0-0 0-1 2 4 2 A Henderson DNP - SORE BACK C Crawford DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Hansen DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 265 36-77 21-31 4-36 23 27 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.677. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (S Jackson 2-5, S Abdur-Rahim 1-2, J Terry 2-4, D Glover 1-4, B Diaw 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots:9 (T Ratliff 6, S Abdur-Rahim, J Terry, B Diaw). Turnovers:16 (S Abdur-Rahim 4, J Terry 3, D Glover 2, S Jackson 2, B Diaw 2, T Ratliff, J Vaughn, N Mohammed). Steals: 5 (T Ratliff, D Glover, J Terry, L Nailon, S Jackson). ------------------------------------------------ INDIANA 15 20 32 23 13 - 103 ATLANTA 26 23 18 23 9 - 99 ------------------------------------------------ Technical fouls: Indiana - 3 (COACH Carlisle, 3:33 1st; A Harrington, 9:47 3rd; A Harrington, 10:06 4th). Atlanta - 2 (S Jackson, 2:23 3rd; J Terry (ejected), 0:21 5ot). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,818. T: 2:45. Officials: Bernie Fryer, David Jones, Gary Benson.


Extended Box

INDIANA (103) AT ATLANTA (99) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 46 8-17 4-9 3 9 12 4 1 2 3 22 J O'NEAL F 33 7-18 6-12 2 4 6 0 5 0 3 20 J FOSTER C 24 3-4 0-0 3 5 8 1 0 4 0 6 K ANDERSON G 31 1-5 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 0 0 2 F JONES G 37 7-11 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 2 4 15 A HARRINGTON 42 8-17 4-7 4 9 13 0 3 0 1 20 A JOHNSON 29 5-9 4-5 0 1 1 6 5 2 1 15 S POLLARD 15 0-3 1-2 2 3 5 1 3 1 1 1 A CROSHERE 8 0-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 R MILLER DNP - SORE LOWER BACK J TINSLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 39-87 21-37 15 37 52 19 23 11 14 103 (.448) (.568) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 15 (14 PTS) ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S JACKSON F 43 7-18 0-0 0 5 5 3 4 1 2 16 S ABDUR-RAHIM F 43 8-14 9-10 1 9 10 3 2 0 4 26 T RATLIFF C 38 3-4 0-0 1 8 9 4 5 1 1 6 J TERRY G 47 10-15 7-13 1 3 4 8 4 1 3 29 D GLOVER G 38 5-16 3-4 1 3 4 2 2 1 2 14 B DIAW 17 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 N MOHAMMED 12 0-4 0-2 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 0 L NAILON 13 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 6 J VAUGHN 14 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 1 2 A HENDERSON DNP - SORE BACK C CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION T HANSEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 265 36-77 21-31 4 32 36 23 27 5 16 99 (.468) (.677) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 17 (20 PTS) INDIANA 15 20 32 23 13 - 103 ATLANTA 26 23 18 23 9 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL 2, A HARRINGTON, R ARTEST. ATLANTA - T RATLIFF 6, S ABDUR-RAHIM, J TERRY, B DIAW. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 4-14 (.286), R ARTEST 2-7, F JONES 1-3, A JOHNSON 1-3, A CROSHERE 0-1. ATLANTA 6-16 (.375), S JACKSON 2-5, S ABDUR-RAHIM 1-2, J TERRY 2-4, D GLOVER 1-4, B DIAW 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - COACH CARLISLE, A HARRINGTON 2. ATLANTA - S JACKSON, J TERRY (EJECTED). FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DAVID JONES, GARY BENSON. A - 18,818. T - 2:45.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- After making a big shot, Anthony Johnson took one. Johnson snapped a tie with a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in overtime, then took an intentional blow to the head after a clutch steal as he lifted the Indiana Pacers to a 103-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Johnson scored seven of his 15 points in overtime as he victimized one of his many former teams in its home opener. On a roster with Kenny Anderson and Jamaal Tinsley, Johnson is emerging as Pacers coach Rick Carlisle's most trusted point guard. "It's just a matter of your team trusting each other," Johnson said. "Good teams trust in each other to get it done." In a wild game, the Pacers erased an 18-point first-half deficit, blew a seven-point lead in the final 93 seconds of regulation and squandered a five-point advantage in overtime as a basket and 3-pointer by Shareef Abdur-Rahim pulled the Hawks into a 97-97 tie with 1:30 to go. The teams traded empty possessions before Johnson took a pass from Ron Artest and buried a 3-pointer from the left side. After a timeout, the Hawks tried a crosscourt lob pass to Jason Terry, who scored 29 points. But Johnson tied him up for a jump ball, and Terry swung his left arm hard into Johnson's head. "The ref called a call," Terry said. "You want to get yourself free. It's not wrestling. You don't hug a guy and hold him down. You let the ball go, let's go, jump ball. He refused to do that. He wanted to hold me, so I had to free myself. "They had him off of three screens," Johnson said. "I knew the ball was coming to him. I was able to get both hands on the ball. They called it a jump ball. That's what a punk would do." Terry was called for a foul and was ejected. Johnson made both free throws for a 102-97 lead. Johnson made 5-of-9 shots, 4-of-5 free throws and added six assists and two steals. He signed with the Pacers as a free agent after backing up Jason Kidd with the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets each of the last two seasons. "I really wish I had the preseason to get a feel of what to expect," Johnson said. "I just have to learn on the go. It's a matter of being a leader out there." Artest scored 22 points and Al Harrington and a foul-plagued Jermaine O'Neal added 20 apiece for the Pacers, who bounced back from Friday's surprising home loss to Milwaukee. Harrington had 13 rebounds and Artest added 12, helping Indiana to a 52-36 advantage on the boards. "It was simple," Harrington said. "Are we going to play like men, or not?" Abdur-Rahim scored 26 points and Stephen Jackson added 16 for the Hawks (0-3), who lost their season opener in overtime at New Orleans. Their three losses have come by a combined 15 points. "It's a tough loss," Hawks coach Terry Stotts said. "We've had three games in a row where we've played hard. We found a way to put it in overtime. It's disappointing not to come away with a win. We got to learn from it." "We could easily be 3-0," Terry said. "We've played hard, we've been in games. I think losing some of these close ones will teach us how to win them in the near future." After struggling in the first half and sitting most of the third quarter, O'Neal returned in the fourth period. His jumper made it 90-83 with 1:33 left, but Indiana did not score again in regulation. Abdur-Rahim made a basket and Dion Glover hit a 3-pointer and corner jumper around two missed free throws by Harrington, forcing overtime. Glover's tying shot came with 3.6 seconds to play. Jumpers by Johnson and Fred Jones - who started for the injured Reggie Miller - gave the Pacers a 97-92 lead before Abdur-Rahim tied it, setting the stage for Johnson's heroics. With Miller out with a sore lower back, the Hawks scored the first 14 points and eventually opened a 46-28 lead before settling for a 49-35 halftime advantage. But when O'Neal drew his fourth foul early in the third quarter, Atlanta relaxed and Indiana rallied behind Harrington, who scored eight points in the period to help forge a 67-67 tie. "Obviously, with Jermaine going out, I knew I was going to pick up the burden," Harrington said. "I just tried to concentrate and be energetic. I knew we needed to get out on the glass." Jones scored 15 points for the Pacers, who shot 45 percent (39-of-87) and survived 16 missed free throws (21-of-37). Glover scored 14 points for the Hawks, who shot 47 percent (36-of-77). "I was born to play basketball," said Jones, who scored 23 points in his entire rookie season. "I was always told to be ready in any situation. It was real unfortunate that Reg wasn't able to go tonight. With me being in the lineup, I wanted to make it seem like he was there so much. I tried to step up my game any way possible to get my teammates' confidence in me."


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