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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     INDIANA          20   25   18   27    90   
     NEW JERSEY       23   32   19   10    84      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - JERMAINE O'NEAL 20, RON ARTEST 18, AL 
                      HARRINGTON 15
                NJN - JASON KIDD 21, KENYON MARTIN 17, RICHARD
                      JEFFERSON 14

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - AL HARRINGTON 12, JERMAINE O'NEAL 10, 
                      JAMAAL TINSLEY 7
                NJN - JASON KIDD 8, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - REGGIE MILLER 4, ANTHONY JOHNSON 3, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 2
                NJN - JASON KIDD 13, RODNEY ROGERS 2, AARON 
                      WILLIAMS 2

         ATT:   18,856

Box Score

INDIANA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Artest 38 5-18 8-8 1-4 2 1 18 J O'Neal 31 9-16 1-1 0-10 0 5 20 J Foster 20 0-2 0-0 2-3 0 4 0 R Miller 34 2-3 4-4 0-0 4 2 9 J Tinsley 24 3-12 3-4 1-7 1 2 12 A Harrington 39 5-9 5-6 3-12 2 5 15 A Johnson 24 3-7 0-0 0-0 3 0 7 F Jones 11 0-0 0-0 1-1 2 3 0 J Bender 14 2-6 2-2 1-3 1 0 7 S Pollard 5 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 A Croshere DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Brewer DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-74 23-25 11-42 15 23 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.405, FT-.920. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (R Artest 0-5, J O'Neal 1-1, R Miller 1-2, J Tinsley 3-9, A Harrington 0-1, A Johnson 1-2, J Bender 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:6 (J O'Neal 2, A Harrington, J Bender, R Artest, J Tinsley). Turnovers:15 (A Harrington 5, J O'Neal 3, J Foster 2, F Jones 2, S Pollard, R Artest, J Tinsley). Steals: 10 (J O'Neal 2, A Harrington 2, R Artest 2, J Tinsley 2, S Pollard, J Bender). NEW JERSEY (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp R Jefferson 45 5-13 4-4 1-7 0 5 14 K Martin 33 8-13 1-3 1-7 1 4 17 J Collins 27 0-4 3-4 0-2 1 3 3 K Kittles 37 4-13 1-2 2-4 0 3 10 J Kidd 45 8-19 1-2 2-8 13 3 21 A Williams 20 1-4 5-8 4-7 2 3 7 L Harris 14 0-4 2-2 0-0 1 2 2 R Rogers 19 4-6 2-2 3-4 2 1 10 R Pack DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Armstrong DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Scalabrine DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z Planinic DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-76 19-27 13-39 20 24 84 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.395, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (R Jefferson 0-3, K Kittles 1-4, J Kidd 4-8, L Harris 0-1, R Rogers 0-1). Team Rebounds: 12. Blocked Shots:3 (J Kidd, A Williams, K Martin). Turnovers:18 (K Martin 8, J Kidd 3, R Jefferson 3, A Williams 2, R Rogers, J Collins). Steals: 9 (K Kittles 2, R Jefferson 2, J Collins 2, J Kidd, K Martin, R Rogers). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 20 25 18 27 - 90 NEW JERSEY 23 32 19 10 - 84 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,856. T: 2:21. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Phil Robinson, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

INDIANA (90) AT NEW JERSEY (84) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R ARTEST F 38 5-18 8-8 1 3 4 2 1 2 1 18 J O'NEAL F 31 9-16 1-1 0 10 10 0 5 2 3 20 J FOSTER C 20 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 4 0 2 0 R MILLER G 34 2-3 4-4 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 9 J TINSLEY G 24 3-12 3-4 1 6 7 1 2 2 1 12 A HARRINGTON 39 5-9 5-6 3 9 12 2 5 2 5 15 A JOHNSON 24 3-7 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 F JONES 11 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 2 3 0 2 0 J BENDER 14 2-6 2-2 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 7 S POLLARD 5 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 2 A CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION J BREWER DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-74 23-25 11 31 42 15 23 10 15 90 (.405) (.920) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17 (10 PTS) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === R JEFFERSON F 45 5-13 4-4 1 6 7 0 5 2 3 14 K MARTIN F 33 8-13 1-3 1 6 7 1 4 1 8 17 J COLLINS C 27 0-4 3-4 0 2 2 1 3 2 1 3 K KITTLES G 37 4-13 1-2 2 2 4 0 3 2 0 10 J KIDD G 45 8-19 1-2 2 6 8 13 3 1 3 21 A WILLIAMS 20 1-4 5-8 4 3 7 2 3 0 2 7 L HARRIS 14 0-4 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 R ROGERS 19 4-6 2-2 3 1 4 2 1 1 1 10 R PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION B ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SCALABRINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z PLANINIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 30-76 19-27 13 26 39 20 24 9 18 84 (.395) (.704) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18 (15 PTS) INDIANA 20 25 18 27 - 90 NEW JERSEY 23 32 19 10 - 84 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - J O'NEAL 2, A HARRINGTON, J BENDER, R ARTEST, J TINSLEY. NEW JERSEY - J KIDD, A WILLIAMS, K MARTIN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 7-21 (.333), R ARTEST 0-5, J O'NEAL 1-1, R MILLER 1-2, J TINSLEY 3-9, A HARRINGTON 0-1, A JOHNSON 1-2, J BENDER 1- 1. NEW JERSEY 5-17 (.294), R JEFFERSON 0-3, K KITTLES 1-4, J KIDD 4- 8, L HARRIS 0-1, R ROGERS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, PHIL ROBINSON, TIM DONAGHY. A - 18,856. T - 2:21.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Jermaine O'Neal and the Indiana Pacers showed the New Jersey Nets their mental toughness. O'Neal overcame foul trouble to collect 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Pacers shut down the Nets in the fourth quarter for a 90-84 victory, their 10th win in 11 games. The youthful, talented Pacers have been undone in recent years by a mental makeup that did not match their physical skills. That has led to three straight first-round playoff exits, including one at the hands of the Nets. Just last month, forward Ron Artest was benched by coach Rick Carlisle for "conduct detrimental to winning" during a home loss to the Nets. But that incident seems to have galvanized the Pacers, who have lost just once since. Indiana twice battled back from double-digit deficits but fell into a 74-63 hole as O'Neal spent most of the third quarter on the bench with foul trouble. "It was extremely hard tonight, especially since I was in foul trouble for most of the game," O'Neal said. "When you see a team down 10 or 11 points, it's really hard to focus in. But this team collectively is a young, veteran team. "All these guys have been around five or six years now. And the way we lost the last three years in the playoffs, we understand that the game is not won or lost in a couple possessions." Just 11 seconds into the final period, the All-Star forward picked up his fifth foul, which brought out the toughness in O'Neal and his teammates. Over the next 11 minutes, they limited the Nets to six points, roaring back for a third time. O'Neal had some big baskets, including his first 3-pointer of the season. But none was bigger than his turnaround baseline jumper that gave the Pacers an 84-80 lead with 29 seconds to play. "It was do-or-die time," O'Neal said. "I think the coaches made a great call. Both decisions, when I picked up the fourth foul early in the third quarter, and making another good call early in the fourth quarter." "Jermaine, despite five fouls, played a brilliant fourth quarter, to be able to make some shots and keep from fouling out," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. Indiana made 6-of-6 free throws in the final seconds and won at New Jersey for the second time this season. Artest scored 18 points and New Jersey native Al Harrington added 15 and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who allowed just 29 points in the second half. Jason Kidd had 21 points and 13 assists and Kenyon Martin scored 17 points for the Nets, whose 10 fourth-quarter points were a season low. Kidd was shut out in the final period. "We wanted to keep them out of transition because we knew Jason Kidd was going to run up the court," Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley said. "My job was to not let them get the ball by denying him. "(Teammate) Anthony Johnson kept telling me to keep the ball out of his hands and we would be all right. Other guys would make the shots and plays and I just needed to stop Jason Kidd." O'Neal, Johnson and Tinsley made 3-pointers to give Indiana the lead for good at 79-78 midway through the fourth quarter. New Jersey was in the middle of a drought of six-plus minutes without a hoop. "We completely shut down," Martin said. "We didn't have as much movement in the second half as we did in the first. Basically, we gave the game away by not running the offense the way we are capable of running it." In the first half, the Nets held leads of 18-8 and 48-36 before settling for a 55-45 halftime bulge. But with O'Neal on the bench, the Pacers fought back for a 61-61 tie with 4:50 left in the third quarter. "New Jersey physically dominated us in the first half and we felt like we needed to come back out and have a great defensive second half," Carlisle said. "We felt like we had to raise our level of aggression." Martin, who had eight turnovers, threw a shoulder into Pacers forward Jeff Foster on a jump ball, then was dumped on his back by Foster trying to convert an alley-oop. Kidd made consecutive 3-pointers to help rebuild the lead to 11 points entering the final period.


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