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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      INDIANA          25   18   18   26    87   
      DENVER           28   30   21   17    96      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   IND - STEPHEN JACKSON 16, FRED JONES 15, JAMES
                      JONES 13
                DEN - CARMELO ANTHONY 28, MARCUS CAMBY 17, 
                      FRANCISCO ELSON 14

HIGH REBOUND:   IND - SCOT POLLARD 8, AUSTIN CROSHERE 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5
                DEN - MARCUS CAMBY 22, EDUARDO NAJERA 5, 
                      DERMARR JOHNSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   IND - ANTHONY JOHNSON 5, FRED JONES 4, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                DEN - MARCUS CAMBY 7, EARL BOYKINS 5, ANDRE 
                      MILLER 4

         ATT:   17,811

Box Score

INDIANA (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Jackson 27 6-18 3-4 1-4 2 5 16 J O'Neal 15 4-7 3-3 1-5 2 2 11 J Foster 19 1-2 0-0 2-5 0 4 2 A Johnson 22 0-6 2-4 0-0 5 0 2 R Miller 32 2-13 4-4 0-3 1 2 8 A Croshere 28 1-3 2-3 1-8 2 3 4 F Jones 31 5-13 4-4 0-2 4 1 15 E Gill 20 5-8 0-0 0-4 1 0 10 J Jones 26 3-6 5-8 1-4 0 4 13 S Pollard 17 1-4 3-4 3-8 0 2 5 D Harrison 3 0-2 1-2 0-0 0 2 1 J Tinsley DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-82 27-36 9-43 17 25 87 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-27, .148 (S Jackson 1-8, A Johnson 0-2, R Miller 0-6, F Jones 1-5, E Gill 0-2, J Jones 2-4). Team Rebounds: 14. Blocked Shots:5 (S Pollard 2, A Croshere, S Jackson, F Jones). Turnovers:14 (J O'Neal 3, S Jackson 3, A Croshere 2, F Jones 2, E Gill 2, A Johnson, J Jones). Steals: 7 (F Jones 2, S Pollard, A Johnson, J Foster, S Jackson, E Gill). DENVER (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp C Anthony 35 7-14 14-16 1-3 3 5 28 F Elson 18 5-7 4-6 0-2 0 4 14 M Camby 39 8-17 1-2 4-22 7 4 17 D Johnson 31 3-7 0-0 1-5 2 3 7 A Miller 34 1-5 0-0 0-1 4 2 2 E Najera 25 1-5 5-5 2-5 0 4 7 E Boykins 26 4-11 2-3 1-2 5 1 12 B Russell 16 2-5 4-5 1-4 3 3 9 G Buckner 13 0-1 0-0 0-1 3 4 0 M Pope 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 W Person 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 K Martin DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-72 30-37 10-45 27 30 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.811. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (D Johnson 1-1, E Najera 0-1, E Boykins 2-2, B Russell 1-3). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:9 (M Camby 7, B Russell, E Najera). Turnovers:20 (M Camby 4, E Boykins 4, C Anthony 4, E Najera 3, D Johnson 2, B Russell, F Elson, A Miller). Steals: 7 (E Najera 3, B Russell 2, M Camby, G Buckner). ------------------------------------------- INDIANA 25 18 18 26 - 87 DENVER 28 30 21 17 - 96 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Indiana - 1 (Defensive Three, 2:51 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,811. T: 2:40. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Pat Fraher, Tim Donaghy.


Extended Box

INDIANA (87) AT DENVER (96) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S JACKSON F 27 6-18 3-4 1 3 4 2 5 1 3 16 J O'NEAL F 15 4-7 3-3 1 4 5 2 2 0 3 11 J FOSTER C 19 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 4 1 0 2 A JOHNSON G 22 0-6 2-4 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 2 R MILLER G 32 2-13 4-4 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 8 A CROSHERE 28 1-3 2-3 1 7 8 2 3 0 2 4 F JONES 31 5-13 4-4 0 2 2 4 1 2 2 15 E GILL 20 5-8 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 1 2 10 J JONES 26 3-6 5-8 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 13 S POLLARD 17 1-4 3-4 3 5 8 0 2 1 0 5 D HARRISON 3 0-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 J TINSLEY DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT TOTALS 240 28-82 27-36 9 34 43 17 25 7 14 87 (.341) (.750) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 16 (20 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === C ANTHONY F 35 7-14 14-16 1 2 3 3 5 0 4 28 F ELSON F 18 5-7 4-6 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 14 M CAMBY C 39 8-17 1-2 4 18 22 7 4 1 4 17 D JOHNSON G 31 3-7 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 0 2 7 A MILLER G 34 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 1 2 E NAJERA 25 1-5 5-5 2 3 5 0 4 3 3 7 E BOYKINS 26 4-11 2-3 1 1 2 5 1 0 4 12 B RUSSELL 16 2-5 4-5 1 3 4 3 3 2 1 9 G BUCKNER 13 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 1 0 0 M POPE 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W PERSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 K MARTIN DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS TOTALS 240 31-72 30-37 10 35 45 27 30 7 20 96 (.431) (.811) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 21 (16 PTS) INDIANA 25 18 18 26 - 87 DENVER 28 30 21 17 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - S POLLARD 2, A CROSHERE, S JACKSON, F JONES. DENVER - M CAMBY 7, B RUSSELL, E NAJERA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 4-27 (.148), S JACKSON 1-8, A JOHNSON 0- 2, R MILLER 0-6, F JONES 1-5, E GILL 0-2, J JONES 2-4. DENVER 4-7 (. 571), D JOHNSON 1-1, E NAJERA 0-1, E BOYKINS 2-2, B RUSSELL 1-3. TECHNICAL FOULS: INDIANA - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, PAT FRAHER, TIM DONAGHY. A - 17,811. T - 2:40.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- Despite the best efforts of Fred Jones, the Indiana Pacers could not recover from the loss of Jermaine O'Neal. Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, but the Pacers were unable to overcome a 20-point deficit and dropped a 96-87 decision to the Denver Nuggets, who got 28 points from Carmelo Anthony. Indiana played the entire second half without O'Neal, who left the game with a right shoulder injury in the second quarter. "If it wasn't for bad luck, we would have no luck at all," Jones said. "We got to just take the punches and get back in the ring and fight some more. Unfortunately, they took one of our big guns, but we realize we all have to step it up. We can't make him heal overnight." While attempting a dunk, O'Neal had his right arm pulled back while being fouled by Denver's Francisco Elson with 4:33 left. He stayed in the game and made both free throws lefthanded - banking the first one off the backboard - before heading to the locker room for X-rays. O'Neal initially was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder but is scheduled for an MRI on Friday. His status for the remainder of the Pacers' four-game road trip is uncertain. "I was hoping nothing was wrong with Jermaine, but that isn't the case," said Indiana swingman Stephen Jackson, who scored 16 points. "We have to win at least three of these games on this road trip. That is going to be really hard without J.O., but we've got to go play." Prior to O'Neal's injury, the Nuggets went on a 21-7 run to open a 49-35 edge. Earl Boykins ignited the spurt with consecutive 3-pointers and Anthony closed it with six straight points for Denver (29-29), which extended its winning streak to five games and moved into a virtual tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "This was a real good win and we are moving in the right direction," said Anthony, who has struggled with ankle injuries this season. "I'm getting healthy, so that means I'm getting my explosiveness back. I'm Carmelo Anthony again. We told ourselves not to put our heads down, and this win streak is getting us back in the playoff hunt." Anthony added nine more points in the third period, when the Nuggets increased their lead to 79-61, and Boykins opened the fourth quarter with a jumper to push the edge to 20. But Jones scored eight points in a 15-4 spurt to cut the deficit to 85-76 with 7:54 remaining. Anthony responded with a pair of free throws on the other end and Bryon Russell tacked on a 3-pointer to make it 90-76 just 40 seconds later. Indiana made one final push, drawing within 92-85 on Jones' jumper with 4:13 to go, but did not make a basket down the stretch. Starting forward Kenyon Martin sat out with left knee tendinitis, but Marcus Camby helped make up for the absence with 17 points and 22 rebounds for the Nuggets, who swept the season series from the Pacers for the first time since the 1985-86 campaign. "I just played hard, like I do every night," Camby said. "We were short tonight and I wasn't in foul trouble, so I was able to stay in, even in the fourth quarter." "The first half made me celebrate," Denver coach George Karl said. "The whole game never had a flow to it. The win, though, continues to give us momentum." With the win, Denver improved to 12-4 under Karl, including wins in all six home games by an average of 16.5 points. "I didn't think we would be back in the race until the end of March," Karl said. "It has been a quick turnaround."


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