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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      CLEVELAND        22   10   25   20    77   
      INDIANA          26   23   28   21    98      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   CLE - LEBRON JAMES 20, DREW GOODEN 12, JEFF 
                      MCINNIS 10
                IND - STEPHEN JACKSON 23, REGGIE MILLER 17, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND:   CLE - DREW GOODEN 10, ANDERSON VAREJAO 6, FOUR
                      PLAYERS WITH 4
                IND - DALE DAVIS 9, JEFF FOSTER 8, SCOT 
                      POLLARD 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   CLE - JEFF MCINNIS 6, ANDERSON VAREJAO 4, 
                      LEBRON JAMES 3
                IND - ANTHONY JOHNSON 10, EDDIE GILL 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   17,260

Box Score

CLEVELAND (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Gooden 27 3-14 6-8 5-10 1 1 12 L James 33 9-18 2-4 2-4 3 2 20 R Traylor 27 2-9 2-2 3-4 0 3 6 I Newble 26 2-6 0-0 0-4 0 2 6 J McInnis 31 4-12 1-2 1-3 6 2 10 A Pavlovic 22 4-7 0-0 0-0 0 3 8 J Welsch 15 1-3 2-2 0-4 1 0 4 E Snow 28 1-5 1-1 2-3 2 3 3 A Varejao 22 2-3 0-0 2-6 4 3 4 D Diop 9 2-6 0-0 1-2 0 0 4 L Harris DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z Ilgauskas DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT RING FINGE _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-83 14-19 16-40 17 19 77 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.361, FT-.737. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (L James 0-3, I Newble 2-4, J McInnis 1-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:3 (R Traylor, D Diop, A Varejao). Turnovers:11 (D Gooden 4, E Snow 2, L James 2, J McInnis, A Pavlovic, R Traylor). Steals: 9 (R Traylor 3, E Snow, D Diop, A Varejao, L James, D Gooden, J McInnis). INDIANA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Jackson 32 8-16 6-6 1-5 0 2 23 D Davis 29 2-4 2-5 2-9 1 2 6 S Pollard 15 4-8 1-1 3-6 0 3 9 R Miller 24 6-8 2-2 0-3 2 0 17 A Johnson 31 1-5 6-6 0-3 10 1 8 J Foster 27 1-4 0-0 3-8 0 5 2 F Jones 21 3-8 3-3 0-4 0 3 11 A Croshere 23 4-5 2-2 0-1 1 0 11 E Gill 17 1-4 4-4 1-3 3 0 6 J Jones 19 2-4 0-0 0-4 2 0 5 J Edwards 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 J Tinsley DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-68 26-29 10-46 19 17 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.897. 3-Point Goals: 8-13, .615 (S Jackson 1-4, R Miller 3-3, F Jones 2-2, A Croshere 1-1, E Gill 0-1, J Jones 1-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:1 (S Pollard). Turnovers:16 (S Jackson 5, F Jones 3, S Pollard 2, A Johnson 2, J Foster 2, D Davis, J Edwards). Steals: 6 (A Johnson 2, E Gill 2, J Foster, S Jackson). ------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 22 10 25 20 - 77 INDIANA 26 23 28 21 - 98 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,260. T: 2:13.


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (77) AT INDIANA (98) CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D GOODEN F 27 3-14 6-8 5 5 10 1 1 1 4 12 L JAMES F 33 9-18 2-4 2 2 4 3 2 1 2 20 R TRAYLOR C 27 2-9 2-2 3 1 4 0 3 3 1 6 I NEWBLE G 26 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 6 J MCINNIS G 31 4-12 1-2 1 2 3 6 2 1 1 10 A PAVLOVIC 22 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 8 J WELSCH 15 1-3 2-2 0 4 4 1 0 0 0 4 E SNOW 28 1-5 1-1 2 1 3 2 3 1 2 3 A VAREJAO 22 2-3 0-0 2 4 6 4 3 1 0 4 D DIOP 9 2-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 4 L HARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION Z ILGAUSKAS DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT RING FINGE TOTALS 240 30-83 14-19 16 24 40 17 19 9 11 77 (.361) (.737) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S JACKSON F 32 8-16 6-6 1 4 5 0 2 1 5 23 D DAVIS F 29 2-4 2-5 2 7 9 1 2 0 1 6 S POLLARD C 15 4-8 1-1 3 3 6 0 3 0 2 9 R MILLER G 24 6-8 2-2 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 17 A JOHNSON G 31 1-5 6-6 0 3 3 10 1 2 2 8 J FOSTER 27 1-4 0-0 3 5 8 0 5 1 2 2 F JONES 21 3-8 3-3 0 4 4 0 3 0 3 11 A CROSHERE 23 4-5 2-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 11 E GILL 17 1-4 4-4 1 2 3 3 0 2 0 6 J JONES 19 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 5 J EDWARDS 2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 J TINSLEY DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT TOTALS 240 32-68 26-29 10 36 46 19 17 6 16 98 (.471) (.897) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16 (17 PTS) CLEVELAND 22 10 25 20 - 77 INDIANA 26 23 28 21 - 98 BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - R TRAYLOR, D DIOP, A VAREJAO. INDIANA - S POLLARD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 3-9 (.333), L JAMES 0-3, I NEWBLE 2-4, J MCINNIS 1-2. INDIANA 8-13 (.615), S JACKSON 1-4, R MILLER 3-3, F JONES 2- 2, A CROSHERE 1-1, E GILL 0-1, J JONES 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. A - 17,260. T - 2:13.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Once again, Stephen Jackson and Reggie Miller led the shorthanded Indiana Pacers to an important victory in the playoff stretch. Jackson scored 23 points and Miller added 17 to lead the Pacers to a 98-77 triumph over the fading Cleveland Cavaliers in a game with huge postseason implications. Indiana (40-34), which matched a season-best five-game winning streak, moved two games ahead of Cleveland (38-36) for the coveted sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Whichever team claims the sixth spot will avoid East powerhouses Miami and Detroit in the first round. "It was a big win as far as the playoff picture, but we're not happy with just being in the playoffs," Jackson said. "We want to continue to win games. Our goal is not to just be there, it's to win the championship,and we'll continue to strive for that." The win also gave the Pacers the tiebreaker over the Cavaliers by virtue of a 3-1 season series victory. The Cavaliers, who have lost four of their last five games and lead ninth-place New Jersey by only 2 1/2 games, have been through major upheaval in the last five weeks. Dan Gilbert took ownership March 1, point guard Jeff McInnis was benched March 20 and coach Paul Silas was fired a day later. The team is just 7-15 in its last 22 games. "Well, we've lost our coach, we've gotten new ownership, and we stopped playing our No. 1 point guard for no reason. I'd say that messed up our chemistry," frustrated All-Star swingman Lebron James said. "It doesn't matter how we're playing right now, it's just about wins and losses. That's all we're worried about right now - winning games." Already missing the suspended Ron Artest, Indiana has been without All-Star Jermaine O'Neal for the past 17 games. Jackson and Miller have stepped up to lead the Pacers, who are 12-5 in that span. In his first season with Indiana, Jackson is averaging 22.7 points during the stretch while 18-year veteran Miller has been rejuvenated by adding 19.4 points. "It's good to say it's Reggie and I, but other guys are doing it, too," Jackson said. "Jeff (Foster) played well, Scot (Pollard) played well, and I think AJ (Anthony Johnson) has been the biggest key. Reggie and I have been able to hold down the bulk of the scoring, but other guys have stepped up." "I think our roles are much more defined now because we've been so shorthanded," Miller said. "Guys are playing their minutes hard and we are finding ways to win ballgames. We're looking at it like the playoffs started in March for us, and I think right now we are probably playing our best basketball of the year." Shooting 63 percent (10-of-16) in the first quarter, the Pacers led, 26-22. Miller connected on three 3-pointers in the second period en route to 11 points as Indiana built a 49-32 halftime lead. James scored 20 points for a dispirited Cleveland club that did not get closer than 16 points in the second half. All-Star center Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed the game due to a dislocated right ring finger, and Cleveland struggled scoring inside without him. The Cavaliers shot just 36 percent (30-of-83), including a woeful 3-of-22 in the second quarter. "Cleveland was wounded tonight without Ilgauskas and we wanted to take advantage of that early," Jackson said. "We missed Z (Ilgauskas) big-time," Cavs interim coach Brendon Malone said. "He gives us a low-post presence and another scorer and we struggled tonight to score."


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