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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      NEW JERSEY       30   19   18   19    86   
      INDIANA          18   20   31   21    90      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   NJN - JASON KIDD 29, VINCE CARTER 22, TRAVIS 
                      BEST 11
                IND - REGGIE MILLER 22, STEPHEN JACKSON 17, 
                      JAMES JONES 14

HIGH REBOUND:   NJN - JASON KIDD 15, BRIAN SCALABRINE 8, VINCE
                      CARTER 5
                IND - DALE DAVIS 11, REGGIE MILLER 7, AUSTIN 
                      CROSHERE 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   NJN - JASON KIDD 6, TRAVIS BEST 3, JASON 
                      COLLINS 3
                IND - ANTHONY JOHNSON 9, FRED JONES 5, REGGIE 
                      MILLER 2

         ATT:   17,901

Box Score

NEW JERSEY (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Scalabrine 39 2-3 1-2 1-8 1 2 5 J Collins 37 1-5 3-4 0-3 3 6 5 N Krstic 26 1-4 5-6 1-4 0 4 7 V Carter 37 9-20 2-4 1-5 0 4 22 J Kidd 42 10-19 7-10 1-15 6 0 29 C Robinson 28 3-8 0-2 1-3 1 4 7 T Best 28 2-6 7-8 1-3 3 3 11 Z Planinic 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 J Vaughn DNP - FRACTURED METATARSAL, RT R Buford DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Smith DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Thomas DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-65 25-36 6-42 14 23 86 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.431, FT-.694. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (V Carter 2-5, J Kidd 2-4, C Robinson 1-4, T Best 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:4 (V Carter, J Collins, B Scalabrine, N Krstic). Turnovers:14 (J Kidd 4, V Carter 3, J Collins 2, B Scalabrine 2, C Robinson, T Best, N Krstic). Steals: 5 (J Kidd 2, C Robinson, T Best, V Carter). INDIANA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Jackson 36 5-19 5-6 1-4 1 2 17 D Davis 30 0-5 1-2 7-11 0 2 1 S Pollard 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 R Miller 33 7-16 5-5 2-7 2 1 22 A Johnson 36 2-10 2-4 0-6 9 2 7 A Croshere 28 6-15 0-0 2-7 0 6 13 J Jones 25 5-7 2-2 0-3 0 2 14 F Jones 18 0-1 3-4 0-1 5 2 3 J Foster 18 0-2 0-0 2-5 0 2 0 E Gill 11 3-3 2-2 0-1 1 4 11 J Tinsley DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT J Edwards DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-79 20-25 14-46 18 25 90 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 12-28, .429 (S Jackson 2-8, R Miller 3-7, A Johnson 1-3, A Croshere 1-5, J Jones 2-2, E Gill 3-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots:3 (D Davis, S Jackson, J Jones). Turnovers:12 (F Jones 4, A Johnson 3, D Davis, S Jackson, J Jones, E Gill, S Pollard). Steals: 9 (R Miller 3, S Jackson 3, A Croshere, E Gill, A Johnson). ------------------------------------------- NEW JERSEY 30 19 18 19 - 86 INDIANA 18 20 31 21 - 90 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: New Jersey - 1 (B Scalabrine, 3:42 3rd). Indiana - 3 (COACH Carlisle, 0:36 1st; S Jackson, 3:37 1st; R Miller, 1:44 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (A Croshere, 8:46 3rd). A: 17,901. T: 2:20. Officials: David Jones, Mike Henderson, Scott Foster.


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (86) AT INDIANA (90) NEW JERSEY REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === B SCALABRINE F 39 2-3 1-2 1 7 8 1 2 0 2 5 J COLLINS F 37 1-5 3-4 0 3 3 3 6 0 2 5 N KRSTIC C 26 1-4 5-6 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 7 V CARTER G 37 9-20 2-4 1 4 5 0 4 1 3 22 J KIDD G 42 10-19 7-10 1 14 15 6 0 2 4 29 C ROBINSON 28 3-8 0-2 1 2 3 1 4 1 1 7 T BEST 28 2-6 7-8 1 2 3 3 3 1 1 11 Z PLANINIC 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 J VAUGHN DNP - FRACTURED METATARSAL, RT R BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION J SMITH DNP - COACH'S DECISION B THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 28-65 25-36 6 36 42 14 23 5 14 86 (.431) (.694) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16 (10 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S JACKSON F 36 5-19 5-6 1 3 4 1 2 3 1 17 D DAVIS F 30 0-5 1-2 7 4 11 0 2 0 1 1 S POLLARD C 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 R MILLER G 33 7-16 5-5 2 5 7 2 1 3 0 22 A JOHNSON G 36 2-10 2-4 0 6 6 9 2 1 3 7 A CROSHERE 28 6-15 0-0 2 5 7 0 6 1 0 13 J JONES 25 5-7 2-2 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 14 F JONES 18 0-1 3-4 0 1 1 5 2 0 4 3 J FOSTER 18 0-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 0 E GILL 11 3-3 2-2 0 1 1 1 4 1 1 11 J TINSLEY DNP - BRUISED LEFT FOOT J EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-79 20-25 14 32 46 18 25 9 12 90 (.367) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13 (9 PTS) NEW JERSEY 30 19 18 19 - 86 INDIANA 18 20 31 21 - 90 BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - V CARTER, J COLLINS, B SCALABRINE, N KRSTIC. INDIANA - D DAVIS, S JACKSON, J JONES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 5-14 (.357), V CARTER 2-5, J KIDD 2- 4, C ROBINSON 1-4, T BEST 0-1. INDIANA 12-28 (.429), S JACKSON 2-8, R MILLER 3-7, A JOHNSON 1-3, A CROSHERE 1-5, J JONES 2-2, E GILL 3- 3. TECHNICAL FOULS: NEW JERSEY - B SCALABRINE. INDIANA - COACH CARLISLE, S JACKSON, R MILLER. FLAGRANT FOULS: INDIANA 1 (A CROSHERE, 8:46 3RD). OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, MIKE HENDERSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 17,901. T - 2:20.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- With something old in Reggie Miller and something new in James Jones, the Indiana Pacers are back in the playoffs. Miller scored seven points in a 22-second span and Jones sank aclutch jumper and free throws down the stretch as the Pacers rallied to edge the New Jersey Nets, 90-86, and clinch their eighth straight postseason berth. Miller scored 22 points and Stephen Jackson added 17 for Indiana (43-35), which has made the playoffs every year since 1998, the longest current streak in the Eastern Conference. "I'm so excited. Truthfully, I feel like I've won the lottery," Miller said. "A lot of people wrote us off after what happened in Detroit. It easily could have been a death sentence for this franchise and this organization. I knew my legacy would be judged by what we did after that and, personally, I took it upon myself to will this team into the playoffs." Indiana has overcome serious manpower issues due to suspensions and injuries. It is still without injured starters Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley and suspended forward Ron Artest but is pushing for home-court advantage in the first round. "It's definitely special," said Pacers forward Dale Davis, who returned to Indiana this season. "I've played here for a number of years and I know it means a lot to the guys who have been through so much this year. They've hung in there and now we've put ourselves in a postion to get in the playoffs and compete. That's all you can ask for." The Pacers trailed by 14 points late in the first half and squandered a six-point lead in the fourth quarter. They found themselves trailing, 83-77, after Jason Kidd stole a cross-court pass and streaked in for a layup with 2:36 to go. On the next possession, the 39-year-old Miller drilled a 3-pointer while being knocked to the floor by Cliff Robinson. The ensuing free throw completed a rare four-point play at the 2:22 mark. After a free throw by Kidd, who had 29 points, 15 rebounds and six assists, Miller made a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to tie it, 84-84, with two minutes to go. "What can you say about him?" former Pacer Travis Best said. "When the guy decides to take the game into his own hands, he's one of the most dangerous there is. Anybody who gets the ball two or three feet behind the 3-point line and you have to go out there and guard him - that's a dangerous player. He's never afraid to pull the trigger and the one he took late, that's as deep as anyone will shoot it." Jones, a second-year forward who has seen a boost in minutes this season due to the injuries and suspensions, sank a 17-footer with 1:12 left to give Indiana the lead for good. A turnover by Kidd and a missed 3-pointer by Robinson led to a free throw by Anthony Johnson that made it 87-84 with 17 seconds remaining. After a drive by Carter, Jones was fouled and calmly sank two free throws with 13 seconds left. "I've had a pretty short career, so that (jump) shot has to rank as one of my best," Jones said. "It was a good shot and it felt great to be an integral part of a late-game victory." Kidd missed a 3-pointer and Dale Davis sealed it by sinking 1-of-2 foul shots, his only point of the game. Jones scored 14 points and Austin Croshere added 13 for the Pacers, who are one game behind fourth-place Chicago (44-34) in the East. "I missed a couple of layups, they got a couple of offensive rebounds, and they got a couple of calls that really turned the game," Carter said. "Reggie hasn't looked 39 all year and he's a great person and competitor. The 3-pointer and one, where he kicked his leg out, I told him I had to tip my hat to him on that one." Carter scored 22 points for the Nets (38-40), who had their six-game road winning streak snapped and fell two games in the loss column behind Philadelphia for the final playoff berth in the East. "Bottom line is this: It's a five-game playoff and we lost game one," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said. "Before the game, we had our destiny in our own hands. Now, all we can control is our effort and our ability to execute. Tonight, it wasn't good enough."


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