Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Saturday, January 11th
Warriors104Final
Pacers116
Game 2: Tuesday, March 4th
Pacers100Final
Warriors107

Warriors 104

(15-21, 5-13 away)

Pacers 116

(27-10, 16-1 home)

Coverage: FSBAY

7:00 PM ET, January 11, 2003

Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

1 2 3 4 T
GS 30 32 21 21104
IND 38 30 21 27116

Top Performers

Golden State: A. Jamison 33 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Indiana: J. O'Neal 23 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

Pacers push league's best home record to 16-1

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers used great teamwork to improve the league's best home record.

O'Neal
O'Neal

Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest scored 23 points each, Reggie Miller added 21 points and Jamaal Tinsley had 14 of the Pacers' 39 assists as Indiana pulled away in the closing minutes and beat the Golden State Warriors 116-104 Saturday night, improving their home record to 16-1.

The 39 assists were the most by an NBA team this season.

"We have a lot of guys contributing in a lot of different ways that don't show up on the stat sheets. That's what makes us so tough as a team,'' said O'Neal, who also had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Each of Indiana's previous six games -- including three that went to overtime -- was decided by four points or less and on the game's final possession. The Pacers seemed headed for a similar finish after baskets by Antawn Jamison and Jason Richardson brought the Warriors within 108-104 with just over two minutes to go.

But O'Neal scored the next two baskets, then Al Harrington and Miller each had a pair of free throws.

"I think what those close games, those overtime games, are doing for the team is teaching us how to win games, and even when teams make runs, teaching us how to continue to do what we do,'' O'Neal said.

"If we don't get out of sync and lose our mind when teams make runs, then there's no possible way we can lose.''

It was the fourth time this season the Pacers had three players with 20 or more points. It was Indiana's largest margin of victory since a 113-89 victory over Cleveland on Dec. 27.

"After the game, I told them, 'I've got one thing to say, and that's 'Thank you,''' Pacers coach Isiah Thomas said. "This was a tough game for them, and the way they approached it, I'm very proud of them. I like the toughness of this team. I like the way they battle every night.''

The Pacers never trailed and seemed to take control in the third quarter, when two 3-pointers by Miller helped them take an 89-76 lead. The Warriors scored the final seven points of the period, however, on baskets by Adonal Foyle and Troy Murphy and a 3-pointer by Jamison, who led all scorers with 33 points.

Indiana built the lead back to 10 midway through the fourth quarter and led 108-99 after Brad Miller made two free throws following a flagrant foul by Murphy.

Gilbert Arenas had 16 points for Golden State, while Murphy and Richardson added 14 apiece.

Indiana hit 10 of its first 12 shots and took a 10-point lead late in the first quarter before Jamison brought Golden State back.

"Sure, we scored enough points on offense,'' Jamison said, "but it's difficult to win when you don't play with the intensity it takes, especially when you're going against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.''

Jamison hit his first five shots of the second period, missed one and then hit another three straight as the Warriors closed within 56-53 with three minutes to go.

Artest, who had 21 points and did not miss a shot from the field in the first half, then hit two free throws and a 3-pointer, blocked a shot by Jamison and assisted on a basket by Brad Miller to help push the Pacers'' lead to 63-56.

Indiana built the lead to eight points before a rebound basket by Murphy with two seconds to go made it 68-62 at the half. Indiana led 68-66 early in the third quarter before consecutive baskets by O'Neal. The Pacers took their biggest lead at 84-70 on a fast-break layup by Tinsley midway through the period.

Game notes


The 68-62 halftime score matched the Pacers' season highs for most points scored in a half and most points by an opponent in a half. ... Reggie Miller has had at least two 3-pointers in each of the past 10 games and needs 41 points to become the 18th player in NBA history with 23,000 career points. ... The Warriors had won six of their past eight games and were trying to go seven-for-nine for the first time in seven years. ... Jamison had 25 points in the first half but was just 2-of-6 from the field after the break.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GS
IND
Points 104 116
FGM-FGA 38-80 (.475) 41-78 (.526)
3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 7-14 (.500)
FTM-FTA 24-28 (.857) 27-33 (.818)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-37 9-37
Assists 23 39
Turnovers 16 10
Steals 8 12
Blocks 4 10
Fast Break Points 7 10
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/1) 21 (2/0)

Top Performers

Golden State
Indiana
Antawn Jamison Jamison
Points: 33
Reb: 6
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
Points: 23
Reb: 12
Ast: 3
Stl: 1
Blk: 5