Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/20

Game 1: Tuesday, November 20th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 18th
Game 3: Sunday, March 17th
Game 4: Thursday, April 4th

Pacers 103

(14-12, 5-9 away)

Hawks 100

(9-15, 6-5 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 18, 2001

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 28 22 25 28103
    ATL 27 28 26 19100

    Top Performers

    Ind: R. Miller 26 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Atl: J. Terry 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Miller lifts Pacers with 26 points

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Jeff Foster picked a good time for his only block of the game.

    Jermaine O'Neal gave Indiana the lead for good by making two free throws with 23.4 seconds left, and Foster swatted away Nazr Mohammed's layup with 6 seconds left to help preserve the Pacers' 103-100 victory Tuesday night over the Atlanta Hawks.

    "I think Nazr thought there was less time than there really was," Foster said. "He tried to go up pretty quick and I was able to get a piece of it."

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it, snapping the Hawks' three-game winning streak.

    Reggie Miller, who led the Pacers with 26 points, made two free throws after Foster's block. O'Neal finished with 20 as Indiana won for just the second time in five games.

    Abdur-Rahim led the Hawks with 28 points, and Jason Terry added 27. They led by eight with 4:19 left but scored just two points after that.

    "It was our game to win," Terry said. "We just didn't take it."

    Abdur-Rahim's runner gave the Hawks a 100-99 lead with 1:04 left, just 13 seconds after a similar basket was wiped out by a charging call.

    With Atlanta double-teaming Miller on the ensuing possession, O'Neal broke free under the basket and was fouled by Mohammed. He made both free throws for the Pacers' second lead since the first half.

    O'Neal was shooting 67 percent from the line before making 6-of-8.

    "If I'm going to demand the ball, I've got to knock down my free throws, especially in the clutch," O'Neal said. "I was just in a rhythm. Usually, if I'm struggling from the field, I struggle from the line. I didn't do that tonight."

    Little-used Hawks forward DeMarr Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers moments after shooting an airball, boosting Atlanta's lead to 12 points in the fourth quarter.

    The lead was still eight points before Indiana rallied. O'Neal made two free throws and Miller hit a 3-pointer before scoring a three-point play, tying the game with 2:04 left.

    "Reggie's made a lot of big plays in his career and he made a couple tonight," said Hawks coach Lon Kruger. "He got the game back even. They hit a couple of big shots, big 3s."

    Atlanta led by double digits for most of the third quarter, but neither team was inventive in the final minutes of the period, running essentially the same play each possession. Rose scored 10 of his 14 points while posting up Dion Glover and Johnson, and the Hawks ran a two-man game with Abdur-Rahim and Terry, who combined for 19 of Atlanta's 26 points in the period.

    "I've proven I can score in this league and it's a matter of my time and making the shot," Rose said. "Things can always be better individually. I just have to find ways to capitalize when I get my chance and do other things on the court."

    Indiana rookie point guard Jamaal Tinsley, who scored a season-high 29 points against the Hawks on Nov. 20, had just seven. He also picked up a needless foul after missing a layup in the third quarter, wildly slapping at Mohammed's arms while glaring at an official.

    Game notes
    Atlanta point guard Emanuel Davis missed his second straight game with a broken nose. ... Both teams play again Wednesday night. The Hawks travel to Washington, and Indiana returns home to face Toronto. ... Johnson scored for the first time since Dec. 7, when he had eight points against Orlando.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 100
    FGM-FGA 38-75 (.507) 39-83 (.470)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 6-13 (.462)
    FTM-FTA 21-26 (.808) 16-22 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-35 15-37
    Assists 21 20
    Turnovers 19 17
    Steals 8 10
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 16 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Reggie Miller Miller
    Points: 26
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 27
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1