Regular Season Series (Game 4 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 94

(36-38, 15-23 away)

Hawks 95

(31-44, 22-16 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 4, 2002

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 21 20 27 2694
    ATL 26 23 22 2495

    Top Performers

    Ind: J. O'Neal 22 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atl: J. Terry 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast

    Pacers fall into tie for East's last playoff spot

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Reggie Miller didn't become the NBA's all-time leading 3-point shooter by lacking confidence. His game-winner fell short Thursday night, but at least Miller wasn't afraid to shoot it.

    Jason Terry


    Atlanta's Jason Terry grabs one of his five rebounds to go with eight assists and 17 points.

    Miller missed a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Atlanta Hawks beat Indiana 95-94, sending the Pacers to their fifth loss in six games.

    Coach Isiah Thomas drew up a play that called for Austin Croshere to make an inbounds pass to Miller at the top of the key and for Miller to exchange a give-and-go with Jermaine O'Neal.

    After a screen freed Miller of defender Ira Newble, he got the ball back on the right side of the key and shot over Nazr Mohammed.

    "I knew I was going to get a pretty good look," Miller said. "I was maybe a step further out that I would have liked, but it was still a pretty good look."

    Indiana, which never led, fell into a tie with Toronto for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Raptors, 2-0 against Indiana this season, play the Pacers on Sunday at Toronto and again Wednesday in Indianapolis.

    "A game of this magnitude, that we desperately need, we needed to come out like they came out," Miller said after scoring 19 points and going 3-for-9 on 3-point attempts. "We tied it a couple of times down the stretch but any time on the road when you're fighting to get back from double-digit leads, it takes too much out of you, especially down the stretch."

    Mohammed scored 18 points and Jason Terry added 17 to lead the Hawks, who avoided being swept by Indiana for first time since 1976-77, the Pacers' first NBA season.

    Atlanta had a seven-point lead with 10:31 remaining after Terry fed Shareef Abdur-Rahim for a dunk that turned into a three-point play.

    "Everybody contributed," Terry said. "If we can get five guys in double figures, I'll guarantee you that we'll get a win. There's not many times that we'll lose the game in that situation."

    Hawks coach Lon Kruger, whose team led by as many as 14 points following Abdur-Rahim's 20-foot jumper with 3:58 left in the third, attributed the win to Atlanta's defense. Indiana, which shot 46.2 percent in beating the Hawks in their previous three meetings this season, shot just 38.4, including 33.3 in the fourth quarter.

    "They're a tough, physical ballclub," Kruger said. "A tough matchup for us. That was a big stop there at the end. Nazr and Ira both did a really good job on that play. They communicated."

    The Pacers tied it twice in the fourth quarter. O'Neal, who had game-highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds, hit two free throws to make it 84-84 with 4:25 remaining.

    Kevin Ollie followed 2:06 later with a pair of free throws to tie it at 90-90, but the Hawks answered with a 3-pointer from Terry. After the teams each hit two foul shots on their next two possessions, Ron Artest hit two free throws to end the scoring with 1:09 remaining.

    Terry missed a runner off the glass in an attempt to draw a foul, and the Pacers got a rebound from Ollie and called timeout with 9.9 seconds to go.

    "I wanted to get the ball in Reggie's hands and have him come off a screen," Thomas said. "If he had the shot, take it. If not, get O'Neal rolling down inside. The first option was Reggie. I just wanted to make sure he got the basketball. It was a wide-open shot. He had a wide-open look."

    Game notes

    Pacers forward Ron Mercer missed his third straight game with back spasms. ... O'Neal, a 66 percent foul shooter, hit 12 of 13. ... Indiana had won four straight and nine of 12 over the Hawks. ... Atlanta has won two straight after beating Milwaukee 100-92 to end a three-game losing streak Tuesday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 95
    FGM-FGA 28-73 (.384) 35-72 (.486)
    3PM-3PA 6-24 (.250) 8-17 (.471)
    FTM-FTA 32-36 (.889) 17-26 (.654)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-41 6-36
    Assists 18 19
    Turnovers 13 16
    Steals 10 5
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 7 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 26 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 22
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Jason Terry Terry
    Points: 17
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0