Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Friday, November 8th
Game 2: Friday, January 3rd
Game 3: Wednesday, January 8th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 15th

Pacers 96

(23-9, 9-8 away)

Knicks 98

(12-17, 9-9 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    8:00 PM ET, January 3, 2003

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 29 29 21 1796
    NY 22 19 27 3098

    Top Performers

    Ind: J. O'Neal 24 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    NY: L. Sprewell 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Pacers' Artest breaks television camera after loss

    NEW YORK (AP) -- On a night when Latrell Sprewell had the breakout game his coach had been waiting for, Ron Artest took out his frustration by grabbing a $100,000 television camera and smashing it to pieces.

     Latrell Sprewell

    Artest's post-game tantrum deflected some of the attention from the star of the game, Sprewell, who had 25 points with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals Friday night to lead New York to a come-from-behind 98-96 victory over Indiana.

    "Tough loss, I guess," said MSG Network cameraman Mike Miner, who was filming Artest in the tunnel leading from the court when he stormed off. After grabbing a television monitor and throwing it, Artest approached Miner and yanked the high-definition camera away from him.

    "He lifted it over his shoulder and smashed it to the ground," Miner said. "I was a little rattled by the whole thing, but I'm OK."

    Officials with the cable network said the camera's lens alone was worth about $60,000.

    Artest stormed out of the arena just a few minutes later and did not comment. Before the game, he said he was so focused on winning the game that he turned down all ticket requests from friends and family in his native New York.

    "Obviously, Ron is an emotional guy and hopefully he'll learn from it," teammate Jermaine O'Neal said. "I'm pretty sure the bill will help him learn from his mistake."

    Sprewell, coming off a three-point performance in a victory over Toronto, played one of his best all-around games of the season to help the Knicks match their longest winning streak of the season -- three games.

    New York came back from two 17-point deficits and outscored Indiana 30-17 in the fourth quarter to snap the Pacers' four-game winning streak.

    Howard Eisley scored 17 points and Charlie Ward had a key steal and tip-in in the final minute for the Knicks.

    O'Neal had 24 points and Brad Miller added 20 for the Pacers.

    New York trailed 79-68 entering the fourth quarter, but Sprewell sparked them on a 17-4 run to start the quarter. His 15-footer with 6:26 remaining gave the Knicks their first lead since the opening minute of the game.

    "Every game I'm waiting for the breakout game," coach Don Chaney said of Sprewell, who entered the game averaging a career-low 15.2 points on 39.7 shooting.

    Sprewell finished 9-for-23 from the field and was the only Knicks starter who did not commit a turnover.

    "I looked at Spree and for the first time he had life in him," Chaney said. "He had that energy that was missing, that explosiveness."

    O'Neal made two free throws with 1:43 left to give Indiana a 92-91 lead before Michael Doleac hit a jumper with 1:22 remaining. Miller had a tip-in with one minute left to give the Pacers their final lead.

    After Shandon Anderson missed inside, Ward came up with the game-deciding play. Jamaal Tinsley drove to the basket and threw an ill-advised blind pass behind him toward the foul line, and Ward picked it off. He drove downcourt and missed a layup, but hung around the basket and tipped the ball in after Anderson missed a tip attempt.

    Reggie Miller, Artest and O'Neal missed shots on Indiana's next possession before Sprewell grabbed his final rebound. He was fouled and made both shots for a 97-94 lead.

    New York fouled Brad Miller on the ensuing inbounds pass to prevent the Pacers from trying a 3-pointer, and he made both with 4.6 seconds left. Kurt Thomas missed one of two from the line with 4.0 seconds left, giving Indiana a chance to go for the win or the tie.

    With no timeouts remaining, the Pacers could only manage to get the ball to the wrong Miller -- Brad -- for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that missed.

    Game notes
    Indiana lost for the first time in 18 games when taking a lead into the fourth quarter. ... Chaney said he was considering moving Doleac into the starting lineup. Coming off two strong games, Doleac finished with 12 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes. ... Ward played in his 500th game. ... Tinsley had seven turnovers, eight assists and seven rebounds. ... Allan Houston has made 37 consecutive free throws, four shy of the franchise record set last season by Sprewell.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 96 98
    FGM-FGA 35-76 (.461) 36-89 (.404)
    3PM-3PA 7-19 (.368) 8-18 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 19-30 (.633) 18-22 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-47 16-44
    Assists 20 19
    Turnovers 19 14
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 2 2
    Fast Break Points 1 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 24 (0/1)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 24
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Latrell Sprewell Sprewell
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0