Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/18

Game 1: Tuesday, February 18th
Game 2: Friday, March 21st

Pacers 103

(37-17, 13-14 away)

Grizzlies 108


    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, February 18, 2003

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    IND 25 20 27 26 5103
    MEM 19 29 30 20 10108

    Top Performers

    Ind: J. O'Neal 23 Pts, 15 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

    Mem: P. Gasol 24 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 7 Blk

    Gasol fuels Grizzlies' run past Pacers

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies survived a desperation 3-pointer from Reggie Miller, making sure not to give the Pacers another chance in overtime.

    Pau Gasol

    Miller's shot at the end of regulation tied the game at 98-98, but the Grizzlies outscored the Pacers 6-1 down the stretch of overtime to defeat Indiana 108-103 Tuesday night.

    "I think we were controlling the game pretty good, and it hurt us that they forced overtime,'' said Pau Gasol, who led the Grizzlies with 24 points and 14 rebounds. "That was a tough shot, last-second, but we should have won it in regular time.''

    The Grizzlies won for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.

    In the last week, they have defeated division leaders Indiana and New Jersey and won on the road at Milwaukee. Their only loss in that span was to the Mavericks.

    Reggie Miller missed the opening shot in the final sequence of regulation from the top of the key, but tracked it down in the right corner, pumped and nailed the jumper.

    "I kind of figured he was going to hit it,'' Memphis point guard Jason Williams said. "He hadn't hit one all game.''

    Like the Grizzlies, Miller was disappointed there was even a need for overtime, especially since the Pacers led by as many as 12 in the first half.

    "The game shouldn't have gone into overtime,'' Miller said. "We lost our focus and our poise. We didn't maintain what got us the big lead in the first place.''

    In overtime, the teams were tied at 102 with 2:50 remaining before Wesley Person scored four in the final 6-1 run.

    Williams added 18 points with nine assists, Shane Battier had 15 and Lorenzen Wright finished with 14, while Mike Batiste had 11 off the bench, hitting all five of his shots. Person scored 10.

    Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest led the Pacers with 23 each, O'Neal grabbing 15 rebounds, while Reggie Miller finished with 22 -- including 15 in the second half. Brad Miller had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana.

    Memphis coach Hubie Brown was ejected at the 8:56 mark of the first quarter, getting back-to-back technicals, first from Sean Corbin, then from Steve Javie. Lionel Hollins replaced Brown running the team.

    "After the coach left, I told the guys, 'It doesn't matter who's coaching you guys, you still have to play the game,' " Hollins said. "They were a little bit wobbly and unstable having somebody else's voice in the huddle.

    "Once they got comfortable, they turned it around and got to playing the way that we have been playing since the All-Star break.''

    Despite missing 14 of their first 17 shots and having their coach ejected, the Grizzlies managed to lead 48-45 at the half. Gasol had nine to lead Memphis.

    Memphis extended its lead in the third, leading by as many as 13 with two minutes left in the quarter.

    Reggie Miller hit an off-balance 3-pointer as time ran out in the period to cap a 7-0 run to end the third, cutting the Grizzlies' lead to 78-72 entering the fourth.

    "Right now, we're not playing smart enough as a team,'' Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "We fight, we hustle, we do all those things. We're just not smart enough right now to gut the games out.''

    Game notes

    The last Grizzlies coach ejected was Brian Hill during the 1998-99 season. ... Brown's only set the stage for the rest of the game as the officials whistled a total of five technical fouls. O'Neal and Artest for them for hanging on the rim after dunks. ... Gasol tied a career-high with seven blocks. ... Memphis won for only the second time in the series. Indiana still holds a 12-2 advantage. ... Indiana is now 6-2 in overtime games this season, while Memphis is 2-4. ... O'Neal registered his 29th double-double of the season, while Brad Miller and Gasol each collected their 20th. ... Reggie Miller's four 3-pointers give him 2,300 for his career. ... Brad Miller made his 1,000th career field goal.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 108
    FGM-FGA 41-91 (.451) 41-94 (.436)
    3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 9-20 (.450)
    FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 17-26 (.654)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-50 17-45
    Assists 24 21
    Turnovers 17 13
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 5 10
    Fast Break Points 3 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 20 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Jermaine O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 23
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 5
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 24
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 7