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Larry Wins Final Game In Boston

Jalen Rose gave Larry Bird his favorite going-away present: a victory.

"This is going to be a game that's talked about for a long time," Rose said after scoring 23 points to lead the Indiana Pacers over the Boston Celtics 113-104 Wednesday night. "It's Larry Bird's last game where he won all those championships."

Rose scored 15 of Indiana's last 17 points as the Pacers held off a late Celtics charge. Dale Davis had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Mark Jackson had 15 points and nine assists.

Rik Smits and Reggie Miller had 16 points apiece.

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  • "You expect it from Smits and Miller," Celtics forward Antoine Walker said. "Jalen Rose hit some big shots. That's a key for them."

    Paul Pierce scored 27 with seven assists for Boston, and Vitaly Potapenko had 21 with 10 rebounds. Walker scored 12 points with 10 rebounds but made just 5 of 17 shots.

    Bird returned to his home state to coach the Pacers after a Hall of Fame playing career in Boston. He has said that he would only coach for three years, a position he reaffirmed on Wednesday, leaving him with a 10-1 record against his former team.

    "June is a long way off," he said. "I probably won't be back in this building, but I'll be back in Boston."

    Indiana led 89-83 before Boston scord seven consecutive points, taking the lead on Pierce's 3-pointer with 8:46 left. Sam Perkins answered with a 3-pointer and Derrick McKey had a steal and layup to turn back the threat.

    After a Celtics basket, McKey made another layup to make it 96-93. Rose then scored all 13 of the Pacers' points over the next five minutes before McKey's layup made it 111-102.

    Pierce hit a long 2-pointer and Rose added two free throws with 12.2 seconds left to make it 113-104.

    Boston led 51-41 with 3:30 left in the first half when the Pacers went on a 18-2 run for a six-point lead early in the third quarter. The Celtics tied it 69-69 on Calbert Cheaney's jumper with 6:34 to go in the third before Miller answered with a 3-pointer and Rik Smits added a layup.

    Indiana led 82-77 when Pierce slammed home a rebound off Walker's miss. Pierce was called for an over-the-back foul and the basket was disallowed.


  • Rose has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games.
  • The Celtics have lost three in a row.
  • Boston traded forward Danny Fortson to Toronto before the game for Sean Marks and Alvin Williams. The Celtics also placed Doug Overton on the injured list with a sprained right ankle.
  • The Celtics were just the second team in eight games to score more than 100 points against the Pacers.
  • Davis was wearing a face mask after his nose was broken in Philadelphia on Feb. 7.

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