Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/20

Game 1: Friday, December 20th
Game 2: Saturday, December 21st
Game 3: Friday, March 28th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 8th

Bulls 86

(9-17, 1-13 away)

Pacers 101

(19-7, 12-1 home)

    Coverage: WGN

    7:00 PM ET, December 20, 2002

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHI 24 20 20 2286
    IND 34 34 16 17101

    Top Performers

    Chi: M. Fizer 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Ind: B. Miller 26 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast

    Brad Miller's 26 points and 14 boards power Pacers

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ron Artest had said he wanted to show the Chicago Bulls how wrong they were for trading him. After outplaying Jalen Rose, he feigned ignorance.

    Jalen Rose

    Ron Artest

    "Were we playing Chicago?'' he asked with a smile.

    Brad Miller had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Ron Mercer added 16 points and Artest 12 as the Indiana Pacers beat the Bulls 101-86 Friday night in the first meeting between the teams since last season's seven-player trade.

    Two days before last season's trade deadline, the Pacers dealt Rose, Travis Best, Norm Richardson and a second-round draft pick for Miller, Artest, Mercer and Kevin Ollie.

    Artest brought a much needed defensive toughness to Indiana and has made his mark by shutting down the other team's leading scorer.

    This time it was Rose, who missed his first eight shots before hitting a short jumper late in the first. He scored 10 points in the third quarter to somewhat salvage an otherwise poor performance. Rose scored 18 points on 7-for-24 shooting.

    "I don't ever remember missing eight in a row,'' said Rose, averaging 22.6 points. "I missed them when I was open, I missed layups and missed uncontested shots. (Artest) gets credit for playing hard, but their whole team did a good job of paying attention to me.''

    Artest, a first-round draft pick by Chicago in 1999, was quick to mention that Rose scored most of his points when he wasn't in the game. Artest played five minutes in the fourth as most of the starters were rested in the second half.

    "When guys score that many, it's not all on me,'' he said. "He was trying to get to the hole and I was just beating him to the spot.''

    The Pacers' fans gave Rose a loud ovation during pregame introductions, and he was warmly received by former teammates Reggie Miller and Jamaal Tinsley.

    The happy homecoming didn't last long, though.

    The Pacers never trailed, scoring 15 straight points early in the first quarter. Brad Miller made all five of his shots in the second quarter, went 9-for-12 from the field and had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. He sat out the fourth quarter.

    Miller, Mercer and Artest combined to shoot 23-for-38 from the field.

    The Pacers closed the first half with a 14-2 run -- Miller scored eight -- for a 68-44 halftime lead.

    "It's always fun to play against a former team,'' Miller said.

    The Pacers snapped only their second two-game losing streak of the season. For Mercer, a win outweighed any emotional ties toward the Bulls.

    "We had to win and that was the most important thing,'' he said. "We can't worry about who we used to play for. I'm more concerned about this team and winning. It's always fun to play well against a team you were on, but it's better when you win.''

    Chicago had been playing better lately, winning five of six. But they never appeared in sync offensively, taking a few wild shots and shooting only 40 percent. Marcus Fizer led the Bulls with 26 points and 12 rebounds and Donyell Marshall had 15 points.

    Indiana's Al Harrington started in place of Jermaine O'Neal (sprained knee) and scored 19 points. O'Neal could be placed on the injured list.

    The teams meet again Saturday night in Chicago.

    "We know (Jalen) can come out tomorrow and all those shots will go in,'' Artest said. "He's that kind of shooter.''

    Game notes

    Coach Isiah Thomas said O'Neal will miss at least a week. ...Indiana's Jonathan Bender scored one point in four minutes after missing the last three games with a sore left calf. ...The Bulls used the second-round pick they received in the trade on Lonny Baxter, who played three minutes and missed his only shot -- a 3-pointer. ... Reggie Miller had six rebounds to become the eighth player in team history with 3,700. ... The Pacers are 11-0 when scoring over 100 points and 11-1 against sub-.500 teams.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 101
    FGM-FGA 35-88 (.398) 38-78 (.487)
    3PM-3PA 2-12 (.167) 3-10 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 14-18 (.778) 22-32 (.688)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-42 16-52
    Assists 22 25
    Turnovers 16 17
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 5 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 17 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Marcus Fizer Fizer
    Points: 26
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 26
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0