Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Friday, November 14th
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Game 2: Friday, December 5th
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SuperSonics 78

(5-2, 3-1 away)

Pacers 101

(7-2, 3-2 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    7:30 PM ET, November 14, 2003

    Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 29 13 18 1878
    IND 32 19 24 26101

    Top Performers

    Sea: A. Daniels 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Ind: J. Foster 19 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Artest shuts down Lewis

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jeff Foster desperately wanted to give the fans something to cheer about. A 2-2 start at home had made the locals uneasy, their frustration leading to boos during a loss to Boston two nights earlier.

    "It really left a bad taste in my mouth," Foster said.

    Determined not to let it happen again, Foster had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Ron Artest shut down Rashard Lewis, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-78 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.

    Foster's previous career-high of 17 came exactly two years earlier against Boston. His willingness to run the floor and hustle down rebounds created easy scoring opportunities for the Pacers as they handed Seattle its second loss of the season.

    "I don't think (the fans) realized that Seattle had the best record going into tonight," Foster said. "But it was a good game and a good win for us."

    Foster was one of six Indiana players to score in double figures. Artest and Jermaine O'Neal scored 16 apiece, with Al Harrington adding 13 off the bench.

    "I think we did a better job of getting out and running," O'Neal said. "I think we're really good when we keep teams on their heels and make guys play helter-skelter defense."

    Lewis, already the object of frequent double-teams this year as the NBA's third-leading scorer, was held by Artest to 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

    "We knew they were a physical team," Seattle guard Ronald Murray said. "They got close to you, They'd body you, and we couldn't handle it. They pretty much got what they wanted, inside out."

    The loss snapped a four-game road win streak for the Sonics, who were led by Murray's 16 points and Antonio Daniels' 15.

    The Pacers used 3-pointers from Reggie Miller and Artest to ignite a 11-0 run for an early eight-point lead. Miller scored 11 points in the first half on 3-of-3 shooting to put the Pacers up 51-42, but missed his final four shots.

    The Sonics struggled in their half-court offense, the Pacers' big bodies bullying them into 32 percent shooting in the second quarter, two shot clock violations and 14 turnovers. Seattle shot only 28 percent in the second half.

    The Pacers led by as many as 24 points.

    Game notes


    Indiana defeated Seattle twice last season but had never beaten the Sonics three times in a row. ... Carlisle served as the Sonics' TV analyst during the 2000-01 season after leaving Indiana as Larry Bird's top assistant. He said the year he spent observing Nate McMillan, then in his first year with the Sonics, was "great preparation for being a head coach." Carlisle was named the NBA's Coach of the Year with the Pistons a year later. ... Murray is best known to his teammates as "Flip." He got the nickname from the movie "Above the Rim," which stars Tupac Shakur. Bernie Mac plays Flip in the movie.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SEA
    IND
    Points 78 101
    FGM-FGA 27-74 (.365) 33-82 (.402)
    3PM-3PA 8-21 (.381) 9-18 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 26-34 (.765)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-37 16-52
    Assists 16 25
    Turnovers 16 10
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 6 6
    Fast Break Points 5 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 19 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Seattle
    Indiana
    Antonio Daniels Daniels
    Points: 15
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Jeff Foster Foster
    Points: 19
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0