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1999 NBA Playoffs

Indiana survives

Davis' tip gives Pacers 2-0 series lead over Bucks

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Posted: Wednesday May 12, 1999 02:43 PM

  Jalen Rose (right) had 14 points and nine assists in Game 2. AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers came up on the right side of a one-point game this time.

Losers in six one-point games during the regular season, the Pacers narrowly defeated Milwaukee Tuesday night to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 series.

Dale Davis' tip of a Mark Jackson miss with .5 seconds to go gave Indiana a 108-107 overtime victory over Milwaukee. The score was set up by Haywoode Workman's turnover with 20.1 seconds left in overtime.

Jackson and Reggie Miller combined against their former teammate to get the ball away from him. Jackson then drove for a layup, which rolled off the rim, and Davis soared high for the ball over Ervin Johnson.

"I saw Mark driving for the basket and just moved into position, tried to block out and be in position for a possible miss," Davis said. "It was the biggest rebound and basket of my career."

"It was just good to come up with a win. I look at Woody as just another guy in a Bucks' jersey," Jackson said. "That was good, hard defense, trapping him. We didn't want to foul him. We were just trying to rattle him and make something happen. We were like two cops chasing a kid with a radio."

"I know Haywoode is hurting right now, but he made a helluva play," Karl said of the three-point play that put Milwaukee in position to tie the game.

The victory wasn't secure until Ray Allen's desperation shot sailed over the backboard at the buzzer. Glenn Robinson's jumper with 49.7 seconds to go in overtime had given Milwaukee a 107-106 lead.

Reggie Miller led the Pacers with 30 points, while reserves Sam Perkins and Jalen Rose had 14 apiece for the Pacers.

"We put ourselves in a position to win the game," said Allen, who led Milwaukee with 25 points.

Robinson had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

"We were one play away, one basket, one rebound, one tip and things could have been different," Robinson said.

Allen's 3-pointer tied the game at 101 with 5.1 seconds left in regulation, and the game went into overtime when Miller's 3-point attempt hit the front of the rim and two tips by Rik Smits were unsuccessful.

Allen hit the tying shot with Rose defending him.

"He was all over me. I knew I had to have full elevation and had to get a full extension for it to go down," Allen said. "This was really exciting."

Allen and Robinson were both playing in only their second playoff game.

"We're young and we're hurrying things, but we're in the battle," said Sam Cassell, who has the most playoff experience among the Milwaukee starters.

Miller scored eight consecutive points late in the fourth quarter as Indiana appeared to take control.

Miller's layup gave Indiana an 86-85 lead and, after an Allen turnover, he hit a 3-pointer with 3:21 to play. Less than a minute later, he connected again to put the Pacers ahead 92-87 in what became a 13-2 run by the Pacers.

Jackson's 3-pointer had begun the run, and Ervin Johnson's tip-in produced Milwaukee's only points in the run. The run ended when Derrick McKey hit two free throws with 1:44 to go to give the Pacers a 94-87 lead.

Milwaukee forced the extra period with an 8-2 spurt in the final 24.3 seconds of regulation. Allen hit two free throws to start the run, cutting Indiana's lead to 99-95. After a turnover by Rose, Workman scored on a layup and a free throw with 18.8 seconds to go.

Travis Best put the Pacers up 101-98 with 17 seconds to go, setting the stage for Allen's big shot.

Cassell had 17 points and 11 assists in his second start for Milwaukee this season, playing a season-high 38 minutes.

Free throws played a big role in the outcome. Indiana was 31-of-40 from the line, while Milwaukee hit 22-of-28.

Milwaukee, which had dropped the opening game in the series and has now lost nine straight to Indiana, shot 50 percent and outrebounded the Pacers 42-40.

Rose, who had a game-high 24 off the bench in Game 1, helped Indiana outscore Milwaukee 28-12 in the second period as the Bucks went over 10 minutes without a field goal. Milwaukee missed 14 consecutive shots before Michael Curry hit a 23-foot jumper with 3.9 seconds left in the quarter.

Rose also had two steals and a pair of assists in the second quarter, which included seven Milwaukee turnovers.

The series moves to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Thursday.

The Bucks, who haven't won a playoff game since Game 3 in the first round of the 1990 playoffs, led 28-23 at the end of the opening period as it shot 52 percent (11-of-21). Miller had 12 points for Indiana in the opening quarter.

Indiana scored 11 consecutive points to take the lead in the second quarter. Milwaukee hit its first two shots of the period to lead 32-26 with 10:46 left in the first half and didn't make another field goal until Curry's shot.

Chapman, who had nine points on 3-of-12 shooting in Game 1, scored just three points Monday night, making one of his two shots.

Notes: The Bucks used their 11th different starting unit of the season. ... The lineup had Ervin Johnson, joining Cassell, Tim Thomas, Robinson and Allen Smits needed less than five minutes to match his total of three rebounds in Game 1 and finished with seven. ... Perkins scored eight of his points in the fourth quarter and the 14 was just one under his season high. ... Miller had a rough night shooting despite his point production. He was 9-of-25 from the field and just 3-of-16 from behind the 3-point line. However, the league's leading free throw shooter for the season made all nine of his foul shots.

 
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