Reggie Miller scored 33 points and the Indiana Pacers' defense contained Shaquille O'Neal in Indianapolis, Sunday, in a 100-91 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, a victory, which kept the Pacers in the best-of-seven series.
The Lakers lead the series 2-1 and will play games four and five in Indiana, Wednesday and Friday.
No NBA team has ever won a series after losing the first three games.
"Yeah, these guys were very emotional tonight," Pacers coach Larry Bird told the AP. "They played with heart today; they battled today, they really took it serious."
The Indiana guard missed 15-of-16 shots in game one and had only two points in the fourth quarter of game two. But Miller sparked the Pacers and had eight free throws in the final minutes to help kill a Laker rally.
Massive Lakers center O'Neal had 33 points and 13 rebounds but the Lakers were weakened without star guard Kobe Bryant, who sat out with an injured left ankle. The Pacers, stomped by Shaq in two games like Godzilla smashed Tokyo.
"We're not a team that is going to be pushed around. We're not coming in here like we're the junior varsity. We're coming in here to win it. In order for us to win it, we have to be on edge and excited and take it personal when we lose. We took the first two games personal," Indiana guard Jalen Rose, who had 21 points, said.
"They haven't won a championship. If you put pressure on them, put them down 10 points and get the crowd involved, we're in good shape."
Indiana's Travis Best came off the bench to score 14 points. Harper had 14 for the Lakers while Robert Horry and Derek Fisher had 10 each. But Glen Rice, the main threat outside without Bryant, had only seven - (Several Sources)
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