Pacers Lead Lakers 56-53 at Half
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jalen Rose scored 12 points to lead the Indiana Pacers’ balanced scoring Monday night and they led the Los Angeles Lakers 56-53 at halftime of Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The Lakers held a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series.
Reggie Miller added 11 points for the Pacers and Austin Croshere scored all of his 10 points in the second quarter. Indiana led by as much as 12, 47-35 with 6:45 remaining in the half, only to see Shaquille O’Neal and the Lakers chip away at the lead.
O’Neal kept Los Angeles close with 21 first-half points, 15 in the second quarter, and six rebounds. Kobe Bryant had 12 points despite 4-for-12 shooting in the opening half.
Mark Jackson’s over-the-shoulder heave from near midcourt at the first-quarter buzzer gave Indiana a 26-24 lead.
The Pacers inbounded the ball at midcourt with 0.6 seconds remaining in the quarter. Sam Perkins passed to Jackson, who was in front of Bryant, about four feet inside midcourt.
In a single motion, Jackson caught the ball, turned and launched the shot, the ball hitting nothing but net.
Dale Davis scored nine points for the Pacers in the opening period.
Bryant and Glen Rice had seven points each for Los Angeles.
Bryant’s jumper with 40 seconds left in the quarter put Los Angeles up 24-23. Another jumper by Bryant missed as the game clock wound down and the ball went out of bounds. But the officials restored the .6 seconds on the clock and Jackson made his spectacular shot _ his first basket of the game.
No more than three points separated the teams in the first quarter.