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PACERS-KNICKS NOTEBOOK

Indiana has six players left from the team that ousted New York in the seventh game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in 1995. Starks, Oakley and Ewing are the only Knicks on this year's playoff roster who played in that series. The team that has won the opening game in a seven-game set has won the series nearly 80 percent of the time (201 of 253). The team with the home-court advantage has won the best-of-seven series 75 percent of the time. In the latest Spike Lee-Reggie Miller exchange, Lee had a dozen dead black roses delivered to Miller before the game with a card predicting a sweep by the Knicks. Indiana outrebounded the Knicks 44-36, with Dale Davis pulling down 11 for the Pacers.

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