INDIANAPOLIS -- Jalen Rose made his point to Philadelphia coach Larry Brown and Indiana made five free throws over the final 23 seconds Monday night in a 94-90 victory in the opening game of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinal.
Rose, who was tormented in a stormy season when Brown was coach of the Pacers, came off the bench to score a career playoff-high 27 points. It was one less than the career high he scored against his former coach's team last month.
The Pacers, who had lost the season series 2-1 to the 76ers, used balanced scoring to overcome the 35 points of league scoring champion Allen Iverson.
Indiana's Reggie Miller had 18 points, including three free throws down the stretch when the 76ers were reducing a 13-point deficit to two. Mark Jackson scored 14 for the Pacers, including two free throws with 5.2 seconds left that sealed the victory.
Matt Geiger was the only other major offensive weapon for Philadelphia with 16 points and 11 rebounds.