Jermaine O'Neal celebrates in Tuesday's photo gallery.
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X-Factor: Jermaine Makes Pacers Jubilant

J. O'Neal
It's not usually a good sign for the Pacers when Jermaine O'Neal scores only seven points. But it was another statistic which stood out in Indiana's 73-70 Game 6 win over the Heat. The difference in the game just might have been the last of O'Neal's three blocked shots, which stopped a Caron Butler dunk attempt that would have cut Indiana's lead to two with just over a minute remaining.

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May 18, 2004


VIRTUAL GM TOP EFFICIENCY
Dwyane Wade, Mia.
VGM value: 14.5
Tuesday: Dwyane Wade finished his superb rookie season with an efficiency rating of plus-23, earned on the strength of 24 points (10-for-16 FG), three steals and two blocks in Miami's 73-70 Game 6 loss.

TIME TO TUNE IN
Wednesday on TNT
Kings at Wolves, 8:30 p.m. ET

SPEAK IT, MAN
"O'Neal's block on Caron was unbelievable. That was just a great, great block by a great player."
-- Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, on the key play in his team's Game 6 defeat.

WHAT IS EFFICIENCY RATING?
Here is the formula:
((Pts + Reb + Ast + Stl + Blk) minus
((FGA - FGM) + (FTA - FTM) + TO))