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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 21 22 16 20 79 DETROIT 24 24 22 22 92 FINAL


WASHINGTON (79) AT DETROIT (92)

WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

WEBBER F 39 8-19 2-4 2 5 7 4 4 0 1 19 HOWARD F 39 4-10 5-5 1 4 5 3 4 0 0 13 WILLIAMS C 13 0-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 CHEANEY G 23 4-9 1-2 1 3 4 1 5 2 1 9 STRICKLAND G 34 3-11 0-0 0 6 6 8 3 1 4 6 GRANT 18 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 0 WHITNEY 12 2-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 6 T MURRAY 25 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 11 HAM 20 2-3 3-6 1 3 4 1 2 1 2 7 OLIVER 10 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 5 SHAMMGOD 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2 WALLACE 3 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 1

TOTALS 240 30-77 14-21 8 29 37 22 31 7 12 79 (.390) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HILL F 37 9-17 7-8 1 11 12 8 1 0 4 25 LONG F 33 3-3 7-10 2 2 4 0 3 1 1 13 B WILLIAMS C 29 3-10 3-7 1 4 5 0 4 1 1 9 DUMARS G 10 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 HUNTER G 40 8-15 6-8 2 7 9 1 4 3 2 23 RATLIFF 26 4-5 3-5 5 3 8 0 1 0 0 11 MCKIE 24 1-9 0-0 2 3 5 0 3 2 1 2 SEALY 30 2-9 0-0 0 6 6 0 1 1 3 4 J WILLIAMS 9 1-3 0-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 REID 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 POLLARD 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MAHORN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-73 27-42 15 36 51 11 18 8 13 92 (.438) (.643) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

WASHINGTON 21 22 16 20 - 79 DETROIT 24 24 22 22 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WEBBER, T MURRAY. DETROIT - RATLIFF 2, B WILLIAMS, J WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-15 (.333), WEBBER 1-4, CHEANEY 0-1, WHITNEY 0-3, T MURRAY 3-5, OLIVER 1-2. DETROIT 1-4 (.250), HUNTER 1-2, MCKIE 0-2. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - B WILLIAMS. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, NOLAN FINE, SCOTT WALL. A - 22,076. T - 2:11.


WASHINGTON (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 39 8-19 2-4 2-7 4 4 19 Howard 39 4-10 5-5 1-5 3 4 13 Williams 13 0-1 0-0 2-2 0 2 0 Cheaney 23 4-9 1-2 1-4 1 5 9 Strickland 34 3-11 0-0 0-6 8 3 6 Grant 18 0-4 0-0 1-1 1 3 0 Whitney 12 2-6 2-2 0-1 1 1 6 T Murray 25 4-9 0-0 0-2 0 4 11 Ham 20 2-3 3-6 1-4 1 2 7 Oliver 10 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 1 5 Shammgod 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Wallace 3 0-0 1-2 0-3 0 1 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-77 14-21 8-37 22 31 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Webber 1-4, Cheaney 0-1, Whitney 0-3, T Murray 3-5, Oliver 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 2 (Webber, T Murray). Turnovers: 15 (Strickland 4, Ham 2, Whitney 2, Cheaney, Grant, Shammgod, Webber). Steals: 7 (Cheaney 2, Grant, Ham, Strickland, T Murray, Whitney).

DETROIT (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 37 9-17 7-8 1-12 8 1 25 Long 33 3-3 7-10 2-4 0 3 13 B Williams 29 3-10 3-7 1-5 0 4 9 Dumars 10 1-2 1-2 0-0 2 0 3 Hunter 40 8-15 6-8 2-9 1 4 23 Ratliff 26 4-5 3-5 5-8 0 1 11 Mckie 24 1-9 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 Sealy 30 2-9 0-0 0-6 0 1 4 J Williams 9 1-3 0-2 2-2 0 1 2 Reid 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Pollard 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mahorn DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-73 27-42 15-51 11 18 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Hunter 1-2, Mckie 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, B Williams, J Williams). Turnovers: 14 (Hill 4, Sealy 3, Hunter 2, B Williams, J Williams, Long, Mckie). Steals: 8 (Hunter 3, Mckie 2, B Williams, Long, Sealy). ____________________________________________ Washington 21 22 16 20 - 79 Detroit 24 24 22 22 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (B Williams, 7:22 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:11. Officials: Hue Hollins, Nolan Fine, Scott Wall.


GAME RECAP

Grant Hill had 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Detroit Pistons overcame an injury to guard Joe Dumars to post a 92-79 season-opening victory over the injury-ravaged Washington Wizards.

The Wizards played without starting center Gheorghe Muresan and reserve guard Tim Legler, who were placed on the injured list Wednesday. Muresan missed the entire preseason and is lost for an unspecified amount of time with a stretched tendon in his right ankle. Legler, who missed all but 15 games last season, is out with a strained right hamstring.

The Pistons now have their own injury concerns. Dumars, who was second on the team in scoring last season with 14.7 points per game, left with a pulled left hamstring with 11:02 remaining in the second quarter and did not return. He will miss Sunday's game at New York.

"It was a great way to start the season with a win, unfortunately not a great way with Joe getting hurt," Detroit coach Doug Collins said. "It's a very disappointing thing for us. I know Joe is very disappointed.

"At the age he is, you don't want to come back (too soon) with a hamstring and hurt yourself and have a nagging injury all season," Collins added.

Lindsey Hunter picked up the slack with 23 points.

"It's tough any time you lose your captain, especially Joe, who means so much to us," Hunter said. "We just have to strap it on and maintain until he gets back. There's no other way to do it."

The game began a new era for the Wizards, who changed their nickname from Bullets during the offseason and move into a new arena -- the MCI Center -- next month.

Trailing 70-59 entering the final quarter, the Wizards pulled within 70-64 on Tracy Murray's three-pointer and Chris Whitney's jumper with 10:48 remaining.

But the Pistons put away the game with a 14-0 spurt, opening an 84-64 lead with seven minutes to play. Hill, who was two assists shy of his 25th career triple-double, started and ended the run with baskets.

"It's going to be tough (without Dumars)," Hill said. "Unfortunately, Joe's down, and guys are going to have to step up. Joe plays well offensively and defensively, so Lindsey's going to have to step up. I have to step up and Aaron (McKie) and Malik (Sealy), everybody. We'll see what we're made of."

Detroit won its sixth straight game against Washington, which has not beaten the Pistons since November 22nd, 1995. Chris Webber, who is nursing an ankle injury, topped the Wizards with 19, while Juwan Howard added 13.

"We were a we were a team that played like we were unfamiliar with each other," Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We started to stand around in the second half. We didn't push ourselves. We got fatigued.

"I thought there was some effort early in the game. Grant Hill got rolling. We had situations where we had some defensive stops but then didn't do anything with it."

Howard's 11-footer gave the Bullets a 41-37 lead with 3:42 left in the second quarter, but Hunter scored six points in an 11-2 burst that gave the Pistons a 48-43 halftime lead.

But the Pistons wore down the depleted Wizards in the second half. Washington was outrebounded 51-37 and scored just 36 points after halftime. Detroit made 27-of-42 foul shots, compared to just 14-of-21 for Washington.

"I thought the difference in the game was Washington had injuries in the preseason and really didn't have their team together," Collins said. "Conditioning became a factor. We wanted to keep pressure on them, thinking we would wear them down and I thought we did."

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