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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 15 19 24 36 94 NEW YORK 22 15 26 23 86 FINAL


DETROIT (94) AT NEW YORK (86)

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

HILL F 41 9-16 15-18 1 8 9 5 2 3 2 34 LONG F 28 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 B WILLIAMS C 33 4-14 2-2 0 2 2 2 5 2 2 10 HUNTER G 47 7-12 8-11 3 3 6 2 1 5 3 23 SEALY G 39 4-11 3-3 0 0 0 4 4 1 1 11 MCKIE 28 5-10 0-0 3 0 3 1 4 2 0 11 MAHORN 13 1-4 1-2 2 2 4 0 4 1 0 3 RATLIFF 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 J WILLIAMS 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 REID 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-70 29-36 9 19 28 14 21 14 9 94 (.443) (.806) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 36 7-18 2-2 2 2 4 3 3 1 2 16 OAKLEY F 29 6-10 2-2 2 8 10 0 3 0 1 14 EWING C 36 4-11 8-12 5 8 13 2 3 1 5 16 WARD G 21 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 8 4 0 4 6 HOUSTON G 34 4-11 2-2 1 3 4 0 4 1 2 11 CHILDS 27 3-3 1-2 0 2 2 4 4 0 2 8 STARKS 21 4-9 2-2 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 11 DUDLEY 12 0-2 0-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 MILLS 16 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 4 B WILLIAMS 8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-74 17-24 14 31 45 18 28 3 19 86 (.432) (.708) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 21(31 PTS)

DETROIT 15 19 24 36 - 94 NEW YORK 22 15 26 23 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - LONG, MAHORN. NEW YORK - EWING 5, B WILLIAMS 2, DUDLEY, HOUSTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 3-3 (1.000), HILL 1-1, HUNTER 1-1, MCKIE 1-1. NEW YORK 5-18 (.278), JOHNSON 0-7, WARD 2-3, HOUSTON 1-3, CHILDS 1-1, STARKS 1-3, MILLS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, GARY BENSON, RON OLESIAK. A - 19,763. T - 2:15.


DETROIT (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 9-16 15-18 1-9 5 2 34 Long 28 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 B Williams 33 4-14 2-2 0-2 2 5 10 Hunter 47 7-12 8-11 3-6 2 1 23 Sealy 39 4-11 3-3 0-0 4 4 11 Mckie 28 5-10 0-0 3-3 1 4 11 Mahorn 13 1-4 1-2 2-4 0 4 3 Ratliff 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 J Williams 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Reid 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 29-36 9-28 14 21 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 3-3, 1.000 (Hill 1-1, Hunter 1-1, Mckie 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Long, Mahorn). Turnovers: 11 (Hunter 3, B Williams 2, Hill 2, J Williams, Sealy). Steals: 14 (Hunter 5, Hill 3, B Williams 2, Mckie 2, Mahorn, Sealy).

NEW YORK (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 36 7-18 2-2 2-4 3 3 16 Oakley 29 6-10 2-2 2-10 0 3 14 Ewing 36 4-11 8-12 5-13 2 3 16 Ward 21 2-5 0-0 0-3 8 4 6 Houston 34 4-11 2-2 1-4 0 4 11 Childs 27 3-3 1-2 0-2 4 4 8 Starks 21 4-9 2-2 1-2 0 3 11 Dudley 12 0-2 0-2 1-2 1 2 0 Mills 16 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 2 4 B Williams 8 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Myers DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-74 17-24 14-45 18 28 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Johnson 0-7, Ward 2-3, Houston 1-3, Childs 1-1, Starks 1-3, Mills 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Ewing 5, B Williams 2, Dudley, Houston). Turnovers: 21 (Ewing 5, Ward 4, Childs 2, Houston 2, Johnson 2, B Williams, Dudley, Oakley, Starks). Steals: 3 (Ewing, Houston, Johnson). ____________________________________________ Detroit 15 19 24 36 - 94 New York 22 15 26 23 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:15. Officials: Steve Javie, Gary Benson, Ron Olesiak.


GAME RECAP

Grant Hill scored 16 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter as the Detroit Pistons rallied for their first victory at Madison Square Garden in over five years, a 94-86 victory over the Knicks, spoiling New York's home opener.

Hill's fourth-quarter heroics coupled with a late burst by Lindsey Hunter helped Detroit snap a 10-game road losing streak against the Knicks. The Pistons' last victory in New York came on April 7th, 1992.

"We never won here, we just wanted to come out and play well," said Hill. "Not only had we not won here, we didn't play well here."

New York held a 67-58 on a jumper by John Starks with 10:45 left. But Hill took control and led a 10-0 spurt. He scored the first eight points before feeding Aaron McKie for the bucket that gave Detroit a 68-67 advantage with 7:52 remaining.

The lead changed hands five times before Hill's follow-up dunk put Detroit ahead, 74-71. The Knicks drew within a point on Starks' two free throws with 5:22 to go, but Hill came up big again, hitting a scoop shot on a fast break and drawing the foul for a three-point play.

New York was able to close within four before Hunter reeled off five straight points with a pair of tough bank shots and a free throw to ice it.

On the three-point play, Hunter drove around his defender from the top of the key, pulling up from the foul line and shooting high off the glass as he was hit in the mouth by Ewing with 1:18 left.

"With them on the high side of (center) Brian Williams," explained Hunter, "I knew I could beat the help-man to the basket."

Hunter had 23 points -- nine in the final quarter -- as well as five of Detroit's 14 steals. Malik Sealy and McKie each added 11 points for the Pistons, who are 2-0.

"It's the first win (here) of my whole career," Hunter said. "We can't just come down and pound the ball and wear Grant out before mid-season. We spread the floor in the second half so Grant could penetrate."

Detroit was without veteran guard Joe Dumars, who was placed on the injured reserve list earlier with a pulled left hamstring.

Larry Johnson and Patrick Ewing finished with 16 points apiece for the Knicks, who were outscored 36-23 in the fourth quarter and fell to 1-1. Johnson, who vowed to shoot more this season, was 0-for-7 from three-point range and 7-of-18 overall. Ewing pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked five shots and Charles Oakley chipped in 14 points and 10 boards.

The Pistons, trailing 39-37 at halftime, opened a 41-37 lead early in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets until New York rallied with a 10-0 spurt midway through the third quarter. Allan Houston recorded five of his 11 points during the run, which was capped by Ewing's free throw with 5:54 left for a 59-49 New York lead.

"It was a tough loss because we gave it away," said Ewing. "This is a game we should have won. In the fourth quarter, we let them score at will because we didn't play very good team defense. And we struggled offensively. We shot ourselves in the foot at both ends of the floor."

Detroit got off to a shaky start, hitting on just 5-of-20 from the field while scoring 15 points in the first quarter.

But Williams gave the Pistons a lift in the second quarter, scoring eight of his 10 points as Detroit pulled to within a basket at the half.

"We withstood a very poor first half of shooting the ball," observed Pistons coach Doug Collins. "We kept our composure on the road, which is what you have to do to win in this league. It's a terrific win on the road against a great team."

Hill shot 1-for-7 in the first half before finding his stroke and scoring 25 points over the last 24 minutes. He connected on 15-of-18 from the foul line and led the club with nine rebounds and five assists.

"In the first half, I was trying a little too hard," conceded Hill. "I wanted the ball in my hands."

"Grant's kind of like Michael (Jordan)," praised Ewing. "He's going to do his thing. You just have to try to shut the others down."

The Pistons gave the ball up just 11 times while turning 29 New York turnovers into 31 points.

"They converted some of our turnovers into layups," said Knicks guard Chris Childs, who had six points and eight assists off the bench. "Anytime you give away easy baskets, that will be the game."

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