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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 23 25 18 27 93 TORONTO 20 22 26 15 83 FINAL


DETROIT (93) AT TORONTO (83)

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

HILL F 43 9-17 2-2 2 8 10 5 2 2 2 20 RATLIFF F 21 5-6 2-5 3 3 6 1 4 1 1 12 B WILLIAMS C 41 7-22 4-6 3 5 8 4 2 0 2 18 DUMARS G 15 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 HUNTER G 33 2-9 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 3 1 5 SEALY 9 1-5 2-2 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 4 REID 5 1-3 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 MCKIE 16 0-0 1-1 1 0 1 2 2 1 1 1 J WILLIAMS 28 9-12 2-5 7 4 11 4 2 2 1 20 OBANNON 29 4-11 0-0 4 1 5 4 1 0 1 8 LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-88 14-23 22 26 48 25 17 9 10 93 (.443) (.609) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(10 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 39 11-20 1-2 2 4 6 2 4 1 3 23 SLATER F 29 2-4 8-10 1 6 7 0 3 0 3 12 MILLER C 39 0-3 2-4 3 6 9 4 5 0 2 2 CHRISTIE G 26 3-11 2-2 1 5 6 3 1 2 1 8 STOUDAMIRE G 48 9-18 0-0 0 3 3 9 2 1 3 21 CAMBY 29 2-9 2-2 5 2 7 4 2 1 4 6 RESPERT 27 4-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 11 KEMPTON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GARNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCGRADY DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - STRAINED BACK WILLIAMS DNP - CONCUSSION

TOTALS 240 31-73 15-20 12 27 39 22 17 6 17 83 (.425) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

DETROIT 23 25 18 27 - 93 TORONTO 20 22 26 15 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - RATLIFF 4, J WILLIAMS 3, HILL. TORONTO - CAMBY 5, WALLACE 2, MILLER 2, CHRISTIE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 1-4 (.250), HILL 0-1, DUMARS 0-1, HUNTER 1-2. TORONTO 6-11 (.545), CHRISTIE 0-2, STOUDAMIRE 3-4, RESPERT 3-5. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, MIKE SMITH, KEN MAUER. A - 16,829.


DETROIT (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 43 9-17 2-2 2-10 5 2 20 Ratliff 21 5-6 2-5 3-6 1 4 12 B Williams 41 7-22 4-6 3-8 4 2 18 Dumars 15 1-3 0-0 0-2 2 1 2 Hunter 33 2-9 0-0 0-3 2 2 5 Sealy 9 1-5 2-2 1-1 1 1 4 Reid 5 1-3 1-2 1-1 0 0 3 Mckie 16 0-0 1-1 1-1 2 2 1 J Williams 28 9-12 2-5 7-11 4 2 20 Obannon 29 4-11 0-0 4-5 4 1 8 Long DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-88 14-23 22-48 25 17 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals: 1-4, .250 (Hill 0-1, Dumars 0-1, Hunter 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (Ratliff 4, J Williams 3, Hill). Turnovers: 13 (B Williams 2, Hill 2, Hunter, J Williams, Mckie, Obannon, Ratliff, Sealy). Steals: 9 (Hunter 3, Hill 2, J Williams 2, Mckie, Ratliff).

TORONTO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 39 11-20 1-2 2-6 2 4 23 Slater 29 2-4 8-10 1-7 0 3 12 Miller 39 0-3 2-4 3-9 4 5 2 Christie 26 3-11 2-2 1-6 3 1 8 Stoudamire 48 9-18 0-0 0-3 9 2 21 Camby 29 2-9 2-2 5-7 4 2 6 Respert 27 4-8 0-0 0-1 0 0 11 Kempton 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Garner DNP - coach's decision Mcgrady DNP - coach's decision Rogers DNP - strained back Williams DNP - concussion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-73 15-20 12-39 22 17 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Christie 0-2, Stoudamire 3-4, Respert 3-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 11 (Camby 5, Wallace 2, Miller 2, Christie 2). Turnovers: 17 (Camby 4, Slater 3, Stoudamire 3, Wallace 3, Miller 2, Christie, Respert). Steals: 6 (Christie 2, Camby, Respert, Stoudamire, Wallace). ____________________________________________ Detroit 23 25 18 27 - 93 Toronto 20 22 26 15 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 11:47 4th, 10:43 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,829. Officials: Jack Nies, Mike Smith, Ken Mauer.


GAME RECAP

The Toronto Raptors lost their 16th straight game, falling 93-83 to the Detroit Pistons, who got a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds from Jerome Williams and won on the road for the first time in nearly a month.

The Raptors are tied for the 10th-longest single-season losing streak in NBA history. The NBA record of 23 straight losses was set in 1996 by their Canadian expansion brethren, the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Toronto is 1-18 and has not won since November 4th against the Golden State Warriors. The team has been decimated by injuries, which continued when guard Doug Christie sprained his left ankle in the third quarter and did not return.

"I've never been in a situation like this," Raptors guard Damon Stoudamire said. "So much bad fortune in one season. We've just got to sit here and be patient. Now, we have to break the season down day by day, game by game. We had winnable games this week."

Williams, whose previous season highs were seven points and nine rebounds, scored 12 points and dominated the boards in the final quarter, when the Pistons took control and snapped a four-game road skid. Detroit (7-13) had not won away from home since a 102-71 win at Golden State on November 12th.

"They play a scramble-type game," Williams said. "They pressure the ball a lot. You've gotta rotate those guys. We knew the situation that if we just kept playing at it, that they would tire out."

Grant Hill had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Brian Williams 18 and eight for the Pistons, who held a 48-39 rebounding edge and improved to 8-1 all-time against the Raptors, including 5-0 in Toronto. Rookie Charles O'Bannon added eight points in 29 minutes.

"The young kids were full of energy," Pistons coach Doug Collins said. "I look for a group of guys who were energized to get the job done today. We moved the ball and found open people. In times of despair, I'll always turn to energy and toughness. Guys know I want to play tough and with energy. Those who do know they will be out there."

"Everyone has to rebound," Stoudamire said. "You can't rely on one or two people to do this."

John Wallace scored 23 points and Stoudamire added 21 for the Raptors. Toronto again was without injured forwards Marcus Camby and Popeye Jones, who was placed on the injured list today with a sprained knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

Teenage rookie swingman Tracy McGrady was activated from the IL but did not play, and swingman Walt Williams, who returned from a groin injury in the last game, sat out with a mild concussion. Camby, who had missed a handful of games with tendinitis in both knees, made his return and had six points and seven rebounds.

The Pistons took the lead for good on a technical foul shot by Aaron McKie that made it 70-69 with 10:43 to play. Two baskets by Brian Williams extended the lead to five points and Jerome Williams scored six straight Detroit points to boost the margin to 82-75 with 5:30 left.

A three-pointer by Stoudamire cut the deficit to 84-80 with 3:57 remaining, but Jerome Williams made two jumpers around dunks by Hill and Wallace, giving the Pistons a 90-82 lead with 2:30 to play. Toronto's Reggie Slater made a free throw, but Hill made a jumper and Brian Williams added a free throw with 1:28 to go, making it 93-83. Neither team scored again.

"They do a lot of trapping," Hill said. "We ran a lot of sets, kept the floor spaced and just tried to keep our composure."

Theo Ratliff contributed 12 points for the Pistons, who shot 44 percent (39-of-88) from the field and overcame nine missed foul shots in 23 tries.

Slater scored 12 points and Shawn Respert 11 for the Raptors, who shot 42.5 percent (31-of-73), including 6-of-11 from behind the arc. Former Piston Oliver Miller grabbed nine rebounds.

"We really have to have a better team effort," Respert said. "We knew coming in we'd be a bit outmatched. Early on, we controlled the tempo and kept it close. It just wore us out in the end."

Brian Williams and Stoudamire scored 11 points each in the first half, which ended with Detroit holding a 48-42 lead. Slater scored six points in a 17-6 burst, including a tip-in that gave Toronto a 63-60 lead with 2:46 left in the third quarter. The Raptors held a 686-66 edge entering the final period.

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