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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- CHARLOTTE 26 20 23 15 10 94 DETROIT 22 28 14 20 11 95 FINAL IN 1ST OT


CHARLOTTE (94) AT DETROIT (95) - FINAL IN OT

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

RICE F 51 5-15 2-3 2 2 4 1 2 0 5 14 MASON F 45 6-12 7-9 1 10 11 7 2 3 4 19 GEIGER C 22 6-10 1-1 0 3 3 1 1 0 2 13 WESLEY G 53 5-10 0-0 2 5 7 7 5 3 5 10 BECK G 41 7-8 2-2 1 5 6 6 4 2 4 16 DIVAC 31 8-13 2-3 3 2 5 0 3 3 2 18 REID 8 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 WILLIAMS 7 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 2 ARMSTRONG 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 CURRY DNP - LEFT CALF STRAIN FARMER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROYAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 39-75 14-18 11 32 43 23 21 11 24 94 (.520) (.778) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 25(30 PTS)

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

HILL F 46 11-21 8-10 0 5 5 9 2 2 5 30 LONG F 39 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 4 5 2 2 6 B WILLIAMS C 38 7-15 1-2 4 5 9 0 5 1 3 15 STACKHOUSE G 39 8-16 0-1 1 0 1 4 1 2 4 18 DUMARS G 47 6-14 0-0 2 3 5 9 1 1 1 16 MONTROSS 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 SEALY 30 3-5 2-2 0 3 3 2 3 4 0 8 J WILLIAMS 9 1-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 1 2 2 MAHORN 11 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 REID 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 39-84 11-17 10 24 34 28 23 13 17 95 (.464) (.647) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(10 PTS)

CHARLOTTE 26 20 23 15 10 - 94 DETROIT 22 28 14 20 11 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHARLOTTE - DIVAC 2, GEIGER, BECK. DETROIT - HILL, LONG. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHARLOTTE 2-7 (.286), RICE 2-5, WESLEY 0-1, DIVAC 0-1. DETROIT 6-16 (.375), LONG 0-1, STACKHOUSE 2-7, DUMARS 4-8. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, BILL SPOONER, DICK BAVETTA. A - 16,716. T - 2:32.


CHARLOTTE (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rice 51 5-15 2-3 2-4 1 2 14 Mason 45 6-12 7-9 1-11 7 2 19 Geiger 22 6-10 1-1 0-3 1 1 13 Wesley 53 5-10 0-0 2-7 7 5 10 Beck 41 7-8 2-2 1-6 6 4 16 Divac 31 8-13 2-3 3-5 0 3 18 Reid 8 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 Williams 7 1-2 0-0 2-5 0 2 2 Armstrong 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Curry DNP - left calf strain Farmer DNP - coach's decision Royal DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 39-75 14-18 11-43 23 21 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.520, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Rice 2-5, Wesley 0-1, Divac 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Divac 2, Geiger, Beck). Turnovers: 25 (Rice 5, Wesley 5, Beck 4, Mason 4, Divac 2, Geiger 2, Williams 2). Steals: 11 (Divac 3, Mason 3, Wesley 3, Beck 2).

DETROIT (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 46 11-21 8-10 0-5 9 2 30 Long 39 3-9 0-0 1-4 4 5 6 B Williams 38 7-15 1-2 4-9 0 5 15 Stackhouse 39 8-16 0-1 1-1 4 1 18 Dumars 47 6-14 0-0 2-5 9 1 16 Montross 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Sealy 30 3-5 2-2 0-3 2 3 8 J Williams 9 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 4 2 Mahorn 11 0-0 0-2 1-4 0 1 0 Reid 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Obannon DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 39-84 11-17 10-34 28 23 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Long 0-1, Stackhouse 2-7, Dumars 4-8). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Hill, Long). Turnovers: 19 (Hill 5, Stackhouse 4, B Williams 3, J Williams 2, Long 2, Dumars). Steals: 13 (Sealy 4, Hill 2, Long 2, Stackhouse 2, B Williams, Dumars, J Williams). _________________________________________________ Charlotte 26 20 23 15 10 - 94 Detroit 22 28 14 20 11 - 95 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:03 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,716. T: 2:32. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Bill Spooner, Dick Bavetta.


GAME RECAP

Grant Hill scored 30 points and handed out nine assists and Brian Williams added 15 points, including a layup with 19 seconds left in overtime, as the Detroit Pistons edged the Charlotte Hornets, 95-94.

Williams took Joe Dumars' pass in the paint and rolled in a left-handed layup, giving Detroit the lead. Charlotte moved the ball upcourt but Detroit, having a foul to give, hammered Anthony Mason, giving the Hornets possession with just six seconds to play.

Mason inbounded at the left wing to center Vlade Divac, who drove the lane and threw up an off-balance layup with his right hand that ricocheted harmlessly off the backboard thanks to suffocating defense by Williams.

"I thought I got him on the first step," said Divac. "But I was sort of losing the ball a little at the same time. We didn't execute well on the last play."

"It was just a good effort overall," said Pistons forward Malik Sealy. "Brian made a great stop at the end."

Divac had a chance to win the game in regulation, but his jumper from the top of the key hit the front of the rim as time expired.

"It was a huge win against a quality team," said Detroit coach Doug Collins. "Charlotte poses so many problems for you defensively. Fortunately, Vlade missed a big shot in regulation and at the end of overtime."

Williams, who also grabbed nine rebounds, gave Detroit a 93-90 advantage with a dunk with 1:30 to play, but Corey Beck, who scored a career-high 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, made a jumper with 1:10 left to pull Charlotte within 93-92. A jumper by Glen Rice gave the Hornets the lead with 23 seconds to go.

"Tonight's win was all about character," said Pistons forward Grant Long. "We didn't lay down after Charlotte pulled back ahead. We continued to play hard and still had the stamina to pull it out in overtime."

With the Pistons nursing a 93-92 lead, Hill nearly cost Detroit the game by penetrating the lane and throwing the ball away with 46 seconds left. Hill then kicked Mason's pass attempt into the crowd, resetting the shot clock with 36 seconds to go in regulation.

The Hornets shot 52 percent (39-of-75) from the floor but lost for the first time in 20 games when leading after three quarters.

"I told our guys they were 19-0 when leading going into the fourth quarter," added Collins. "And I said 'let's see if we can make that 19-1'. I knew our guys would fight hard, and that's what they did."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 18 points and Joe Dumars added 16 and nine assists for the Pistons, who used an 18-4 run to take an 82-75 lead with 3:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. Malik Sealy, who combined with Dumars on 11 of the points during the spurt, started the run with a basket with 3:01 remaining in the third quarter and capped it on a jumper with 11:14 to play in regulation.

Divac countered with four points during a 7-0 run, which tied the game, 82-82, with 1:19 left in the fourth quarter.

Dumars shot 4-of-8 from three-point range and opened the scoring 1:01 into overtime with a three-pointer, which gave Detroit an 87-84 edge. After Mason's layup cut the Pistons lead to 87-86 with 3:39 left, Dumars sank a jumper as Detroit reclaimed a three-point lead, 89-86, with 2:48 to play.

Mason totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and Divac added 18 points in a rare reserve role for the Hornets, who had six players score in double figures. Divac was relegated to the bench to replenish a corps that was without top reserves Dell Curry and Bobby Phills due to injuries.

"I wanted Vlade in there with the second unit tonight, and it worked," said Cowens. "I thought our bench was all right. Vlade was the big star off the bench for us."

Rice, who scored just 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting, more than eight points below his average, hit a three-pointer to start a 10-0 run, giving the Hornets a 56-54 lead with 7:32 left in the third quarter. Charlotte extended the spurt to 21-6 and claimed its biggest lead of the game, 67-60, on Mason's free throw with 1:44 to play in the period.

"It's not really a role I relish, but it feels good when it works out," said Sealy, who guarded Rice for much of the game. "The only way to stop him is to not let him handle the ball. He's an exceptinal scorer."

Matt Geiger scored 13 points and David Wesley added seven assists and played the entire game for Charlotte, which has lost two straight after winning three in a row. Charlotte dropped to 8-1 in games decided by five points or less.

"It was competitive all the way," said Hornets coach Dave Cowens. "We got an open look on the last shot but just couldn't get it to go down."

The Pistons have won five of their last seven games but are only 6-7 in their last 13.

"I don't know what this game is going to mean," said Hill. "But you have to crawl before you walk."

Detroit avenged a 90-85 loss to the Hornets on November 25th.

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