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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 23 30 22 27 102 DETROIT 27 14 21 33 95 FINAL


WASHINGTON (102) AT DETROIT (95)

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

WEBBER F 45 5-18 10-15 1 14 15 2 4 3 2 20 HOWARD F 44 7-18 5-8 3 3 6 2 6 1 3 19 WALLACE C 27 4-8 0-3 6 7 13 0 3 2 1 8 CHEANEY G 38 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 8 STRICKLAND G 35 10-15 5-8 1 3 4 9 5 2 2 25 T MURRAY 25 5-10 1-1 1 5 6 0 2 0 0 12 HAM 3 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 WHITNEY 14 2-4 4-4 0 0 0 2 5 0 1 8 GRANT 9 1-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 2 DAVIS DNP - FLU EACKLES DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE LEGLER DNP - RIGHT HAMSTRING INJURY

TOTALS 240 38-82 25-39 15 35 50 15 30 10 10 102 (.463) (.641) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11(11 PTS)

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

HILL F 44 10-18 8-11 1 9 10 5 5 0 2 28 LONG F 8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 REID C 11 1-4 2-2 3 0 3 0 5 1 0 4 STACKHOUSE G 41 3-10 4-6 3 3 6 3 1 0 4 10 DUMARS G 32 4-10 4-4 0 2 2 1 5 0 3 15 J WILLIAMS 37 4-6 3-4 5 5 10 2 4 2 2 11 MAHORN 16 2-5 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 5 HUNTER 23 4-12 2-4 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 10 SEALY 24 5-12 1-2 0 4 4 1 4 0 1 12 MONTROSS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 HENSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B WILLIAMS DNP - LEFT KNEE TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 33-78 25-35 14 29 43 13 33 5 15 95 (.423) (.714) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

WASHINGTON 23 30 22 27 - 102 DETROIT 27 14 21 33 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - WEBBER 3, WALLACE 3. DETROIT - HILL, STACKHOUSE, DUMARS, J WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 1-9 (.111), WEBBER 0-3, T MURRAY 1-4, WHITNEY 0-2. DETROIT 4-15 (.267), STACKHOUSE 0-2, DUMARS 3-8, HUNTER 0-3, SEALY 1-2. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, DETROIT - SEALY. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, JOE DEROSA, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 22,076. T - 2:30.


WASHINGTON (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Webber 45 5-18 10-15 1-15 2 4 20 Howard 44 7-18 5-8 3-6 2 6 19 Wallace 27 4-8 0-3 6-13 0 3 8 Cheaney 38 4-8 0-0 0-0 0 3 8 Strickland 35 10-15 5-8 1-4 9 5 25 T Murray 25 5-10 1-1 1-6 0 2 12 Ham 3 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 Whitney 14 2-4 4-4 0-0 2 5 8 Grant 9 1-1 0-0 1-4 0 1 2 Davis DNP - flu Eackles DNP - sore right knee Legler DNP - right hamstring injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 25-39 15-50 15 30 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.641. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Webber 0-3, T Murray 1-4, Whitney 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (Webber 3, Wallace 3). Turnovers: 11 (Howard 3, Strickland 2, Webber 2, Ham, Wallace, Whitney). Steals: 10 (Webber 3, Cheaney 2, Strickland 2, Wallace 2, Howard).

DETROIT (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 44 10-18 8-11 1-10 5 5 28 Long 8 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 Reid 11 1-4 2-2 3-3 0 5 4 Stackhouse 41 3-10 4-6 3-6 3 1 10 Dumars 32 4-10 4-4 0-2 1 5 15 J Williams 37 4-6 3-4 5-10 2 4 11 Mahorn 16 2-5 1-2 1-4 0 2 5 Hunter 23 4-12 2-4 1-2 1 3 10 Sealy 24 5-12 1-2 0-4 1 4 12 Montross 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Williams DNP - left knee tendinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-78 25-35 14-43 13 33 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Stackhouse 0-2, Dumars 3-8, Hunter 0-3, Sealy 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Hill, Stackhouse, Dumars, J Williams). Turnovers: 15 (Stackhouse 4, Dumars 3, Hunter 3, Hill 2, J Williams 2, Sealy). Steals: 5 (Hunter 2, J Williams 2, Reid). ____________________________________________ Washington 23 30 22 27 - 102 Detroit 27 14 21 33 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:24 1st). Detroit 1 (Sealy, 4:49 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:30. Officials: Terry Durham, Joe Derosa, Monty Mccutchen.


GAME RECAP

Rod Strickland had 25 points and nine assists and Chris Webber added 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Washington Wizards broke a six-game losing streak to the Detroit Pistons with a 102-95 victory.

The Wizards, who lost 92-79 to Detroit in their season opener, beat the Pistons for the first time since November 22nd, 1995. The victory also snapped a four-game losing streak at Detroit.

Grant Hill had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Dumars scored 15 points for the Pistons, who have lost three of their last four to fall two games under .500 at 21-23. Detroit has not been over the break-even mark since starting the season, 2-1.

After trailing by as many as 20 points on four occasions in the second half, the Pistons used a 22-6 spurt bridging the third and fourth quarters and climbed within 81-79 on two free throws by Grant Hill with 6:10 to play. But Tracy Murray answered with a jumper and Strickland hit two free throws to put the Wizards back in control.

"That happens a lot," said Strickland talking about the Pistons comeback. "You put out so much effort to come back that you can't get over that hump. We just played well. We got some easy shots on the break. Now its important for us to string some wins together. We have to be more consistent."

The teams traded baskets and free throws down the strech as the Pistons got no closer than 90-87 on Jerome Williams' layup with 3:08 remaining.

The Wizards, who snapped a four-game road losing streak, had not won away from the MCI Center since topping the New York Knicks, 113-106, on January 5th.

Washington opened the game by racing to an 8-1 lead in the first 2:19, but the Pistons responded with a 21-6 spurt to assume a 22-14 lead midway through the quarter on two free throws by Don Reid. Jerry Stackhouse scored six of his 10 points in the spurt for the Pistons.

"If you're not ready to play in any game you can get a loss," said Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "The Eastern Conference is really tough. Detroit is a very talented basketball team."

"We had a very good first quarter but then we went really flat," Pistons coach Doug Collins said. "We couldn't find a way to score and we dug ourselves a huge hole. But our guys fought back. There is a big difference between struggling and giving in. Our guys struggled but we didn't give it. We fought back into it and maybe with a bounce or two we could have stole the game."

Continuing the game of bursts, the Wizards ripped off a 25-7 tear in the second quarter. Webber got the team started with a layup and Harvey Grant's jumper with just under a minute to play in the half provided a 51-39 lead for Washington.

Early in the third, Washington took its first 20-point advantage, 63-43, on a jump shot by Strickland. But Dumars scored 12 of his points in the 22-6 spurt that brought them within two midway through the fourth quarter.

"It was a game of runs," said Washington forward Juwan Howard who had 19 points. "They jumped out early. We made our run and they made another to get back in it. But we kept our poise when the pressure was on."

The Pistons shot just 42 percent (33-of-78) from the field and committed 15 turnovers that led to 17 Washington points.

Washington, which shot 46 percent (38-of-82) and held a 50-43 rebounding advantage, committed just 11 turnovers, which led to 11 points for the Pistons.

"Everything that can go wrong in the second and third quarters offensively and defensively did," said Hill. "You can go from playing the worst quarter you can play to playing one of the best. I don't understand it. I don't pretend to understand it. I just know it is not good."

Detroit center Brian Williams did not play due to tendinitis in his left knee.

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