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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 24 24 25 19 92 DETROIT 22 26 31 25 104 FINAL


HOUSTON (92) AT DETROIT (104)

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

RHODES F 18 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 3 3 1 0 6 BARKLEY F 40 8-16 9-12 1 9 10 0 0 1 1 26 WILLIS C 30 3-12 6-6 2 5 7 0 3 1 0 12 DREXLER G 36 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 1 2 4 MALONEY G 40 5-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 1 3 14 ELIE 28 1-3 5-6 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 8 OLAJUWON 26 8-15 3-4 1 4 5 2 3 0 2 19 PRICE 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 JOHNSON 14 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 BULLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARRINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-68 25-30 4 24 28 16 14 7 8 92 (.441) (.833) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 8(16 PTS)

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

HILL F 38 11-18 2-4 2 5 7 5 2 0 2 24 REID F 16 3-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 6 B WILLIAMS C 31 6-8 1-2 5 6 11 1 2 0 2 13 DUMARS G 36 7-13 0-0 0 0 0 10 1 1 0 16 HUNTER G 32 4-9 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 0 2 10 STACKHOUSE 19 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 9 MONTROSS 7 0-1 0-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 LONG 22 2-4 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 1 0 6 SEALY 19 7-9 0-1 0 3 3 0 2 2 1 14 J WILLIAMS 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MAHORN 15 3-6 0-0 3 4 7 1 3 0 1 6 HENSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 47-79 5-11 10 31 41 23 20 4 10 104 (.595) (.455) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(14 PTS)

HOUSTON 24 24 25 19 - 92 DETROIT 22 26 31 25 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - BARKLEY, OLAJUWON. DETROIT - REID, STACKHOUSE, J WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 7-16 (.438), BARKLEY 1-3, DREXLER 0-3, MALONEY 4-6, ELIE 1-2, OLAJUWON 0-1, JOHNSON 1-1. DETROIT 5-13 (.385), DUMARS 2-6, HUNTER 2-4, STACKHOUSE 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, KEN MAUER, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 17,534. T - 2:02.


HOUSTON (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Rhodes 18 2-4 2-2 0-0 3 3 6 Barkley 40 8-16 9-12 1-10 0 0 26 Willis 30 3-12 6-6 2-7 0 3 12 Drexler 36 2-9 0-0 0-2 4 2 4 Maloney 40 5-8 0-0 0-2 1 1 14 Elie 28 1-3 5-6 0-2 3 1 8 Olajuwon 26 8-15 3-4 1-5 2 3 19 Price 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 Johnson 14 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 Bullard DNP - coach's decision Harrington DNP - coach's decision Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-68 25-30 4-28 16 14 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.441, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Barkley 1-3, Drexler 0-3, Maloney 4-6, Elie 1-2, Olajuwon 0-1, Johnson 1-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Barkley, Olajuwon). Turnovers: 8 (Maloney 3, Drexler 2, Olajuwon 2, Barkley). Steals: 7 (Barkley, Drexler, Elie, Maloney, Price, Rhodes, Willis).

DETROIT (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 38 11-18 2-4 2-7 5 2 24 Reid 16 3-3 0-0 0-2 0 5 6 B Williams 31 6-8 1-2 5-11 1 2 13 Dumars 36 7-13 0-0 0-0 10 1 16 Hunter 32 4-9 0-0 0-3 5 1 10 Stackhouse 19 4-8 0-0 0-0 0 1 9 Montross 7 0-1 0-2 0-3 0 1 0 Long 22 2-4 2-2 0-4 1 2 6 Sealy 19 7-9 0-1 0-3 0 2 14 J Williams 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Mahorn 15 3-6 0-0 3-7 1 3 6 Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-79 5-11 10-41 23 20 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.595, FT-.455. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Dumars 2-6, Hunter 2-4, Stackhouse 1-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Reid, Stackhouse, J Williams). Turnovers: 10 (B Williams 2, Hill 2, Hunter 2, Stackhouse 2, Mahorn, Sealy). Steals: 4 (Sealy 2, Dumars, Long). ____________________________________________ Houston 24 24 25 19 - 92 Detroit 22 26 31 25 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,534. T: 2:02. Officials: Jack Nies, Ken Mauer, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Grant Hill scored 24 points, Joe Dumars added 16 and the pair combined to fuel a fourth-quarter burst as the hot-shooting Detroit Pistons gave coach Alvin Gentry his first win, a 104-92 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Hill scored four points and Dumars five in a 16-2 spurt that gave the Pistons a 12-point lead with 4:27 remaining. Detroit held Houston without a basket for more than nine minutes in the period.

Gentry replaced the fired Doug Collins as interim coach Monday and lost his Pistons debut at Washington that night. He had a 15-21 record after replacing Kevin Loughery as interim coach of the Miami Heat in the 1994-95 season.

"It's great," Gentry said. "That Washington thing was such an emotional rollercoaster. But tonight our guys came out and did a good job. We played so well together, so unselfish as a team. I thought that was a real big key. The guy that we needed to step up, Joe D and Grant, they really did a good job."

The Pistons shot 59.5 percent (47-of-79) from the field and held the Rockets to 44 percent (30-of-68) as they ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 22-25 at the All-Star break. Last season, they lost just 28 games.

"We need to rebuild our confidence," Hill said. "We have to pick each other up. We have to support each other. It may sound corny, but it's important to have confidence and to trust each other.

"It really feels good, especially after all that's happened. Now we can go into the break feeling good about ourselves and feeling good about coming back after the break."

Charles Barkley collected 26 points and 10 rebounds and Hakeem Olajuwon added 19 points off the bench for the Rockets, who have lost seven of their last eight road games and have not won two in a row overall since December 16th-19th. Houston is 22-24 at the break after going 57-25 last season.

"Things aren't going to get any better with the schedule," said Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "A lot of guys are worn out physically and mentally. We all need a break. It's been a very tough first part of the season."

"We played pretty well, but we didn't have enough stops defensively," Barkley said. "I'm very encouraged about the second half of the season."

A jumper by Barkley pulled the Rockets within 60-57 with 7:19 left in the third quarter before the Pistons went on an 11-3 spurt. Lindsey Hunter started it with a layup and ended it with a three-pointer, giving Detroit a 71-60 advantage with 4:36 remaining.

"I thought Alvin did a good job," Hill said. "He made some good decisions and stayed with his principles. When Charles started making shots, he didn't change a lot of things. The one thing we did was keep our composure."

The teams traded baskets before Houston began a 19-6 charge as Olajuwon scored seven points. A three-pointer by Matt Maloney capped the burst and gave the Rockets an 81-79 lead with 10:15 to play.

But Houston missed its next nine shots as Detroit took control. A short jumper by Brian Williams gave the Pistons the lead for good with 9:03 to go and a tip-in by Rick Mahorn extended the advantage to 95-83.

"When they made that run at us and cut the lead to two, we came up with six straight stops," Gentry said. "It's just like we talked about. If we're going to win and get back in the playoff race, it's going to have to be done with defense."

After Maloney's basket, the Rockets did not score from the field again until Rodrick Rhodes made a shot with 1:05 remaining.

Malik Sealy scored 14 points and Williams added 13 and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who held a 41-28 rebounding edge.

"I thought Alvin did a good move by putting a lot of people in there with the experience to know how to finish," Pistons forward Rick Mahorn said. "We went out there and we executed defensively. That helped us a lot."

Maloney scored 14 points and Kevin Willis added 12 for Houston, which held a huge advantage at the line, making 25-of-30 while Detroit was just 5-of-11.

Barkley scored 17 points and Hill 15 in the first half, which ended in a 48-48 tie. There were 16 lead changes and 11 ties and neither team led by more than four points.

Olajuwon was playing just his second game since returning from knee surgery. He played 26 minutes and shot 8-of-15 from the field.

"Hakeem showed a lot tonight," Barkley said. "He was moving really well. With 'The Dream' back, we're obviously a much, much better team."

"I'm happy about the way I felt out there," Olajuwon said. "The condition is not there but I feel great. I know I've got a little work to do but I'm looking forward to the second half of the season."

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