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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 25 27 25 17 94 SAN ANTONIO 29 24 21 21 95 FINAL


DETROIT (94) AT SAN ANTONIO (95)

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

HILL F 44 8-17 4-4 0 4 4 12 1 4 2 20 REID F 15 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 4 0 0 0 B WILLIAMS C 8 3-4 1-2 1 1 2 0 3 1 0 7 HUNTER G 37 4-12 6-6 2 3 5 6 1 2 0 15 DUMARS G 35 9-18 0-0 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 21 MONTROSS 14 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 POLLARD 23 1-2 2-2 4 1 5 0 2 0 0 4 STACKHOUSE 24 3-9 1-2 2 0 2 1 2 1 1 8 SEALY 26 6-9 1-3 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 13 MAHORN 14 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 3 0 0 4 LONG DNP - FRACTURED RIGHT FOOT J WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-75 17-21 12 16 28 24 21 11 6 94 (.480) (.810) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 7(11 PTS)

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

JACKSON F 35 4-9 2-5 0 3 3 3 5 1 2 13 DUNCAN F 42 13-18 2-2 6 5 11 9 4 0 3 28 W PERDUE C 15 1-1 1-2 3 2 5 0 0 1 0 3 DEL NEGRO G 38 5-13 0-0 0 4 4 3 4 0 2 10 JOHNSON G 45 7-13 1-2 0 1 1 7 2 0 4 15 HERRERA 16 2-6 1-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 5 M WILLIAMS 30 6-8 4-5 3 3 6 2 1 2 4 16 C PERSON 16 1-3 2-2 1 5 6 0 3 0 0 5 GEARY 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - CHONDROMALACIA ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-71 13-19 14 25 39 24 21 5 15 95 (.549) (.684) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

DETROIT 25 27 25 17 - 94 SAN ANTONIO 29 24 21 21 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - NONE. SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2, JACKSON, JOHNSON, M WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-13 (.385), HUNTER 1-3, DUMARS 3-8, STACKHOUSE 1-2. SAN ANTONIO 4-7 (.571), JACKSON 3-6, C PERSON 1-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - MAHORN. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, BILL SPOONER, RONNIE NUNN. A - 14,474. T - 2:13.


DETROIT (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 44 8-17 4-4 0-4 12 1 20 Reid 15 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 4 0 B Williams 8 3-4 1-2 1-2 0 3 7 Hunter 37 4-12 6-6 2-5 6 1 15 Dumars 35 9-18 0-0 0-0 4 2 21 Montross 14 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Pollard 23 1-2 2-2 4-5 0 2 4 Stackhouse 24 3-9 1-2 2-2 1 2 8 Sealy 26 6-9 1-3 0-3 1 1 13 Mahorn 14 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 3 4 Long DNP - fractured right foot J Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-75 17-21 12-28 24 21 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.810. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Hunter 1-3, Dumars 3-8, Stackhouse 1-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 7 (Hill 2, Dumars, Montross, Sealy, Stackhouse). Steals: 11 (Hill 4, Hunter 2, B Williams, Dumars, Montross, Sealy, Stackhouse).

SAN ANTONIO (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jackson 35 4-9 2-5 0-3 3 5 13 Duncan 42 13-18 2-2 6-11 9 4 28 W Perdue 15 1-1 1-2 3-5 0 0 3 Del Negro 38 5-13 0-0 0-4 3 4 10 Johnson 45 7-13 1-2 0-1 7 2 15 Herrera 16 2-6 1-1 1-3 0 2 5 M Williams 30 6-8 4-5 3-6 2 1 16 C Person 16 1-3 2-2 1-6 0 3 5 Geary 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - chondromalacia Rose DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-71 13-19 14-39 24 21 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.549, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 4-7, .571 (Jackson 3-6, C Person 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Duncan 2, Jackson, Johnson, M Williams). Turnovers: 16 (Johnson 4, M Williams 4, Duncan 3, Del Negro 2, Jackson 2). Steals: 5 (M Williams 2, Geary, Jackson, W Perdue). ____________________________________________ Detroit 25 27 25 17 - 94 San Antonio 29 24 21 21 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Mahorn, 7:33 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,474. T: 2:13. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Bill Spooner, Ronnie Nunn.


GAME RECAP

Avery Johnson hit the go-ahead jumper with 4.4 seconds to play as the San Antonio Spurs overcame the absence of All-Star center David Robinson and held on for a 95-94 victory over the road-weary Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons led 94-93 with less than 20 seconds to play and were running time off the clock when swingman Malik Sealy was trapped by a double-team just past midcourt and Spurs guard Reggie Geary stripped the ball.

The ball went to Johnson at the right wing and Detroit opted to leave him open and double-team Tim Duncan, who finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. But Johnson, who had 15 points and seven assists, made the Pistons pay, hitting a 20-footer to give San Antonio the lead.

"Reggie made a great defensive play on Malik Sealy. We were trying to get a quick shot or call a timeout," Johnson said. "But we were just fortunate that the shot I took went in."

"It feels great to contribute to the win," said Geary, who played just three minutes. "I'm just happy and fortunate to do something tonight."

Grant Hill capped his scoreless final period by missing a 20-foot fallaway as time expired, dropping the Pistons to 0-3 on their five-game road trip. Hill finished with 20 points as Detroit lost its sixth straight road game.

"They played some good defense but I just didn't make it. It's as simple as that," Hill said of the final shot.

Robinson, who played just the first half of Saturday's loss to Phoenix, missed his first game of the season due to soreness in his right knee. He also will sit out Thursday's game at Dallas.

Joe Dumars finished with 21 points and moved past Bob Lanier into second place on the Pistons' all-time scoring list with 15,506 career points. He is 3,316 points shy of Isiah Thomas for the top spot in franchise history.

Duncan has been on a tear, averaging 29.5 points over the last four games. He shot 13-of-18 from the field and handed out a career-high nine assists as San Antonio rebounded from a pair of home losses to Seattle and Phoenix.

"Tim Duncan is good almost every night, he's our anchor down low. Everyone fed off of him," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It's amazing when you win by one point the whole world shifts 360 degrees, than when you lose by one point."

Monty Williams contributed season highs of 16 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Spurs, who had a 39-28 rebounding edge and shot 55 percent (39-of-71). San Antonio snapped a four-game losing streak against Detroit and moved within one-half game of first-place Utah in the Midwest Division.

The game was back-and-forth all the way with 18 lead changes and eight ties. Lindsey Hunter, who scored 15 points, hit two free throws late in the third period to give Detroit a 77-74 edge heading into the final quarter.

"If there was ever a game where we were in control this was it," Hill said. "We controlled everything and played at our tempo. We just couldn't finish it. It just goes to show that this is a crazy game. That's how fragile it is."

The final period was tight throughout, with the Pistons taking a 94-93 lead on Scot Pollard's follow shot with 1:17 to play. The seldom-used rookie played 23 minutes partly because starting center Brian Williams, the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder, left the game in the first half with a sprained right ankle.

"I thought we played well," Pistons interim coach Alvin Gentry said. "We were a little shorthanded in the frontcourt without Brian. They made a great defensive play and then Avery hit that shot."

Detroit raced to a 19-11 lead, but the Spurs closed the first quarter with a 18-6 burst. Carl Herrera scored all five of his points during that stretch, including a three-point play with 2.9 seconds left for a 29-25 lead after 12 minutes.

San Antonio opened its biggest lead, 42-31, midway through the second period when Hill hit two foul shots to spark the Pistons' 15-2 run. Dumars buried two of his three three-pointers during that spurt before Hunter's two free throws put Detroit back in front, 46-44, with 2:55 left before halftime.

The Spurs led through much of the third quarter thanks to Duncan's 13 points, but the Pistons made a run late in the period to take a slim lead.

"It's kind of a microcosm of our entire season," Dumars explained. "There are high points and low points and tonight is a low. We just need to maintain some consistency."

Sealy scored 13 points off the bench for the Pistons, who missed just four of their 21 free throws and committed only seven turnovers.

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