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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 20 35 16 24 95 ATLANTA 35 27 27 29 118 FINAL


DETROIT (95) AT ATLANTA (118)

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

REID F 19 2-6 1-2 2 1 3 1 2 0 1 5 HILL F 30 4-11 2-2 0 3 3 3 3 1 7 10 B WILLIAMS C 30 10-15 2-6 3 5 8 2 3 0 2 22 DUMARS G 32 5-9 4-4 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 18 HUNTER G 31 5-11 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 12 MAHORN 11 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 0 1 0 1 0 STACKHOUSE 26 4-12 4-5 3 0 3 3 4 2 3 12 POLLARD 15 5-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 0 10 J WILLIAMS 21 0-1 0-0 1 7 8 2 0 1 4 0 SEALY 13 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 4 OBANNON 8 0-2 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 HENSON 4 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1

TOTALS 240 36-79 18-26 13 23 36 16 19 7 21 95 (.456) (.692) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 21(31 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 40 6-15 7-10 3 9 12 0 2 3 3 19 CORBIN F 34 8-10 0-0 2 3 5 3 5 2 0 20 MUTOMBO C 29 5-7 3-3 2 6 8 2 4 0 3 13 SMITH G 35 5-11 9-12 1 2 3 4 2 1 3 20 BLAYLOCK G 36 5-11 0-0 0 3 3 9 1 3 1 13 LAETTNER 3 2-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 BROWN 19 4-5 1-2 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 9 RECASNER 16 4-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 11 ANDERSON 14 1-4 0-0 3 3 6 1 4 2 1 2 CRAWFORD 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 MILLER 5 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 BARRY 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 3

TOTALS 240 43-79 20-27 12 29 41 27 22 14 14 118 (.544) (.741) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

DETROIT 20 35 16 24 - 95 ATLANTA 35 27 27 29 - 118

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - REID 2. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-16 (.313), HILL 0-1, DUMARS 4-6, HUNTER 1-4, STACKHOUSE 0-2, SEALY 0-3. ATLANTA 12-17 (.706), CORBIN 4-5, SMITH 1-3, BLAYLOCK 3-5, RECASNER 3-3, BARRY 1-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - HILL 2 (EJECTED), ATLANTA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, MUTOMBO. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, BILL SPOONER, SEAN CORBIN. A - 24,693. T - 2:07.


DETROIT (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Reid 19 2-6 1-2 2-3 1 2 5 Hill 30 4-11 2-2 0-3 3 3 10 B Williams 30 10-15 2-6 3-8 2 3 22 Dumars 32 5-9 4-4 0-1 3 0 18 Hunter 31 5-11 1-2 0-0 0 1 12 Mahorn 11 0-0 0-0 1-5 0 1 0 Stackhouse 26 4-12 4-5 3-3 3 4 12 Pollard 15 5-6 0-0 2-3 0 2 10 J Williams 21 0-1 0-0 1-8 2 0 0 Sealy 13 1-6 2-2 0-1 1 2 4 Obannon 8 0-2 1-2 1-1 0 0 1 Henson 4 0-0 1-1 0-0 1 1 1 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 18-26 13-36 16 19 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Hill 0-1, Dumars 4-6, Hunter 1-4, Stackhouse 0-2, Sealy 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Reid 2). Turnovers: 21 (Hill 7, J Williams 4, Stackhouse 3, B Williams 2, Hunter 2, Mahorn, Reid, Sealy). Steals: 7 (Hunter 2, Stackhouse 2, Hill, J Williams, Pollard).

ATLANTA (118) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 40 6-15 7-10 3-12 0 2 19 Corbin 34 8-10 0-0 2-5 3 5 20 Mutombo 29 5-7 3-3 2-8 2 4 13 Smith 35 5-11 9-12 1-3 4 2 20 Blaylock 36 5-11 0-0 0-3 9 1 13 Laettner 3 2-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 4 Brown 19 4-5 1-2 0-1 4 0 9 Recasner 16 4-9 0-0 0-2 2 1 11 Anderson 14 1-4 0-0 3-6 1 4 2 Crawford 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Miller 5 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 Barry 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 3 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-79 20-27 12-41 27 22 118 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.544, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 12-17, .706 (Corbin 4-5, Smith 1-3, Blaylock 3-5, Recasner 3-3, Barry 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Mutombo 3). Turnovers: 15 (Henderson 3, Mutombo 3, Smith 3, Anderson, Barry, Blaylock, Brown, Recasner). Steals: 14 (Blaylock 3, Henderson 3, Anderson 2, Corbin 2, Barry, Miller, Recasner, Smith). ____________________________________________ Detroit 20 35 16 24 - 95 Atlanta 35 27 27 29 - 118 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (Hill 2 (ejected), 3:50 3rd, 1:14 3rd). Atlanta 3 (Illegal Defense 2, 0:05 1st, 5:08 4th; Mutombo, 6:38 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 24,693. T: 2:07. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Bill Spooner, Sean Corbin.


GAME RECAP

Steve Smith and Tyrone Corbin scored 20 points apiece to power the best offensive output of the season by the Atlanta Hawks, who used a quick start and the first career ejection of Grant Hill for a 118-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Alan Henderson added 19 points for the Hawks, who had all five starters in double figures and never trailed after the opening three minutes. Atlanta raced to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and led by as many as 28.

The Hawks, who completed their home schedule of games at Georgia Tech with a 12-1 mark, improved to just 11-9 at the Georgia Dome as they surpassed their previous best offensive game of 117 at Toronto on March 17th.

"We played with each other tonight," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We moved the ball, we went to the boards, we did a lot of good things out there. This was a type of game we needed to have. We haven't had a game like this is a long time. Sometimes we try to do too much but we have to remember that we're really good when we play with each other."

The normally subdued Hill was ejected with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter for arguing with referee Bill Spooner. He picked up a pair of technicals during Atlanta's 24-12 run that closed the third quarter.

"There's a first time for everything," observed Hill, who said he had never been thrown out of a game in high school or college, either.

"I can't say anything about the officiating," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "All I can say is everybody in the NBA knows who Grant Hill is. And for him to get upset enough to get thrown out of the game, obviously there must be some factor."

Without their All-Star forward, the Pistons collapsed and fell to 34-38, three games out of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. Brian Williams had 22 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, which has lost two in a row.

"The deck was kind of stacked against us," Gentry said. "You always wanted to think that your team can shake it and put it behind them. Obviously, that was a big factor."

Mookie Blaylock and Dikembe Mutombo scored 13 points apiece and Eldridge Recasner added 11 for the Hawks, who shot 54 percent (44-of-84) from the field, including a blistering 12-of-17 from three-point range. Corbin was 4-of-5, Blaylock was 3-of-4 and Recasner was 3-of-3 from behind the arc.

"They shot the ball exceptionally well," Gentry said. "You shoot the ball like that from three-point range and you're going to have a good chance to win the game."

Atlanta, which held a 41-36 rebounding advantage, lost forward Christian Laettner to a sprained right ankle late in the second quarter. Laettner, who has lost his starting job to Henderson, is expected to miss five to seven days.

"The cylinders were clicking," Smith said. "We shot the ball well, we rebounded well. Unfortunately for us, another guy got hurt, Christian. So I think a lot of pluses, but we got hit with another negative. Hopefully he will not be out long."

Joe Dumars scored 18 points and Jerry Stackhouse and Lindsey Hunter added 12 apiece for the Pistons, who shot 46 percent (36-of-79). Before being tossed, Hill had 10 points and seven turnovers in 30 minutes.

A three-pointer by Corbin, who shot 8-of-10 from the field, gave the Hawks the lead for good at 8-6 with 9:24 left in the first quarter. It also triggered a 27-5 burst featuring seven points from Corbin and six apiece from Blaylock and Mutombo.

Two free throws by Smith made it 32-11 with 2:29 remaining in the period. The Hawks opened a 35-20 lead after 12 minutes, shooting 68 percent (13-of-19) while holding the Pistons to 32 percent (7-of-22).

"We wanted to come out today and play aggressive early in the game to give ourselves a better chance," Corbin said. "We know we're a quality ballclub. We know what we have on this club and we know how we have to play to be effective. I think we demonstrated that tonight."

Dumars scored eight points and Williams seven in a 17-4 run as Detroit closed to 41-37 on a three-pointer by Dumars with 7:27 to go in the second quarter.

The Pistons trailed 62-55 at halftime and 65-59 after a dunk by Williams with 9:41 left in the third quarter. But the Hawks scored 24 of the next 36 points as Smith and Henderson collected six apiece and Blaylock and Corbin added five each.

"We pushed the ball hard," Smith said. "We played really well with each other. We pushed the ball and got some easy baskets. It was like the beginning of the season (when Atlanta won 11 in a row)."

Hill, who has been more vocal and physical of late in trying to lead the Pistons to the playoffs, was whistled for his first technical foul with just over four minutes left in the period. He was ejected with 1:14 to go in the quarter after his second argument with Spooner.

"They came out with a lot of fire and really jumped on us," Hill said. "We used so much energy in the second quarter to get back in the game."

The Hawks led 89-71 after three quarters and pulled away in the final period. They opened their largest lead at 118-90 in the last minute on a basket by Anthony Miller.

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