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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 24 30 22 22 98 DETROIT 28 26 26 27 107 FINAL


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INDIANA (98) AT DETROIT (107)

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

MULLIN F 20 2-5 4-4 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 9 D DAVIS F 27 2-5 0-0 5 5 10 0 1 0 1 4 SMITS C 27 3-10 1-3 1 5 6 2 3 0 2 7 MILLER G 36 6-11 11-13 0 3 3 0 6 1 4 26 JACKSON G 29 3-6 5-6 1 4 5 7 1 1 4 12 A DAVIS 24 3-6 6-6 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 12 BEST 19 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 2 6 1 0 6 ROSE 28 4-12 4-4 1 3 4 3 5 4 2 12 PERKINS 17 2-5 1-1 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 5 HOIBERG 12 1-5 2-2 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 5 HARRINGTON 1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCKEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-70 36-41 9 29 38 22 33 7 15 98 (.400) (.878) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

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

HILL F 36 11-21 4-6 0 5 5 3 4 1 4 26 VAUGHT F 11 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 2 DELE C 13 3-5 2-2 0 2 2 2 5 2 1 8 DUMARS G 29 4-9 3-4 0 3 3 6 1 1 3 12 HUNTER G 35 3-7 4-5 0 3 3 5 5 0 3 12 REID 16 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 6 2 0 2 STACKHOUSE 31 5-14 10-13 1 0 1 3 5 0 2 20 MONTROSS 29 3-5 0-0 6 8 14 0 3 2 0 6 WILLIAMS 25 3-8 7-8 6 5 11 0 0 2 0 13 BUECHLER 15 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 HENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOORE DNP - COACH'S DECISION OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-75 30-38 13 29 42 20 33 11 14 107 (.480) (.789) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(7 PTS)

INDIANA 24 30 22 22 - 98 DETROIT 28 26 26 27 - 107

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - ROSE 2, D DAVIS. DETROIT - MONTROSS 4, HUNTER, REID, BUECHLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 6-20 (.300), MULLIN 1-2, SMITS 0-1, MILLER 3-6, JACKSON 1-4, ROSE 0-2, PERKINS 0-1, HOIBERG 1-4. DETROIT 5-12 (.417), DUMARS 1-5, HUNTER 2-2, STACKHOUSE 0-3, BUECHLER 2-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE SMITH, NOLAN FINE, STEVE JAVIE. A - 18,877. T - 2:28.


Box Score

INDIANA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mullin 20 2-5 4-4 0-1 4 1 9 D Davis 27 2-5 0-0 5-10 0 1 4 Smits 27 3-10 1-3 1-6 2 3 7 Miller 36 6-11 11-13 0-3 0 6 26 Jackson 29 3-6 5-6 1-5 7 1 12 A Davis 24 3-6 6-6 0-4 1 4 12 Best 19 2-4 2-2 0-0 2 6 6 Rose 28 4-12 4-4 1-4 3 5 12 Perkins 17 2-5 1-1 0-1 1 5 5 Hoiberg 12 1-5 2-2 1-3 2 1 5 Harrington 1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Mckey DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-70 36-41 9-38 22 33 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.878. 3-Point Goals: 6-20, .300 (Mullin 1-2, Smits 0-1, Miller 3-6, Jackson 1-4, Rose 0-2, Perkins 0-1, Hoiberg 1-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Rose 2, D Davis). Turnovers: 16 (Jackson 4, Miller 4, Rose 2, Smits 2, D Davis, Hoiberg, Mullin). Steals: 7 (Rose 4, Best, Jackson, Miller).

DETROIT (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 36 11-21 4-6 0-5 3 4 26 Vaught 11 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Dele 13 3-5 2-2 0-2 2 5 8 Dumars 29 4-9 3-4 0-3 6 1 12 Hunter 35 3-7 4-5 0-3 5 5 12 Reid 16 1-1 0-0 0-2 1 6 2 Stackhouse 31 5-14 10-13 1-1 3 5 20 Montross 29 3-5 0-0 6-14 0 3 6 Williams 25 3-8 7-8 6-11 0 0 13 Buechler 15 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 Henson DNP - coach's decision Macon DNP - coach's decision Moore DNP - coach's decision Obannon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-75 30-38 13-42 20 33 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Dumars 1-5, Hunter 2-2, Stackhouse 0-3, Buechler 2-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Montross 4, Hunter, Reid, Buechler). Turnovers: 14 (Hill 4, Dumars 3, Hunter 3, Stackhouse 2, Dele, Vaught). Steals: 11 (Dele 2, Montross 2, Reid 2, Williams 2, Dumars, Hill, Vaught). ____________________________________________ Indiana 24 30 22 22 - 98 Detroit 28 26 26 27 - 107 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (Perkins, 6:10 4th). A: 18,877. T: 2:28. Officials: Mike Smith, Nolan Fine, Steve Javie.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The upstart Detroit Pistons beat the early favorites for the Eastern Conference title at their own game, using a strong effort from the bench and on the boards to post a 107-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Grant Hill scored 26 points to lead Detroit, which opened the season Friday with an equally impressive 95-81 victory in Miami. Overshadowing Hill was the strong play, especially down the stretch, by the Pistons' reserves.

"Indiana's a great team, and when the dust settles, they'll be there," said Pistons coach Alvin Gentry. "It was fun for us because it was a test against another quality team, but I still don't think it says anything. Now that we've beaten Miami and Indiana doesn't mean we'll win the NBA championship."

Jerry Stackhouse, who led Detroit with 24 points in the opener, had 20 off the bench in this contest, including five in the final three minutes.

"I really don't think what was successful today was having young legs," Stackhouse said. "It doesn't mean anything if you don't execute. That's what we did today. We ran our offense and took what the defense dictated. I think that was the big factor."

Reserve forward Jerome Williams scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including five in the decisive 7-0 spurt that broke an 86-86 tie.

Williams also grabbed 11 rebounds and backup center Eric Montross pulled down 14 as the Pistons outrebounded the big-bodied Pacers, 42-38. Montross chipped in six of Detroit's 47 points from its bench.

"We come in like starters. You can't look at it as a second unit," Williams said. "This team has a lot of talent and down the stretch, that's gonna count. We're just a lot of hard-working players."

Reggie Miller fouled out with 26 points for Indiana, which was picked by many to win the title after narrowly losing to Chicago in last season's Eastern Conference finals. Opening a five-game road trip, the Pacers fell to 1-1.

"We lost on the boards. That was a pointed emphasis coming into this season," Miller said. "We either want to be even or outrebound our opponents, and tonight, we didn't."

"You hate to lose any game, but it was especially disappointing today because we didn't have enough guys show up to play," said Pacers coach Larry Bird. "We had too many guys who didn't get anything done out there."

The game was tight throughout and Indiana's Antonio Davis hit a layup to make it 86-86 with seven minutes remaining.

A flagrant foul by Sam Perkins resulted in a pair of free throws for Williams, who hit both shots and followed with a layup. Hill sank a foul shot and missed his second attempt, but Montross grabbed the rebound. That led to Williams tipping in his own miss, giving the Pistons a 93-86 lead with 4:52 to go.

"Montross looked pretty good to me. He had five offensive rebounds in the first half, we had four as a team," Bird added. "Jerome Williams was another guy who came off the bench and outplayed us. They did better off the bench today than we did."

Miller had a chance to cut the deficit to four, but turned it over driving the lane. That led to Stackhouse converting a fast-break layup with 2:45 left, making it 99-91.

Stackouse contributed three free throws in the final minute, when Indiana was unable to threaten the lead.

The game was tight throughout, and Fred Hoiberg buried a bomb from behind half court as time ran out in the first half to tie the game, 54-54.

Joe Dumars and Lindsey Hunter scored 12 points apiece for the Pistons, who limited the Pacers to 40 percent (28-of-70) from the field.

Mark Jackson and Davis each had 12 for Indiana, which hit 36-of-41 free throws but scored just seven points off 14 turnovers by the Pistons.

"When the word is out, it's sort of like an underdog type of feeling," Perkins explained. "Everybody is gonna come out strong and try to prove themselves. If a team beats us this year, it'll make their season."

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