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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 28 16 17 25 86 PHILADELPHIA 18 28 21 23 90 FINAL


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DETROIT (86) AT PHILADELPHIA (90)

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

HILL F 40 11-18 10-11 1 6 7 2 2 0 6 32 VAUGHT F 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 3 0 DELE C 34 6-11 2-3 6 6 12 1 3 0 6 14 MACON G 17 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 7 HUNTER G 39 4-13 0-0 2 5 7 4 6 2 2 9 REID 19 0-2 1-4 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 STACKHOUSE 33 6-15 2-2 1 1 2 3 2 1 3 15 MONTROSS 7 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BUECHLER 19 2-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 1 0 6 WILLIAMS 23 0-4 2-2 3 1 4 1 3 0 1 2 HENSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DUMARS DNP - LEFT HAMSTRING INJURY MOORE DNP - COACH'S DECISION OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-74 17-24 16 24 40 15 24 6 22 86 (.432) (.708) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 23(33 PTS)

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

LYNCH F 27 2-5 0-0 5 3 8 3 6 4 1 4 RATLIFF F 35 3-9 4-4 4 5 9 1 4 1 1 10 GEIGER C 34 6-18 4-6 6 2 8 1 2 2 2 16 SNOW G 30 3-7 2-2 0 2 2 5 3 3 2 8 IVERSON G 38 6-20 6-12 1 4 5 1 2 6 3 19 GRANT 21 3-4 1-2 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 7 HUGHES 25 6-10 4-6 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 16 MCKIE 11 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 5 1 0 0 0 THOMAS 15 4-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 10 BENJAMIN 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION SHAW DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-82 21-32 20 24 44 18 21 18 12 90 (.402) (.656) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

DETROIT 28 16 17 25 - 86 PHILADELPHIA 18 28 21 23 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - DELE 3, REID, STACKHOUSE. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 5, GRANT 4, GEIGER 3, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-14 (.357), MACON 1-1, HUNTER 1-5, STACKHOUSE 1-5, BUECHLER 2-3. PHILADELPHIA 3-8 (.375), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 1-4, HUGHES 0-1, THOMAS 2-2. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, PHILADELPHIA - LYNCH. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, SEAN CORBIN, LEON WOOD. A - 15,871. T - 2:20.


Box Score

DETROIT (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 40 11-18 10-11 1-7 2 2 32 Vaught 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 0 Dele 34 6-11 2-3 6-12 1 3 14 Macon 17 3-4 0-0 1-2 2 1 7 Hunter 39 4-13 0-0 2-7 4 6 9 Reid 19 0-2 1-4 1-2 0 1 1 Stackhouse 33 6-15 2-2 1-2 3 2 15 Montross 7 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 Buechler 19 2-5 0-0 1-3 1 3 6 Williams 23 0-4 2-2 3-4 1 3 2 Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Dumars DNP - left hamstring injury Moore DNP - coach's decision Obannon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-74 17-24 16-40 15 24 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Macon 1-1, Hunter 1-5, Stackhouse 1-5, Buechler 2-3). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Dele 3, Reid, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 23 (Dele 6, Hill 6, Stackhouse 3, Vaught 3, Hunter 2, Reid, Williams). Steals: 6 (Hunter 2, Buechler, Macon, Stackhouse, Vaught).

PHILADELPHIA (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 27 2-5 0-0 5-8 3 6 4 Ratliff 35 3-9 4-4 4-9 1 4 10 Geiger 34 6-18 4-6 6-8 1 2 16 Snow 30 3-7 2-2 0-2 5 3 8 Iverson 38 6-20 6-12 1-5 1 2 19 Grant 21 3-4 1-2 1-3 0 2 7 Hughes 25 6-10 4-6 1-3 2 1 16 Mckie 11 0-2 0-0 1-4 5 1 0 Thomas 15 4-6 0-0 1-1 0 0 10 Benjamin 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Mohammed DNP - coach's decision Parker DNP - coach's decision Shaw DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 21-32 20-44 18 21 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.656. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 1-4, Hughes 0-1, Thomas 2-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 13 (Ratliff 5, Grant 4, Geiger 3, Thomas). Turnovers: 12 (Iverson 3, Thomas 3, Geiger 2, Snow 2, Lynch, Ratliff). Steals: 18 (Iverson 6, Lynch 4, Snow 3, Geiger 2, Grant, Ratliff, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Detroit 28 16 17 25 - 86 Philadelphia 18 28 21 23 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:48 4th). Philadelphia 1 (Lynch, 1:39 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,871. T: 2:20. Officials: Joe Crawford, Sean Corbin, Leon Wood.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson continued his erratic shooting and the Philadelphia 76ers continued to win.

Iverson was 6-of-20 from the field en route to 19 points and added just one assist but the Sixers improved to 3-0 for the first time in 14 years with a 90-86 victory over the previously unbeaten Detroit Pistons.

Philadelphia coach Larry Brown credits Iverson's all-around play for the team's great start.

"Allen has been playing defense as well as he has since I've been here," Brown said. "When he penetrates, he commands such attention, it allows us to get offensive boards. He's playing his man well and making good reads. His presence commands double-teams and makes everyone else better. He doesn't need to score 30 points for us to win."

Iverson is shooting 27 percent (15-of-55) for the season, but surprising Philadelphia keeps winning. The last time the Sixers started a season this well was 1984-85, when they won their first five games.

"I'm not frustrated at all," Iverson said. "I have another game coming up, as long as there is tomorrow, everything is all right with me. I can play 10 more bad games in a row as long as we win. I'm fine. I'm happy."

Grant Hill scored 32 points for the Pistons, who had 13 shots blocked. Detroit surrendered a 13-5 run in the fourth quarter that turned a three-point lead into an 87-82 deficit with 1:22 remaining.

"Our only offense is a good defense," Brown said. "And yet we're winning because we have good defense and make the hustle plays."

Detroit tired near the end, as it was playing for the third time in as many days. The Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat are the other teams to play three straight days thus far -- and all have lost their final game.

Jerome Williams nailed a pair of free throws with 6:14 left to push Detroit's lead to three points before Philadelphia embarked on the decisive run.

George Lynch, who guarded Hill, started the run with a layup and Harvey Grant scored inside with 5:10 left on a pass from Theo Ratliff to give the Sixers the lead. Hill and Grant traded free throws and Hill hit two more from the line to give Detroit its final lead, 80-79.

Philadelphia had to work hard to get the lead for good. Rookie Larry Hughes, who had his best effort with 16 points, missed a technical free throw after an illegal defense and Iverson had a shot blocked by Bison Dele before Ratliff converted a four-foot hook from the right side for the go-ahead points with 3:34 left.

Eric Snow made a pair of free throws and Hughes made a put-back layup after a miss by Iverson to extend the lead to 85-80 with 2:31 remaining.

Former Sixer Jerry Stackhouse hit a pair of free throws, but Snow found Grant in the left corner for an 18-foot jumper with 82 seconds left.

Dele had a tip-in to get Detroit within 87-84 with 55 seconds remaining but there was no more scoring until Iverson hit a pair of free throws to ice the game with six seconds left.

"Right now it's a mental thing, it's not physical at all," Iverson said. "I'm resorting back to my high school ways where I used to miss shots and get frustrated. These last three games have been tough offensively for me. If I can't get my offense together, I try to pick up my defense a little more. We have other people that can put the ball in the hole."

Matt Geiger registered 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while Ratliff had 10, nine and five for Philadelphia. The frontcourt duo made just 9-of-27 shots as the Sixers shot 40 percent (33-of-82) for the game.

"The last couple of games, we're playing scrappy and doing what it takes to win," Geiger said. "Our characteristic is to play real aggressive defense."

Detroit was not much better, shooting 43 percent (32-of-74) despite Hill's 11-of-18 effort. Lindsey Hunter and Stackhouse, who had 15 points off the bench, were a combined 10-of-28. Dele added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

"We were right there at the end," Hill said. "They grabbed the momentum. They got a lot of points off turnovers and a lot of offensive rebounds (20)."

Hill was happy to be playing, even though it was for the third straight day.

"If we didn't play, we would have practiced two hours," Hill said. "I'd rather play over practicing any day."

"I don't think that was a factor," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said of the compressed schedule. "I'd like to say that it was. We're in great shape. We just didn't make the plays. I thought we had enough energy that if we'd made the plays and not gotten outhustled, we would have had a chance to win."

Stackhouse lacks respect for his former team.

"The disappointing thing is that of the four teams we've played, the three teams we beat were better than the one team we lost to," he said.

The Pistons raced to a 28-18 lead after one quarter but were down 46-44 by the half. The Sixers pushed the lead to 67-61 after three before the tight final quarter.

Detroit guard Joe Dumars sat out with a left hamstring injury.

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