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DETROIT (69) AT NEW YORK (78)

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

HILL F 39 10-21 11-12 3 3 6 1 3 2 4 31 VAUGHT F 22 4-7 0-0 1 7 8 0 1 1 0 8 DELE C 32 4-12 1-2 5 5 10 2 4 0 3 9 DUMARS G 23 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 0 HUNTER G 20 1-6 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 STACKHOUSE 35 1-11 2-2 1 0 1 7 3 1 2 4 MACON 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 REID 16 4-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 8 MONTROSS 9 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 BUECHLER 17 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 WILLIAMS 17 0-5 2-2 3 4 7 0 2 1 0 2 HENSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 MOORE DNP - COACH'S DECISION OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-78 17-20 16 24 40 13 22 7 15 69 (.333) (.850) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(9 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 39 4-11 4-5 3 6 9 3 4 1 4 12 THOMAS F 20 4-5 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 2 8 EWING C 38 6-12 2-3 1 9 10 3 3 0 2 14 HOUSTON G 41 6-18 6-6 0 4 4 3 2 1 3 19 WARD G 41 3-7 1-4 0 1 1 9 2 2 0 10 CAMBY 19 2-6 2-4 4 1 5 0 5 1 0 6 CHILDS 26 3-7 0-0 0 5 5 4 5 4 2 7 DUDLEY 6 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 SCOTT 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 WINGATE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRUNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-68 15-22 10 30 40 24 23 9 16 78 (.426) (.682) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

DETROIT 22 11 18 18 - 69 NEW YORK 24 19 15 20 - 78

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - VAUGHT. NEW YORK - EWING 6, CAMBY 3, HOUSTON 2, DUDLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 0-7 (.000), DUMARS 0-1, HUNTER 0-1, STACKHOUSE 0-5. NEW YORK 5-15 (.333), JOHNSON 0-2, EWING 0-1, HOUSTON 1-4, WARD 3-7, CHILDS 1-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2, NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, MARK WUNDERLICH, DERRICK STAFFORD. A - 19,763. T - 2:17.


Box Score

DETROIT (69) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 10-21 11-12 3-6 1 3 31 Vaught 22 4-7 0-0 1-8 0 1 8 Dele 32 4-12 1-2 5-10 2 4 9 Dumars 23 0-4 0-0 0-2 3 1 0 Hunter 20 1-6 1-2 1-1 0 0 3 Stackhouse 35 1-11 2-2 1-1 7 3 4 Macon 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Reid 16 4-5 0-0 1-1 0 2 8 Montross 9 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Buechler 17 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 2 Williams 17 0-5 2-2 3-7 0 2 2 Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Moore DNP - coach's decision Obannon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-78 17-20 16-40 13 22 69 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.850. 3-Point Goals: 0-7, .000 (Dumars 0-1, Hunter 0-1, Stackhouse 0-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Vaught). Turnovers: 15 (Hill 4, Dele 3, Hunter 2, Macon 2, Stackhouse 2, Henson, Reid). Steals: 7 (Hill 2, Hunter, Macon, Stackhouse, Vaught, Williams).

NEW YORK (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 39 4-11 4-5 3-9 3 4 12 Thomas 20 4-5 0-0 1-5 1 2 8 Ewing 38 6-12 2-3 1-10 3 3 14 Houston 41 6-18 6-6 0-4 3 2 19 Ward 41 3-7 1-4 0-1 9 2 10 Camby 19 2-6 2-4 4-5 0 5 6 Childs 26 3-7 0-0 0-5 4 5 7 Dudley 6 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 0 2 Scott 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Wingate 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brunson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Davis DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-68 15-22 10-40 24 23 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Johnson 0-2, Ewing 0-1, Houston 1-4, Ward 3-7, Childs 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 12 (Ewing 6, Camby 3, Houston 2, Dudley). Turnovers: 16 (Johnson 4, Houston 3, Childs 2, Ewing 2, Scott 2, Thomas 2, Dudley). Steals: 9 (Childs 4, Ward 2, Camby, Houston, Johnson). ____________________________________________ Detroit 22 11 18 18 - 69 New York 24 19 15 20 - 78 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:39 4th, 5:46 4th). New York 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:21 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:17. Officials: Hugh Evans, Mark Wunderlich, Derrick Stafford.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- When the offense of the New York Knicks stalled, the defense muscled its way into the NBA record books.

The Knicks went more than 12 minutes without a basket in the second half but managed enough offense down the stretch in a 78-69 victory over the Detroit Pistons. In winning their third straight game, the Knicks held their second straight foe below 70 points, tying a shot-clock era record set by the 1994-95 Cleveland Cavaliers and matched last season by the Indiana Pacers.

"I think it's a tremendous accomplishment for us," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, whose team held Chicago to 68 points on Thursday. "Our guys do an extraordinary amount of studying to other teams of film, not only (with the) team but on their own."

Although the Knicks allowed superstar Grant Hill to score 31 points, they limited the Pistons to 33 percent (26-of-78) from the field, including 0-of-7 from 3-point range. They also blocked 12 shots, including six by Patrick Ewing.

"For the most part our defense is doing a fabulous job," said Ewing, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. "When your offense is not going as well as you would like, you definitely have to play defense if you want to win."

"We had three days off and we just didn't come out and hustle like we are capable of," said Hill. "When you are on the road and coming off a two-game losing streak, you shouldn't put yourself in this situation."

Allan Houston scored 19 points and teamed with Ewing to shoot the Knicks out of a fourth-quarter funk and give them their 12th win in their last 13 meetings with the Pistons at Madison Square Garden.

The Pistons endured basket droughts of 5:31 in the first half and 4:00 and 2:41 in the second half as they lost their third straight game. Hill made 10-of-21 shots but was the only Detroit player in double figures and had just one assist.

"We didn't play very good and if you talk to Jeff (Van Gundy) he would probably say the same thing about his team," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said.

"There's nothing bad when you win," the Knicks coach said. Nothing bad."

Ewing blocked a jumper by Bison Dele and dunked off a fast break to give the Knicks their largest lead at 54-39 with 7:28 left in the third quarter. The Knicks still held a 57-43 advantage with 5:31 to go on a jumper by Kurt Thomas but that was their last basket for more than a quarter.

"The last part of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth, it looked real ugly for us," said Knicks forward Larry Johnson, who had 12 points and nine rebounds. "When we get guys down 13, 14 points we've got to go for the kill."

A jumper by Houston ended a stretch of 12:03 without a basket and gave the Knicks a 62-55 lead with 5:28 to play. New York managed just three free throws during that drought but Detroit was not much better, scoring four baskets and enduring a four-minute dry spell of its own.

"When you're making shots it helps your defense," Gentry said. "When you're not making shots, it puts tremendous pressure on the defense to continue to make stops."

Hill made two straight baskets to trigger a spurt and the Pistons closed to 65-63 on a hook by Dele with 3:13 remaining. The Knicks finally found their offense, as Ewing answered with a corner jumper, Houston made a jumper and Chris Childs added a basket, extending the lead to 71-63 with 1:41 to go. Ewing's jumper with 37 seconds left sealed it at 75-67.

Charlie Ward had 10 points and nine assists for the Knicks, who shot 43 percent (29-of-68) but surrendered 16 offensive rebounds.

"That was kind of their energy source for a while," Houston said.

Pistons guards Joe Dumars, Jerry Stackhouse and Lindsey Hunter combined to make just 2-of-21 shots. Dumars was slowed by a pulled hamstring, while Stackhouse, who had been averaging 19.8 points per game, attended his sister's funeral over the weekend and rejoined the team Sunday night. He made 1-of-11 shots.

The Knicks did a creditable job of containing Hill and preventing the offensive explosion he had last week against Washington, when he scored a career-high 46 points.

"I think he faced 50 double-teams and he gets 31 points, so it says a lot about him," Van Gundy said.

"You try to attack him defensively and get him back on his heels a little bit and take some of their other guys out of the offense," Houston said. "But you can't do that all the time."

Hill scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Pistons stayed within 24-22. But he sat down early in the second quarter and the offense disappeared. Detroit went 5:37 without a basket until Eric Montross scored with 3:14 remaining in the first half.

By that time, the Knicks had taken the lead for good. Johnson scored seven points in the second quarter, when the Knicks held the Pistons to five baskets while forcing six turnovers.

"We have to come out and hustle and get loose balls," Hill said. "They are diving on the floor and we are bending at the waist. We have to play desperate. We have to play like we have to win."

New York held a 43-33 halftime lead.

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