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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 24 24 26 25 99 CLEVELAND 22 15 23 24 84 FINAL


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DETROIT (99) AT CLEVELAND (84)

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

HILL F 39 6-11 16-19 1 3 4 8 2 2 3 28 REID F 13 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 DELE C 18 3-4 1-2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 7 DUMARS G 28 8-10 2-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 3 21 HUNTER G 38 7-10 1-2 0 0 0 6 3 2 4 18 BECK 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BUECHLER 29 2-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 5 MONTROSS 17 0-1 1-2 2 5 7 1 4 1 1 1 OBANNON 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 STACKHOUSE 19 4-9 3-4 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 11 VAUGHT 18 2-3 0-0 1 6 7 0 1 1 1 4 WILLIAMS 17 1-3 0-0 2 2 4 3 2 1 1 2

TOTALS 240 34-55 24-31 6 22 28 23 26 9 16 99 (.618) (.774) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 16(24 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 27 6-10 2-2 0 1 1 2 4 1 4 14 KEMP F 33 4-6 7-10 2 5 7 7 3 1 2 15 POTAPENKO C 25 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 2 ANDERSON G 34 6-10 3-4 0 2 2 6 4 2 1 16 SURA G 23 2-6 2-4 1 1 2 7 6 1 4 7 BUTLER 6 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 FERRY 20 4-8 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 8 LANG 22 2-2 0-1 4 2 6 0 5 1 2 4 NEWMAN 19 2-4 1-1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 5 PERSON 27 4-8 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 9 STACK 4 0-1 2-2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 KNIGHT DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT INDEX FINGER

TOTALS 240 32-63 17-24 9 17 26 27 26 7 16 84 (.508) (.708) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(21 PTS)

DETROIT 24 24 26 25 - 99 CLEVELAND 22 15 23 24 - 84

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - DELE, REID. CLEVELAND - POTAPENKO, PERSON, STACK. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 7-12 (.583), DUMARS 3-4, HUNTER 3-5, BUECHLER 1-2, STACKHOUSE 0-1. CLEVELAND 3-7 (.429), ANDERSON 1-2, SURA 1-2, FERRY 0-1, PERSON 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, TOMMY NUNEZ, GARY BENSON. A - 13,248. T - 2:03.


Box Score

DETROIT (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 6-11 16-19 1-4 8 2 28 Reid 13 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 3 0 Dele 18 3-4 1-2 0-0 0 4 7 Dumars 28 8-10 2-2 0-0 3 1 21 Hunter 38 7-10 1-2 0-0 6 3 18 Beck 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Buechler 29 2-3 0-0 0-3 2 1 5 Montross 17 0-1 1-2 2-7 1 4 1 Obannon 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Stackhouse 19 4-9 3-4 0-0 0 4 11 Vaught 18 2-3 0-0 1-7 0 1 4 Williams 17 1-3 0-0 2-4 3 2 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-55 24-31 6-28 23 26 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.618, FT-.774. 3-Point Goals: 7-12, .583 (Dumars 3-4, Hunter 3-5, Buechler 1-2, Stackhouse 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (Dele, Reid). Turnovers: 16 (Hunter 4, Dumars 3, Hill 3, Stackhouse 3, Montross, Vaught, Williams). Steals: 9 (Hill 2, Hunter 2, Buechler, Dumars, Montross, Vaught, Williams).

CLEVELAND (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 27 6-10 2-2 0-1 2 4 14 Kemp 33 4-6 7-10 2-7 7 3 15 Potapenko 25 1-7 0-0 0-3 2 2 2 Anderson 34 6-10 3-4 0-2 6 4 16 Sura 23 2-6 2-4 1-2 7 6 7 Butler 6 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Ferry 20 4-8 0-0 0-0 1 1 8 Lang 22 2-2 0-1 4-6 0 5 4 Newman 19 2-4 1-1 0-2 0 1 5 Person 27 4-8 0-0 1-1 1 0 9 Stack 4 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 0 2 Knight DNP - sprained right index finger _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-63 17-24 9-26 27 26 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.508, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 3-7, .429 (Anderson 1-2, Sura 1-2, Ferry 0-1, Person 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Potapenko, Person, Stack). Turnovers: 16 (Henderson 4, Sura 4, Butler 2, Kemp 2, Lang 2, Anderson, Stack). Steals: 7 (Anderson 2, Ferry, Henderson, Kemp, Lang, Sura). ____________________________________________ Detroit 24 24 26 25 - 99 Cleveland 22 15 23 24 - 84 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,248. T: 2:03. Officials: Mike Callahan, Tommy Nunez, Gary Benson.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Grant Hill scored 28 points and Joe Dumars added 21 as the Detroit Pistons routed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-84, for their sixth straight victory.

Hill was 6-of-11 from the field and 16-of-19 from the line, snapping out of a recent slump. He averaged only 13.0 points in his previous five contests.

Dumars was 8-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, helping the Pistons shoot 62 percent (34-of-55) from the field and match their longest winning streak since February 12-23, 1997.

"I think we are in better rhythm," Hill said. "We're passing the ball well, we're starting to know each other and we're starting to trust each other, I guess."

"We're playing with a lot of confidence right now," added Detroit coach Alvin Gentry. "When our backcourt plays that way -- I consider Grant to be a backcourt guy -- we're a pretty darn good team."

While Hill is Detroit's leading scorer and marquee player, Dumars has been making the difference for the Pistons, who moved into sole possession of second place in the Central Division.

Lindsay Hunter added 18 points and credited Dumars, who has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

"I think he's been more vocal with me than ever," Hunter said. "I don't know if it's becasue he's retiring or what, but he's been talking to me and trying to get me to play at a higher level. It's helped me tremendously."

The Pistons are 8-2 with Dumars in the lineup and undefeated since he returned from a hamstring injury. The 13-year veteran is averaging 20.2 points during the winning streak.

Dumars scored 16 points in the first half, when the Pistons opened a 48-37 lead. Detroit maintained a double-figure advantage throughout the second half and built its largest cushion at 97-78 on Jerry Stackhouse's dunk with 2:37 remaining.

Detroit had assists on 23 of its 34 baskets and Gentry pointed to the Pistons' passing.

"When we get ball movement the way we did tonight, we end up with open shots and when we get open shots, we usually shoot the ball effectively," he explained. "Anytime our assists get in the mid to high 20s, we're gonna be in most of the games."

Derek Anderson scored 16 points and Shawn Kemp added 15 for the Cavaliers, who have dropped five of their last six games and suffered their second loss of the season to the Pistons. Dumars scored a season-high 26 points in an 89-73 victory in Detroit on February 24.

"They just outplayed us," Anderson said. "When you're missing pieces, it makes it tough to win games. One missing ingredient and you can't make a cake, and that's what it was like for us tonight."

Cedric Henderson added 14 points for Cleveland, which shot 51 percent (32-of-63), but could not stop the Pistons.

The Cavaliers forged a 24-24 tie early in the second period, but Detroit quickly took control as five different players scored in a 13-4 spurt. Hill's 14-foot jumper started the run before Dumars capped it with a 3-pointer that gave the Pistons a 37-28 advantage with 5:27 left before halftime. Cleveland scored only 15 points in the second quarter.

"Detroit's playing beautiful basketball right now," Cleveland coach Mike Fratello said. "They are fun to watch. They beat us in every category tonight, from preparation and coaching to playing, rebounding, passing and shooting."

In the second half, the Cavaliers got no closer than 58-48 on Kemp's bucket with 7:10 remaining in the third period. Anderson and Kemp combined for only eight points in the final 24 minutes.

The Cavaliers could not build on Tuesday's 116-99 victory over Boston and missed a chance to reach the .500 mark, falling to 5-4 at home.

Detroit improved to 4-4 on the road and remained undefeated against division opponents (5-0).

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