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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 30 16 20 18 84 NEW JERSEY 20 9 21 21 71 FINAL


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DETROIT (84) AT NEW JERSEY (71)

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

HILL F 34 6-10 1-1 0 9 9 8 4 1 5 13 REID F 17 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 5 0 1 4 DELE C 36 9-18 0-1 0 8 8 0 3 2 3 18 HUNTER G 40 4-6 2-3 0 5 5 5 3 3 3 11 STACKHOUSE G 41 5-15 6-6 0 5 5 4 3 0 5 17 BUECHLER 28 5-9 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 1 0 13 LAETTNER 19 3-6 0-0 0 5 5 1 2 0 1 6 VAUGHT 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 20 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 2 MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION REEVES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-69 9-11 3 37 40 20 22 7 18 84 (.507) (.818) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(16 PTS)

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

GILL F 22 0-5 2-4 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 VAN HORN F 47 8-13 10-10 1 9 10 1 2 3 4 27 J WILLIAMS C 40 1-6 2-8 5 12 17 1 5 0 1 4 KITTLES G 33 7-15 1-2 3 2 5 1 0 1 1 15 MARBURY G 46 6-20 3-3 0 4 4 7 2 1 3 16 CARR 19 1-9 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 4 3 FEICK 9 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 HARRIS 22 0-4 4-5 2 0 2 2 2 2 0 4 PERRY 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 CUNNINGHAM DNP - COACH'S DECISION SEIKALY DNP - PLANTAR FASCIATIS

TOTALS 240 23-72 22-32 12 29 41 14 17 7 15 71 (.319) (.688) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

DETROIT 30 16 20 18 - 84 NEW JERSEY 20 9 21 21 - 71

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - STACKHOUSE 2, DELE 2. NEW JERSEY - J WILLIAMS 2, KITTLES, GILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-12 (.417), HILL 0-1, HUNTER 1-2, STACKHOUSE 1-4, BUECHLER 3-5. NEW JERSEY 3-15 (.200), VAN HORN 1-1, KITTLES 0-3, MARBURY 1-6, CARR 1-3, HARRIS 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: GEORGE TOLIVER, JACK NIES, MARC DAVIS. A - 16,896. T - 2:01.


Box Score

DETROIT (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 34 6-10 1-1 0-9 8 4 13 Reid 17 2-3 0-0 1-1 1 5 4 Dele 36 9-18 0-1 0-8 0 3 18 Hunter 40 4-6 2-3 0-5 5 3 11 Stackhouse 41 5-15 6-6 0-5 4 3 17 Buechler 28 5-9 0-0 0-4 1 1 13 Laettner 19 3-6 0-0 0-5 1 2 6 Vaught 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Williams 20 1-1 0-0 2-3 0 1 2 Montross DNP - coach's decision Obannon DNP - coach's decision Reeves DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-69 9-11 3-40 20 22 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Hill 0-1, Hunter 1-2, Stackhouse 1-4, Buechler 3-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Stackhouse 2, Dele 2). Turnovers: 19 (Hill 5, Stackhouse 5, Dele 3, Hunter 3, Laettner, Reid). Steals: 7 (Hunter 3, Dele 2, Buechler, Hill).

NEW JERSEY (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 22 0-5 2-4 0-0 1 2 2 Van Horn 47 8-13 10-10 1-10 1 2 27 J Williams 40 1-6 2-8 5-17 1 5 4 Kittles 33 7-15 1-2 3-5 1 0 15 Marbury 46 6-20 3-3 0-4 7 2 16 Carr 19 1-9 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 Feick 9 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Harris 22 0-4 4-5 2-2 2 2 4 Perry 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Cunningham DNP - coach's decision Seikaly DNP - plantar fasciatis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-72 22-32 12-41 14 17 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.319, FT-.688. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Van Horn 1-1, Kittles 0-3, Marbury 1-6, Carr 1-3, Harris 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (J Williams 2, Kittles, Gill). Turnovers: 16 (Carr 4, Van Horn 4, Marbury 3, Gill, J Williams, Kittles, Perry). Steals: 7 (Van Horn 3, Harris 2, Kittles, Marbury). ____________________________________________ Detroit 30 16 20 18 - 84 New Jersey 20 9 21 21 - 71 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Detroit 1 (Laettner (ejected), 9:40 4th). A: 16,896. T: 2:01. Officials: George Toliver, Jack Nies, Marc Davis.


Game Story

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Grant Hill scored five of his 13 points during a 13-4 first-quarter run and the Detroit Pistons held the New Jersey Nets to the worst second quarter in club history en route to an 84-71 victory.

The second-quarter performance was the worst for the Nets, who scored 10 in the period against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 3, 1990. New Jersey was held to its lowest total of the season two days after routing Toronto, 106-87.

Detroit equaled its best defensive outing of the season, having beaten Washington, 75-71, on March 8.

"It was a good all-around team effort from start to finish," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "On offense we hit big shots and on defense we did a good job on the interior. They tried to make a run but each time they did we made a basket to keep the momentum on our side and that kept them at bay."

Detroit used the early run to open a 30-20 lead after one period and took a 46-29 advantage into the locker room. A 10-1 run to begin the third quarter blew open the game and the Nets got no closer than 11 points thereafter.

"It all started with defense," said Hill. "We converged on the ball and on offense we had good ball movement from side to side. This was a real good win for us. We came out and were not selfish. It was a total team effort. We have to play like that the next 23 games and we'll have to live with the results we come up with."

Bison Dele scored 18 points, Jerry Stackhouse added 17 and Hill had nine rebounds and eight assists for Detroit, which has won three of its last four.

"We played well, it was a big win for us, especially on the road," Stackhouse said. "Before the game we decided to play hard. A couple of times the Nets tried to make a run, but we called timeout to stop the momentum."

Keith Van Horn had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Stephon Marbury added 16 points and seven assists for the Nets, who made a franchise-low 23 field goals and shot 32 percent (23-of-72) from the floor, including 3-of-15 from beyond the arc.

"Detroit set the pace and we did not respond," said Nets interim coach Don Casey, who fell to 2-4. "We got into a hole and we couldn't get out of it. Part of the searching this year comes from the inability to make shots consistently. We the coaches have to find the right set and the players have to do their jobs as well."

A layup by Kerry Kittles with 4:10 left in the first quarter pulled the Nets within 13-12, but Detroit scored the next five points as Hill drove for a layup and then completed a 3-point play to make it 18-12.

Jayson Williams made a hook shot for the Nets, but Detroit's Lindsey Hunter answered with a 3-pointer. After Kittles hit a jumper, Jud Buechler took a feed from Hill and converted a layup. Buechler capped the run with a 3-pointer to make it 26-16 with 1:15 left in the period.

Detroit built a 14-point lead midway through the second quarter before the Nets fought back within 38-27 when Kittles connected on the second of two free throws with 3:10 to go in the half. But Dele had a short jumper and layup and Hunter drilled a 19-footer to give the Pistons a 44-27 advantage.

The 29 first-half points was a season low for New Jersey, which shot a meager 28 percent (9-of-32) and committed nine turnovers in the first 24 minutes.

"It wasn't as much Detroit's defense as it was our offense," Van Horn said. "We played well defensively, we just didn't hit our shots. It's frustrating because we beat ourselves. It's obviously why we didn't win. Giving up 84 points in a game, you should win."

Hunter opened the second half with a 20-footer and Dele followed with a hook shot. Hunter used two trips to the foul line to make two free throws, and after Lucious Harris made one free throw for New Jersey, Don Reid had consecutive baskets to give Detroit a commanding 56-30 advantage.

Buechler netted 13 points and Hunter had 11 and eight assists for Detroit, which shot 51 percent (35-of-69) and was 5-of-12 from 3-point range.

"I told them, everybody had to play hard or they were going to come out," added Gentry. "We played as a team tonight. Defense was a big part of it and if they didn't get back on defense they were coming out."

Williams grabbed 17 rebounds as the Nets held a 41-40 advantage on the boards.

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