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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SEATTLE 16 22 20 29 87 DETROIT 30 28 25 21 104 FINAL


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SEATTLE (87) AT DETROIT (104)

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

OWENS F 19 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 6 SCHREMPF F 22 3-6 4-6 0 3 3 1 4 0 5 12 POLYNICE C 23 1-3 1-2 4 3 7 1 1 1 1 3 HAWKINS G 25 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 2 2 4 PAYTON G 32 4-9 1-4 0 1 1 7 2 3 2 10 WILLIAMS 17 2-4 2-2 1 3 4 1 1 0 4 6 ELLIS 19 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 6 STEPANIA 16 3-6 4-4 1 1 2 1 3 2 2 10 CROTTY 20 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 1 2 8 MCCOY 18 6-6 0-0 3 3 6 0 1 0 1 12 BARRY 17 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5 LEWIS 12 1-7 3-4 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 5

TOTALS 240 31-70 17-24 11 23 34 21 16 11 21 87 (.443) (.708) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 22(27 PTS)

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

HILL F 28 5-11 4-4 0 6 6 7 3 4 3 14 REID F 17 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 1 4 0 1 0 DELE C 23 9-12 0-1 3 5 8 2 1 2 3 18 STACKHOUSE G 25 6-11 4-4 0 2 2 3 0 1 1 18 HUNTER G 33 8-9 2-2 0 3 3 6 2 2 2 20 BUECHLER 32 3-7 0-0 2 1 3 3 3 1 0 7 REEVES 15 2-5 1-2 1 1 2 3 1 0 1 5 LAETTNER 22 3-12 0-0 3 3 6 2 2 0 1 6 WILLIAMS 18 2-5 2-2 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 6 MONTROSS 12 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 2 1 2 OBANNON 11 4-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 3 8 VAUGHT 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 43-83 13-15 15 30 45 28 20 13 17 104 (.518) (.867) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 19(12 PTS)

SEATTLE 16 22 20 29 - 87 DETROIT 30 28 25 21 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: SEATTLE - MCCOY 3, WILLIAMS, OWENS, SCHREMPF. DETROIT - HILL, REID, BUECHLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SEATTLE 8-19 (.421), SCHREMPF 2-3, HAWKINS 0-3, PAYTON 1-3, WILLIAMS 0-1, ELLIS 2-5, CROTTY 2-3, BARRY 1-1. DETROIT 5-9 (.556), STACKHOUSE 2-3, HUNTER 2-3, BUECHLER 1-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: (JAMES CAPERS, JESS KERSEY, SCOTT WALL. A - 16,626. T - 2:07.


Box Score

SEATTLE (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Owens 19 3-9 0-0 1-4 0 1 6 Schrempf 22 3-6 4-6 0-3 1 4 12 Polynice 23 1-3 1-2 4-7 1 1 3 Hawkins 25 2-5 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 Payton 32 4-9 1-4 0-1 7 2 10 Williams 17 2-4 2-2 1-4 1 1 6 Ellis 19 2-7 0-0 0-2 1 1 6 Stepania 16 3-6 4-4 1-2 1 3 10 Crotty 20 3-6 0-0 0-3 5 1 8 Mccoy 18 6-6 0-0 3-6 0 1 12 Barry 17 1-2 2-2 0-0 1 0 5 Lewis 12 1-7 3-4 1-2 0 0 5 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-70 17-24 11-34 21 16 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 8-19, .421 (Schrempf 2-3, Hawkins 0-3, Payton 1-3, Williams 0-1, Ellis 2-5, Crotty 2-3, Barry 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Mccoy 3, Williams, Owens, Schrempf). Turnovers: 22 (Schrempf 5, Williams 4, Crotty 2, Hawkins 2, Payton 2, Stepania 2, Barry, Ellis, Mccoy, Polynice). Steals: 11 (Payton 3, Hawkins 2, Stepania 2, Barry, Crotty, Lewis, Polynice).

DETROIT (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 28 5-11 4-4 0-6 7 3 14 Reid 17 0-0 0-0 2-5 1 4 0 Dele 23 9-12 0-1 3-8 2 1 18 Stackhouse 25 6-11 4-4 0-2 3 0 18 Hunter 33 8-9 2-2 0-3 6 2 20 Buechler 32 3-7 0-0 2-3 3 3 7 Reeves 15 2-5 1-2 1-2 3 1 5 Laettner 22 3-12 0-0 3-6 2 2 6 Williams 18 2-5 2-2 2-3 1 1 6 Montross 12 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 2 Obannon 11 4-7 0-0 1-2 0 0 8 Vaught 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-83 13-15 15-45 28 20 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.518, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Stackhouse 2-3, Hunter 2-3, Buechler 1-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Hill, Reid, Buechler). Turnovers: 19 (Dele 3, Hill 3, Obannon 3, Hunter 2, Laettner, Montross, Reeves, Reid, Stackhouse, Vaught). Steals: 13 (Hill 4, Dele 2, Hunter 2, Montross 2, Buechler, Obannon, Stackhouse). ____________________________________________ Seattle 16 22 20 29 - 87 Detroit 30 28 25 21 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,626. T: 2:07. Officials: (james Capers, Jess Kersey, Scott Wall.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Lindsey Hunter scored nine of his 20 points during a 22-5 first-quarter run as the Detroit Pistons opened a 14-point lead after 12 minutes and cruised to a 104-87 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Hunter scored 20 points. He ignited the game-deciding spurt with a 3-pointer as the Pistons turned an early three-point advantage into a 28-8 bulge on Jerry Stackhouse's 3-pointer with 2:53 left in the period. Seattle came no closer than 12 points thereafter.

"It was a good game for us," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "I thought we got off to a good start and that becomes really important for us. Everybody thinks that winning the first quarter is not a factor, but it is when it comes to our team."

Stackhouse netted 18 points and Bison Dele tallied 13 of his 18 in the third quarter for Detroit, which has won five of its last six and is riding a four-game home winning streak.

The Pistons (17-12) improved to 12-4 at the Palace of Auburn Hills and moved five games over .500 for the first time this season.

Rookie Jelani McCoy scored a season-high 12 points and Detlef Schrempf also contributed 12 for the SuperSonics, who are 3-9 on the road this season and 0-7 away from home against teams with winning records.

"We looked old, tired and slow," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said. "The Pistons took advantage of us. They handled us anyway they wanted to. The only other good thing about this game is that we rested our players. We didn't match their enthusiasm. Maybe we aren't good enough, but that shouldn't be any excuse, to play without any enthusiasm."

Stackhouse followed Hunter's 3-pointer with a dunk, and after Gary Payton hit a 3-pointer, Stackhouse drove for a layup to begin a 12-0 spurt. Hunter hit a jumper and followed Grant Hill's two free throws with a dunk. After Hunter hit another short jumper, Dele threw down a dunk to give Detroit a 23-6 lead with 4:16 left in the quarter.

"I just look to create and take some pressure off of Grant," Hunter said. "It felt good to get out early tonight and we wanted to take them out of whatever they wanted to do in the first quarter. We were moving the ball well."

Schrempf made a layup but Hill nailed a jumper and Stackhouse's 3-pointer gave Detroit complete control.

Hill collected 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists for Detroit, which shot 52 percent (43-of-83) from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

"It was a good game today," said Hill. "We came out early and played good defense. We were able to get out and score some easy points. They had a little run, but we were able to contain them."

Dele, whose eight rebounds helped the Pistons build a 45-34 advantage on the boards, missed just three of 12 shots. Hunter was 8-of-9 from the field and Stackhouse 6-of-11, with both connecting on 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

Detroit turned 22 Seattle turnovers into 27 ponts and held an 18-9 advantage in fast-break points.

After trailing 30-16 at the end of the first quarter, Seattle got a layup from Hersey Hawkins to open the second quarter. That was as close as the SuperSonics would get as the Pistons used a 7-2 spurt to open a 38-20 advantage and never again were threatened.

"On the road we have to come out with a lot more energy than at home," Seattle swingman Dale Ellis said. "We need as individuals to pick it up a little bit more. We can't rely on Gary Payton to make big plays for us every night. We're not good enough that we can go out and play on our heels and come back."

Payton was limited to 10 points and seven assists for the Sonics, who connected on 44 percent (31-of-70), including 8-of-19 from beyond the arc. Payton entered the contest ranked fifth in the league in scoring at 22.2 points per game.

"We did a good job of taking him (Payton) out of plays defensively," added Gentry. "I think it's really important that when we have the lead we are able to hold it. We'd like to be in a position where you take your starters out and don't have to put them back in."

"Gary is hard to stop," said Hunter. "I had to keep him thinking about defending me so he spent less time thinking about offense."

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