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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 28 19 14 10 71 DETROIT 21 22 12 25 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 23, KURT THOMAS 13, LATRELL SPREWELL 10 DET - LINDSEY HUNTER 23, GRANT HILL 16, JOE DUMARS 12

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - KURT THOMAS 11, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7 DET - GRANT HILL 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHARLIE WARD 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 2 DET - GRANT HILL 7, JOE DUMARS 3

ATT: 22,076


Extended Box

NEW YORK (71) AT DETROIT (80)

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

JOHNSON F 31 1-7 3-4 0 6 6 2 3 2 4 5 THOMAS F 31 6-12 1-1 2 9 11 1 2 0 2 13 DUDLEY C 20 2-3 0-0 2 5 7 0 2 0 2 4 HOUSTON G 42 9-18 4-6 1 0 1 2 2 1 4 23 WARD G 30 2-6 1-2 0 7 7 6 4 2 0 6 CAMBY 33 2-6 3-4 2 5 7 0 2 0 0 7 CHILDS 23 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 1 3 0 3 3 SPREWELL 30 3-13 4-6 0 2 2 1 3 1 1 10 EWING DNP - SORE LEFT ACHILLES B DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WINGATE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-68 17-25 7 35 42 13 21 6 16 71 (.382) (.680) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

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

HILL F 40 7-19 2-7 1 7 8 7 1 4 2 16 REID F 33 3-5 0-0 4 2 6 1 4 0 1 6 DELE C 13 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 6 DUMARS G 34 4-14 3-4 0 2 2 3 3 0 1 12 HUNTER G 39 8-13 6-6 0 5 5 2 4 4 3 23 BUECHLER 17 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 1 0 3 MONTROSS 11 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 1 0 OBANNON 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 STACKHOUSE 14 0-4 1-2 1 3 4 0 0 0 2 1 VAUGHT 9 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 WILLIAMS 27 5-9 1-1 3 3 6 0 3 1 1 11 REEVES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 13-20 11 31 42 15 25 10 13 80 (.416) (.650) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(7 PTS)

NEW YORK 28 19 14 10 - 71 DETROIT 21 22 12 25 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 3, THOMAS. DETROIT - REID 2, MONTROSS 2, STACKHOUSE, VAUGHT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 2-9 (.222), JOHNSON 0-1, HOUSTON 1-3, WARD 1-4, SPREWELL 0-1. DETROIT 3-10 (.300), DUMARS 1-6, HUNTER 1-1, BUECHLER 1-2, STACKHOUSE 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - CHILDS. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, DICK BAVETTA, SCOTT WALL. A - 22,076. T - 2:15.


Box Score

NEW YORK (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 31 1-7 3-4 0-6 2 3 5 Thomas 31 6-12 1-1 2-11 1 2 13 Dudley 20 2-3 0-0 2-7 0 2 4 Houston 42 9-18 4-6 1-1 2 2 23 Ward 30 2-6 1-2 0-7 6 4 6 Camby 33 2-6 3-4 2-7 0 2 7 Childs 23 1-3 1-2 0-1 1 3 3 Sprewell 30 3-13 4-6 0-2 1 3 10 Ewing DNP - sore left achilles B Davis DNP - coach's decision Williams DNP - coach's decision Wingate DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-68 17-25 7-42 13 21 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.382, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Johnson 0-1, Houston 1-3, Ward 1-4, Sprewell 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 3, Thomas). Turnovers: 16 (Houston 4, Johnson 4, Childs 3, Dudley 2, Thomas 2, Sprewell). Steals: 6 (Johnson 2, Ward 2, Houston, Sprewell).

DETROIT (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 40 7-19 2-7 1-8 7 1 16 Reid 33 3-5 0-0 4-6 1 4 6 Dele 13 3-8 0-0 1-3 0 3 6 Dumars 34 4-14 3-4 0-2 3 3 12 Hunter 39 8-13 6-6 0-5 2 4 23 Buechler 17 1-3 0-0 0-3 2 1 3 Montross 11 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 5 0 Obannon 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Stackhouse 14 0-4 1-2 1-4 0 0 1 Vaught 9 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 Williams 27 5-9 1-1 3-6 0 3 11 Reeves DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 13-20 11-42 15 25 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Dumars 1-6, Hunter 1-1, Buechler 1-2, Stackhouse 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (Reid 2, Montross 2, Stackhouse, Vaught). Turnovers: 13 (Hunter 3, Dele 2, Hill 2, Stackhouse 2, Dumars, Montross, Reid, Williams). Steals: 10 (Hill 4, Hunter 4, Buechler, Williams). ____________________________________________ New York 28 19 14 10 - 71 Detroit 21 22 12 25 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 1 (Childs, 10:17 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:15. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Dick Bavetta, Scott Wall.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Lindsey Hunter scored 23 points and Grant Hill added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Detroit Pistons turned up the defense late and rallied for a pivotal 80-71 victory over the New York Knicks.

Hunter was 8-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line for Detroit, which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Knicks and solidified its hold on the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons also snapped a three-game losing streak and won for only the third time in eight contests.

"It was a much, much-needed win for us," said Pistons coach Alvin Gentry. "To lose that game right there could've been disastrous for us. They probably controlled the game for 40-43 minutes. We just found a way to get over the hump. I think that's the most important thing. We just found a way to win.

"We made big plays down the stretch. We gave up 24 in the second half and I know during one stretch of eight minutes we only gave up four. They had 10 in the fourth, so we won it with our defense."

Allan Houston scored 23 points against his former team and Kurt Thomas added 13 and 11 rebounds for New York, which was without starting center Patrick Ewing and went nearly six minutes without a basket in the fourth quarter. Ewing, who also is the Knicks' top rebounder, is out with left Achilles tendinitis.

The loss typified a lot of Knick efforts this season as the team had a fourth-quarter lead but collapsed down the stretch. New York, which folded twice on Wednesday in a 95-89 overtime loss at Washington, led by nine tonight with nine minutes remaining.

Houston hit a running jumper with 9:19 to go for a 65-56 lead but Hill hit a free throw and Loy Vaught buried an 18-footer. Hunter sank a 16-footer from the left baseline to shave the deficit to 65-61 and Detroit was back within striking distance.

The Knicks' lead was 69-63 with 6:36 remaining following a basket by Latrell Sprewell. Neither team scored over the next two minutes but when Hunter converted a three-point play it sparked a decisive 14-0 run.

Hunter had five points, Jud Buechler a 3-pointer and Hill, Joe Dumars and Don Reid two points apiece. The Knicks, who were 5-of-16 from the field in the quarter, did not score from 6:36 until Houston's runner with 38 seconds left.

"I played horrible but we still managed to stay in the game," said Hill, who shot 7-of-19 from the field. "Despite the poor performance, we were still able to get the win. It seemed like we were just a step slow the whole night. But with the blink of an eye, we were up and had the win."

"Every game you're either a game out of the playoffs or a game out of the top four, so every game is crucial," Hunter said. "We have to stay focused and not be lackadasical. I think we did a good job on defense. We were more aggressive."

The Knicks committed eight turnovers in the final period after committing just eight over the first 36 minutes.

"Turnovers, I don't know how many we had, but it was a bunch," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "We didn't blow our intensity, we just blew the game. It was the same thing the other night against Washington. We turned the ball over excessively down the stretch. We have to be able to close that game out. Every loss right now, particularly against the teams you are competing against, is crucial."

New York, which used just eight players, shot 38 percent (26-of-68) from the field and 2-of-9 from 3-point range.

"Sometimes it's more or less what you do late in the game," Houston said. "I know I got off to a good start but it would've been better to do that in the second half. We just didn't attack like we did early."

Detroit guard Jerry Stackhouse, who has been battling a sprained right ankle, returned to the lineup but was largely ineffective, missing all four shots from the field and finishing with one point in 14 minutes.

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