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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 25 21 14 31 91 TORONTO 12 22 14 35 83 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 24, GRANT HILL 18, BISON DELE 16 TOR - VINCE CARTER 18, DOUG CHRISTIE 17, DEE BROWN 17

HIGH REBOUND: DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 12, BISON DELE 8 TOR - KEVIN WILLIS 7, VINCE CARTER 5

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - THREE PLAYERS WITH 4 TOR - VINCE CARTER 8, DEE BROWN 4

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

DETROIT (91) AT TORONTO (83)

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

HILL F 37 8-18 2-2 2 5 7 4 4 2 4 18 WILLIAMS F 35 3-6 0-2 4 8 12 0 4 2 2 6 DELE C 33 7-13 2-2 5 3 8 2 4 0 5 16 DUMARS G 31 2-7 5-5 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 10 HUNTER G 35 5-10 5-7 1 2 3 3 2 2 1 15 STACKHOUSE 30 6-13 11-14 1 0 1 4 1 2 3 24 MONTROSS 9 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 BUECHLER 22 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 5 1 0 2 REID 7 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 0 OBANNON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 REEVES DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-70 25-32 16 22 38 19 28 10 17 91 (.457) (.781) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 18(20 PTS)

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

CARTER F 41 5-15 8-8 1 4 5 8 4 2 5 18 OAKLEY F 31 5-9 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 1 1 10 K WILLIS C 32 5-8 1-1 3 4 7 3 4 1 1 11 CHRISTIE G 44 3-15 11-12 3 1 4 3 3 2 2 17 A WILLIAMS G 23 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 1 6 0 1 6 MCGRADY 16 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 SLATER 4 1-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 BROWN 32 6-10 1-2 1 3 4 4 5 3 2 17 WALLACE 11 1-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 2 STEWART 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION THOMAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-70 21-25 11 21 32 20 30 10 17 83 (.414) (.840) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

DETROIT 25 21 14 31 - 91 TORONTO 12 22 14 35 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - DELE, STACKHOUSE, MONTROSS, BUECHLER. TORONTO - CARTER 4, K WILLIS 2, MCGRADY 2, CHRISTIE, OAKLEY, BROWN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 2-7 (.286), DUMARS 1-3, STACKHOUSE 1-3, BUECHLER 0-1. TORONTO 4-22 (.182), CARTER 0-3, CHRISTIE 0-8, A WILLIAMS 0-2, MCGRADY 0-1, BROWN 4-8. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - MONTROSS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, TORONTO - K WILLIS. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, DEE KANTNER, TONY BROTHERS. A - 19,800. T - 2:21.


Box Score

DETROIT (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 37 8-18 2-2 2-7 4 4 18 Williams 35 3-6 0-2 4-12 0 4 6 Dele 33 7-13 2-2 5-8 2 4 16 Dumars 31 2-7 5-5 0-0 4 2 10 Hunter 35 5-10 5-7 1-3 3 2 15 Stackhouse 30 6-13 11-14 1-1 4 1 24 Montross 9 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 Buechler 22 1-2 0-0 1-4 1 5 2 Reid 7 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 3 0 Obannon 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Reeves DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 25-32 16-38 19 28 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (Dumars 1-3, Stackhouse 1-3, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 4 (Dele, Stackhouse, Montross, Buechler). Turnovers: 18 (Dele 5, Hill 4, Stackhouse 3, Williams 2, Dumars, Hunter, Reid). Steals: 10 (Hill 2, Hunter 2, Stackhouse 2, Williams 2, Buechler, Dumars).

TORONTO (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Carter 41 5-15 8-8 1-5 8 4 18 Oakley 31 5-9 0-0 0-4 1 3 10 K Willis 32 5-8 1-1 3-7 3 4 11 Christie 44 3-15 11-12 3-4 3 3 17 A Williams 23 3-8 0-0 1-3 1 6 6 Mcgrady 16 0-3 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Slater 4 1-1 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 Brown 32 6-10 1-2 1-4 4 5 17 Wallace 11 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Stewart 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Marks DNP - coach's decision Thomas DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-70 21-25 11-32 20 30 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 4-22, .182 (Carter 0-3, Christie 0-8, A Williams 0-2, Mcgrady 0-1, Brown 4-8). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 11 (Carter 4, K Willis 2, Mcgrady 2, Christie, Oakley, Brown). Turnovers: 17 (Carter 5, Brown 2, Christie 2, Mcgrady 2, Wallace 2, A Williams, K Willis, Oakley, Slater). Steals: 10 (Brown 3, Carter 2, Christie 2, K Willis, Oakley, Stewart). ____________________________________________ Detroit 25 21 14 31 - 91 Toronto 12 22 14 35 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (Montross, 5:52 3rd; Illegal Defense, 0:53 3rd). Toronto 1 (K Willis, 8:53 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Toronto 1 (Wallace (ejected), 9:58 4th). A: 19,800. T: 2:21. Officials: Ed F Rush, Dee Kantner, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in a 21-2 first-half run that propelled the Detroit Pistons to a 91-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors, who fell out of a tie for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Grant Hill contributed 18 points and Bison Dele 16 for Detroit, which used the decisive spurt to take a 31-12 lead with 10:06 remaining in the second quarter on Dele's dunk. The Raptors fought within seven points on two occasions late in the fourth quarter, but Stackhouse and Hill answered each threat with fast-break dunks.

"It was a good win for us," said Pistons coach Alvin Gentry. "We set the tone in the first five minutes. Jerry Stackhouse is finally getting healthy again. Before he hurt his ankle, he was playing good basketball."

"It was a great game for us. We set the tone early," Stackhouse said. "If we're able to get to the playoffs and happen to get down a couple of games, we know we are able to come back."

Vince Carter netted 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough for the Raptors, who fell for just the second time in six games.

"Vince Carter stepped up very big for them. His only problem is that he went to the wrong college," said Duke alumnus Hill of the former North Carolina star. "Everyone is so concerned about who the next Michael Jordan will be. They should just let it happen. Vince is the darling of this city and the league."

Toronto, which has lost six of its last seven home games, entered the day tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference with the New York Knicks and idle Charlotte Hornets. The Knicks are playing at Miami today.

Raptors center Kevin Willis scored 11 points, giving him 15,006 for his career. He is the 17th player in NBA history with 15,000 points and 10,000 rebounds.

"It's a great day for me to accomplish such a feat," Willis said. "To become only the 17th player to accomplish that is satisfying for me. Longevity is truly a blessing ... to play a long time and still be able to perform."

A basket by Charles Oakley with 4:37 remaining in the first quarter forced a 10-10 tied, but the Raptors would go ice cold from the field over the next nine minutes as Detroit took control.

Lindsey Hunter began the 21-2 outburst with a 3-pointer just four seconds after Oakley tied the game, and when Dele threw down his dunk, the Pistons had a commanding 19-point advantage.

"We were excited to play today," Hill said. "It was a nationally televised game in Canada and an afternoon game. If it comes to a tiebreaker with Toronto, now we've won two games to one."

Jerome Williams grabbed 12 rebounds and Hill compiled seven boards and four assists for Detroit, which shot 46 percent (32-of-70) from the field, was 25-of-32 from the foul line and held a 38-32 advantage on the boards.

"We came out real aggressive early," added Gentry. "Today it was a great effort against a team that is explosive."

The Pistons turned 17 Toronto turnovers into 24 points while committing 18 miscues that led to 20 points for the Raptors.

Both teams scored a meager 14 points in the third quarter, the Pistons taking a 60-48 lead into the final 12 minutes. The Raptors fought within 77-70 with 2:50 to play, but the Pistons pushed their advantage back to nine points on Stackhouse's dunk with 2:12 left.

Oakley scored again, but the Pistons broke Toronto's press, resulting in Hill's dunk with just over a minute left.

Doug Christie and Dee Brown scored 17 points apiece and Oakley added 10 for the Raptors, who connected on just 41 percent (29-of-70) of their field goals, including 4-of-22 from beyond the arc. THey were 21-of-25 from the foul line.

"We did not have control of the game from the jump ball," Brown said. "We used so much energy in the first half just trying to get back in the game. We made some shots at the end, but they are a veteran team."

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