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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 20 26 17 18 81 MILWAUKEE 25 20 16 15 76 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JOE DUMARS 20, GRANT HILL 15, BISON DELE 10 MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 12, RAY ALLEN 9, TIM THOMAS 9

HIGH REBOUND: DET - GRANT HILL 8, BISON DELE 8 MIL - TIM THOMAS 7, ERVIN JOHNSON 6

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - GRANT HILL 6, JOE DUMARS 4 MIL - TIM THOMAS 4, HAYWOODE WORKMAN 4

ATT: 18,717


Extended Box

DETROIT (81) AT MILWAUKEE (76)

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

HILL F 41 4-11 7-10 0 8 8 6 1 1 5 15 WILLIAMS F 28 3-5 3-4 1 5 6 0 4 4 4 9 DELE C 35 3-6 4-4 3 5 8 0 5 0 3 10 DUMARS G 38 7-16 2-3 2 3 5 4 0 0 2 20 HUNTER G 38 3-9 0-0 0 5 5 3 0 2 2 7 BUECHLER 22 3-7 1-1 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 9 LAETTNER 15 0-1 4-4 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 4 REID 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 STACKHOUSE 20 2-5 2-2 1 1 2 2 1 1 4 7 MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 25-60 23-28 9 31 40 17 14 9 20 81 (.417) (.821) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 21(16 PTS)

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

ROBINSON F 14 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 6 THOMAS F 24 4-12 1-2 3 4 7 4 6 0 1 9 TRAYLOR C 18 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 4 ALLEN G 41 2-8 5-6 1 3 4 2 1 2 2 9 WORKMAN G 35 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 1 2 7 D CURRY 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 M CURRY 26 3-7 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 8 DEL NEGRO 25 4-11 0-0 0 3 3 3 0 0 1 8 GATLING 16 4-8 0-0 0 4 4 2 3 0 2 8 GILLIAM 14 1-4 1-2 0 4 4 1 0 1 0 3 JOHNSON 23 5-10 2-2 5 1 6 2 2 2 1 12 WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-75 11-14 9 23 32 22 18 9 12 76 (.413) (.786) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

DETROIT 20 26 17 18 - 81 MILWAUKEE 25 20 16 15 - 76

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - LAETTNER. MILWAUKEE - TRAYLOR 3, ALLEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 8-20 (.400), DUMARS 4-10, HUNTER 1-3, BUECHLER 2-5, STACKHOUSE 1-2. MILWAUKEE 3-20 (.150), ROBINSON 2-3, THOMAS 0-4, ALLEN 0-4, WORKMAN 1-5, M CURRY 0-1, DEL NEGRO 0-1, GATLING 0-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, TOMMY NUNEZ, GARY BENSON. A - 18,717. T - 2:08.


Box Score

DETROIT (81) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 4-11 7-10 0-8 6 1 15 Williams 28 3-5 3-4 1-6 0 4 9 Dele 35 3-6 4-4 3-8 0 5 10 Dumars 38 7-16 2-3 2-5 4 0 20 Hunter 38 3-9 0-0 0-5 3 0 7 Buechler 22 3-7 1-1 1-3 2 1 9 Laettner 15 0-1 4-4 1-3 0 1 4 Reid 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Stackhouse 20 2-5 2-2 1-2 2 1 7 Montross DNP - coach's decision Obannon DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-60 23-28 9-40 17 14 81 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Dumars 4-10, Hunter 1-3, Buechler 2-5, Stackhouse 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Laettner). Turnovers: 21 (Hill 5, Stackhouse 4, Williams 4, Dele 3, Dumars 2, Hunter 2). Steals: 9 (Williams 4, Hunter 2, Hill, Laettner, Stackhouse).

MILWAUKEE (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 14 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 0 6 Thomas 24 4-12 1-2 3-7 4 6 9 Traylor 18 2-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 4 Allen 41 2-8 5-6 1-4 2 1 9 Workman 35 3-8 0-0 0-2 4 3 7 D Curry 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 M Curry 26 3-7 2-2 0-0 1 2 8 Del Negro 25 4-11 0-0 0-3 3 0 8 Gatling 16 4-8 0-0 0-4 2 3 8 Gilliam 14 1-4 1-2 0-4 1 0 3 Johnson 23 5-10 2-2 5-6 2 2 12 Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-75 11-14 9-32 22 18 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 3-20, .150 (Robinson 2-3, Thomas 0-4, Allen 0-4, Workman 1-5, M Curry 0-1, Del Negro 0-1, Gatling 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Traylor 3, Allen). Turnovers: 13 (Allen 2, Gatling 2, Traylor 2, Workman 2, Del Negro, Johnson, Robinson, Thomas). Steals: 9 (Allen 2, Johnson 2, M Curry 2, D Curry, Gilliam, Workman). ____________________________________________ Detroit 20 26 17 18 - 81 Milwaukee 25 20 16 15 - 76 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,717. T: 2:08. Officials: Joe Crawford, Tommy Nunez, Gary Benson.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Joe Dumars scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Detroit Pistons moved into fifth place in the Eastern Conference with an 81-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, who lost leading scorer Glenn Robinson to a knee injury.

Playing in his 14th and final season, Dumars scored half his team's points in the final period. Nearly all of them came with the score tight and the shot clock winding down, demoralizing the shorthanded Bucks.

"As a 14-year veteran, I've played in some big games in this league," said Dumars, the last remaining member from Detroit's NBA championship teams in 1989 and 1990. "The guys know that and they were looking for me down the stretch and I was able to step up and hit some big buckets."

"I think he's been in bigger games. he just played big tonight," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "Joe also knew the adrenaline was pumping and we had to lock in and we did that. We're still not in the playoffs, but this gives us confidence."

Grant Hill was held to one basket in the second half and scored 15 points for the Pistons, who need one more win or a loss by the Charlotte Hornets to clinch a postseason berth.

The Pistons and Bucks entered the game tied for fifth in the East with the idle Philadelphia 76ers. Detroit (27-20) moved one-half game ahead of Philadelphia while Milwaukee (26-21) fell one-half game behind.

"This was not a routine game," Gentry said. "This is a great win. To come out with this game was big."

"This was a playoff-style game," said Hill. "Last time we played flat. We really wanted to come out at them tonight. We made them take tough shots in the second half."

Robinson, who averages 18.7 points per game, suffered a strained MCL in his right knee midway through the first quarter. He sat out the rest of the period and returned at the outset of the second quarter, playing eight ineffective minutes before calling it a night.

Bucks reserve guard Dell Curry, who leads the NBA in 3-point shooting at 47 percent, played just four minutes before sitting down with lower back spasms.

Robinson will not make the trip to Boston on Saturday and will undergo an MRI. Curry also will not travel.

"I doubt that he will play tomorrow, and Dell won't make the trip," Bucks coach George Karl said.

The absence of two of their best shooters made for a rough night for the Bucks. Ervin Johnson scored 12 points and was the only Milwaukee player in double figures.

Despite their problems, the Bucks led 66-65 after Johnson's slam with 8:41 remaining. Dumars answered with a tough 21-footer as the shot clock expired and drew the foul. His three-point play gave the Pistons the lead.

Milwaukee tied it before Detroit took the lead for good at 71-68 on a 3-pointer by Jud Buechler with 6:36 to go. Dumars buried a 3-pointer as the shot clock wound down to extend the advantage to 78-72 with 2:15 remaining and Detroit held on down the stretch.

"That was a playoff-style basketball game," Dumars said. "You can't run your normal plays. You've got to go to your second and third options."

Bison Dele had 10 points and eight rebounds and Buechler and Jerome Williams scored nine points apiece for the Pistons, who shot 42 percent (25-of-60) and held a 40-32 rebounding edge.

Ray Allen and Tim Thomas scored nine points each for the Bucks, who shot 41 percent (31-of-75) and forced 21 turnovers, which led to 16 points.

"They did a great job on Ray defensively, and they made the big shots," Karl said. "Ray's going to have to learn that in big games, he's going to get a lot of defensive focus."

"They did a good job defensively," Allen said. "We had our open shots, but they didn't fall tonight. We weren't as aggressive with the ball and didn't drive to the hoop hard enough."

Detroit held big edges at the lines. They made 23-of-28 free throws and 8-of-20 3-pointers while Milwaukee was 11-of-14 and 3-of-20.

Hill scored 13 points in the first half as the Pistons grabbed a 46-45 lead. Two free throws by Dele widened the margin to 63-53 with 4:49 left in the third quarter before the Bucks rallied behind Vinny Del Negro.

Del Negro scored six points in a 10-0 burst, including a steal and jumper that opened the fourth-quarter scoring and pulled Milwaukee into a tie. Dumars immediately responded with a jumper.

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