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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 28 26 33 28 115 CHICAGO 26 14 16 15 71 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 22, JERRY STACKHOUSE 18, BISON DELE 13 CHI - RON HARPER 17, TONI KUKOC 12, CORY CARR 12

HIGH REBOUND: DET - LINDSEY HUNTER 9, JEROME WILLIAMS 6 CHI - TONI KUKOC 7, DICKEY SIMPKINS 5

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - LINDSEY HUNTER 11, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 5 CHI - TONI KUKOC 6, CORY CARR 4

ATT: 22,306


Extended Box

DETROIT (115) AT CHICAGO (71)

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

HILL F 26 11-16 0-0 1 3 4 3 1 0 0 22 WILLIAMS F 22 5-7 1-1 2 4 6 1 3 2 0 11 DELE C 23 5-8 3-3 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 13 DUMARS G 14 3-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 HUNTER G 35 5-10 0-0 1 8 9 11 1 2 4 11 LAETTNER 19 3-3 3-4 0 1 1 5 2 0 3 9 STACKHOUSE 31 6-10 6-7 0 3 3 4 3 1 3 18 BUECHLER 20 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 2 0 3 OBANNON 18 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 8 VAUGHT 12 2-4 1-2 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 5 MONTROSS 6 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 REID 14 2-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 47-73 16-19 9 33 42 27 19 8 11 115 (.644) (.842) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

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

KUKOC F 29 5-9 1-2 3 4 7 6 1 1 4 12 HARPER F 28 6-9 2-2 0 3 3 3 3 0 1 17 SIMPKINS C 22 1-4 3-6 1 4 5 0 1 0 0 5 LARUE G 28 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 2 CARR G 29 4-9 3-3 1 0 1 4 2 1 2 12 C BENJAMIN 23 4-8 0-1 1 0 1 1 1 3 1 8 BRYANT 17 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 4 DAVID 19 2-4 3-4 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 7 JONES 20 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 WENNINGTON 16 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 4 BOOTH 9 0-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 BARRY DNP - DEEP THIGH BRUISE

TOTALS 240 27-71 12-18 8 18 26 20 17 7 13 71 (.380) (.667) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 13(20 PTS)

DETROIT 28 26 33 28 - 115 CHICAGO 26 14 16 15 - 71

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - STACKHOUSE, WILLIAMS, DELE, REID. CHICAGO - C BENJAMIN, BOOTH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-9 (.556), DUMARS 3-3, HUNTER 1-2, STACKHOUSE 0-1, BUECHLER 1-2, VAUGHT 0-1. CHICAGO 5-18 (.278), KUKOC 1-1, HARPER 3-5, LARUE 0-4, CARR 1-3, C BENJAMIN 0-1, JONES 0-3, BOOTH 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, SEAN CORBIN, DAVID JONES. A - 22,306. T - 1:53.


Box Score

DETROIT (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 26 11-16 0-0 1-4 3 1 22 Williams 22 5-7 1-1 2-6 1 3 11 Dele 23 5-8 3-3 2-5 0 3 13 Dumars 14 3-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 9 Hunter 35 5-10 0-0 1-9 11 1 11 Laettner 19 3-3 3-4 0-1 5 2 9 Stackhouse 31 6-10 6-7 0-3 4 3 18 Buechler 20 1-3 0-0 0-3 1 0 3 Obannon 18 3-6 2-2 0-1 1 2 8 Vaught 12 2-4 1-2 2-5 0 2 5 Montross 6 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Reid 14 2-2 0-0 0-4 0 2 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 47-73 16-19 9-42 27 19 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.644, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Dumars 3-3, Hunter 1-2, Stackhouse 0-1, Buechler 1-2, Vaught 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Stackhouse, Williams, Dele, Reid). Turnovers: 12 (Hunter 4, Laettner 3, Stackhouse 3, Dele). Steals: 8 (Buechler 2, Hunter 2, Williams 2, Obannon, Stackhouse).

CHICAGO (71) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Kukoc 29 5-9 1-2 3-7 6 1 12 Harper 28 6-9 2-2 0-3 3 3 17 Simpkins 22 1-4 3-6 1-5 0 1 5 Larue 28 1-6 0-0 0-0 2 1 2 Carr 29 4-9 3-3 1-1 4 2 12 C Benjamin 23 4-8 0-1 1-1 1 1 8 Bryant 17 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 David 19 2-4 3-4 1-2 1 2 7 Jones 20 0-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Wennington 16 2-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 4 Booth 9 0-6 0-0 1-2 0 3 0 Barry DNP - deep thigh bruise _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-71 12-18 8-26 20 17 71 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-18, .278 (Kukoc 1-1, Harper 3-5, Larue 0-4, Carr 1-3, C Benjamin 0-1, Jones 0-3, Booth 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 2 (C Benjamin, Booth). Turnovers: 13 (Kukoc 4, Carr 2, Booth, C Benjamin, David, Harper, Jones, Larue, Wennington). Steals: 7 (C Benjamin 3, Bryant, Carr, Kukoc, Larue). ____________________________________________ Detroit 28 26 33 28 - 115 Chicago 26 14 16 15 - 71 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,306. T: 1:53. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Sean Corbin, David Jones.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- It's official. The Chicago Bulls are the worst team in the Eastern Conference.

Grant Hill and Jerry Stackhouse toyed with Chicago during a pair of runs as the Detroit Pistons demolished the six-time NBA champions, 115-71, handing them their second-worst loss of the season and guaranteeing them the worst record in the East.

The Bulls are 13-36, two games behind New Jersey, which lost lost tonight in Washington, with one game left. Their most lopsided defeat was a 115-68 loss to Orlando on April 2.

Hill and Stackhouse combined for 40 points as the Pistons kept alive their hopes for fourth place in the East and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with their sixth straight win. They trail Atlanta by 1 1/2 games with one to go but hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Hawks have two games remaining.

"They have my vote right now," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said of the Pistons' postseason chances. "I said that before the game I think they are the darkhorse from the East."

Lindsey Hunter fell a rebound short of a triple-double, with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Bison Dele scored 13 points for Detroit, which has won a six straight for the third time this season.

Hill, who shot 11-of-16, had 12 of his 22 points during a 22-3 run to start the third quarter as the Pistons opened a 76-43 cushion. Hill scored the first six points of the period on two driving layups and a 16-footer.

"I felt good out there," he said. "I felt good because we are playing well."

Hill added four rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. He was removed with 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter and Detroit leading, 84-52.

"I was disappointed I came out," he said. "I will never feel that good again."

"We don't want to risk any injury and we've got guys over there who have worked extremely hard in practice and deserve to play," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said.

The Bulls were within two points early in the second quarter, but Stackhouse totaled 10 of his 18 points off the bench during a 16-5 spurt. His free throws with five minutes left in the half increased the lead to 48-33.

"This was just a game where we wanted to keep the momentum going," Stackhouse said. "We have been playing well lately, but we knew Chicago was going to come out and play because they have been playing well recently."

The Pistons led by at least 12 points after Stackhouse's free throws. They shot a staggering 64 percent (47-of-73) from the floor and outrebounded Chicago, 42-26.

"Right now, they are gearing up for the playoffs and unfortunately, we couldn't find a way to stop them," Bulls center Bill Wennington said. "Defensively, it wasn't a good showing."

Detroit recorded its third straight blowout victory against the Bulls this season. The Pistons won the three games by an average of more than 34 points.

"I just think we match up well against them and they have a tough time matching up against Grant," Gentry noted.

Pistons future Hall of Fame guard Joe Dumars scored nine points in his final game here.

Ron Harper had 17 points and Toni Kukoc and Cory Carr added 12 apiece for the Bulls, who shot 38 percent (27-of-71) from the floor.

"I cannot even imagine how hard it is for a guy like (Harper) and Toni, who have experienced so much winning," Floyd said. "To stay as positive as they have is amazing."

Chicago, which defeated conference-leading Miami, 101-86, on the road Saturday, finishes the season at home on Wednesday against Orlando.

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