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NBA FINAL IN 2ND OT

1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT 2OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 22 24 24 30 9 13 122 MIAMI 33 24 20 23 9 19 128 FINAL IN 2ND OT

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 41, JERRY STACKHOUSE 26, LINDSEY HUNTER 19 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 32, JAMAL MASHBURN 21, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 15

HIGH REBOUND: DET - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 11, JEROME WILLIAMS 11 MIA - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 15, ALONZO MOURNING 13

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - GRANT HILL 5, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 3 MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 5, DAN MAJERLE 5

ATT: 14,623


Extended Box

DETROIT (122) AT MIAMI (128) - FINAL IN 2ND OT

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

HILL F 52 16-35 8-11 3 6 9 5 5 0 4 41 LAETTNER F 37 5-15 5-7 3 8 11 3 4 0 1 15 REID C 9 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 1 1 2 HUNTER G 40 8-16 1-2 1 1 2 2 6 1 2 19 STACKHOUSE G 47 6-13 12-16 2 5 7 1 6 0 6 26 MONTROSS 15 2-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 2 4 WILLIAMS 39 3-5 1-1 3 8 11 0 3 1 0 7 CURRY 20 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 6 0 2 4 BROWN 10 0-1 2-2 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 2 MILLS 12 1-4 0-2 0 4 4 0 2 1 1 2 BUECHLER 9 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 43-99 31-43 15 39 54 13 42 4 19 122 (.434) (.721) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

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

BROWN F 34 3-7 3-4 1 4 5 3 5 2 3 9 MASHBURN F 38 7-15 4-6 0 3 3 1 6 1 1 21 MOURNING C 35 5-12 4-7 7 6 13 2 6 0 4 14 HARDAWAY G 46 10-24 9-10 1 4 5 5 2 1 2 32 MAJERLE G 31 4-9 2-2 1 3 4 5 6 0 0 13 WEATHERSPOON 37 5-14 5-6 5 10 15 1 5 1 2 15 CARTER 12 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 2 LENARD 38 3-14 7-10 2 7 9 4 5 2 1 14 STRICKLAND 14 2-3 2-3 4 5 9 1 3 0 0 6 BUFORD 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 WALTERS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 290 41-106 36-48 22 44 66 24 39 7 14 128 (.387) (.750) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

DETROIT 22 24 24 30 9 13 - 122 MIAMI 33 24 20 23 9 19 - 128

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - HILL, LAETTNER, STACKHOUSE, WILLIAMS, MONTROSS. MIAMI - MOURNING 2, WEATHERSPOON 2, STRICKLAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-15 (.333), HILL 1-3, LAETTNER 0-1, HUNTER 2-5, STACKHOUSE 2-3, BROWN 0-1, MILLS 0-2. MIAMI 10-29 (.345), MASHBURN 3-4, HARDAWAY 3-9, MAJERLE 3-6, LENARD 1-9, BUFORD 0-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - HEAD COACH GENTRY. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, HANK ARMSTRONG, BILL KENNEDY. A - 14,623. T - 3:21.


Box Score

DETROIT (122) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 52 16-35 8-11 3-9 5 5 41 Laettner 37 5-15 5-7 3-11 3 4 15 Reid 9 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 5 2 Hunter 40 8-16 1-2 1-2 2 6 19 Stackhouse 47 6-13 12-16 2-7 1 6 26 Montross 15 2-4 0-0 2-3 0 2 4 Williams 39 3-5 1-1 3-11 0 3 7 Curry 20 1-3 2-2 0-2 1 6 4 Brown 10 0-1 2-2 1-1 1 3 2 Mills 12 1-4 0-2 0-4 0 2 2 Buechler 9 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 290 43-99 31-43 15-54 13 42 122 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.434, FT-.721. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Hill 1-3, Laettner 0-1, Hunter 2-5, Stackhouse 2-3, Brown 0-1, Mills 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 5 (Hill, Laettner, Stackhouse, Williams, Montross). Turnovers: 19 (Stackhouse 6, Hill 4, Curry 2, Hunter 2, Montross 2, Laettner, Mills, Reid). Steals: 4 (Hunter, Mills, Reid, Williams).

MIAMI (128) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 34 3-7 3-4 1-5 3 5 9 Mashburn 38 7-15 4-6 0-3 1 6 21 Mourning 35 5-12 4-7 7-13 2 6 14 Hardaway 46 10-24 9-10 1-5 5 2 32 Majerle 31 4-9 2-2 1-4 5 6 13 Weatherspoon 37 5-14 5-6 5-15 1 5 15 Carter 12 1-6 0-0 1-3 2 1 2 Lenard 38 3-14 7-10 2-9 4 5 14 Strickland 14 2-3 2-3 4-9 1 3 6 Buford 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Walters 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Causwell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 29041-106 36-48 22-66 24 39 128 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.387, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 10-29, .345 (Mashburn 3-4, Hardaway 3-9, Majerle 3-6, Lenard 1-9, Buford 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 5 (Mourning 2, Weatherspoon 2, Strickland). Turnovers: 15 (Mourning 4, Brown 3, Hardaway 2, Weatherspoon 2, Carter, Lenard, Mashburn). Steals: 7 (Brown 2, Lenard 2, Hardaway, Mashburn, Weatherspoon). ______________________________________________________ Detroit 22 24 24 30 9 13 - 122 Miami 33 24 20 23 9 19 - 128 ______________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Head Coach Gentry, 1:48 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,623. T: 3:21. Officials: Ron Garretson, Hank Armstrong, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Tim Hardaway, the only one of his team's starters not to foul out, scored 32 points as the Miami Heat outlasted the Detroit Pistons, 128-122, in double overtime in a wild season opener for both clubs.

Hardaway, who was 10-for-24 from the floor and 9-of-10 at the line, watched fellow starters Alonzo Mourning, P.J. Brown, Dan Majerle and Jamal Mashburn collect six fouls apiece, leaving him and a squad of reserves to pull out the contest in the second overtime.

We need to have some clarifications on the (new) rules," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "We had (four) starters foul out of the game, so understanding the rules would help."

"In the last seconds of a ballgame, I like to make the decision," Hardaway said. "I don't care if it's making a shot or going to the hole and making a pass. I just like the ball in my hands so I can make that decision."

The resilient and resourceful point guard found backup forward Clarence Weatherspoon early and often in the second extra session. Weatherspoon scored six of his 15 points during the final period, including back-to-back baskets that gave Miami a 116-113 advantage with three minutes left.

"I got some good looks and knocked some shots down and that's what we needed," Weatherspoon said. "We just didn't want to give in. It was like a heavyweight fight tonight."

"You have to step up with the big men on the bench," Hardaway added.

Hardaway had a three-point play with 1:22 remaining to make it 122-115 and Weatherspoon followed with a basket to seal the victory. Weatherspoon also grabbed 15 rebounds for the Heat, who avenged a season-opening loss to Detroit last season.

"I'm not about personal happiness right now," Weatherspoon added. "I'm just trying to get my game back to where it was a few years ago."

Miami dominated play through the opening three quarters thanks to 21 points by Mashburn and 39 percent shooting by Detroit.

"I enjoy games like that, if I stay in the game," Mashburn said. "Sitting there watching is pretty hard. It's a good win for us."

The Heat held a 77-70 lead entering the fourth period but went cold from the field as Grant Hill and Jerry Stackhouse again tried to ruin the Heat's season opener. The two combined for 45 points in a 95-81 win here on February 5.

Christian Laettner's three-point play off a perfect feed from Hill knotted the contest at 95-95 with 36 seconds left in regulation, marking the first time all night the Heat did not lead.

"We weren't playing good the first three quarters and then we got everything clicking for a few minutes there," Laettner said. "And we were able to come back. We thought we had an advantage because we had the better players on the bench in overtime, but they were able to hold us off."

Miami forged ahead 99-95 as Hardaway and Lenard buried a pair of free throws each. Lenard, however, left the door open for Detroit when he missed a free throw with five seconds to go.

Trailing 100-97, the Pistons went to Stackhouse, who pumped Lenard into the air before hitting a tying 3-pointer from the top of the arc with a half-second remaining in regulation.

"We felt that we had the momentum (after the shot)," Stackhouse said. "But then we fell behind in the first OT and had some pretty good shots to get back in the game. The exact same thing happened in the second overtime."

The first overtime featured an offensive explosion by Hill, who scored 18 of his 41 points during the two extra sessions and gave Detroit its first lead of the night, 108-107, with 1:25 remaining. But Hill missed the potential winning free throw with 1:06 left, leaving the teams tied at 109-109.

"We didn't play the way we could," Hill said. "A lot of that has to do with Miami. When we got behind, we couldn't get over the hump. We fought hard but we've gotta bounce back and try to win tomorrow."

Mourning had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Lenard added 14 points for the Heat, who shot 39 percent (41-of-106) and held a 66-54 advantage on the boards.

"We're a very well conditioned team and we take pride in ourselves," Mourning said. "Our bench guys came and did good for us. As a whole, we made plays when the time came. Especially when Mashburn, Dan and myself came out. We have to make adjustments and deal with the new rules."

Stackhouse, who kept Detroit within striking distance while Hill struggled in the first half, finished with 26 points, including 12-of-16 at the line.

"We didn't feel that we played well. We stretched them out to double overtime," Stackhouse said. "But it would have felt better if we came out with a win."

"I think (Hill and Stackhouse) are really going to have to score for us to do well," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "I kept telling our guys that if we could just keep hanging in, I knew that we had shots that we would start making. We have to take advantage of the opportunities as they're given to us."

Lindsey Hunter tallied 19 points and Laettner added 15 and 11 boards for the Pistons, who shot 43 percent (43-of-99) and yielded 22 points off 19 turnovers.

"It's a good win for us," Riley said before taking a swipe at the officials. "I think the key was in the second overtime. I think that the game was called tight. We shot 48 free throws and I did not think the game was that physical."

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