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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW JERSEY 35 26 26 20 107 DETROIT 25 32 32 20 109 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 35, KEITH VAN HORN 30, JOHNNY NEWMAN 14 DET - GRANT HILL 32, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 20, LINDSEY HUNTER 16

HIGH REBOUND: NJN - JAMIE FEICK 11, KEITH VAN HORN 9 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 14, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 10

HIGH ASSISTS: NJN - STEPHON MARBURY 7, KENDALL GILL 4 DET - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 12,683


Extended Box

NEW JERSEY (107) AT DETROIT (109)

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

GILL F 27 2-6 2-2 1 2 3 4 2 0 2 6 VAN HORN F 37 9-18 12-14 2 7 9 1 3 1 2 30 MCILVAINE C 16 0-2 0-2 1 1 2 1 4 1 0 0 HARRIS G 21 5-9 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 10 MARBURY G 42 12-23 5-6 0 2 2 7 4 2 6 35 BURRELL 18 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 6 FEICK 34 0-2 3-3 2 9 11 0 2 0 1 3 G MURESAN 9 1-3 1-1 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 3 PERRY 11 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 0 NEWMAN 25 5-7 2-3 0 2 2 1 4 1 1 14 DOUGLAS DNP - COACH'S DECISION KITTLES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-76 25-31 9 28 37 19 25 7 15 107 (.474) (.806) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(22 PTS)

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

HILL F 42 10-19 12-15 3 3 6 5 2 0 4 32 LAETTNER F 25 9-12 2-4 3 7 10 6 5 1 2 20 MILLS C 14 4-7 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 0 8 HUNTER G 43 6-17 2-2 1 3 4 4 3 1 1 16 STACKHOUSE G 36 6-13 0-0 1 2 3 5 4 1 3 13 MONTROSS 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 WILLIAMS 35 5-6 0-1 3 11 14 2 2 1 3 10 CURRY 10 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 6 REID 15 1-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 JACKSON 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 BUECHLER 7 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 45-84 16-24 12 28 40 24 27 5 15 109 (.536) (.667) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

NEW JERSEY 35 26 26 20 - 107 DETROIT 25 32 32 20 - 109

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW JERSEY - G MURESAN, NEWMAN, MCILVAINE, BURRELL. DETROIT - STACKHOUSE, REID, MILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW JERSEY 10-18 (.556), GILL 0-1, HARRIS 0-1, MARBURY 6-8, BURRELL 2-3, PERRY 0-1, NEWMAN 2-4. DETROIT 3-9 (.333), HUNTER 2-4, STACKHOUSE 1-3, BUECHLER 0-2. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: MIKE CALLAHAN, RASHAN MICHEL, LUIS GRILLO. A - 12,683. T - 2:09.


Box Score

NEW JERSEY (107) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gill 27 2-6 2-2 1-3 4 2 6 Van Horn 37 9-18 12-14 2-9 1 3 30 Mcilvaine 16 0-2 0-2 1-2 1 4 0 Harris 21 5-9 0-0 1-3 2 1 10 Marbury 42 12-23 5-6 0-2 7 4 35 Burrell 18 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 6 Feick 34 0-2 3-3 2-11 0 2 3 G Muresan 9 1-3 1-1 1-3 1 2 3 Perry 11 0-3 0-0 1-2 2 0 0 Newman 25 5-7 2-3 0-2 1 4 14 Douglas DNP - coach's decision Kittles DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-76 25-31 9-37 19 25 107 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.474, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (Gill 0-1, Harris 0-1, Marbury 6-8, Burrell 2-3, Perry 0-1, Newman 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (G Muresan, Newman, Mcilvaine, Burrell). Turnovers: 15 (Marbury 6, Gill 2, Van Horn 2, Feick, G Muresan, Harris, Newman, Perry). Steals: 7 (Marbury 2, Burrell, Mcilvaine, Newman, Perry, Van Horn).

DETROIT (109) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 42 10-19 12-15 3-6 5 2 32 Laettner 25 9-12 2-4 3-10 6 5 20 Mills 14 4-7 0-0 1-2 0 3 8 Hunter 43 6-17 2-2 1-4 4 3 16 Stackhouse 36 6-13 0-0 1-3 5 4 13 Montross 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Williams 35 5-6 0-1 3-14 2 2 10 Curry 10 3-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 6 Reid 15 1-1 0-2 0-0 0 3 2 Jackson 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Buechler 7 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-84 16-24 12-40 24 27 109 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.536, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 3-9, .333 (Hunter 2-4, Stackhouse 1-3, Buechler 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (Stackhouse, Reid, Mills). Turnovers: 15 (Hill 4, Stackhouse 3, Williams 3, Laettner 2, Curry, Hunter, Jackson). Steals: 5 (Buechler, Hunter, Laettner, Stackhouse, Williams). ____________________________________________ New Jersey 35 26 26 20 - 107 Detroit 25 32 32 20 - 109 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Illegal Defense, 4:45 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,683. T: 2:09. Officials: Mike Callahan, Rashan Michel, Luis Grillo.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Even the Detroit Pistons can get fat at the New Jersey Nets' expense.

Grant Hill scored 32 points and Christian Lattner added 20, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Pistons posted a 109-107 victory over the hapless Nets.

Detroit (3-6) has won three of its last five games after starting the season 0-4.

"It was the Super Bowl for us," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "We really needed to win that game. You can see that we're so close to turning the corner. We've played extremely hard, but that hasn't been our problem. We've just had mental breakdowns from time to time. Those are the type of things we had to fix."

Lindsey Hunter nailed a 3-pointer with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter to give Detroit a 107-101 lead. But Stephon Marbury hit one of his own to cut Detroit's lead to three with 1:58 to go.

After a turnover by Jerome Williams, Laettner fouled Keith Van Horn, who made one of two free throws with 91 seconds remaining. Laettner countered with a driving layup to give Detroit a 109-105 lead with 1:10 left.

Marbury missed a layup on New Jersey's next possession and Williams grabbed the rebound. But Marbury stole the ball from Hill and drove for a layup with 33.1 seconds remaining.

Jerry Stackhouse missed a jumper and Jamie Feick got the rebound with 7.6 seconds left. The Nets' chance to tie the game came up just short as Marbury went over Laettner and missed a seven-footer from the right sideline, and Elliot Perry could not convert the follow shot.

Marbury felt he was fouled by Laettner on the play, but had an idea he would not get the call on the road.

"It was a lot of contact, but you know you're not going to get that call at the end of the game," he said. "I don't understand the rules. It goes in your favor in the first, second and third quarters and then at the end of the game you're going back to the old style. We've been playing all our lives dribbling the ball. Then all of a sudden they switch the rules."

Marbury scored 35 points on 12-of-23 shooting and Van Horn added a season-high 30 for New Jersey, which matched its worst start since going 1-7 at the start of the 1991-92 season.

"I think we did a lot of good things," Nets coach Don Casey said. "We did give up a lot of transition baskets. They had 70 points in the paint without a dominant center. But I felt we held our composure to stay with them in this rut."

Van Horn scored 13 points in the first quarter as New Jersey opened up a 12-point lead. But Hill scored 13 points in the second as Detroit cut New Jersey's lead to 61-57 at the intermission.

Marbury's 3-pointer gave New Jersey an 85-83 lead with 2:45 left in the third quarter, but the Nets went the next 7:01 without a field goal. Marbury ended the drought by making a 27-footer with 7:44 left.

"I think offensively in that third quarter we just lost our minds," Van Horn said. "We started to go to a lot of 1-and-1s We broke away from the system and you can't do that. You have to stick with what you believe in, with what you're doing. That's going to make you successful. If we had done that for four quarters, we would have won the game tonight."

Detroit went on a 9-2 run during New Jersey's dry spell, taking a 92-87 lead on two free throws by Hill with 8:22 remaining.

Except for van Horn, the Nets' starting frontcourt of Kendall Gill and Jim McIlvaine shot a combined 2-of-8 and totaled six points. The Nets were outscored, 70-20, in the paint and were outrebounded, 40-37.

Laettner entered the game averaging only 12.3 points a game, but shot 9-for-12 from the field. The Pistons made 53.4 percent (45-of-84) of their shots overall.

"I had a little chat with Christian before the game," Hunter said. "I knew he was going to come out tonight and put out a good effort. He gave us a lead early. When he gets things going, it definitely takes a lot of pressure off Grant and Jerry. He even got himself 10 rebounds. He got some double-double action."

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