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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 29 16 26 20 91 DETROIT 30 22 17 24 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 18, THREE PLAYERS WITH 16 DET - GRANT HILL 30, LINDSEY HUNTER 20, JERRY STACKHOUSE 12

HIGH REBOUND: ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 20, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 13, TERRY MILLS 11

HIGH ASSISTS: ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 4, ISAIAH RIDER 3 DET - GRANT HILL 4, JERRY STACKHOUSE 4

ATT: 17,891


Extended Box

ATLANTA (91) AT DETROIT (93)

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

HENDERSON F 43 2-5 5-6 3 5 8 0 3 2 0 9 JACKSON F 33 8-13 0-0 0 8 8 4 5 0 3 18 MUTOMBO C 44 6-12 4-7 4 16 20 2 2 1 3 16 COLES G 34 7-14 1-1 0 0 0 2 3 0 3 16 RIDER G 35 7-23 0-1 2 4 6 3 6 0 4 16 MCLEOD 19 3-7 3-4 2 3 5 1 1 0 1 9 WRIGHT 9 1-1 0-3 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 2 TERRY 10 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 3 JOHNSON 9 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 CRAWFORD 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-85 13-22 12 39 51 15 22 5 15 91 (.424) (.591) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

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

HILL F 41 9-20 12-14 1 4 5 4 2 0 2 30 LAETTNER F 25 3-10 2-2 2 3 5 1 2 1 1 8 MILLS C 35 1-8 0-0 0 11 11 0 2 1 1 2 HUNTER G 36 7-12 4-5 0 4 4 1 4 2 1 20 STACKHOUSE G 42 4-15 4-4 0 5 5 4 4 1 3 12 WILLIAMS 23 4-6 2-2 5 8 13 2 1 1 0 10 MONTROSS 9 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 CROTTY 8 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 VAUGHT 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 CURRY 11 3-6 2-2 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 8 BUECHLER 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-84 26-29 11 36 47 14 23 7 10 93 (.381) (.897) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10(16 PTS)

ATLANTA 29 16 26 20 - 91 DETROIT 30 22 17 24 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 4. DETROIT - HILL, BUECHLER, HUNTER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 6-14 (.429), JACKSON 2-3, COLES 1-2, RIDER 2-7, TERRY 1-2. DETROIT 3-15 (.200), MILLS 0-4, HUNTER 2-5, STACKHOUSE 0-3, CROTTY 1-1, BUECHLER 0-2. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, TIM DONAGHY, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 17,891. T - 2:20.


Box Score

ATLANTA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 43 2-5 5-6 3-8 0 3 9 Jackson 33 8-13 0-0 0-8 4 5 18 Mutombo 44 6-12 4-7 4-20 2 2 16 Coles 34 7-14 1-1 0-0 2 3 16 Rider 35 7-23 0-1 2-6 3 6 16 Mcleod 19 3-7 3-4 2-5 1 1 9 Wright 9 1-1 0-3 1-3 0 2 2 Terry 10 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 0 3 Johnson 9 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Crawford 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Glover DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-85 13-22 12-51 15 22 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.424, FT-.591. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Jackson 2-3, Coles 1-2, Rider 2-7, Terry 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Mutombo 4). Turnovers: 15 (Rider 4, Coles 3, Jackson 3, Mutombo 3, Mcleod, Terry). Steals: 5 (Henderson 2, Mutombo, Terry, Wright).

DETROIT (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 9-20 12-14 1-5 4 2 30 Laettner 25 3-10 2-2 2-5 1 2 8 Mills 35 1-8 0-0 0-11 0 2 2 Hunter 36 7-12 4-5 0-4 1 4 20 Stackhouse 42 4-15 4-4 0-5 4 4 12 Williams 23 4-6 2-2 5-13 2 1 10 Montross 9 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Crotty 8 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 0 3 Vaught 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Curry 11 3-6 2-2 1-1 0 5 8 Buechler 6 0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-84 26-29 11-47 14 23 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.381, FT-.897. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Mills 0-4, Hunter 2-5, Stackhouse 0-3, Crotty 1-1, Buechler 0-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Hill, Buechler, Hunter). Turnovers: 10 (Stackhouse 3, Hill 2, Hunter, Laettner, Mills, Montross, Vaught). Steals: 7 (Hunter 2, Laettner, Mills, Montross, Stackhouse, Williams). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 29 16 26 20 - 91 Detroit 30 22 17 24 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Mutombo, 9:22 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,891. T: 2:20. Officials: Don Vaden, Tim Donaghy, Tommie Wood.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons' 0-4 start is a distant memory.

Grant Hill scored 30 points, inluding two crucial free throws in the final 90 seconds, as the Pistons edged the Atlanta Hawks, 93-91, to move over .500 for the first time this season.

Detroit has won five straight games, its longest winning streak since a six-game run from April 25-May 3 of last season. The Pistons (7-6) also have won seven of their last nine.

The Pistons avoided a letdown after rallying for a 107-99 victory at Indiana on Friday.

"It was a good win for us," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "It was kind of a gut-check win."

After Hill's free throws made it 92-88 with 1:21 remaining, Jim Jackson hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to pull the Hawks within 92-91 with 3.5 seconds to go.

"Basically, we had good stops, except for Jackson's 3-pointer," Hill said. "I don't know how he got that shot. We were a little tired from last night. It was kind of an emotional game but we managed to suck it up and come out tonight and play well."

Detroit's Lindsey Hunter, who added 20 points, hit only 1-of-2 from the line a second later, giving the Hawks a chance to either win or force overtime.

After Christian Laettner got a hand on the ball when Hunter missed the second shot, the Hawks got the rebound and called timeout with 1.2 seconds remaining. But time expired after Eric Montross knocked away an inbounds pass intended for 7-2 Dikembe Mutombo near the foul line.

"We knew one of the things they'd do, especially with 1.2 seconds on the clock," Gentry said. "It would almost have to be a direct pass right to the post. We just put Eric (Montross) in. Eric has done a really good job for us in spot play."

Jackson scored 18 points while Mutombo added 16 and 20 rebounds for the Hawks, who dropped to 1-7 on the road.

"We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers and free throws," Atlanta coach Lenny Wilkens said. "It's frustrating because we have seven new guys and if you count LaPhonso (Ellis), who hardly played last year, that's eight new guys."

Bimbo Coles and Isaiah Rider scored 16 points apiece for the Hawks, who shot 42 percent (36-of-85). Atlanta was just 13-of-22 from the line compared to 26-of-29 for Detroit.

"At times we look great and at other times it looks like we don't even know one another," Wilkens said. "Until we get over that hurdle, we're going to struggle. If we take care of the ball and make our free throws, I think we win the game."

The game was close throughout with neither team leading by more than eight points. The Pistons led 52-45 at the half before Atlanta outscored Detroit 26-17 in the third quarter to take a 71-69 lead into the final period.

Rookie Jermaine Jackson's side jumper capped an 8-1 run that put the Pistons ahead 81-78 with 8:35 remaining. Atlanta's Roshown McLeod hook tied it at 85-85 with 5:06 to play but Hunter hit a jumper to snap the tie 25 seconds later and give the Pistons the lead for good.

After Atlanta closed within 88-87 on McLeod's jumper with 3:30 remaining, the Hawks scored just one point over the next three-plus minutes.

"We just continue to beat ourselves with little mistakes," Mutombo said. "I think the time will come that we realize that we can erase those mistakes and I think we'll win a lot of games."

Two foul shots by Jerry Stackhouse, who contributed 12 points, made it 90-87 before McLeod hit 1-of-2 from the line for the Hawks with 1:33 to play.

"It was a big win for us," Hunter said. "If we didn't win tonight, last night's game would have meant nothing. That's the type of attitude we have for every game. We have to come home after a road win and have to win the next game. Tonight we gutted it out defensively."

Jerome Williams had 13 rebounds for the Pistons while Hill grabbed 11, helping the Pistons overcome 38 percent (32-of-84) from the field. Hill also was 12-of-14 from the line, eclipsing the 30-point mark for the sixth time this season.

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