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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 25 21 19 26 91 DETROIT 30 32 21 21 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 19, MATT GEIGER 17, AARON MCKIE 14 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 26, GRANT HILL 20, JEROME WILLIAMS 18

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - MATT GEIGER 11, AARON MCKIE 6 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 16, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 7

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - AARON MCKIE 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 DET - GRANT HILL 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 16,792


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (91) AT DETROIT (104)

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

HILL F 23 2-11 0-2 2 3 5 1 2 1 0 4 LYNCH F 28 4-10 0-0 2 2 4 2 4 0 1 8 RATLIFF C 14 1-2 3-4 2 1 3 0 3 0 1 5 IVERSON G 26 7-16 4-5 0 1 1 0 1 3 2 19 SNOW G 18 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 1 1 2 GEIGER 33 7-17 3-4 4 7 11 1 4 1 1 17 MCKIE 33 7-10 0-0 0 6 6 5 3 4 1 14 BOWEN 6 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 OWENS 26 1-7 3-4 1 4 5 1 4 0 0 5 HUGHES 25 4-8 1-2 1 2 3 3 4 1 5 9 MACCULLOCH 8 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 6 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-91 14-21 13 29 42 17 32 11 13 91 (.418) (.667) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

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

HILL F 41 7-16 5-8 0 6 6 7 0 1 2 20 LAETTNER F 36 4-14 4-6 2 5 7 2 4 0 2 12 MILLS C 22 4-8 0-0 0 5 5 0 3 0 0 9 HUNTER G 42 6-14 0-0 2 4 6 4 3 3 4 14 STACKHOUSE G 41 7-14 11-12 1 1 2 4 3 1 6 26 CURRY 17 1-5 1-1 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 3 WILLIAMS 29 5-6 8-11 7 9 16 1 1 0 3 18 CROTTY 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 VAUGHT 8 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 2 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-79 29-38 14 34 48 20 16 5 20 104 (.443) (.763) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 20(15 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 25 21 19 26 - 91 DETROIT 30 32 21 21 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - MCKIE, LYNCH, GEIGER, HILL, RATLIFF, MACCULLOCH. DETROIT - STACKHOUSE 2, HUNTER, LAETTNER, WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 1-7 (.143), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 1-3, MCKIE 0-2, HUGHES 0-1. DETROIT 5-14 (.357), HILL 1-1, LAETTNER 0-1, MILLS 1-2, HUNTER 2-6, STACKHOUSE 1-4. TECHNICALS: PHILADELPHIA - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BILL SPOONER, DAN CRAWFORD, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 16,792. T - 2:16.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 23 2-11 0-2 2-5 1 2 4 Lynch 28 4-10 0-0 2-4 2 4 8 Ratliff 14 1-2 3-4 2-3 0 3 5 Iverson 26 7-16 4-5 0-1 0 1 19 Snow 18 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 3 2 Geiger 33 7-17 3-4 4-11 1 4 17 Mckie 33 7-10 0-0 0-6 5 3 14 Bowen 6 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Owens 26 1-7 3-4 1-5 1 4 5 Hughes 25 4-8 1-2 1-3 3 4 9 Macculloch 8 3-4 0-0 1-3 0 2 6 Jones DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-91 14-21 13-42 17 32 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.418, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 1-3, Mckie 0-2, Hughes 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Mckie, Lynch, Geiger, Hill, Ratliff, Macculloch). Turnovers: 13 (Hughes 5, Iverson 2, Geiger, Lynch, Macculloch, Mckie, Ratliff, Snow). Steals: 11 (Mckie 4, Iverson 3, Geiger, Hill, Hughes, Snow).

DETROIT (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 7-16 5-8 0-6 7 0 20 Laettner 36 4-14 4-6 2-7 2 4 12 Mills 22 4-8 0-0 0-5 0 3 9 Hunter 42 6-14 0-0 2-6 4 3 14 Stackhouse 41 7-14 11-12 1-2 4 3 26 Curry 17 1-5 1-1 1-3 1 0 3 Williams 29 5-6 8-11 7-16 1 1 18 Crotty 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Vaught 8 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 0 2 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Montross DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-79 29-38 14-48 20 16 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.763. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Hill 1-1, Laettner 0-1, Mills 1-2, Hunter 2-6, Stackhouse 1-4). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 5 (Stackhouse 2, Hunter, Laettner, Williams). Turnovers: 20 (Stackhouse 6, Hunter 4, Williams 3, Crotty 2, Hill 2, Laettner 2, Vaught). Steals: 5 (Hunter 3, Hill, Stackhouse). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 25 21 19 26 - 91 Detroit 30 32 21 21 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Philadelphia 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:06 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,792. T: 2:16. Officials: Bill Spooner, Dan Crawford, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Hours after Jerry Stackhouse received his degree, he took his former team to school.

Stackhouse scored 14 of his 26 points in the first quarter, when the Detroit Pistons grabbed the lead for good and cruised to a 104-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Stackhouse left North Carolina after his sophomore season and was selected third overall by Philadelphia in the 1995 draft. After two-plus seasons with the 76ers, he was traded to Detroit two years ago today in a deal that sent Theo Ratliff and Aaron McKie to Philadelphia.

Stackhouse took summer classes each of the last three years. He was presented with his degree today in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and after flying to Detroit was honored prior to the game by the Pistons, who made a donation to UNC in his name.

"It was great. There was a sigh of relief when I moved the tassle today," Stackhouse said. "That let me know I was done. Give me my paper. It was fun, I had my family there. That was the best thing. To see the pride on their face for something different than basketball."

"There are a lot of great 2-guards in this league, but I think Jerry is playing great basketball right now," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "I didn't think he would have the energy to do what he did tonight. But anyone who knows Stack knows what an unbelievable competitor he is. I think it helped that we were playing the Sixers tonight."

Despite changing majors from business to African-American studies, the 6-6 Stackhouse was all business once the game began. He made 5-of-7 shots in the opening period, closing the quarter with a three-point play and a 3-pointer at the horn that gave Detroit a 30-25 lead.

"This is a really great day. It started out great, getting my diploma, and it was just icing on the cake the way we played tonight," Stackhouse said. "I give my teammates Ph.D's tonight. We got off to a good start and we always seem to play better when we have a cushion to work with."

Overall, Stackhouse shot 7-of-14 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line. He had a big offensive rebound with just under three minutes to go and Detroit holding a 94-87 lead and added two free throws less than a minute later.

Grant Hill scored 20 points and Jerome Williams added 18 and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who used a 16-0 second-quarter run to break open the game and held on in the fourth quarter for their second straight win.

"Our goal was to get to 100," Gentry said. "We thought that if we got to 100, we'd have a chance to win, especially against this team."

Allen Iverson scored 13 of his 19 points in the opening period for the Sixers, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Iverson, who leads the NBA in scoring, was on the bench as the 76ers rallied in the fourth quarter, and was not happy about it.

"You need to ask him (76ers coach Larry Brown) what went on during the game, 'cause I don't know (stuff) about nothing," said Iverson, who has feuded with Brown in the past. "I don't know nothing about basketball, so I don't know what happen. I don't why they got ahead, I don't know why we couldn't make no shots, I don't know why we couldn't stop nobody. I guess 95 percent is probably me, let anybody tell it. Ever since I came back (from a broken thumb) it's been, `We're not playing this way, we're not playing that way.' For some reason, my style don't fit this team no more.

"Something needs to happen. Something's got to give. I'm willing to deal with whatever. I've been in this league four years and I've been through it all. ... If I'm not helping this team, if I'm hurting this team, my style can't fit this team, get me the hell out of here."

Iverson and fellow starters Ratliff and Eric Snow went to the bench at the 8:15 mark of the third quarter and did not return.

"I went with the second group because they gave us the best chance to win the game," Brown said. "The second unit did more than I expected from them. The first group, everybody has to execute, everybody's got to share the ball, everybody's got to defend and it's not happening. The last 16-18 minutes or whatever it was, that's the way we played for a three-to-four-week period. It was amazing. We got to figure out a way how to become a team."

Snow, the team captain who scored just two points, was not put off by the benching.

"No, nothing surprises me, nothing at all," he said. "I don't think we deserve to go back in. Those guys can play. It's not like he put some scrubs in. He put some guys that a lot of guys were starters in this league. They went in and matched their intensity, probably outdid their intensity."

"I worked with Larry for seven years. This doesn't surprise me at all," Gentry said. "He was trying to make a statement I think and playing the guys who were playing hard."

It was the first meeting this season between the teams, who both are at the .500 mark.

The Sixers were within 37-35 on a jumper by Tyrone Hill with 8:45 left in the second quarter before the Pistons scored the next 16 points. Lindsey Hunter hit a 3-pointer and Williams, Hill and Michael Curry had three-point plays during the burst, which gave Detroit a 53-35 bulge with 4:22 to go.

The Pistons led 62-46 at halftime and opened their largest lead at 73-50 on a 3-pointer by Terry Mills with 8:23 left in the third quarter. Detroit held an 83-65 advantage entering the final period before Philadelphia rallied behind reserves McKie and Matt Geiger.

Hunter scored 14 points and Christian Laettner added 12 for the Pistons, who shot 44 percent (35-of-79), made 29-of-38 free throws and held a 48-42 rebounding edge.

Geiger had 17 points and 11 boards and McKie scored 14 points for the Sixers, who forced 20 turnovers. Iverson's 19 points matched the total of Philadelphia's four other starters.

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