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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 26 31 30 33 120 ATLANTA 27 32 28 21 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 42, JERRY STACKHOUSE 28, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 23 ATL - ISAIAH RIDER 27, DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: DET - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 ATL - DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 8, JIMMY JACKSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 7, GRANT HILL 6 ATL - JIMMY JACKSON 6, ISAIAH RIDER 6

ATT: 15,849


Extended Box

DETROIT (120) AT ATLANTA (108)

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

HILL F 43 14-23 13-15 1 2 3 6 1 2 1 42 LAETTNER F 40 9-19 5-6 6 6 12 3 6 3 1 23 MILLS C 34 4-5 0-0 0 6 6 0 3 0 0 8 HUNTER G 26 0-4 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 STACKHOUSE G 37 11-17 6-7 2 3 5 7 2 2 3 28 WILLIAMS 16 2-2 1-1 4 2 6 1 4 0 0 5 CURRY 16 2-5 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 CROTTY 22 3-6 1-2 0 3 3 4 3 0 2 9 MONTROSS 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 45-81 27-33 13 25 38 23 25 8 9 120 (.556) (.818) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(17 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 26 5-5 0-0 0 3 3 1 3 1 0 10 JACKSON F 37 5-10 0-0 2 5 7 6 4 0 1 12 MUTOMBO C 40 5-9 5-8 2 6 8 1 5 1 3 15 COLES G 31 5-7 2-3 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 12 RIDER G 39 10-21 5-5 0 1 1 6 4 1 2 27 WRIGHT 13 4-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 8 ELLIS 17 1-5 3-4 3 2 5 1 4 0 1 5 TERRY 13 4-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 11 CRAWFORD 14 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 JOHNSON 10 2-5 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 1 2 4 BOWDLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GLOVER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-75 19-24 8 21 29 23 31 4 12 108 (.560) (.792) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(23 PTS)

DETROIT 26 31 30 33 - 120 ATLANTA 27 32 28 21 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - HILL, MILLS, MONTROSS. ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 2, COLES. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 3-6 (.500), HILL 1-1, LAETTNER 0-2, STACKHOUSE 0-1, CROTTY 2-2. ATLANTA 5-12 (.417), JACKSON 2-6, RIDER 2-5, TERRY 1-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, MARK WUNDERLICH, KEVIN FEHR. A - 15,849. T - 2:22.


Box Score

DETROIT (120) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 43 14-23 13-15 1-3 6 1 42 Laettner 40 9-19 5-6 6-12 3 6 23 Mills 34 4-5 0-0 0-6 0 3 8 Hunter 26 0-4 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 Stackhouse 37 11-17 6-7 2-5 7 2 28 Williams 16 2-2 1-1 4-6 1 4 5 Curry 16 2-5 1-2 0-0 0 2 5 Crotty 22 3-6 1-2 0-3 4 3 9 Montross 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-81 27-33 13-38 23 25 120 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.556, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Hill 1-1, Laettner 0-2, Stackhouse 0-1, Crotty 2-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Hill, Mills, Montross). Turnovers: 10 (Stackhouse 3, Crotty 2, Curry, Hill, Laettner, Montross). Steals: 8 (Laettner 3, Hill 2, Stackhouse 2, Curry).

ATLANTA (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 26 5-5 0-0 0-3 1 3 10 Jackson 37 5-10 0-0 2-7 6 4 12 Mutombo 40 5-9 5-8 2-8 1 5 15 Coles 31 5-7 2-3 0-1 4 3 12 Rider 39 10-21 5-5 0-1 6 4 27 Wright 13 4-6 0-0 0-1 0 3 8 Ellis 17 1-5 3-4 3-5 1 4 5 Terry 13 4-4 2-2 0-1 1 2 11 Crawford 14 1-3 2-2 0-1 0 2 4 Johnson 10 2-5 0-0 1-1 3 1 4 Bowdler DNP - coach's decision Glover DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-75 19-24 8-29 23 31 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.560, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Jackson 2-6, Rider 2-5, Terry 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Mutombo 2, Coles). Turnovers: 13 (Mutombo 3, Johnson 2, Rider 2, Terry 2, Crawford, Ellis, Jackson). Steals: 4 (Henderson, Johnson, Mutombo, Rider). ____________________________________________ Detroit 26 31 30 33 - 120 Atlanta 27 32 28 21 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 1 (Mutombo, 5:25 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Atlanta 1 (Coles, 9:54 4th). A: 15,849. T: 2:22. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Mark Wunderlich, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Grant Hill scored a season-high 42 points for the second straight game and fueled a decisive second-half run as the streaking Detroit Pistons shrugged off the floundering Atlanta Hawks, 120-108.

Hill, who also had 42 in Monday's impressive 118-106 victory at Orlando, had only 13 at halftime tonight before exploding over the final 24 minutes. The versatile 6-8 forward scored 14 points during a devastating 28-8 run spanning the third and fourth quarters as the Pistons erased a 10-point deficit and took a 97-87 lead with 9:54 to play.

Hill made 14-of-23 shots, 13-of-15 free throws and handed out six assists while committing just one turnover in 43 minutes to lead Detroit to its second five-game winning streak of the season. The Pistons also won five in a row from November 17-26 and took three of four meetings from Atlanta this season.

"In the third quarter I just tried to assert myself," Hill said of his 17-point period. "We're slowly starting to build it. We don't want to get too full of ourselves."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 28 points and Christian Laettner added 23 and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who moved a season-high three games over .500. Hill, Stackhouse and Laettner combined to score 93 of Detroit's highest non-overtime point total of the season.

"Christian and Jerry played great," Hill said. "Our chemistry was really good. Overall, we had a good rhythm offensively. If we could just hold a team under 100 points, we figure we have a good chance to win."

"Grant and Jerry are playing with great confidence," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry added. "We were able to speed up the game, we were aggressive. We've been able to win some close games."

Isaiah Rider scored 27 points for Atlanta, which has lost five in a row, nine of 10 and was without coach Lenny Wilkens for the second straight game due to the flu.

"They pulled away from us, they started playing really good. They executed, we didn't; we got close but no cigar," Rider said. "It's rough on us right about now. We can't buy a win."

Dikembe Mutombo had 15 points and Jim Jackson and Bimbo Coles added 12 apiece for the Hawks, who failed to avenge a bitter 106-105 overtime loss to the Pistons on Thursday.

"It's tough in this league," Mutombo said. "You could be up by 10 but you have to have the mental toughness and the kill to finish the game. It's just frustrating the way we've been playing. We need to find the mental toughness to finish the game. We don't have it right now. We can't let the teams take control of the game in the third quarter."

Terry Mills hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Detroit to victory that night and Atlanta rookie Jason Terry appeared to give the Hawks a lift when he buried a desperation 63-footer to close the third quarter tonight, forging an 87-87 tie.

But Laettner made two free throws, John Crotty hit a 3-pointer, Hill added a layup and Jerome Williams drained two more from the line to give Detroit a 10-point bulge just over two minutes into the final period.

The Pistons shot 56 percent (45-of-81), scored 23 points off turnovers and limited the Hawks to a season-low 29 rebounds.

"I thought we did a great job on the boards," Gentry said. "The bottom line is that if Grant is going to get on a roll like that, Jerry is going to play like that and Christian is going to play like that, somewhere along the line we're going to be good enough to make a run."

"We feel good," Stackhouse added. "We are making up for some of the marginal games early on. Hopefully we'll keep building. I think rebounding was the key tonight. The last time we played them, they killed us on the boards."

Atlanta shot a season-best 56 percent (42-of-75) but is off to its worst start (11-20) since going 9-22 to open the 1971-72 season.

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