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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 27 15 22 23 87 DETROIT 29 18 28 20 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 20, JAMAL MASHBURN 14, THREE PLAYERS WITH 11 DET - GRANT HILL 24, LINDSEY HUNTER 22, JERRY STACKHOUSE 22

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 DET - THREE PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 9, GRANT HILL 6

ATT: 15,413


Extended Box

MIAMI (87) AT DETROIT (95)

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

BROWN F 23 4-6 3-3 0 5 5 0 3 0 2 11 MASHBURN F 36 6-23 0-0 2 4 6 3 4 2 0 14 MOURNING C 39 9-12 2-2 1 7 8 2 6 1 5 20 HARDAWAY G 32 2-8 2-2 1 1 2 8 5 1 4 7 MAJERLE G 38 4-9 0-0 1 2 3 4 2 0 1 11 CARTER 17 1-6 2-2 0 2 2 4 2 3 1 4 WEATHERSPOON 21 4-5 3-4 2 3 5 1 3 0 1 11 LENARD 25 3-9 2-3 2 4 6 1 4 1 0 9 THORPE 9 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-80 14-16 9 29 38 23 29 8 14 87 (.413) (.875) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(15 PTS)

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

HILL F 40 11-19 2-2 5 4 9 6 2 1 4 24 LAETTNER F 35 1-4 0-0 3 6 9 1 2 1 2 2 MILLS C 36 6-11 0-0 0 5 5 0 2 0 0 18 HUNTER G 43 8-18 3-4 1 2 3 2 2 2 3 22 STACKHOUSE G 40 9-19 3-5 1 3 4 9 2 1 3 22 CROTTY 5 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 15 1-4 3-4 2 7 9 0 1 0 2 5 CURRY 18 0-5 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 MONTROSS 8 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-82 13-17 13 31 44 19 16 6 14 95 (.439) (.765) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

MIAMI 27 15 22 23 - 87 DETROIT 29 18 28 20 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - WEATHERSPOON 2, MOURNING. DETROIT - STACKHOUSE 3, HUNTER, LAETTNER, MONTROSS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 7-23 (.304), MASHBURN 2-9, HARDAWAY 1-5, MAJERLE 3-5, LENARD 1-4. DETROIT 10-19 (.526), MILLS 6-9, HUNTER 3-7, STACKHOUSE 1-3. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, TOM WASHINGTON, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 15,413. T - 2:21.


Box Score

MIAMI (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 23 4-6 3-3 0-5 0 3 11 Mashburn 36 6-23 0-0 2-6 3 4 14 Mourning 39 9-12 2-2 1-8 2 6 20 Hardaway 32 2-8 2-2 1-2 8 5 7 Majerle 38 4-9 0-0 1-3 4 2 11 Carter 17 1-6 2-2 0-2 4 2 4 Weatherspoon 21 4-5 3-4 2-5 1 3 11 Lenard 25 3-9 2-3 2-6 1 4 9 Thorpe 9 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Buford DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-80 14-16 9-38 23 29 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 7-23, .304 (Mashburn 2-9, Hardaway 1-5, Majerle 3-5, Lenard 1-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 3 (Weatherspoon 2, Mourning). Turnovers: 14 (Mourning 5, Hardaway 4, Brown 2, Carter, Majerle, Weatherspoon). Steals: 8 (Carter 3, Mashburn 2, Hardaway, Lenard, Mourning).

DETROIT (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 40 11-19 2-2 5-9 6 2 24 Laettner 35 1-4 0-0 3-9 1 2 2 Mills 36 6-11 0-0 0-5 0 2 18 Hunter 43 8-18 3-4 1-3 2 2 22 Stackhouse 40 9-19 3-5 1-4 9 2 22 Crotty 5 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Williams 15 1-4 3-4 2-9 0 1 5 Curry 18 0-5 2-2 0-0 1 2 2 Montross 8 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 3 0 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-82 13-17 13-44 19 16 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.439, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 10-19, .526 (Mills 6-9, Hunter 3-7, Stackhouse 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 6 (Stackhouse 3, Hunter, Laettner, Montross). Turnovers: 14 (Hill 4, Hunter 3, Stackhouse 3, Laettner 2, Williams 2). Steals: 6 (Hunter 2, Curry, Hill, Laettner, Stackhouse). ____________________________________________ Miami 27 15 22 23 - 87 Detroit 29 18 28 20 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Illegal Defense, 0:13 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,413. T: 2:21. Officials: Dan Crawford, Tom Washington, Rashan Michel.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The inconsistent play of the Miami Heat is making it difficult for coach Pat Riley to know which team will show up on a nightly basis.

The Heat were unable to build on Sunday's victory in Charlotte and dropped out of first place for the first time since November 11 following a 95-87 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Miami center Alonzo Mourning missed only four minutes after breaking his nose early in the fourth quarter but his return was not enough for the Heat to overcome a 12-point deficit in the final six minutes. Mourning will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair his nose but said he'll be ready to go when Miami hosts New Jersey on Wednesday.

"If I have to wear a mask, I will wear a mask, but the issue is not my nose," he said. "It's this team. We have to develop some kind of consistency."

The Heat slipped one-half game behind the New York Knicks, who took over the top spot in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 87-76, in an afternoon affair.

Playing its fourth game in five nights, the Heat completed a 1-3 road trip while dropping to 8-9 in their 17 contests. Miami opened the trip with embarrassing setbacks to the lowly Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets.

Terry Mills helped bury his former team with six of Detroit's season-high 10 3-pointers. Grant Hill had 24 points and Jerry Stackhouse and Lindsey Hunter added 22 apiece for the Pistons, who snapped a three-game losing streak and climbed back to 26-26.

Mills spent two injury-plagued years with the Heat before signing with the Pistons as a free agent in September. He played in just 51 games with Miami, including just one last season.

"There's no revenge factor about this game," Mills said. "I was never healthy there. I think I could have helped them if I was healthy but it's always great to play well against a team you used to play for."

"We talked about Mills," Riley added. "We know what he can do when he puts it up out on the perimeter. He was hurt when he was here."

Playing with gauze in his nose to stop the bleeding, Mourning hit 3-of-4 shots after suffering the injury and finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. However, the 6-10 center fouled out with 2:23 remaining.

Jamaal Mashburn added 14 points for Miami but hit just 6-of-23 shots. As a team, Miami shot just 41 percent (33-of-80), including only 7-of-23 from 3-point range.

After a tight first half, the Pistons took control in the third quarter, opening a 57-42 lead on Stackhouse's jumper with 5:41 remaining. Mills' last 3-pointer gave Detroit an 83-71 lead with 5:49 left in the game.

"We know he can shoot the three," Mourning said. "I'm just mad at myself and my teammates for not making the adjustments. We got lost sometimes and left him wide open. That's the last person you want to leave wide open, especially when he gets going."

Mills said the Pistons had to change their approach with Mourning patrolling the middle.

"When you go against the No. 1 shot blocker in the NBA, you can't just drive the ball and throw it up," he said. "We knew he'd be looking for the shot block, so I told Grant and Stack to drive and get him going, then pitch me the ball. That really worked well."

Miami went down fighting, closing within 88-84 on P.J. Brown's 3-pointer with 1:12 left. After Hunter missed a jumper, the Heat had a chance to make it a one-possession game.

However, Hunter forced Miami guard Tim Hardaway to throw the ball away on the break and hit a free throw to extend the Detroit lead to 89-84.

Jerome Williams dunked to make it 91-84 and Hardaway missed a 3-pointer. Hill hit a pair from the line to give the Pistons a 93-84 cushion with 31 seconds remaining and put the contest away.

"Our defense is really starting to improve," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "Our perimeter guys haven't been getting beaten, so our inside guys can just worry about playing their man. That's our key, just worry about your guy. We'll double when we absolutely have to, but only then."

Detroit only shot 44 percent (36-of-82) but made 10-of-19 3-pointers. Mills was 6-of-9 and Hunter 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.

"Terry will stretch out defenses a little when he moves out to take those shots," Hunter said. "They're a great defensive team if you try to pound it inside, so you have to have movement on offense and create shots."

The Pistons have won 13 of their last 17 at home and have a one-game lead over the Orlando Magic for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Offensively, we did our best job all year of driving to the basket and kicking it back out," Gentry said. "We got Terry a lot of good looks where he could set his feet and get a good shot. When we do that, we're a pretty effective team."

Miami has lost seven of its last nine road games and averaged just 83 points on the trip. The Heat won the two previous meetings with Detroit this season, including a 128-122 double overtime victory on opening night.

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