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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 24 20 20 33 97 DETROIT 31 29 16 35 111 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: VAN - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 25, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 16, MICHAEL DICKERSON 12 DET - GRANT HILL 27, JERRY STACKHOUSE 27, MICHAEL CURRY 16

HIGH REBOUND: VAN - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 8, BRYANT REEVES 8 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 12, GRANT HILL 9

HIGH ASSISTS: VAN - MIKE BIBBY 9, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 4 DET - GRANT HILL 6, LINDSEY HUNTER 5

ATT: 22,076


Extended Box

VANCOUVER (97) AT DETROIT (111)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 34 3-11 10-10 3 3 6 4 2 0 4 16 HARRINGTON F 34 8-13 9-9 1 7 8 1 2 1 3 25 REEVES C 16 1-6 1-2 3 5 8 1 3 0 2 3 BIBBY G 38 4-11 3-6 2 4 6 9 1 1 3 11 DICKERSON G 25 4-7 2-3 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 12 LONG 27 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 2 3 2 WEST 23 4-10 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 8 SCOTT 12 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 PRICE 10 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 2 4 5 EKEZIE 11 0-2 2-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 PARKS 5 1-1 1-1 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 3 LOPEZ 5 2-2 2-3 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 7

TOTALS 240 30-67 32-38 11 26 37 20 24 7 23 97 (.448) (.842) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 23(23 PTS)

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

HILL F 35 12-20 3-3 2 7 9 6 3 2 0 27 LAETTNER F 25 2-6 6-6 2 2 4 4 6 2 1 10 MILLS C 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 HUNTER G 30 2-12 0-0 0 3 3 5 1 0 1 6 STACKHOUSE G 38 11-17 5-5 1 2 3 2 3 3 5 27 MONTROSS 15 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 1 CURRY 20 6-8 4-4 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 16 WILLIAMS 29 5-9 0-4 6 6 12 1 2 0 1 10 M MOORE 15 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 6 1 2 6 CROTTY 18 2-3 4-4 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 8 VAUGHT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BUECHLER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 43-83 23-28 12 26 38 23 33 11 13 111 (.518) (.821) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

VANCOUVER 24 20 20 33 - 97 DETROIT 31 29 16 35 - 111

BLOCKED SHOTS: VANCOUVER - HARRINGTON, LOPEZ. DETROIT - LAETTNER 2, HILL, STACKHOUSE, M MOORE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: VANCOUVER 5-9 (.556), ABDUR-RAHIM 0-1, BIBBY 0-2, DICKERSON 2-3, SCOTT 1-1, PRICE 1-1, LOPEZ 1-1. DETROIT 2-11 (.182), HILL 0-1, MILLS 0-1, HUNTER 2-8, STACKHOUSE 0-1. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - HEAD COACH HOLLINS, ILLEGAL DEFENSE, DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: NOLAN FINE, LUIS GRILLO, LEON WOOD. A - 22,076. T - 2:17.


Box Score

VANCOUVER (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 34 3-11 10-10 3-6 4 2 16 Harrington 34 8-13 9-9 1-8 1 2 25 Reeves 16 1-6 1-2 3-8 1 3 3 Bibby 38 4-11 3-6 2-6 9 1 11 Dickerson 25 4-7 2-3 0-2 1 4 12 Long 27 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 4 2 West 23 4-10 0-0 0-0 0 3 8 Scott 12 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 3 Price 10 1-1 2-2 0-0 1 2 5 Ekezie 11 0-2 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 Parks 5 1-1 1-1 1-2 0 0 3 Lopez 5 2-2 2-3 0-0 0 2 7 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-67 32-38 11-37 20 24 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Abdur-rahim 0-1, Bibby 0-2, Dickerson 2-3, Scott 1-1, Price 1-1, Lopez 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Harrington, Lopez). Turnovers: 23 (Abdur-rahim 4, Price 4, Bibby 3, Harrington 3, Long 3, Reeves 2, Dickerson, Ekezie, Lopez, Scott). Steals: 7 (Long 2, Price 2, Bibby, Harrington, Parks).

DETROIT (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 35 12-20 3-3 2-9 6 3 27 Laettner 25 2-6 6-6 2-4 4 6 10 Mills 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0 Hunter 30 2-12 0-0 0-3 5 1 6 Stackhouse 38 11-17 5-5 1-3 2 3 27 Montross 15 0-2 1-2 0-2 0 4 1 Curry 20 6-8 4-4 0-0 1 3 16 Williams 29 5-9 0-4 6-12 1 2 10 M Moore 15 3-4 0-0 1-2 2 6 6 Crotty 18 2-3 4-4 0-2 1 1 8 Vaught 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Buechler 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-83 23-28 12-38 23 33 111 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.518, FT-.821. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Hill 0-1, Mills 0-1, Hunter 2-8, Stackhouse 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Laettner 2, Hill, Stackhouse, M Moore). Turnovers: 14 (Stackhouse 5, M Moore 2, Curry, Hunter, Laettner, Mills, Montross, Williams). Steals: 11 (Stackhouse 3, Curry 2, Hill 2, Laettner 2, Crotty, M Moore). ____________________________________________ Vancouver 24 20 20 33 - 97 Detroit 31 29 16 35 - 111 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 2 (Head Coach Hollins, 8:49 2nd; Illegal Defense, 7:19 4th). Detroit 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:14 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:17. Officials: Nolan Fine, Luis Grillo, Leon Wood.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Somewhere, former Detroit Pistons coach Alvin Gentry is claiming he too could have beaten Denver and Vancouver at home.

The dynamic duo of Grant Hill and Jerry Stackhouse scored 27 points apiece as the Pistons victimized their second straight opponent since George Irvine took over for the fired Gentry on Monday, cruising to a 111-97 rout of the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Irvine, who watched the Pistons explode for a 130-116 victory over Denver here in his debut on Wednesday, did not have to wait long to know he'd be 2-0 tonight.

Hill sparked a decisive 17-1 run with a driving layup in the closing seconds of the first quarter and reserve center Mikki Moore capped it with 8:02 remaining in the first half, giving Detroit a 46-25 cushion.

"We've been trying to stress the concept of forcing turnovers and getting some offense off of that," Irvine said. "It was gratifying to see guys like Jerry Stackhouse and Grant Hill busting their butts on defense like they did tonight."

Stackhouse and Hill combine to average over 50 points per game for the Pistons and rank as the second highest-scoring duo in the league behind Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Tonight, they hit 22-of-37 shots and all eight of their free throws.

"Our defense was definitely the key tonight," Stackhouse said. "We got some stops and turned them into some easy transition baskets. I guess we're finally realizing that that's how we have to play the game."

"The last time we played well was Golden State (February 25) and they're not realy a good team," Hill said. "These teams, although their records aren't good, they're capable of winning. The main thing is, we've gotta worry about ourselves. If we play like this, we'll win more games than we lose. Going down the stretch drive, that's all you want to do."

The Pistons may have been inspired by the ceremonies to honor former Detroit guard Joe Dumars tonight. Dumars, who spent his entire 14-year career in Detroit and stood out with his class as a member of a pair of NBA championship teams called the "Bad Boys," had his No. 4 retired by the Pistons. The NBA also announced that Dumars' name would grace its annual sporstmanship award.

"There was a lot of electricity in the air and a great crowd," Stackhouse said. "I love playing a game like that. You want to put on a show for the fans."

"We can honor Fennis Dembo next week if it means having that kind of crowd," Hill joked.

Michael Curry scored a season-high 16 points off the bench for Detroit, which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of eighth-place Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Pistons had lost 15 of their last 22 games under Gentry but have beaten up on teams with a combined 15-47 road mark in Denver and Vancouver.

"Every game we're going to play the guys who are giving us energy," Irvine said. "Tonight, we had some foul trouble and that mixed things up. But I've been very happy with what we're getting so far."

Othella Harrington scored 25 points for the Grizzlies, who committed 23 turnovers en route to their seventh straight loss and sixth consecutive road defeat.

"We're just not taking care of the ball," Vancouver coach Lionel Hollins said. "They're careless turnovers, a lack of concentration and a lack of being physically tough when teams put pressure on us."

"Guys still think we can win," Harrington said. "Right now, we're just on a bad stretch. We're giving up a lot of points now. It's not the fault of one individual, it's the team."

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 16 points, Michael Dickerson had 12 and Mike Bibby added 11 for Vancouver, which shot 45 percent (30-of-67). The Grizzlies did not show much improvement taking care of the ball after committing a season-high 25 turnovers in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia.

Jerome Williams had 10 points and 12 rebounds off the bench and Christian Laettner added 10 points for Detroit, which shot 52 percent (43-of-83) and held a 38-37 edge along the boards.

The game featured just one lead change, which occured when Hill threw down a dunk that put Detroit in front, 6-4, with 9:14 remaining in the first quarter.

Stackhouse converted a three-point play, buried a 19-footer and hit two free throws to stretch the margin to 15-6 with 5:29 remaining in the opening period. John Crotty opened the second quarter with a driving layup and Curry followed with a 14-footer and a dunk to open a 37-24 lead 10:37 left in the half.

Williams dunked, Stackhouse hit a free throw and a 14-footer and Williams and Moore followed with consecutive baskets as the lead grew to 46-25 7:56 before intermission. Stackhouse's 19-footer gave Detroit its biggest lead at 50-28 with 5:51 left.

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