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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 23 24 34 34 115 DETROIT 32 40 22 30 124 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - PAUL PIERCE 38, ANTOINE WALKER 30, DANA BARROS 13 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 36, LINDSEY HUNTER 25, GRANT HILL 14

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - VITALY POTAPENKO 14, ANTOINE WALKER 9 DET - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 10, JEROME WILLIAMS 8

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 7, KENNY ANDERSON 4 DET - LINDSEY HUNTER 8, JERRY STACKHOUSE 5

ATT: 12,340


Extended Box

BOSTON (115) AT DETROIT (124)

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

PIERCE F 38 11-15 12-17 3 4 7 1 3 4 3 38 WALKER F 38 8-21 12-15 4 5 9 7 5 1 4 30 POTAPENKO C 26 2-7 2-2 6 8 14 1 4 0 6 6 ANDERSON G 31 1-11 3-4 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 6 CHEANEY G 21 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 5 BATTIE 26 2-6 2-2 1 5 6 0 4 1 1 6 E WILLIAMS 22 2-4 1-3 0 1 1 0 4 0 1 5 BARROS 18 5-8 2-2 0 1 1 2 3 1 1 13 GRIFFIN 18 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 0 4 1 1 6 ELLISON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 FORTSON DNP - NOT WITH TEAM - FUNERAL OVERTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-81 34-45 15 25 40 16 33 10 18 115 (.444) (.756) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(26 PTS)

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

HILL F 38 4-11 6-9 0 7 7 4 3 1 2 14 LAETTNER F 30 6-9 0-0 2 8 10 4 5 1 1 12 MILLS C 10 2-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 5 HUNTER G 39 7-12 8-8 0 2 2 8 5 4 3 25 STACKHOUSE G 41 10-22 13-16 0 2 2 5 2 1 4 36 CURRY 15 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 1 2 2 MONTROSS 9 1-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 2 CROTTY 9 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 4 WILLIAMS 27 2-3 9-14 4 4 8 1 3 1 1 13 M MOORE 19 5-5 1-2 0 4 4 0 3 1 0 11 BUECHLER 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-71 37-49 7 32 39 26 32 11 17 124 (.563) (.755) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 17(23 PTS)

BOSTON 23 24 34 34 - 115 DETROIT 32 40 22 30 - 124

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - NONE. DETROIT - HUNTER 2, STACKHOUSE, LAETTNER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 9-23 (.391), PIERCE 4-5, WALKER 2-5, ANDERSON 1-5, CHEANEY 1-3, E WILLIAMS 0-2, BARROS 1-2, GRIFFIN 0-1. DETROIT 7-17 (.412), HILL 0-1, LAETTNER 0-1, MILLS 1-1, HUNTER 3-4, STACKHOUSE 3-9, BUECHLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DON VADEN, LEROY RICHARDSON, DEE KANTNER. A - 12,340. T - 2:32.


Box Score

BOSTON (115) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 38 11-15 12-17 3-7 1 3 38 Walker 38 8-21 12-15 4-9 7 5 30 Potapenko 26 2-7 2-2 6-14 1 4 6 Anderson 31 1-11 3-4 0-1 4 2 6 Cheaney 21 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 3 5 Battie 26 2-6 2-2 1-6 0 4 6 E Williams 22 2-4 1-3 0-1 0 4 5 Barros 18 5-8 2-2 0-1 2 3 13 Griffin 18 3-5 0-0 1-1 0 4 6 Ellison 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Fortson DNP - not with team - funeral Overton DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-81 34-45 15-40 16 33 115 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.756. 3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (Pierce 4-5, Walker 2-5, Anderson 1-5, Cheaney 1-3, E Williams 0-2, Barros 1-2, Griffin 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 18 (Potapenko 6, Walker 4, Pierce 3, Anderson, Barros, Battie, E Williams, Griffin). Steals: 10 (Pierce 4, Anderson, Barros, Battie, Cheaney, Griffin, Walker).

DETROIT (124) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 38 4-11 6-9 0-7 4 3 14 Laettner 30 6-9 0-0 2-10 4 5 12 Mills 10 2-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 5 Hunter 39 7-12 8-8 0-2 8 5 25 Stackhouse 41 10-22 13-16 0-2 5 2 36 Curry 15 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 5 2 Montross 9 1-1 0-0 1-3 0 2 2 Crotty 9 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 2 4 Williams 27 2-3 9-14 4-8 1 3 13 M Moore 19 5-5 1-2 0-4 0 3 11 Buechler 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-71 37-49 7-39 26 32 124 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.563, FT-.755. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Hill 0-1, Laettner 0-1, Mills 1-1, Hunter 3-4, Stackhouse 3-9, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Hunter 2, Stackhouse, Laettner). Turnovers: 17 (Stackhouse 4, Crotty 3, Hunter 3, Curry 2, Hill 2, Laettner, Mills, Williams). Steals: 11 (Hunter 4, Curry, Hill, Laettner, M Moore, Montross, Stackhouse, Williams). ____________________________________________ Boston 23 24 34 34 - 115 Detroit 32 40 22 30 - 124 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,340. T: 2:32. Officials: Don Vaden, Leroy Richardson, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The backcourt tandem of Jerry Stackhouse and Lindsey Hunter pushed the Boston Celtics further back in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Stackhouse scored 25 of his 36 points in the first half and Hunter added 25 as the Detroit Pistons put together its most productive opening 24 minutes in nearly nine years then hung on for a 124-115 triumph over the Boston Celtics.

Detroit scored 72 points in the first half and led 72-47 after 24 minutes. But Paul Pierce, who scored a career-high 38 points, and Antoine Walker helped the Celtics move within six with just under four minutes left.

A dunk by Pierce with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter cut Detroit's lead to 112-106. But Detroit's Mikki Moore answered with a dunk and a driving layup by Stackhouse with 2:37 to play pushed the lead back to 10.

Boston never got closer than seven thereafter and had its four-game winning streak snapped.

"I thought we were really good in the first half and I thought we stunk in the second half," said Detroit interim coach George Irvine, who improved to 3-1 since taking over last week for Alvin Gentry. "You have to give Boston a lot of credit. It would have been easy to quit in the second half."

Grant Hill scored 14 points for Detroit, which has won three of its last four games overall and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the idle Orlando Magic and four in front of Boston as the three teams battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Walker contributed 30 points for Boston, which dropped its fifth straight to Detroit.

Stackhouse went 5-for-8 from the field and scored 13 points in the first quarter as the Pistons moved out to a 32-23 lead. He drained two 3-pointers in a 15-2 run as Detroit moved out to a 20-6 advantage with just under eight minutes remaining.

The Pistons shot 67 percent (14-of-21) in the first 12 minutes.

A jumper by Boston's Dana Barros cut Detroit's lead to 36-28 with 10:35 left in the second quarter, but Moore and Christian Laettner scored four points apiece in a 14-2 run to extend the Pistons' lead to 50-30 with 7:08 remaining.

Stackhouse scored eight of his 12 second-quarter points in a 13-3 run as the Pistons recorded their best first half since scoring 73 against the Celtics on April 16, 1991.

"In the first half, we moved the ball really well and were active on defense," Irvine said. "I think they (Celtics) had only two offensive rebounds in the first half."

Detroit shot 68 percent (25-of-37) in the first half, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, and outrebounded Boston, 21-11. The Pistons also dished out 18 assists over the opening 24 minutes.

"I felt we did a lot of good things in the first half," Stackhouse said. "We had 18 assists at the half. When we're that high, it makes it tough for anyone to guard us."

Led by Walker and Pierce, Boston managed to cut Detroit's lead almost in half in the third quarter. Using their muscle, Walker scored 12 points and Pierce had nine as they drove the lane and drew fouls. Walker went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line and Pierce was 3-for-4 as the Celtics made 12-of-13 foul shots in the quarter and moved within 94-81.

Walker and Pierce combined to score seven straight points in the fourth quarter as Detroit's lead was cut to 109-102 with 5:22 left.

"It's tough to keep a team from making a run," Stackhouse said. "In the first half we played aggressive defense, but I think things came so easy for us in the second half, we stopped being aggressive. It's tough to play with a 20-point lead, but we got the win and made the plays we had to down the stretch."

Jerome Williams scored 13 points off the bench for Detroit, which shot 56 percent (40-of-71). Stackhouse and Hunter combined for six of Detroit's seven 3-pointers. The Pistons made 37-of-49 free throws.

Boston, which shot 44 percent (36-of-81), fell to 1-17 this season when playing the second of consecutive games.

"We've got to get over the hump with our back-to-back situations," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "A lot of times with good teams, it's the mental preparation. The main thing right now is to just take one game at a time, regroup and start to win again."

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