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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 23 30 26 22 101 VANCOUVER 36 21 19 23 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 31, JERRY STACKHOUSE 23, LINDSEY HUNTER 14 VAN - MICHAEL DICKERSON 24, SHAREEF ABDUR-RAHIM 22, MIKE BIBBY 14

HIGH REBOUND: DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 VAN - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

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

ATT: 15,240


Extended Box

DETROIT (101) AT VANCOUVER (99)

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

HILL F 41 12-23 7-7 1 4 5 4 2 3 3 31 LAETTNER F 37 4-11 2-2 1 4 5 5 4 4 2 10 MILLS C 15 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 3 HUNTER G 36 5-8 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 6 1 14 STACKHOUSE G 41 7-16 8-9 0 1 1 3 1 0 2 23 CURRY 14 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 2 3 2 M MOORE 12 3-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 6 CROTTY 12 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 WILLIAMS 26 4-8 4-5 7 4 11 0 3 3 5 12 MONTROSS 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-76 21-23 10 17 27 19 20 19 18 101 (.487) (.913) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19(25 PTS)

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

ABDUR-RAHIM F 39 9-15 3-3 4 4 8 6 2 1 2 22 HARRINGTON F 34 4-8 1-2 4 5 9 2 6 1 3 9 REEVES C 27 5-9 2-2 1 7 8 2 1 0 3 12 BIBBY G 45 6-11 0-0 0 1 1 9 0 2 7 14 DICKERSON G 44 7-18 7-8 1 1 2 3 4 3 3 24 SCOTT 24 4-8 0-0 2 1 3 2 3 2 4 10 LOPEZ 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 LONG 19 3-5 2-2 2 4 6 1 1 0 2 8 EKEZIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRICE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WEST DNP - FOOT INJURY

TOTALS 240 38-74 15-17 14 24 38 25 19 9 26 99 (.514) (.882) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 28(28 PTS)

DETROIT 23 30 26 22 - 101 VANCOUVER 36 21 19 23 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - LAETTNER, HILL, M MOORE. VANCOUVER - DICKERSON 2, ABDUR-RAHIM, SCOTT, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 6-16 (.375), HILL 0-1, LAETTNER 0-1, MILLS 1-4, HUNTER 4-5, STACKHOUSE 1-5. VANCOUVER 8-15 (.533), ABDUR-RAHIM 1-2, BIBBY 2-4, DICKERSON 3-6, SCOTT 2-3. TECHNICALS: VANCOUVER - ABDUR-RAHIM. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, JOE DEROSA, MARC DAVIS. A - 15,240. T - 2:17.


Box Score

DETROIT (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 12-23 7-7 1-5 4 2 31 Laettner 37 4-11 2-2 1-5 5 4 10 Mills 15 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 3 Hunter 36 5-8 0-0 0-0 2 2 14 Stackhouse 41 7-16 8-9 0-1 3 1 23 Curry 14 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 M Moore 12 3-4 0-0 1-1 0 2 6 Crotty 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 3 2 0 Williams 26 4-8 4-5 7-11 0 3 12 Montross 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-76 21-23 10-27 19 20 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.487, FT-.913. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (Hill 0-1, Laettner 0-1, Mills 1-4, Hunter 4-5, Stackhouse 1-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Laettner, Hill, M Moore). Turnovers: 19 (Williams 5, Curry 3, Hill 3, Laettner 2, Stackhouse 2, Crotty, Hunter, M Moore). Steals: 19 (Hunter 6, Laettner 4, Hill 3, Williams 3, Curry 2, M Moore).

VANCOUVER (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Abdur-rahim 39 9-15 3-3 4-8 6 2 22 Harrington 34 4-8 1-2 4-9 2 6 9 Reeves 27 5-9 2-2 1-8 2 1 12 Bibby 45 6-11 0-0 0-1 9 0 14 Dickerson 44 7-18 7-8 1-2 3 4 24 Scott 24 4-8 0-0 2-3 2 3 10 Lopez 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Long 19 3-5 2-2 2-6 1 1 8 Ekezie DNP - coach's decision Parks DNP - coach's decision Price DNP - coach's decision West DNP - foot injury _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-74 15-17 14-38 25 19 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Abdur-rahim 1-2, Bibby 2-4, Dickerson 3-6, Scott 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Dickerson 2, Abdur-rahim, Scott, Harrington). Turnovers: 28 (Bibby 7, Scott 4, Dickerson 3, Harrington 3, Reeves 3, Abdur-rahim 2, Long 2, Lopez 2). Steals: 9 (Dickerson 3, Bibby 2, Scott 2, Abdur-rahim, Harrington). ____________________________________________ Detroit 23 30 26 22 - 101 Vancouver 36 21 19 23 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Vancouver 1 (Abdur-rahim, 3:59 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,240. T: 2:17. Officials: Jack Nies, Joe Derosa, Marc Davis.


Game Story

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons rallied from a 16-point deficit then avoided a fourth-quarter collapse as Grant Hill scored 31 points in a 101-99 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies, whose March woes continued.

Jerry Stackhouse added 23 points and Lindsey Hunter had 14 for Detroit, which snapped an 11-game road losing streak in the opener of a five-game trip. The Pistons are seventh in the Eastern Conference, 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee and Orlando.

"We've got a good chance of getting in the playoffs and once we get in, it's wide open," Stackhouse said. "In the East, we feel as though we can beat anybody."

Detroit had a 99-89 lead after Hunter made a 13-footer with 2:28 remaining. Michael Dickerson responded with a 3-pointer with 1:38 to play and followed with a free throw 17 seconds later before Dennis Scott's 3-pointer pulled Vancouver within 99-96 with 18 seconds left.

Stackhouse made two free throws to give Detroit a five-point advantage with 14 seconds remaining. But Shareef Abdur-Rahim nailed a 3-pointer from the right baseline seven seconds later. Hill threw a wild outlet pass that went off the hands of a diving Jerome Williams. Dickerson picked up the ball and dribbled just over mid-court, but his desperation heave banged off the glass as time expired.

"It could've been a bad play, but Jerome made up for it by diving for it," Hill said of his pass. "They had to dribble it up. Maybe if they had taken the ball out they could've made a play or something. We kept our confidence, kept our composure. They made a run, but we were still there and managed to pull away with a win. It's always big to get the first game on a road trip, and Vancouver really came out with energy."

"It was a big monkey, like a ton of bricks weighing you down," Williams said of the road losing streak. "You can't relieve that stress unless you're winning games. We got the win and now we can look forward to coming out with that same kind of intensity against Seattle."

Dickerson finished with 24 points and Abdur-Rahim 22 for Vancouver, which fell to 5-70 all-time in March and had its losing streak extendeed to a season-high 12 games. The Grizzlies matched a dubious season high by blowing a 16-point lead.

Mike Bibby had 14 points and nine assists and Bryant Reeves added 12 points and eight rebounds for Vancouver, which shot 51 percent (38-of-74) from the field, including 8-of-15 from 3-point range. The Grizzlies had a 38-27 advantage on the boards.

"Fifty percent from the field, 53 percent from the 3-point line and 88 (percent) from the free throw line and outrebounded them by 11, you'd think you'd won the game. But stats can be misleading," said Vancouver coach Lionel Hollins. "There's one stat that stands out in my mind and that's the 28 turnovers for 28 points, and that was the difference in the ballgame."

Dickerson scored 12 points in the first quarter, when Vancouver shot a scorching 80 percent (16-of-20) and built a 36-23 lead. Abdur-Rahim opened the second period with a dunk and, after a layup by Detroit's Mikki Moore, converted a three-point play that gave the Grizzlies their biggest lead, 41-25, with 10:12 to play.

"It's not like we came out and laid down," Abdur-Rahim said. "We played hard. At this time, other teams have more to play for. But I don't feel as though we laid down. Since we've been back off the road trip we've been huting ourselves, giving the ball over. We turned the ball over too much.

"We started the fourth quarter and didn't even get the ball up past half-court. When we turn the ball over, a three-point game turns into an eight-point game in a minute. It's hard to win like that."

Detroit scored the final eight points of the second period and cut the deficit to 57-53 when Hill made a layup and free throw with 30 seconds left.

Hunter started the third period with a 3-pointer and Hill dunked to give the Pistons their first lead since the first quarter, 57-56. Detroit held a 79-76 lead at the end of the third after Hunter's 3-pointer closed the period with 22 seconds left.

The third quarter featured seven ties and 13 lead changes, but Detroit did not allow the Grizzlies to tie thereafter.

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