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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 24 24 28 28 104 PORTLAND 33 28 20 14 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 24, JERRY STACKHOUSE 23, TERRY MILLS 16 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 20, STEVE SMITH 20, ARVYDAS SABONIS 15

HIGH REBOUND: DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 6 POR - RASHEED WALLACE 9, ARVYDAS SABONIS 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - GRANT HILL 6, LINDSEY HUNTER 5 POR - DAMON STOUDAMIRE 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 20,452


Extended Box

DETROIT (104) AT PORTLAND (95)

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

LAETTNER F 25 4-7 0-0 1 5 6 2 5 2 0 8 HILL F 33 11-18 2-3 0 6 6 6 3 0 2 24 MILLS C 26 6-9 0-0 1 4 5 2 3 2 0 16 HUNTER G 31 3-7 1-1 0 0 0 5 3 1 1 8 STACKHOUSE G 38 7-18 9-11 1 2 3 1 0 2 6 23 MONTROSS 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 CROTTY 17 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 0 3 4 WILLIAMS 29 3-4 3-4 4 9 13 1 3 1 1 9 CURRY 17 2-5 3-5 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7 BUECHLER 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 M MOORE 11 2-4 1-2 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 5 VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-75 20-28 8 31 39 19 25 10 14 104 (.520) (.714) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(14 PTS)

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

PIPPEN F 25 5-12 0-0 0 4 4 3 5 1 1 12 WALLACE F 40 9-15 2-6 3 6 9 1 2 2 1 20 SABONIS C 22 5-7 4-4 2 5 7 4 1 0 2 15 SMITH G 38 9-13 1-1 1 2 3 0 3 1 0 20 STOUDAMIRE G 29 2-9 0-0 1 2 3 7 2 1 3 4 WELLS 23 2-8 4-5 1 2 3 3 3 2 3 8 SCHREMPF 22 2-7 2-2 1 4 5 2 1 0 0 6 ONEAL 12 2-6 1-1 3 1 4 1 0 0 0 5 ANTHONY 19 1-4 1-2 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 3 AUGMON 10 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 G GRANT DNP - COACH'S DECISION HARVEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-85 15-21 12 26 38 25 22 8 12 95 (.447) (.714) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(7 PTS)

DETROIT 24 24 28 28 - 104 PORTLAND 33 28 20 14 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - M MOORE 2, WILLIAMS. PORTLAND - ONEAL 3, WALLACE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 6-14 (.429), MILLS 4-6, HUNTER 1-3, STACKHOUSE 0-3, CROTTY 1-1, BUECHLER 0-1. PORTLAND 4-14 (.286), PIPPEN 2-5, SABONIS 1-1, SMITH 1-3, SCHREMPF 0-3, ANTHONY 0-2. TECHNICALS: PORTLAND - WALLACE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, BENNETT SALVATORE, NOLAN FINE. A - 20,452. T - 2:15.


Box Score

DETROIT (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Laettner 25 4-7 0-0 1-6 2 5 8 Hill 33 11-18 2-3 0-6 6 3 24 Mills 26 6-9 0-0 1-5 2 3 16 Hunter 31 3-7 1-1 0-0 5 3 8 Stackhouse 38 7-18 9-11 1-3 1 0 23 Montross 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Crotty 17 1-2 1-2 0-1 2 2 4 Williams 29 3-4 3-4 4-13 1 3 9 Curry 17 2-5 3-5 0-1 0 1 7 Buechler 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 M Moore 11 2-4 1-2 1-3 0 2 5 Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-75 20-28 8-39 19 25 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.520, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Mills 4-6, Hunter 1-3, Stackhouse 0-3, Crotty 1-1, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (M Moore 2, Williams). Turnovers: 14 (Stackhouse 6, Crotty 3, Hill 2, Curry, Hunter, Williams). Steals: 10 (Laettner 2, Mills 2, Stackhouse 2, Buechler, Hunter, M Moore, Williams).

PORTLAND (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pippen 25 5-12 0-0 0-4 3 5 12 Wallace 40 9-15 2-6 3-9 1 2 20 Sabonis 22 5-7 4-4 2-7 4 1 15 Smith 38 9-13 1-1 1-3 0 3 20 Stoudamire 29 2-9 0-0 1-3 7 2 4 Wells 23 2-8 4-5 1-3 3 3 8 Schrempf 22 2-7 2-2 1-5 2 1 6 Oneal 12 2-6 1-1 3-4 1 0 5 Anthony 19 1-4 1-2 0-0 4 1 3 Augmon 10 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 4 2 G Grant DNP - coach's decision Harvey DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-85 15-21 12-38 25 22 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.447, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Pippen 2-5, Sabonis 1-1, Smith 1-3, Schrempf 0-3, Anthony 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Oneal 3, Wallace 2). Turnovers: 15 (Stoudamire 3, Wells 3, Anthony 2, Sabonis 2, Pippen, Wallace). Steals: 8 (Wallace 2, Wells 2, Augmon, Pippen, Smith, Stoudamire). ____________________________________________ Detroit 24 24 28 28 - 104 Portland 33 28 20 14 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Portland 1 (Wallace, 0:34 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,452. T: 2:15. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Bennett Salvatore, Nolan Fine.


Game Story

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons are starting to play their best basketball at the right time of the season. The Portland Trail Blazers are picking the wrong time to play their worst.

Grant Hill scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half as the Pistons rallied for a surprising 104-95 victory over the Trail Blazers, who may have lost more than a game.

Detroit struggled the entire first half and fell behind by 13 points at halftime. But the Pistons awoke in the second half, outscoring Portland, 56-34, to improve to 3-0 on a five-game road trip and win for the seventh time in nine games under interim coach George Irvine.

The turning point occurred with four minutes left in the third quarter when Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis went down with a right foot injury while trying to corral a pass from Rasheed Wallace. He left with the Blazers holding a 75-64 advantage and did not return.

Without the 7-3 Sabonis around in the fourth quarter, the Pistons and Hill had a much easier time getting off their shots as they made 12-of-19 attempts. Hill scored 14 points in the period.

"Grant Hill took over the game. He was terrific, especially in the second half," Irvine said. "He's like a great player who has raised his game. He's like the top players of all time."

X-rays on Sabonis' foot were negative. He left the arena on crutches and is listed as day-to-day.

"We have to figure out a way out of this pretty soon, especially if we are going to lose Sabas for any length of time," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He's been our anchor since the All-Star break. If we were to lose him, it would be a major problem but if that happens we will have to play through it."

Portland already is without key low-post defender Brian Grant, who is on the injured list with a strained arch.

Wallace and Steve Smith netted 20 points apiece for the Blazers, who have gone 5-5 since dropping a 90-87 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers on February 29 that knocked them out of first place in the Pacific Division.

A dunk by Jermaine O'Neal early in the fourth quarter gave the Blazers an 83-76 advantage. But Hill, who has disappeared in the fourth quarter at times this season, became very visible tonight, scoring eight straight points to give Detroit an 84-83 lead with 7:26 to go.

"Sabonis getting hurt took the wind out of our team," O'Neal said. "Sabas is a big factor and if he goes down that's a big blow for our team. He is a force and we need him to win ballgames."

Hill made just 4-of-10 shots through the first three quarters before making 7-of-8 attempts from the field in the final 12 minutes.

The contest was tied, 87-87, with just over five minutes remaining before the Pistons moved in front for good. Terry Mills drilled a 3-pointer and Hill followed with a 20-footer for a 92-87 lead with 3:57 to go.

"We worked our way back into the game in the third quarter and Terry hit some big shots off the high screens," Hill said. "It feels like three to four years ago when we used to do that all the time. We got some big stops at the end."

Scottie Pippen nailed a 3-pointer to pull the Blazers within two. But Hill hit a jumper, Mills a 3-pointer and Stackhouse scored five consecutive points to give the Pistons a 102-90 advantage with 81 seconds to play.

"It was a great win. It was definitely a win we talked about getting when we came out west," Mills said. "We wanted to sweep this road trip. I'm sure there are a lot of people back east that said Detroit would get theirs on this West Coast road trip. Well, we've shown them so far."

Stackhouse finished with 23 points and Mills added 16 for the Pistons, who shot 52 percent (39-of-75) and held a 75-39 rebounding advantage.

"We were just hoping to find somebody to make the open shots in the fourth quarter, whether it's Grant, Lindsey (Hunter), Terry or me," Stackhouse said. "We have a lot of guys who can make the big plays, and Grant was the guy who did it tonight."

Wallace, a college teammate of Stackhouse's at North Carolina, scored 10 points in the first quarter, helping the Blazers open a 33-24 advantage. He had 15 by intermission as the lead grew to 61-48.

Sabonis netted 15 points before leaving with his injury and Pippen had 12 for Portland, which shot 45 percent (38-of-85) and was showered with boos by the crowd of 20,452 late in the contest.

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