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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 24 23 15 26 88 NEW YORK 23 24 28 25 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 24, MIKKI MOORE 14, JOHN CROTTY 12 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 29, LATRELL SPREWELL 16, KURT THOMAS 14

HIGH REBOUND: DET - THREE PLAYERS WITH 6 NYK - PATRICK EWING 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - JOHN CROTTY 5, LINDSEY HUNTER 4 NYK - CHARLIE WARD 9, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

DETROIT (88) AT NEW YORK (100)

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

CURRY F 31 1-4 7-7 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 9 LAETTNER F 23 1-4 1-2 1 5 6 1 3 1 2 3 MILLS C 19 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 7 HUNTER G 30 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 4 2 1 2 2 STACKHOUSE G 27 10-17 4-5 2 4 6 1 2 1 6 24 CROTTY 27 3-6 4-6 1 1 2 5 0 0 4 12 BUECHLER 24 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 7 MONTROSS 9 1-3 2-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 4 WILLIAMS 24 1-6 4-4 1 3 4 1 2 3 1 6 VAUGHT 9 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 1 0 0 M MOORE 17 7-9 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 1 14 HILL DNP - BONE BRUISE

TOTALS 240 30-67 24-28 8 26 34 14 24 8 18 88 (.448) (.857) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 31 6-11 0-1 2 3 5 1 1 2 1 12 SPREWELL F 36 5-11 6-7 0 0 0 5 3 0 2 16 EWING C 33 6-9 1-4 2 7 9 1 4 1 2 13 HOUSTON G 37 9-15 7-8 0 4 4 2 3 2 2 29 WARD G 23 3-7 0-0 0 1 1 9 2 1 0 7 THOMAS 32 4-6 6-7 2 3 5 2 3 1 1 14 WALLACE 7 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 CHILDS 25 1-2 2-2 0 3 3 5 3 1 1 4 BRUNSON 13 2-4 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 0 4 5 DUDLEY 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 WINGATE 1 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-70 23-30 7 24 31 26 23 8 14 100 (.514) (.767) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

DETROIT 24 23 15 26 - 88 NEW YORK 23 24 28 25 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - M MOORE 2, LAETTNER. NEW YORK - THOMAS, EWING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 4-11 (.364), MILLS 1-3, STACKHOUSE 0-2, CROTTY 2-4, BUECHLER 1-1, WILLIAMS 0-1. NEW YORK 5-13 (.385), L JOHNSON 0-2, HOUSTON 4-5, WARD 1-5, BRUNSON 0-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, LAETTNER. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, DEREK RICHARDSON, GREG WILLARD. A - 19,763. T - 2:12.


Box Score

DETROIT (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 31 1-4 7-7 0-0 0 4 9 Laettner 23 1-4 1-2 1-6 1 3 3 Mills 19 2-5 2-2 0-1 0 3 7 Hunter 30 1-7 0-0 0-3 4 2 2 Stackhouse 27 10-17 4-5 2-6 1 2 24 Crotty 27 3-6 4-6 1-2 5 0 12 Buechler 24 3-4 0-0 0-1 2 2 7 Montross 9 1-3 2-2 0-1 0 2 4 Williams 24 1-6 4-4 1-4 1 2 6 Vaught 9 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 0 M Moore 17 7-9 0-0 2-6 0 3 14 Hill DNP - bone bruise _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-67 24-28 8-34 14 24 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Mills 1-3, Stackhouse 0-2, Crotty 2-4, Buechler 1-1, Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (M Moore 2, Laettner). Turnovers: 19 (Stackhouse 6, Crotty 4, Hunter 2, Laettner 2, Curry, M Moore, Mills, Williams). Steals: 8 (Williams 3, Hunter, Laettner, Montross, Stackhouse, Vaught).

NEW YORK (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 31 6-11 0-1 2-5 1 1 12 Sprewell 36 5-11 6-7 0-0 5 3 16 Ewing 33 6-9 1-4 2-9 1 4 13 Houston 37 9-15 7-8 0-4 2 3 29 Ward 23 3-7 0-0 0-1 9 2 7 Thomas 32 4-6 6-7 2-5 2 3 14 Wallace 7 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Childs 25 1-2 2-2 0-3 5 3 4 Brunson 13 2-4 1-1 0-2 1 2 5 Dudley 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Wingate 1 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Lang DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-70 23-30 7-31 26 23 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (L Johnson 0-2, Houston 4-5, Ward 1-5, Brunson 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 2 (Thomas, Ewing). Turnovers: 15 (Brunson 4, Ewing 2, Houston 2, Sprewell 2, Childs, L Johnson, Thomas, Wallace). Steals: 8 (Houston 2, L Johnson 2, Childs, Ewing, Thomas, Ward). ____________________________________________ Detroit 24 23 15 26 - 88 New York 23 24 28 25 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (Illegal Defense, 10:49 2nd; Laettner, 5:35 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:12. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Derek Richardson, Greg Willard.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Allan Houston found his shooting touch and the Detroit Pistons are still looking for where they will go in the playoffs.

Houston scored 29 points, leading the New York Knicks to a 100-88 victory over the Pistons, who could have wrapped up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with a win.

A former Piston, Houston has been struggling lately and it has hurt the Knicks, who lost two straight to lottery-bound teams when they still had a chance of catching Miami for the Atlantic Division title.

The game was close throughout the first half, but the Knicks went on a 20-5 charge in the third quarter to open a 74-59 lead on a 3-pointer by Houston with 1:30 left and they cruised from there. Houston and Patrick Ewing scored six points apiece in the run and Latrell Sprewell scored four.

The closest the Pistons got in the fourth quarter was 84-78 when John Crotty hit a 3-pointer with 5:15 to go. But the Knicks went on an 8-1 run, with Houston scoring five points, and Detroit did not challenge again.

Houston shot 9-for-15, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range, and hit 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He had shot a combined 10-for-26 in his last two games, both New York losses.

"Tonight I came out more aggressive, I was being more consistent with my shots that had not been dropping in the last couple games," Houston said. "I took this game seriously because I was looking for my shot, which I made, which helps me and the team. It helps with my aggressiveness. When I'm aggressive, it definitely helps, and I'm the type of person that it helps when I'm thinking that way, because my natural instinct is to pass the ball anyway."

"I don't think Allan needs confidence, I just think he needed to start shooting the ball without hesitation again," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "He just has to shoot the ball when he's open and when he does that he will make enough. Allan should think shoot first and second and then if they take away the shot, then drive it and if they take away the drive, then pass."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points for Detroit but did not play in the fourth quarter. The Pistons were without All-Star forward Grant Hill, who sat out the game with a bone bruise in his left ankle.

The Pistons (41-40) need to win their last game against Chicago on Wednesday to clinch the seventh seed. Milwaukee, the only team that can catch them, hosts Washington in its season finale on Wednesday.

"Tonight was a very important game for us to win but we didn't, and tomorrow is a must-win situation," Stackhouse said. "We came out sluggish tonight, we were slow offensively and getting back on defense."

New York's dreams of catching Miami ended with Saturday's 106-96 loss to Cleveland. The Knicks were assured the third spot in the East when Philadelphia lost to Indiana on Monday. The Knicks will face Toronto in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Knicks played without sixth man Marcus Camby, who bruised his right knee on Saturday. An MRI revealed no ligament damage but Camby was placed on the injured list today. The athletic forward-center was sidelined for 17 games earlier this season with a strained ACL in the same knee.

Sprewell scored 16 points, Kurt Thomas 14, Ewing added 13 and nine rebounds, Larry Johnson scored 12 and Charlie Ward dished out nine assists for New York.

Mikki Moore added 14 points and Crotty 12 for the Pistons, who committed 19 turnovers, which led to 22 points for the Knicks.

"I was disappointed in how we played defense and offense," Pistons interim coach George Irvine said. "One-on-1 against the New York Knicks means you're playing 1-on-5. They come over and help, they are a great defensive team."

The Knicks (50-31) beat the Pistons for the 14th time in the last 15 games at Madison Square Garden and improved to 33-8 at home, their best mark since the 1992-93 season, when they went 37-4.

It was the Knicks' first 50-win season since 1996-97, when they went 57-25 in their first full season under Van Gundy.

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