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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 27 29 29 19 104 TORONTO 24 22 24 25 95 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 44, CHUCKY ATKINS 21, BEN WALLACE 9 TOR - VINCE CARTER 26, MORRIS PETERSON 14, CHARLES OAKLEY 13

HIGH REBOUND: DET - BEN WALLACE 12, JEROME WILLIAMS 8 TOR - THREE PLAYERS WITH 10

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 7, BEN WALLACE 4 TOR - MARK JACKSON 12, CHARLES OAKLEY 4

ATT: 19,800


Extended Box

DETROIT (104) AT TORONTO (95)

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

OWENS F 18 4-6 0-1 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 8 B WALLACE F 38 4-6 1-2 3 9 12 4 2 0 3 9 MONTROSS C 16 1-4 0-0 2 2 4 0 5 0 0 2 ATKINS G 37 10-25 0-2 1 4 5 7 0 2 0 21 STACKHOUSE G 42 17-35 9-10 1 4 5 3 1 0 2 44 J WILLIAMS 29 2-2 2-2 1 7 8 3 5 3 0 6 CURRY 13 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 BUECHLER 16 2-2 1-1 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 6 CLEAVES 11 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 M MOORE 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 2 0 J WALLACE 9 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 4 CEBALLOS 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 44-93 13-18 11 34 45 21 27 7 12 104 (.473) (.722) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

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

OAKLEY F 36 5-12 3-4 5 5 10 4 4 0 2 13 C WILLIAMSON F 21 3-8 3-6 2 1 3 1 2 0 2 9 A DAVIS C 29 2-12 3-4 5 5 10 1 3 0 4 7 CARTER G 40 9-24 7-10 1 2 3 2 6 4 1 26 JACKSON G 30 1-5 0-0 1 3 4 12 0 1 2 2 PETERSON 24 5-8 1-2 1 3 4 3 2 1 2 14 K WILLIS 22 4-8 3-5 4 6 10 0 1 0 0 11 A WILLIAMS 13 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 4 BOGUES 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 K DAVID 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 CURRY 16 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 7 CORBIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-93 20-31 20 28 48 27 21 7 15 95 (.376) (.645) TEAM REBS: 18 TOTAL TO: 15(26 PTS)

DETROIT 27 29 29 19 - 104 TORONTO 24 22 24 25 - 95

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - M MOORE 2, STACKHOUSE, J WILLIAMS, MONTROSS, B WALLACE. TORONTO - JACKSON 2, A DAVIS 2, CURRY, K WILLIS, K DAVID. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 3-12 (.250), ATKINS 1-7, STACKHOUSE 1-3, BUECHLER 1-1, CLEAVES 0-1. TORONTO 5-17 (.294), CARTER 1-4, JACKSON 0-2, PETERSON 3-6, A WILLIAMS 0-1, CURRY 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, JIM CLARK, DEE KANTNER. A - 19,800. T - 2:14.


Box Score

DETROIT (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Owens 18 4-6 0-1 2-5 0 3 8 B Wallace 38 4-6 1-2 3-12 4 2 9 Montross 16 1-4 0-0 2-4 0 5 2 Atkins 37 10-25 0-2 1-5 7 0 21 Stackhouse 42 17-35 9-10 1-5 3 1 44 J Williams 29 2-2 2-2 1-8 3 5 6 Curry 13 0-3 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 Buechler 16 2-2 1-1 1-2 1 2 6 Cleaves 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 M Moore 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 5 0 J Wallace 9 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Ceballos 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-93 13-18 11-45 21 27 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.722. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Atkins 1-7, Stackhouse 1-3, Buechler 1-1, Cleaves 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 6 (M Moore 2, Stackhouse, J Williams, Montross, B Wallace). Turnovers: 12 (B Wallace 3, Buechler 2, M Moore 2, Stackhouse 2, Cleaves, J Wallace, Owens). Steals: 7 (J Williams 3, Atkins 2, Cleaves, J Wallace).

TORONTO (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 36 5-12 3-4 5-10 4 4 13 C Williamson 21 3-8 3-6 2-3 1 2 9 A Davis 29 2-12 3-4 5-10 1 3 7 Carter 40 9-24 7-10 1-3 2 6 26 Jackson 30 1-5 0-0 1-4 12 0 2 Peterson 24 5-8 1-2 1-4 3 2 14 K Willis 22 4-8 3-5 4-10 0 1 11 A Williams 13 2-6 0-0 1-1 0 1 4 Bogues 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 3 0 0 K David 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Curry 16 3-8 0-0 0-2 1 2 7 Corbin DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-93 20-31 20-48 27 21 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.376, FT-.645. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Carter 1-4, Jackson 0-2, Peterson 3-6, A Williams 0-1, Curry 1-4). Team rebounds: 18. Blocked shots: 7 (Jackson 2, A Davis 2, Curry, K Willis, K David). Turnovers: 15 (A Davis 4, C Williamson 2, Jackson 2, Oakley 2, Peterson 2, Bogues, Carter, Curry). Steals: 7 (Carter 4, A Williams, Jackson, Peterson). ____________________________________________ Detroit 27 29 29 19 - 104 Toronto 24 22 24 25 - 95 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,800. T: 2:14. Officials: Dan Crawford, Jim Clark, Dee Kantner.


Game Story

TORONTO (Ticker) -- With Grant Hill now in Orlando, Jerry Stackhouse is the new leader of the Detroit Pistons. And it took him one game to prove it.

The All-Star guard scored a career-high 44 points as the Pistons began the post-Hill era with a 104-95 victory over the Toronto Raptors in the season opener for both teams.

Stackhouse was 17-of-35 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line, outplaying Raptors guard Vince Carter in a battle of former University of North Carolina standouts and Eastern Conference All-Stars.

"I hope I can continue to handle to load," said Stackhouse, who averaged 23.6 points alongside Hill last season.

"We let Jerry Stackhouse have too many open shots," Raptors center Antonio Davis said.

Turning in a disappointing effort in their first game under coach Lenny Wilkens, the Raptors had no answer for the Pistons' backcourt tandem of Stackhouse and Chucky Atkins.

The pair combined to take nearly two-thirds of Detroit's 93 shots. Atkins scored 21 points on 10-of-25 shooting. No other Piston had more than nine points.

Atkins and Ben Wallace were the players acquired from Orlando in the sign-and-trade deal that sent Hill to the Magic. Wallace contributed nine points and 12 rebounds.

Stackhouse's 35 shots were the most ever by a Raptors' opponent. Philadelphia's Allen Iverson attempted 34 on December 15, 1999.

"We really should have doubled Stackhouse earlier," Wilkens said. "I'll take the blame for that."

"Jerry was sensational," Detroit coach George Irvine said. "He was unbelievable at times tonight. Toronto was doubling him at the end, but he was still making plays."

Detroit took control late in the third period, opening an 85-66 lead on Stackhouse's uncontested dunk with 1:50 left in the period.

"We have to win with effort and playing good defense," Irvine said. "We have a good feeling of how we need to play. It's nice to start off with a win."

The Raptors made a late run in the fourth quarter, closing to 97-90 on a 3-pointer by rookie Morris Peterson with 2:51 remaining.

After Stackhouse missed a jumper, Toronto had a chance to pull closer, but Charles Oakley's bad pass resulted in a turnover. Atkins drilled a 20-footer to make it 99-90 with 2:02 to go.

Kevin Willis dunked to cut the deficit to 99-92, but Toronto's hopes ended when Carter fouled out with 1:19 left. Atkins hit both foul shots to extend the lead to 101-92.

"Anytime you get up by 19 points on another team's court, you know they will make their run," Atkins said. "We kept our heads together and got the ball to Jerry and he got some big baskets. I also got some big baskets."

Carter scored 26 points but was just 9-of-24 from the field. As a team, Toronto shot just 38 percent (35-of-93).

"I don't see anything positive right now," Carter said. "As a player, you worry about the negatives and try to fix them. We had a lot of miscues and missed a lot of open shots. That's not an excuse and I don't know the reason. It just happens. The Pistons played a complete game."

The Pistons held a 27-24 lead after the first quarter and stretched their advantage to 56-44 at intermission.

Stackhouse helped the Pistons maintain a comfortable margin after the break, scoring 29 points in the second half.

"In the second half, I was relaxed and I got a little run going," Stackhouse said. "Our defense really picked it up. We contained a team that is a good offensive rebounding team."

Peterson, the leading scorer on Michigan State's national championship team last season, had 14 points in 24 minutes in his first NBA game.

"He's a smart player and he's going to be a real factor," Wilkens said of the Raptors' top draft pick.

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