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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 20 18 14 21 73 INDIANA 26 20 16 20 82 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 40, JOHN WALLACE 11, JOE SMITH 9 IND - REGGIE MILLER 19, AL HARRINGTON 16, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND: DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 13, BEN WALLACE 11 IND - JERMAINE ONEAL 12, AUSTIN CROSHERE 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 4, JERRY STACKHOUSE 3 IND - JALEN ROSE 9, TRAVIS BEST 7

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

DETROIT (73) AT INDIANA (82)

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

CURRY F 17 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 4 SMITH F 25 1-5 7-9 3 5 8 1 3 1 2 9 B WALLACE C 32 0-5 1-2 5 6 11 2 0 1 1 1 ATKINS G 26 1-10 0-0 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 3 STACKHOUSE G 44 14-28 9-10 1 3 4 3 2 0 4 40 J WALLACE 30 5-11 0-0 0 5 5 1 6 0 1 11 J WILLIAMS 27 1-3 1-2 5 8 13 1 4 2 3 3 BARROS 21 1-10 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 BUECHLER 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 MONTROSS 6 0-2 0-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 CLEAVES 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M MOORE 7 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 25-82 18-25 15 34 49 14 23 5 14 73 (.305) (.720) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 15(8 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 31 5-12 5-6 1 5 6 1 3 1 1 16 ONEAL F 36 3-11 0-0 3 9 12 4 4 1 1 6 TABAK C 15 3-6 0-0 2 3 5 1 4 0 3 6 R MILLER G 41 8-15 2-2 0 2 2 2 2 1 1 19 ROSE G 38 3-11 0-0 0 2 2 9 5 1 1 7 BEST 27 2-8 6-6 3 2 5 7 1 4 1 11 PERKINS 22 3-7 0-0 1 5 6 2 1 0 1 6 CROSHERE 23 3-9 3-4 1 6 7 1 2 0 0 11 FOSTER 6 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 J BENDER 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MCKEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-79 16-18 11 36 47 27 22 8 9 82 (.380) (.889) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 12(8 PTS)

DETROIT 20 18 14 21 - 73 INDIANA 26 20 16 20 - 82

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WALLACE 4, J WALLACE, MONTROSS. INDIANA - ONEAL 4, ROSE 2, HARRINGTON 2, PERKINS, TABAK, BEST. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-16 (.313), ATKINS 1-4, STACKHOUSE 3-7, J WALLACE 1-1, BARROS 0-2, BUECHLER 0-1, CLEAVES 0-1. INDIANA 6-17 (.353), HARRINGTON 1-1, R MILLER 1-4, ROSE 1-4, BEST 1-1, PERKINS 0-2, CROSHERE 2-5. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, GREG WILLARD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 18,345. T - 2:12.


Box Score

DETROIT (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 17 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 2 4 Smith 25 1-5 7-9 3-8 1 3 9 B Wallace 32 0-5 1-2 5-11 2 0 1 Atkins 26 1-10 0-0 0-2 4 2 3 Stackhouse 44 14-28 9-10 1-4 3 2 40 J Wallace 30 5-11 0-0 0-5 1 6 11 J Williams 27 1-3 1-2 5-13 1 4 3 Barros 21 1-10 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 Buechler 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Montross 6 0-2 0-2 0-1 0 1 0 Cleaves 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Moore 7 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-82 18-25 15-49 14 23 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.305, FT-.720. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Atkins 1-4, Stackhouse 3-7, J Wallace 1-1, Barros 0-2, Buechler 0-1, Cleaves 0-1). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 6 (B Wallace 4, J Wallace, Montross). Turnovers: 15 (Stackhouse 4, J Williams 3, Smith 2, Atkins, B Wallace, Barros, Curry, J Wallace). Steals: 5 (J Williams 2, B Wallace, Curry, Smith).

INDIANA (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 31 5-12 5-6 1-6 1 3 16 Oneal 36 3-11 0-0 3-12 4 4 6 Tabak 15 3-6 0-0 2-5 1 4 6 R Miller 41 8-15 2-2 0-2 2 2 19 Rose 38 3-11 0-0 0-2 9 5 7 Best 27 2-8 6-6 3-5 7 1 11 Perkins 22 3-7 0-0 1-6 2 1 6 Croshere 23 3-9 3-4 1-7 1 2 11 Foster 6 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 J Bender 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Mckey DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-79 16-18 11-47 27 22 82 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.380, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (Harrington 1-1, R Miller 1-4, Rose 1-4, Best 1-1, Perkins 0-2, Croshere 2-5). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 11 (Oneal 4, Rose 2, Harrington 2, Perkins, Tabak, Best). Turnovers: 12 (Tabak 3, Best, Harrington, Oneal, Perkins, R Miller, Rose). Steals: 8 (Best 4, Harrington, Oneal, R Miller, Rose). ____________________________________________ Detroit 20 18 14 21 - 73 Indiana 26 20 16 20 - 82 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Detroit 1 (Barros, 1:45 1st). A: 18,345. T: 2:12. Officials: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Indiana Pacers continued to struggle in their efforts to find offense but had enough to snap a three-game losing streak with an 82-73 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Coming off their worst offensive showing in nearly three years, the Pacers held Detroit's comeback bid despite scoring just 36 points in the second half.

On Tuesday, Indiana suffered a 77-66 loss to Charlotte, its lowest total since March 28, 1998, when San Antonio held Indiana to 55 points, an NBA record at the time.

Reggie Miller scored 19 points for Indiana, which won for just the second time in its last nine contests. The Pacers remained one-half game behind Boston in the battle for the final playoff in the Eastern Conference.

"We'll definitely take it," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said. "I thought our defensive effort was great. When you hold a team to the 30s (shooting percentage) at home you should win. We just got to find a way to make easy baskets."

The Pistons shot just 30.5 percent (25-of-82) from the field and matched their lowest point total of the season. They were held below 90 points for only the third time.

"We didn't get any easy shots, but we couldn't hit the shots we got," Detroit coach George Irvine said. "I was pleased with our effort. Our decision making wasn't great. The way we were shooting was bad and we were reluctant to pass it outside because of our poor shooting."

Indiana made just 5-of-20 shots in the fourth quarter but hit 4-of-9 3-pointers in the period and converted 6-of-6 free throws in the final 20 seconds.

Al Harrington added 16 points for the Pacers and also inadvertently made his first 3-pointer of the season on an attempted alley-oop pass. The shot gave Indiana the lead for good, 17-15, with 4:23 left in the first period.

"I was trying to throw a little lob to Travis (Best) on the other side of the basket," Harrington said. "That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes, you miss easy layups, sometimes you just throw the ball in."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 40 points for Detroit, the sixth time he has reached that mark this season. It was seven more than the rest of the team combined. John Wallace was the only other Piston in double figures with 11.

"We knew he was a great ballplayer and we knew he'd put it up about 25 times but we wanted to concentrate on stopping the other Pistons," Pacers guard Jalen Rose said. "We must maintain our effort and balance for transition points."

Stackhouse made 14-of-28 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line. Wallace and Chucky Atkins, who was 1-of-10, were the only other Detroit players to attempt more than nine shots.

"Jerry had the majority of our shots but Jerry usually takes the majority of our shots," Irvine said. "He threw up a lot of forced shots but he was probably frustrated and felt he needed to."

"I'm not one to make excuses normally but I think fatigue was a factor tonight," added Stackhouse, whose club was playing its second game in as many nights. "We just couldn't get any shots to go down."

Indiana opened its biggest lead at 56-42 on Jermaine O'Neal's layup with 7:38 left in the third quarter before Detroit twice pulled within four in the final period.

"We've got to keep executing throughout the game," Thomas said. "We'll have one good quarter or two good quarters but we've got to do it offensively and defensively throughout the game."

Detroit scored the first six points of the fourth, closing to 62-58 on a 16-foot jumper by Dana Barros with 9:54 remaining. Austin Croshere helped stop Detroit's momentum with a pair of crucial 3-pointers that gave the Pacers a 71-63 edge with 7:26 left.

"Isiah gave me a bigger role tonight and stuck with me when I was missing shots," said Croshere, who scored 11 points. "This gave me the confidence and allowed me to perform at the level I'd like to perform the rest of the season."

The Pistons pulled within 71-67 on Stackhouse's layup with 4:10 to play but Barros missed a layup on Detroit's next possession. Miller was left alone for a breakaway layup at the other end, giving Indiana a 73-67 lead with 3:40 left.

"Usually, we're searching for some defense and our offense is usually there but tonight our defense was OK," Stackhouse said. "We held them to 70-some points and tonight we just didn't have enough offense."

Detroit scored just one point over the next three minutes and Rose drilled a 3-pointer to make it 76-68 with 1:26 to go.

"We must find a way to build on this win and let this keep us going in the right direction," Rose said.

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