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NBA FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT TOTAL --- --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 20 17 17 31 12 97 DETROIT 23 20 25 17 8 93 FINAL IN 1ST OT

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - EDDIE JONES 25, TIM HARDAWAY 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14 DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 36, JERRY STACKHOUSE 21, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 18, BRIAN GRANT 10 DET - BEN WALLACE 20, BILLY OWENS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 8, MICHAEL CURRY 4

ATT: 15,454


Extended Box

MIAMI (97) AT DETROIT (93) - FINAL IN OT

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

BOWEN F 27 1-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 3 MASON F 45 2-7 10-16 5 13 18 4 5 1 0 14 GRANT C 43 6-11 2-2 3 7 10 0 2 0 3 14 HARDAWAY G 38 6-17 4-4 0 2 2 7 2 2 4 17 JONES G 39 7-16 8-10 2 4 6 1 2 1 1 25 CARTER 18 4-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 1 1 8 MAJERLE 30 2-4 1-1 1 1 2 4 3 1 1 6 GREEN 20 4-8 2-4 4 3 7 0 0 1 0 10 HOUSE 5 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION CEBALLOS DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACLEAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 32-82 27-37 15 34 49 20 19 7 11 97 (.390) (.730) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

CURRY F 35 3-4 3-4 0 1 1 4 0 0 2 9 SMITH F 35 3-10 0-0 1 3 4 0 6 1 1 6 B WALLACE C 45 1-3 0-0 5 15 20 1 3 0 0 2 ATKINS G 44 15-28 1-4 0 3 3 0 4 2 3 36 STACKHOUSE G 47 4-23 12-15 2 2 4 8 5 0 2 21 M MOORE 22 4-6 0-0 2 2 4 2 4 0 0 8 CARDINAL 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 OWENS 21 4-9 0-0 4 5 9 2 3 2 1 9 CLEAVES 10 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 BARROS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 J WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMSON DNP - FLU

TOTALS 265 35-85 16-23 14 32 46 19 28 5 13 93 (.412) (.696) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 13(11 PTS)

MIAMI 20 17 17 31 12 - 97 DETROIT 23 20 25 17 8 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MASON, BOWEN, GRANT. DETROIT - B WALLACE 4, M MOORE, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 6-23 (.261), BOWEN 1-4, HARDAWAY 1-10, JONES 3-6, MAJERLE 1-2, HOUSE 0-1. DETROIT 7-18 (.389), ATKINS 5-13, STACKHOUSE 1-4, OWENS 1-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ASSISTANT COACH MCHONE. OFFICIALS: BLANE REICHELT, DICK BAVETTA, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 15,454. T - 2:31.


Box Score

MIAMI (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 27 1-8 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 Mason 45 2-7 10-16 5-18 4 5 14 Grant 43 6-11 2-2 3-10 0 2 14 Hardaway 38 6-17 4-4 0-2 7 2 17 Jones 39 7-16 8-10 2-6 1 2 25 Carter 18 4-7 0-0 0-2 3 3 8 Majerle 30 2-4 1-1 1-2 4 3 6 Green 20 4-8 2-4 4-7 0 0 10 House 5 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Ceballos DNP - coach's decision Maclean DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 32-82 27-37 15-49 20 19 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.390, FT-.730. 3-Point Goals: 6-23, .261 (Bowen 1-4, Hardaway 1-10, Jones 3-6, Majerle 1-2, House 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Mason, Bowen, Grant). Turnovers: 11 (Hardaway 4, Grant 3, Bowen, Carter, Jones, Majerle). Steals: 7 (Hardaway 2, Carter, Green, Jones, Majerle, Mason).

DETROIT (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 35 3-4 3-4 0-1 4 0 9 Smith 35 3-10 0-0 1-4 0 6 6 B Wallace 45 1-3 0-0 5-20 1 3 2 Atkins 44 15-28 1-4 0-3 0 4 36 Stackhouse 47 4-23 12-15 2-4 8 5 21 M Moore 22 4-6 0-0 2-4 2 4 8 Cardinal 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Owens 21 4-9 0-0 4-9 2 3 9 Cleaves 10 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Barros 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J Wallace DNP - coach's decision Williamson DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 265 35-85 16-23 14-46 19 28 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Atkins 5-13, Stackhouse 1-4, Owens 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 6 (B Wallace 4, M Moore, Smith). Turnovers: 13 (Atkins 3, Cleaves 2, Curry 2, Stackhouse 2, Barros, Cardinal, Owens, Smith). Steals: 5 (Atkins 2, Owens 2, Smith). _________________________________________________ Miami 20 17 17 31 12 - 97 Detroit 23 20 25 17 8 - 93 _________________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Assistant Coach Mchone, 1:28 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,454. T: 2:31. Officials: Blane Reichelt, Dick Bavetta, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Eddie Jones got the Miami Heat to overtime, and Tim Hardaway carried them from there.

Jones scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and Hardaway had six in overtime, lifting the Heat to a 97-93 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

It did not look like the Heat would make it to overtime after Chucky Atkins' 3-pointer gave Detroit a 76-62 advantage with 7:49 left in the fourth quarter.

But Jones took over, scoring 16 points the rest of the period, including a pair of foul shots with 11 seconds left that tied it at 85-85.

"We were doing everything possible to get absolutely blown out in that game," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "Then we had about a four- or five-minute run of defensive pressure and traps that got us under 10. Then Eddie Jones came up big and Tim came up big. We were fortunate to get back in it."

In overtime, Anthony Mason converted a three-point play with 62 seconds left to put Miami ahead for good, 93-91. After Mason blocked Jerry Stackhouse on the ensuing possession, Hardaway provided the dagger with a long jumper for a four-point lead with 24 seconds to go.

Atkins answered with a basket for Detroit before Hardaway sealed things with two free throws with 16 seconds to go.

"Eddie Jones just took over the game. But before that, Brian Grant kept us in it," Hardaway said. "We got it within 11, then nine and then Jones made things happen. We knew we could win in overtime if we just played good, straight defense and executed on the offensive end."

Jones finished with 25 points and Hardaway 17 for the Heat, who have won all three meetings with Detroit this season.

"When we were down 14, we thought we just had to be aggressive and do whatever it takes to get back in the game," Jones said. "Everybody was creating shots for each other. It just happened the guys got me the ball and I was shooting it. I felt good with my shot. If my shot was open, I was going to take it."

Atkins netted a career-high 36 points and Ben Wallace grabbed 20 rebounds for the Pistons, who suffered their fourth straight loss.

Jones started the Heat's comeback in the fourth quarter by scoring five straight points and Dan Majerle drilled a 3-pointer, cutting the deficit to 76-69 with 6:09 left.

Atkins, who also provided headaches for the Heat last month when he scored 25 points against them, nailed a 3-pointer with 1:46 to play, giving Detroit an 84-77 lead.

A critical mistake by Atkins, however, gave the Heat a chance. Atkins stole the ball from Hardaway but tried an alley-oop pass to Stackhouse that went out of bounds with 87 seconds left.

"I feel terrible. I made the mistake that cost us the game," Atkins said. "I had a chance to slow things down and make sure we got a shot in a key situation, and I threw the ball away trying a lob. It was a careless mistake on my part. I should know better than that."

Detroit coach George Irvine also was critical of Atkins' miscue.

"A fastbreak lob in that situation is a ridiculous play," he said. "If there's any doubt, you pull it out. If we make the right play there, we win the game."

The Heat were able to rally behind behind Jones, who hit a pair of 3-pointers around a free throw by Stackhouse that brought Miami within 85-83 with 55 seconds left.

Atkins missed a 3-pointer on Detroit's next possession, leaving the door open for Miami. Jones was fouled by Stackhouse with 11 seconds left and hit the ensuing free throws.

"Even after that, after the two 3-pointers by Eddie Jones, we still had the game won and we take a shortcut. Eddie Jones walks by his defensive guy, gets fouled and ties the game. If you take shortcuts in practice and early in the game, pretty soon you're taking shortcuts late in the game. We had to make one (darn) play to win the game and we didn't do it."

Detroit had a last chance win, but Joe Smith and Billy Owens both missed badly on jumpers. The Pistons could not get the ball to Stackhouse, the NBA's third-leading scorer, who finished with 21 points on 4-of-23 shooting.

After Stackhouse made two foul shots, Majerle nailed a 3-pointer to put the Heat in front for the first time, 90-89, with 2:03 left in overtime. Atkins answered with a basket to give Detroit its last lead.

Mason added 14 points and 18 rebounds and Brian Grant 14 and 10 for the Heat, who shot 39 percent (32-of-82) and held a 49-46 edge on the boards. It was Grant's 100th career double-double.

Detroit, which held a 43-37 halftime advantage, shot 41 percent (35-of-85).

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