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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 27 17 16 15 75 DETROIT 28 27 30 23 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - RON ARTEST 16, ELTON BRAND 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 11 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 23, JOE SMITH 16, MATEEN CLEAVES 13

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - BRAD MILLER 10, DALIBOR BAGARIC 6 DET - BEN WALLACE 15, MIKKI MOORE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - BRAD MILLER 4, FRED HOIBERG 4 DET - MATEEN CLEAVES 8, JERRY STACKHOUSE 6

ATT: 16,765


Extended Box

CHICAGO (75) AT DETROIT (108)

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

ARTEST F 30 6-11 2-4 2 2 4 0 3 3 1 16 BRAND F 29 7-15 1-4 1 4 5 3 3 0 2 15 MILLER C 22 0-7 2-4 2 8 10 4 2 1 2 2 HOIBERG G 29 5-8 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 2 0 11 DREW G 27 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 5 C BENJAMIN 14 0-6 2-2 3 1 4 0 2 1 2 2 FIZER 29 4-14 3-3 0 4 4 1 2 0 0 11 BAGARIC 16 1-4 2-6 3 3 6 0 2 0 2 4 CRAWFORD 24 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 4 1 8 GUYTON 12 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 RUFFIN 8 0-2 1-2 2 3 5 0 2 2 3 1 MERCER DNP - LEFT ANKLE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 29-85 13-25 13 31 44 17 19 13 17 75 (.341) (.520) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 18(17 PTS)

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

CURRY F 20 3-4 1-1 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 7 SMITH F 25 4-6 8-8 1 5 6 0 4 0 0 16 B WALLACE C 25 3-7 2-3 1 14 15 1 3 1 0 8 STACKHOUSE G 37 10-20 0-0 1 3 4 6 1 1 1 23 ATKINS G 19 4-8 0-1 0 0 0 2 1 2 2 8 CLEAVES 29 5-7 2-2 0 0 0 8 0 0 2 13 OWENS 18 0-3 0-0 0 5 5 1 3 2 3 0 WILLIAMSON 21 5-9 1-2 2 5 7 0 3 1 4 11 M MOORE 23 5-7 2-2 2 6 8 0 3 1 1 12 BARROS 13 1-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 2 J WALLACE 6 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 6 BUECHLER 4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 44-81 16-19 7 43 50 20 21 9 17 108 (.543) (.842) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 17(10 PTS)

CHICAGO 27 17 16 15 - 75 DETROIT 28 27 30 23 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - C BENJAMIN, CRAWFORD, RUFFIN. DETROIT - M MOORE 2, STACKHOUSE, SMITH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 4-13 (.308), ARTEST 2-2, HOIBERG 1-3, DREW 1-4, C BENJAMIN 0-2, FIZER 0-1, GUYTON 0-1. DETROIT 4-14 (.286), STACKHOUSE 3-7, ATKINS 0-2, CLEAVES 1-1, BARROS 0-2, J WALLACE 0-1, BUECHLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, BENNIE ADAMS, TONY BROTHERS. A - 16,765.


Box Score

CHICAGO (75) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 30 6-11 2-4 2-4 0 3 16 Brand 29 7-15 1-4 1-5 3 3 15 Miller 22 0-7 2-4 2-10 4 2 2 Hoiberg 29 5-8 0-0 0-3 4 1 11 Drew 27 2-8 0-0 0-2 2 1 5 C Benjamin 14 0-6 2-2 3-4 0 2 2 Fizer 29 4-14 3-3 0-4 1 2 11 Bagaric 16 1-4 2-6 3-6 0 2 4 Crawford 24 4-7 0-0 0-1 3 0 8 Guyton 12 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Ruffin 8 0-2 1-2 2-5 0 2 1 Mercer DNP - left ankle sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-85 13-25 13-44 17 19 75 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.341, FT-.520. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Artest 2-2, Hoiberg 1-3, Drew 1-4, C Benjamin 0-2, Fizer 0-1, Guyton 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (C Benjamin, Crawford, Ruffin). Turnovers: 18 (Ruffin 3, Bagaric 2, Brand 2, C Benjamin 2, Drew 2, Guyton 2, Miller 2, Artest, Crawford). Steals: 13 (Crawford 4, Artest 3, Hoiberg 2, Ruffin 2, C Benjamin, Miller).

DETROIT (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 20 3-4 1-1 0-0 2 2 7 Smith 25 4-6 8-8 1-6 0 4 16 B Wallace 25 3-7 2-3 1-15 1 3 8 Stackhouse 37 10-20 0-0 1-4 6 1 23 Atkins 19 4-8 0-1 0-0 2 1 8 Cleaves 29 5-7 2-2 0-0 8 0 13 Owens 18 0-3 0-0 0-5 1 3 0 Williamson 21 5-9 1-2 2-7 0 3 11 M Moore 23 5-7 2-2 2-8 0 3 12 Barros 13 1-4 0-0 0-3 0 1 2 J Wallace 6 3-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 6 Buechler 4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-81 16-19 7-50 20 21 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.543, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Stackhouse 3-7, Atkins 0-2, Cleaves 1-1, Barros 0-2, J Wallace 0-1, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (M Moore 2, Stackhouse, Smith). Turnovers: 17 (Williamson 4, Owens 3, Atkins 2, Cleaves 2, J Wallace 2, Barros, Curry, M Moore, Stackhouse). Steals: 9 (Atkins 2, Owens 2, B Wallace, Curry, M Moore, Stackhouse, Williamson). ____________________________________________ Chicago 27 17 16 15 - 75 Detroit 28 27 30 23 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,765. Officials: Dan Crawford, Bennie Adams, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Facing the league's worst team, the Detroit Pistons enjoyed a rare laugher, rolling to a 108-75 rout of the Chicago Bulls.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 23 points and Ben Wallace grabbed 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who posted their most lopsided victory of the season.

Chicago led 39-38 midway through the second period but Detroit finished the quarter with a 17-5 burst to build a 55-44 halftime lead.

The Pistons allowed just 31 points in the second half, opening their biggest advantage at 104-65 on former Bull Jud Buechler's jumper with 2:35 left.

"These are the kind of games I like," Detroit coach George Irvine said. "We were really good defensively. I was scared because they're playing very well. They've been sharing the basketball and (Elton) Brand is a load inside but I thought we stepped up and defended well."

"After the first quarter and a half, it looked like a recreation game," Chicago coach Tim Floyd added. "I thought we got settled down in the third quarter but it never really worked out for us."

The Bulls were coming off an 87-74 victory over Cleveland and had won two of previous three games. But Chicago played without second-leading scorer Ron Mercer, who sat out with a sprained left ankle.

"Every game's not gonna be the same," Stackhouse said. "If we play them tomorrow night, it could be a half-court, slow game. Different lineups, different matchups. They didn't have Mercer. He provides good matchups for them. They didn't have him, so we took advantage of it."

Detroit appeared headed for its best defensive effort of the season before a late spurt allowed the Bulls to surpass 70 points. The Pistons' season low for an opponent came in a 92-69 victory over Atlanta on December 13.

"We know they go to the boards well," Wallace said. "They're a good offensive rebounding team, so we knew if we got some rebounds, we'd get some easy baskets on the break."

Detroit outrebounded Chicago, 50-43, leading to 19 fast-break points.

"We wanted to keep them off the boards and when we got the ball, to do what we could to push it," said Detroit's Joe Smith, who played despite a sore ankle. "We got the outlet to the guards. Most of the time we did a pretty good job of executing the offense."

Smith, who played only four minutes in Detroit's last game, scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in 25 minutes.

"I did some movement drills this morning to test it out," Smith said. "It felt pretty good after the shootaround, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Once I ran up and down a few times, it felt pretty good."

Ron Artest scored 15 points for Chicago, which suffered its 17th straight road loss and dropped to 1-9 against the Pistons under coach Tim Floyd.

Detroit shot 54 percent (44-of-81) from the field while holding Chicago to just 34 percent (29-of-85).

"I thought they came out and really established their transition game," Floyd said. "Their pressure really bothered us tonight and got us in frenzy. I thought it was a real departure on our part from where we've been since the All-Star break. They're terrific in transition. They're good finishers."

"The Pistons wanted to come out and run and we never established anything in our transition defense, which really had been pretty good lately," Chicago guard Fred Hoiberg added. "That's the reason we've been holding (foes) to 80 points per game."

But the Pistons were unstoppable. Rookie Mateen Cleaves, Mikki Moore and Corliss Williamson all provided sparks off the bench with double-figure games and combined for 36 points.

"It helps offensively when you have both Joe and Corliss in there," Wallace said. "That way we didn't have a lull offensively. We were able to keep somebody fresh in there and that makes it tough on the defense."

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