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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DETROIT          20   14   26   31    91   
     NEW YORK         38   26   18   12    94      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DET - RICHARD HAMILTON 31, CLIFF ROBINSON 19, 
                      CHUCKY ATKINS 14
                NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 23, LATRELL SPREWELL 23, 
                      KURT THOMAS 10

HIGH REBOUND:   DET - BEN WALLACE 21, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 7, 
                      CLIFF ROBINSON 6
                NYK - CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 7, ALLAN HOUSTON 
                      5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 8, RICHARD HAMILTON 3, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 2
                NYK - HOWARD EISLEY 8, ALLAN HOUSTON 4, 
                      LATRELL SPREWELL 4

Box Score

DETROIT (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Curry 17 0-0 0-0 0-1 2 2 0 B Wallace 44 5-7 1-2 4-21 0 0 11 Z Rebraca 15 3-8 0-0 1-3 2 1 6 C Billups 7 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 R Hamilton 36 11-18 7-9 1-4 3 5 31 C Robinson 33 8-14 3-6 1-6 1 5 19 C Atkins 41 5-13 4-4 1-4 8 0 14 C Williamson 20 2-13 4-4 6-7 0 2 8 J Barry 19 1-6 0-0 1-3 2 2 2 M Okur 4 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 T Prince 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 H Davis DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-84 19-25 16-51 19 17 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (C Billups 0-1, R Hamilton 2-2, C Robinson 0-1, C Atkins 0-1, J Barry 0-2, T Prince 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:6 (B Wallace 3, C Atkins, R Hamilton, Z Rebraca). Turnovers:13 (C Atkins 4, B Wallace 3, C Robinson 2, C Williamson 2, J Barry, M Curry). Steals: 8 (C Robinson 2, R Hamilton 2, C Williamson, B Wallace, M Curry, C Atkins). NEW YORK (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Sprewell 39 6-19 9-12 1-3 4 1 23 C Weatherspoon 33 3-6 2-4 3-7 0 2 8 K Thomas 31 5-10 0-0 1-4 1 6 10 H Eisley 37 2-4 0-0 0-2 8 4 6 A Houston 35 9-19 4-6 1-5 4 3 23 O Harrington 15 2-2 0-0 1-4 0 1 4 M Doleac 17 3-6 0-0 0-3 0 2 6 S Anderson 18 3-8 2-2 0-2 1 1 8 L Nailon 15 3-6 0-0 0-1 2 1 6 C Ward DNP - LOWER LEG STRAINED T Knight DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 17-24 7-31 20 21 94 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (L Sprewell 2-6, H Eisley 2-2, A Houston 1-2, S Anderson 0-1). Team Rebounds: 13. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers:9 (A Houston 4, L Sprewell 2, H Eisley, O Harrington, L Nailon). Steals: 12 (C Weatherspoon 3, L Sprewell 3, S Anderson 2, A Houston, L Nailon, K Thomas, H Eisley). ------------------------------------------- DETROIT 20 14 26 31 - 91 NEW YORK 38 26 18 12 - 94 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,891. T: 2:15. Officials: Bernie Fryer, Gary Zielinski, George Toliver.


Extended Box

DETROIT (91) AT NEW YORK (94) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M CURRY F 17 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 B WALLACE F 44 5-7 1-2 4 17 21 0 0 1 3 11 Z REBRACA C 15 3-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 6 C BILLUPS G 7 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 R HAMILTON G 36 11-18 7-9 1 3 4 3 5 2 0 31 C ROBINSON 33 8-14 3-6 1 5 6 1 5 2 2 19 C ATKINS 41 5-13 4-4 1 3 4 8 0 1 4 14 C WILLIAMSON 20 2-13 4-4 6 1 7 0 2 1 2 8 J BARRY 19 1-6 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 2 M OKUR 4 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 T PRINCE 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 H DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-84 19-25 16 35 51 19 17 8 13 91 (.417) (.760) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14 (18 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === L SPREWELL F 39 6-19 9-12 1 2 3 4 1 3 2 23 C WEATHERSPOON F 33 3-6 2-4 3 4 7 0 2 3 0 8 K THOMAS C 31 5-10 0-0 1 3 4 1 6 1 0 10 H EISLEY G 37 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 8 4 1 1 6 A HOUSTON G 35 9-19 4-6 1 4 5 4 3 1 4 23 O HARRINGTON 15 2-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 4 M DOLEAC 17 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 6 S ANDERSON 18 3-8 2-2 0 2 2 1 1 2 0 8 L NAILON 15 3-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 6 C WARD DNP - LOWER LEG STRAINED T KNIGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION F WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-80 17-24 7 24 31 20 21 12 9 94 (.450) (.708) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 10 (9 PTS) DETROIT 20 14 26 31 - 91 NEW YORK 38 26 18 12 - 94 BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WALLACE 3, C ATKINS, R HAMILTON, Z REBRACA. NEW YORK - NONE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 2-8 (.250), C BILLUPS 0-1, R HAMILTON 2- 2, C ROBINSON 0-1, C ATKINS 0-1, J BARRY 0-2, T PRINCE 0-1. NEW YORK 5- 11 (.455), L SPREWELL 2-6, H EISLEY 2-2, A HOUSTON 1-2, S ANDERSON 0- 1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, GARY ZIELINSKI, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 17,891. T - 2:15.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Although they tried their hardest, the New York Knicks finally found a double-digit lead they could not give away. The Knicks watched a 32-point lead dwindle to one before barely surviving a furious rally by the Detroit Pistons and holding on for a 94-91 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak. "It doesn't feel like it's a great win," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "I have to fight to tell myself that it's a win." Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston scored 23 points each for the Knicks, who over the last one-plus seasons have lost 19 games in which they have blown double-digit leads. However, this would have been one for the record books. Since printed play-by-play became mandated by the NBA for the 1969-70 season, the biggest deficit overcome in a victory was 34 points in the second half by the Utah Jazz against the Denver Nuggets on November 27, 1996. Most of the collapse occurred in the fourth quarter, when the Knicks committed four turnovers, missed five free throws, were outrebounded 19-6 and made just 2-of-18 shots - including one that was accidentally tipped in by Detroit's Ben Wallace. "We just had a mental breakdown," Chaney said. "We're playing not to lose, as opposed to playing to win. When you do that, you do things differently. You lose your mental poise." "I don't want to see it (videotape)," Sprewell said. "I'm just glad we won." Even though the Knicks had held a 66-34 lead in the opening minute of the third quarter, Sprewell was standing on the foul line with 4.7 seconds left, hoping to build on a precarious one-point lead. He made them both, giving Detroit one last chance. But Wallace's football-type pass was intercepted by Clarence Weatherspoon, and the exasperated crowd of 17,981 at Madison Square Garden let out a collective gasp of relief. There was a miscommunication as Wallace ignored guard Chucky Atkins, who had come back for the ball with the plan of pushing it quickly upcourt for a final 3-pointer. "I tried to let Ben know the change of call and he didn't hear me," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "He was running one thing and we were trying to run something else. That was my fault. We were trying to get the ball to Chucky." "You hate to lose a game on a turnover," added Pistons guard Richard Hamilton, who scored 31 points. "It's tough not to get a shot up." Wallace had 19 of his 21 rebounds in the second half and Cliff Robinson scored 19 points for the Pistons, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Even after a lackadaisical third quarter, the Knicks held an 82-60 lead. A 3-pointer by Houston beat the shot clock and provided an 89-73 advantage with 4:48 to go, but that was New York's last basket. A floater in the lane by Robinson made it 89-80 before Sprewell hit a free throw with 2:49 left. Atkins drove for a hoop and made two from the line around two missed foul shots by Weatherspoon. Hamilton and Houston traded free throws, and Wallace had a follow dunk to cut it to 91-87 with 47 seconds to play. On consecutive possessions coming out of timeouts, the Pistons ran the same inbounds play, and the Knicks fell for it both times, allowing Hamilton to take passes above the 3-point arc and soar down a wide-open lane for dunks, making it 92-91 with 9.6 seconds to go. "I was expecting help," said Sprewell, who was guarding Hamilton. "I was pushing up on him to take the 3 away." "I was very surprised," Hamilton said. "I was very surprised I was that open the first time." Between Hamilton's jams, Jon Barry nearly stole an inbounds pass and Eisley almost traveled before getting the ball to Sprewell, who split a pair from the line. "If the rules were like back in the old days when you could call timeout as you're falling out of bounds, I would've had it," Barry said. "I think these guys are at a point now where they want to win so bad that they're trying to play too careful," Chaney said. Kurt Thomas scored 10 points for the Knicks, who were beaten on the boards, 51-31. Atkins scored 14 points for the Pistons, playing 41 minutes off the bench after starter Chauncey Billups sprained his right ankle midway through the first quarter. That was just one of many things that went wrong for Detroit in the opening period. Allowing a league-best 78.9 points per game, the Pistons got just two stops and trailed, 38-20, after 12 minutes. "We have to be a team that fights for 48 minutes," Carlisle said. "If we don't, these kinds of things are going to happen. We don't have the margin to ease into games." After shooting 76 percent (16-of-21) in the first quarter, the Knicks began the second period with a 10-2 burst, opening the lead to 48-22 on a reverse layup by Shandon Anderson with 7:26 remaining. Detroit allowed just 53 points in Saturday's win over Denver, a total New York reached with 4:17 left before halftime. Sprewell's 3-pointer made it 62-30 at the 1:35 mark, but it was nearly all the way downhill from there. "You look back and you say, 'Man, there are so many things that could have happened,'" Houston said. "The bottom line is that you won and you can't beat yourself up. You can't beat yourself up over mistakes you made because you won the game. We are going to enjoy this one and build on it."


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