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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 42 21 25 28 116 GOLDEN STATE 26 27 25 30 108 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 25, JERRY STACKHOUSE 23, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 19 GSW - JOHN STARKS 22, JASON CAFFEY 21, VONTEEGO CUMMINGS 18

HIGH REBOUND: DET - GRANT HILL 8, JEROME WILLIAMS 8 GSW - JASON CAFFEY 11, DONYELL MARSHALL 10

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 11, LINDSEY HUNTER 6 GSW - VONTEEGO CUMMINGS 7, JOHN STARKS 6

ATT: 10,249


Extended Box

DETROIT (116) AT GOLDEN STATE (108)

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

HILL F 39 11-20 3-4 2 6 8 1 2 4 3 25 LAETTNER F 27 6-11 7-7 1 3 4 1 3 1 1 19 MILLS C 19 1-2 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 3 HUNTER G 39 2-8 4-4 0 4 4 6 2 3 2 10 STACKHOUSE G 46 5-16 13-15 2 5 7 11 2 1 5 23 WILLIAMS 24 5-6 2-5 3 5 8 1 4 1 2 12 CURRY 16 4-5 4-4 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 12 REID 16 2-4 2-2 1 1 2 0 6 0 1 6 CROTTY 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 VAUGHT 10 2-3 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 0 6 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-75 37-43 10 32 42 22 26 11 16 116 (.507) (.860) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 16(17 PTS)

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

CAFFEY F 39 7-12 7-13 6 5 11 3 6 3 3 21 MILLS F 26 4-11 1-1 3 5 8 1 4 0 1 10 MARSHALL C 32 5-16 3-4 4 6 10 0 3 0 1 16 BLAYLOCK G 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 STARKS G 43 9-17 1-2 0 3 3 6 5 1 2 22 V CUMMINGS 36 9-19 0-1 1 2 3 7 4 5 3 18 FARMER 18 0-4 7-8 5 3 8 0 4 0 3 7 T CUMMINGS 12 2-7 4-4 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 8 LEGLER 10 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 CURLEY 18 2-3 2-2 2 3 5 1 5 0 4 6 FOYLE DNP - STRAINED RIGHT FOOT JAMISON DNP - STRAINED LEFT HIP FLEXOR

TOTALS 240 38-92 25-35 22 29 51 23 34 9 18 108 (.413) (.714) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(26 PTS)

DETROIT 42 21 25 28 - 116 GOLDEN STATE 26 27 25 30 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - HILL, LAETTNER, MILLS. GOLDEN STATE - MILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 3-12 (.250), LAETTNER 0-1, MILLS 1-2, HUNTER 2-6, STACKHOUSE 0-3. GOLDEN STATE 7-21 (.333), MILLS 1-2, MARSHALL 3-6, BLAYLOCK 0-1, STARKS 3-8, V CUMMINGS 0-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, GREG WILLARD, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 10,249. T - 2:25.


Box Score

DETROIT (116) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 11-20 3-4 2-8 1 2 25 Laettner 27 6-11 7-7 1-4 1 3 19 Mills 19 1-2 0-0 0-3 1 2 3 Hunter 39 2-8 4-4 0-4 6 2 10 Stackhouse 46 5-16 13-15 2-7 11 2 23 Williams 24 5-6 2-5 3-8 1 4 12 Curry 16 4-5 4-4 0-1 1 3 12 Reid 16 2-4 2-2 1-2 0 6 6 Crotty 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Vaught 10 2-3 2-2 1-4 0 1 6 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Montross DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-75 37-43 10-42 22 26 116 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.860. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Laettner 0-1, Mills 1-2, Hunter 2-6, Stackhouse 0-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 3 (Hill, Laettner, Mills). Turnovers: 16 (Stackhouse 5, Hill 3, Hunter 2, Williams 2, Curry, Laettner, Mills, Reid). Steals: 11 (Hill 4, Hunter 3, Laettner, Stackhouse, Vaught, Williams).

GOLDEN STATE (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Caffey 39 7-12 7-13 6-11 3 6 21 Mills 26 4-11 1-1 3-8 1 4 10 Marshall 32 5-16 3-4 4-10 0 3 16 Blaylock 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Starks 43 9-17 1-2 0-3 6 5 22 V Cummings 36 9-19 0-1 1-3 7 4 18 Farmer 18 0-4 7-8 5-8 0 4 7 T Cummings 12 2-7 4-4 1-3 2 1 8 Legler 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Curley 18 2-3 2-2 2-5 1 5 6 Foyle DNP - strained right foot Jamison DNP - strained left hip flexor _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-92 25-35 22-51 23 34 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.413, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Mills 1-2, Marshall 3-6, Blaylock 0-1, Starks 3-8, V Cummings 0-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 1 (Mills). Turnovers: 18 (Curley 4, Caffey 3, Farmer 3, V Cummings 3, Starks 2, Marshall, Mills, T Cummings). Steals: 9 (V Cummings 5, Caffey 3, Starks). ____________________________________________ Detroit 42 21 25 28 - 116 Golden State 26 27 25 30 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 10,249. T: 2:25. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Greg Willard, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Golden State Warriors spent all night trying to make up for a poor first quarter, but Grant Hill made sure they never did.

Hill scored 10 of his 25 points in the first quarter when Detroit pulled ahead for good and also buried a pair of clutch jumpers down the stretch as the Pistons held off the Warriors, 116-108.

The versatile swingman buried 11-of-20 shots, including 4-of-6 in the opening 12 minutes when the Pistons raced to a commanding 42-26 lead. Detroit never trailed, but watched the Warriors close within 103-99 with 2:11 to play on John Starks' jumper from the left side.

Hill, who left Tuesday's loss in Phoenix with a left hip flexor, responded by framing a three-point play by Christian Laettner with a pair of long jumpers as Detroit re-established control, 110-101, with under a minute to play.

"I'll be honest, we were tired but we needed a win," Hill said. "We were desperate, a little like Golden State. Sometimes (a big lead ) could be the worst thing. You know a team is going to make a run. You just have to withstand the run and fight through it."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 23 points and Laettner added 19 for Detroit, which snapped a two-game skid with its seventh straight win against the Warriors.

"It's so hard to maintain leads in this league," Stackhouse said. "They had a whole lot of momentum coming down the stretch, but we were able to maintain the lead. We just had to keep having to grind it our, but we'll take it."

Starks scored 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and Donyell Marshall returned from the injured list and had 16 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. But the Warriors were never able to make up for their poor start and had their season-high three-game winning streak snapped.

Jason Caffey had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State, which was without leading scorer Antawn Jamison for a second straight game due to a strained left hip flexor. The Warriors lost point guard Mookie Blaylock in the first quarter with a left calf strain and forward Terry Cummings to a groin strain in the second half.

"It's tough, it's very tough," Starks said. "You have to fight through it. When you've won three games in a row and two of your players go down, it's tough. You're doing all you can to compete and it takes a lot out of you."

"When I was in New York, we'd be lucky if we had two people sitting out," he added. "I've never seen anything like it. We should bring in a voodoo lady to take the curse off."

Terry Mills capped a game-opening 11-0 run with a 24-footer from the right sideline just under 3 1/2 minutes into play and the Pistons never looked back. The 42 points were the most the Warriors have surrendered in any quarter this season.

Stackhouse ended the dominant period with an emphatic slam that made it 42-26 with 23 seconds left in the opening period.

"It's a win that we desperately needed and it's a win on the road," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "I don't care who you play, it's a win on the road. We understood that they were playing very well and we also knew that we had to play well, too, to beat them."

Jerome Williams and Michael Curry each had 12 points off the bench for the Pistons, who shot 51 percent (38-of-75) and scored 23 points off 18 turnovers.

Rookie Vonteego Cummings scored 18 points for Golden State, which shot 41 percent (38-of-92) and held a 51-41 advantage on the boards.

Stackhouse made two free throws to give Detroit what appeared to be a safe 97-81 lead with 7:52 to play.

But Marshall drained a 3-pointer to spark a 10-2 run that was capped by Starks' 24-footer, cutting the deficit to 97-88 with 6:12 remaining.

The teams traded baskets over the next two minutes, but Starks again hit from beyond the arc, Bill Curley made a 16-footer before Chris Mills' jumper shaved the lead to 101-97 with 3:12 left.

"In the first half, we spotted them too many points," Mills said. "We played terrible defense and dug ourselves a hole. We tried to climb out, but they made some big baskets in the last two minutes."

"What did we score in that first quarter, 42? That doesn't mean a whole lot in the NBA," Gentry added.

Cummings and Hill traded jumpers before the Pistons pulled away for good.

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