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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 25 12 21 27 85 DETROIT 26 18 14 29 87 FINAL


ATLANTA (85) AT DETROIT (87)

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

CORBIN F 43 5-12 1-1 2 5 7 3 5 1 1 11 LAETTNER F 34 7-16 11-11 2 2 4 4 5 0 4 25 MUTOMBO C 43 7-12 5-7 1 11 12 2 3 1 4 19 GRAY G 30 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 4 BLAYLOCK G 46 7-18 0-0 2 2 4 4 1 2 3 16 RECASNER 20 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 3 ANDERSON 5 1-1 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 3 CRAWFORD 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BROWN 14 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 4 HENDERSON DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE SMITH DNP - BACK SPASMS MILLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-71 18-21 7 27 34 15 23 6 16 85 (.451) (.857) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

HILL F 41 9-16 1-4 0 5 5 9 0 1 2 19 REID F 12 0-0 2-2 2 1 3 0 5 1 1 2 B WILLIAMS C 40 9-15 5-6 2 6 8 1 4 0 5 23 HUNTER G 35 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 2 1 4 DUMARS G 37 6-13 2-4 0 2 2 3 1 0 3 16 RATLIFF 13 2-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 6 SEALY 18 1-2 4-4 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 6 MAHORN 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 MCKIE 16 3-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 7 LONG 22 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 1 0 4 POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-66 16-22 4 24 28 20 21 6 13 87 (.515) (.727) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

ATLANTA 25 12 21 27 - 85 DETROIT 26 18 14 29 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - LAETTNER 2, MUTOMBO 2, GRAY. DETROIT - RATLIFF 2, REID, HILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 3-10 (.300), CORBIN 0-1, GRAY 0-1, BLAYLOCK 2-7, RECASNER 1-1. DETROIT 3-12 (.250), HUNTER 0-4, DUMARS 2-6, MCKIE 1-1, LONG 0-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - HEAD COACH COLLINS. OFFICIALS: SEAN CORBIN, TED BERNHARDT, DICK BAVETTA. A - 18,481. T - 2:14.


ATLANTA (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 43 5-12 1-1 2-7 3 5 11 Laettner 34 7-16 11-11 2-4 4 5 25 Mutombo 43 7-12 5-7 1-12 2 3 19 Gray 30 2-8 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 Blaylock 46 7-18 0-0 2-4 4 1 16 Recasner 20 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 3 Anderson 5 1-1 1-2 0-2 0 1 3 Crawford 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Brown 14 2-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 Henderson DNP - sprained right ankle Smith DNP - back spasms Miller DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-71 18-21 7-34 15 23 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.451, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Corbin 0-1, Gray 0-1, Blaylock 2-7, Recasner 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 5 (Laettner 2, Mutombo 2, Gray). Turnovers: 16 (Laettner 4, Mutombo 4, Blaylock 3, Brown 2, Recasner 2, Corbin). Steals: 6 (Blaylock 2, Anderson, Corbin, Gray, Mutombo).

DETROIT (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 9-16 1-4 0-5 9 0 19 Reid 12 0-0 2-2 2-3 0 5 2 B Williams 40 9-15 5-6 2-8 1 4 23 Hunter 35 2-8 0-0 0-2 2 1 4 Dumars 37 6-13 2-4 0-2 3 1 16 Ratliff 13 2-2 2-2 0-1 0 3 6 Sealy 18 1-2 4-4 0-2 2 1 6 Mahorn 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Mckie 16 3-4 0-0 0-1 2 0 7 Long 22 2-6 0-0 0-3 1 4 4 Pollard DNP - coach's decision J Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-66 16-22 4-28 20 21 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.515, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Hunter 0-4, Dumars 2-6, Mckie 1-1, Long 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, Reid, Hill). Turnovers: 13 (B Williams 5, Dumars 3, Hill 2, Hunter, Mckie, Reid). Steals: 6 (Hunter 2, Hill, Long, Mahorn, Reid). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 25 12 21 27 - 85 Detroit 26 18 14 29 - 87 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Head Coach Collins, 7:27 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,481. T: 2:14. Officials: Sean Corbin, Ted Bernhardt, Dick Bavetta.


GAME RECAP

Joe Dumars returned from the injured list to score 16 points, including two clutch jumpers, and Lindsey Hunter made a key defensive play in the final seconds as the Detroit Pistons dealt the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks their second straight loss, 87-85.

Brian Williams scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for the Pistons, who won for just the third time in 11 games and handed the Hawks their first loss in six Central Division games.

Christian Laettner scored 25 points and Dikembe Mutombo added 19 and 12 rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost two in a row after winning its first 11 games to open the season. For the second straight game, the Hawks were without Steve Smith and Alan Henderson, both sidelined with injuries.

"I'm happy with our effort but not happy about losing," Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "Anytime you have key guys out, it's tough. We got ourselves in a hole early, we didn't get any offensive production off the bench and that's what we need. We'll get better as we go along."

Dumars had yet to finish a game this season, pulling a hamstring in the season opener and missing four games, then suffering a shoulder injury and sitting out six more. He was 6-of-13 from the field and saved his biggest shots for the stretch.

"We needed this," Pistons coach Doug Collins said. "Joe Dumars gave us a great lift tonight. I went to him this morning and I said, 'Joe, we need you. We would never ask you to play and jeopardize your career, but we really need you tonight. We need you to give us some stability and some confidence.' He was magnificent for us."

The Pistons were clinging to a 77-75 lead when Dumars drilled a jumper with 4:03 to go. He made another 52 seconds later to build the lead to six points.

"It was good to get back on the court and direct the guys, just kind of get 'em where they're supposed to be and get a win," Dumars said. "It took the pressure off Grant (Hill). He didn't have to handle the ball so much. I told him to get down on the baseline, work those guys, and do what you do best."

The Hawks clawed back, cutting the deficit to 85-83 on a basket by Laettner with 35 seconds left. Detroit's Malik Sealy made two free throws with 11 seconds to go, but Mookie Blaylock sank a driving layup with 4.7 seconds remaining and Dumars missed two free throws.

Atlanta had a final chance, but Hunter deflected Tyrone Corbin's inbounds pass and time ran out.

Grant Hill had 19 points and nine assists for the Pistons, who shot 51.5 percent (34-of-66) from the field. Williams grabbed eight rebounds.

"We came out and played well," Hill said. "We've felt confident and we had been struggling as of late as everyone knows. We just wanted to come out, have fun, play hard and play together, and support each other and we did that."

Blaylock scored 16 points and Corbin added 11 for the Hawks, who shot 45 percent (32-of-71) and held a 34-28 edge in rebounds. Atlanta beat Detroit 82-71 on November 4th.

Smith, who starts at guard, sat out with lower back spasms and Henderson, a forward and top reserve, has a sprained right ankle.

Laettner scored eight points in the third period, when the Hawks held the Pistons to 14 points and pulled into a 58-58 tie entering the final quarter. A basket by Mutombo gave Atlanta a 72-71 lead, but Aaron McKie scored to give the Pistons the lead for good at 73-72 with 7:06 remaining.

Laettner scored 11 points in the first quarter, which ended with Detroit holding a 26-25 lead. Dumars scored seven points in the second quarter, when the Pistons allowed just 12 and opened a 44-37 halftime advantage.

"Two of our better players are out," Laettner said. "We had a chance tonight. We just came out a little flat. We have to play better at the beginning than down the stretch. We came up a little short."

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