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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 26 8 20 29 83 DETROIT 20 18 26 28 92 FINAL


DENVER (83) AT DETROIT (92)

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

BATTIE F 23 3-6 0-0 2 7 9 0 2 0 2 6 L ELLIS F 27 3-13 0-0 1 2 3 3 3 1 5 6 D GARRETT C 27 2-5 0-0 1 8 9 1 2 1 0 4 WASHINGTON G 33 5-10 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 10 JACKSON G 35 4-11 0-0 1 1 2 8 2 1 3 8 NEWMAN 30 5-11 2-2 2 1 3 2 2 0 2 12 FORTSON 22 5-6 0-2 1 5 6 0 6 0 1 10 LAUDERDALE 20 5-8 6-8 1 3 4 1 2 1 1 16 GOLDWIRE 23 4-7 1-2 0 5 5 8 1 2 1 11 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLF DNP - COACH'S DECISION ZIDEK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 9-14 9 32 41 24 24 6 16 83 (.468) (.643) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(16 PTS)

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

HILL F 39 5-12 3-5 0 8 8 10 0 0 3 13 RATLIFF F 30 5-12 1-1 5 5 10 1 4 0 0 11 B WILLIAMS C 31 9-17 3-7 2 6 8 1 5 4 1 21 DUMARS G 34 2-6 0-0 1 2 3 5 2 0 3 5 HUNTER G 44 5-17 6-6 3 3 6 1 3 2 2 16 J WILLIAMS 24 5-13 2-3 8 1 9 0 1 0 1 12 SEALY 9 1-6 4-4 2 0 2 1 0 1 1 6 OBANNON 14 1-2 2-2 1 4 5 1 0 0 2 4 MCKIE 8 0-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 REID 7 1-2 2-3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-90 23-31 25 30 55 20 16 8 14 92 (.378) (.742) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

DENVER 26 8 20 29 - 83 DETROIT 20 18 26 28 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - D GARRETT 3, LAUDERDALE 2, L ELLIS. DETROIT - RATLIFF 2, HILL, B WILLIAMS, SEALY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 2-8 (.250), L ELLIS 0-2, WASHINGTON 0-1, JACKSON 0-1, NEWMAN 0-1, GOLDWIRE 2-3. DETROIT 1-3 (.333), DUMARS 1-2, HUNTER 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, JOE DEROSA, MONTY MCCUTCHEN. A - 14,856. T - 2:11.


DENVER (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 23 3-6 0-0 2-9 0 2 6 L Ellis 27 3-13 0-0 1-3 3 3 6 D Garrett 27 2-5 0-0 1-9 1 2 4 Washington 33 5-10 0-0 0-0 1 4 10 Jackson 35 4-11 0-0 1-2 8 2 8 Newman 30 5-11 2-2 2-3 2 2 12 Fortson 22 5-6 0-2 1-6 0 6 10 Lauderdale 20 5-8 6-8 1-4 1 2 16 Goldwire 23 4-7 1-2 0-5 8 1 11 K Garris DNP - coach's decision Wolf DNP - coach's decision Zidek DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 9-14 9-41 24 24 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.643. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (L Ellis 0-2, Washington 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Newman 0-1, Goldwire 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (D Garrett 3, Lauderdale 2, L Ellis). Turnovers: 17 (L Ellis 5, Jackson 3, Battie 2, Newman 2, Fortson, Goldwire, Lauderdale, Washington). Steals: 6 (Goldwire 2, D Garrett, Jackson, L Ellis, Lauderdale).

DETROIT (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 5-12 3-5 0-8 10 0 13 Ratliff 30 5-12 1-1 5-10 1 4 11 B Williams 31 9-17 3-7 2-8 1 5 21 Dumars 34 2-6 0-0 1-3 5 2 5 Hunter 44 5-17 6-6 3-6 1 3 16 J Williams 24 5-13 2-3 8-9 0 1 12 Sealy 9 1-6 4-4 2-2 1 0 6 Obannon 14 1-2 2-2 1-5 1 0 4 Mckie 8 0-3 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 Reid 7 1-2 2-3 1-1 0 1 4 Long DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-90 23-31 25-55 20 16 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 1-3, .333 (Dumars 1-2, Hunter 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Ratliff 2, Hill, B Williams, Sealy). Turnovers: 15 (Dumars 3, Hill 3, Hunter 2, Obannon 2, B Williams, J Williams, Mckie, Sealy). Steals: 8 (B Williams 4, Hunter 2, Mckie, Sealy). ____________________________________________ Denver 26 8 20 29 - 83 Detroit 20 18 26 28 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,856. T: 2:11. Officials: Ron Garretson, Joe Derosa, Monty Mccutchen.


GAME RECAP

Brian Williams scored 21 points and Theo Ratliff added 10 and 11 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons took advantage of a franchise record-low eight points in the second quarter by the inept Denver Nuggets and cruised to a 92-83 victory.

Lindsey Hunter added 16 points and Grant Hill 13, eight rebounds and 10 assists for the Pistons, who have won four straight from the Nuggets and posted consecutive wins for the first time since the first two games of the season.

"The win wasn't pretty but we got the win," said Hill. "We're starting to play well. We're starting to gain more confidence. We're still not playing as well as we're capable as playing but its better than we have been playing. So we have to just keep pushing ahead, keep working hard and keep trying to get better."

"Good win, there were a lot of good things out there for us," said Pistons coach Doug Collins. "I thought we had a real good spurt out there in the third quarter."

Priest Lauderdale had a career-high 16 points for the Nuggets, who made just 4-of-15 shots in the second quarter. The eight points matched the franchise low for any period, last done against Portland on April 16th of last season.

"Detroit plays tough defense," said Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik. "They made it real tough on us. We didn't do a good job in the second quarter. Eight points in a quarter is pretty bad. What really hurt us was their offensive rebounding and our defensive rebounding. They got a lot of put-backs on offensive rebounds. Offensively we didn't get enough ball and body movement."

Johnny Newman added 12 points and Anthony Goldwire 11 for Denver, which failed in a bid to win consecutive games for the first time since February 2nd-5th of last season. The Nuggets fell to 0-9 on the road and are winless in seven games against Eastern Conference teams.

The Nuggets broke on top 10-4 and led 26-20 at the end of the quarter. Rookies Tony Battie and Eric Washington added six apiece for Denver, which made 13-of-21 shots in the quarter.

But the next 12 minutes saw some of the worst shooting of the season. The teams combined to shoot 9-for-44 with Denver making just four field goals. Williams opened the quarter with a free throw and Jerome Williams added a layup to cut the defict to 26-23.

Washington hit a fast-break layup and Johnny Newman added a seven-footer to push the lead to 30-23 with eight minutes to play in the half. But Denver would go more than four minutes without a point and Detroit took advantage with an 8-0 run.

After Dean Garrett's jumper halted the drought, Jerome Williams hit a five-foot hook shot and Hunter made a pair of free throws. Denver countered on an 18-footer by Bobby Jackson with 49 seconds to go but Don Reid hit one free throw and Jerome Williams a pair for a 38-34 lead at the break.

"I have to give credit to the Denver Nuggets for coming in here and giving us a hard fight," said Jerome Williams. "I definitely wanted to come into the game, help the team, hustle on the boards and maybe put up a few shots. If the coach is going to bring me off the bench and give me some minutes, I'm going to put forth all the effort I can to show the team I'm behind them. I want to get a win out there."

"Theo, Charles (O'Bannon), Jerome, all those guys have done tremendously coming in, doing a good job of being active," Hill said. "We're going to need that. They definitely provide a spark. That we've been missing for the last month."

Detroit, which led at the break despite making just 15-of-49 shots, held a 31-21 advantage on the boards and committed just five personal fouls in the opening 24 minutes.

Hunter opened the second half with a 17-foot jump shot and Hill converted a three-point play to push the lead to 43-34. They extended the lead to 15 points with 3:09 left and were never tested after that.

Brian Williams had eight points in the period while Denver's shooting woes continued with a 7-for-18 effort. the 7-4 Lauderdale dominated the final 12 minutes, scoring 13 points. His four-foot hook shot with just over 10 minutes left got the Nuggets within 66-62, but Detroit answered on a jumper by Hunter and a free throw by Hill.

Newman's fast-break layup with just under seven minutes left in regulation got Denver within 73-69 but a 6-0 run, capped by Ratliff's three-point play, sealed the victory.

All four reserves reached double figures for the Nuggets, who have won just two of their first 18 games.

"Priest was unbelieveable," added Hanzlik. "He did a good job of dunking, scoring. We made it as simple as possible. Get the ball down low to him. We just milked what was working."

"We went out here to try to win," said Lauderdale. "I was just trying to back down and get close to the basket. We need the bench effort. We're a very young team. It's a long season. It's a new team. We just have to stick it out and play hard every night."

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