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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 22 17 21 17 77 DETROIT 19 24 26 24 93 FINAL


BOSTON (77) AT DETROIT (93)

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

MCCARTY F 43 7-15 4-6 2 1 3 2 1 2 3 19 WALKER F 42 8-23 0-0 2 9 11 6 3 3 4 19 ELLISON C 24 3-5 1-2 1 3 4 3 5 0 2 7 BILLUPS G 33 5-8 0-1 1 1 2 6 1 0 2 12 MERCER G 32 4-11 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 BARROS 10 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 BOWEN 22 3-6 0-0 2 0 2 2 3 0 1 6 DECLERCQ 16 1-5 0-2 3 1 4 2 5 1 2 2 THOMAS 11 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 JONES 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 EDNEY 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 MINOR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 5-11 12 18 30 23 21 7 20 77 (.429) (.455) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 20(25 PTS)

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

HILL F 43 5-14 9-10 0 8 8 8 3 2 4 19 RATLIFF F 35 3-6 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 1 3 6 B WILLIAMS C 38 15-22 1-1 6 9 15 1 2 1 3 31 DUMARS G 37 4-10 1-1 0 1 1 7 1 1 1 10 HUNTER G 41 5-12 0-0 0 2 2 3 0 2 0 10 SEALY 18 3-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 6 J WILLIAMS 23 3-8 3-4 7 2 9 0 2 0 3 9 OBANNON 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCKIE DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-77 14-16 15 28 43 20 13 8 14 93 (.506) (.875) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 14(5 PTS)

BOSTON 22 17 21 17 - 77 DETROIT 19 24 26 24 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - MCCARTY, BOWEN. DETROIT - RATLIFF 5, HILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 6-14 (.429), MCCARTY 1-2, WALKER 3-7, BILLUPS 2-5. DETROIT 1-6 (.167), DUMARS 1-4, HUNTER 0-2. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - B WILLIAMS 2. OFFICIALS: DAVID JONES, LEROY RICHARDSON, STEVE JAVIE. A - 22,076. T - 1:55.


BOSTON (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mccarty 43 7-15 4-6 2-3 2 1 19 Walker 42 8-23 0-0 2-11 6 3 19 Ellison 24 3-5 1-2 1-4 3 5 7 Billups 33 5-8 0-1 1-2 6 1 12 Mercer 32 4-11 0-0 0-1 1 1 8 Barros 10 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Bowen 22 3-6 0-0 2-2 2 3 6 Declercq 16 1-5 0-2 3-4 2 5 2 Thomas 11 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Jones 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Edney 5 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Minor DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 5-11 12-30 23 21 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.455. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Mccarty 1-2, Walker 3-7, Billups 2-5). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 2 (Mccarty, Bowen). Turnovers: 20 (Walker 4, Mccarty 3, Barros 2, Billups 2, Declercq 2, Ellison 2, Bowen, Edney, Jones, Mercer, Thomas). Steals: 7 (Walker 3, Mccarty 2, Declercq, Mercer).

DETROIT (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 43 5-14 9-10 0-8 8 3 19 Ratliff 35 3-6 0-0 1-5 1 3 6 B Williams 38 15-22 1-1 6-15 1 2 31 Dumars 37 4-10 1-1 0-1 7 1 10 Hunter 41 5-12 0-0 0-2 3 0 10 Sealy 18 3-4 0-0 0-2 0 2 6 J Williams 23 3-8 3-4 7-9 0 2 9 Obannon 5 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Long DNP - coach's decision Mckie DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-77 14-16 15-43 20 13 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.506, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 1-6, .167 (Dumars 1-4, Hunter 0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 6 (Ratliff 5, Hill). Turnovers: 14 (Hill 4, B Williams 3, J Williams 3, Ratliff 3, Dumars). Steals: 8 (Hill 2, Hunter 2, B Williams, Dumars, Ratliff, Sealy). ____________________________________________ Boston 22 17 21 17 - 77 Detroit 19 24 26 24 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (B Williams 2, 9:52 4th, 6:31 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 1:55. Officials: David Jones, Leroy Richardson, Steve Javie.


GAME RECAP

Brian Williams scored 29 of his season-high 31 points in the second half and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to a season-best four games, defeating the Boston Celtics, 93-77.

Williams, who scored 15 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth, also pulled down 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who held their opponent under 100 points for the 16th time in 17 games. Grant Hill added 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Lindsey Hunter 11 points and Jerome Williams nine boards.

"We broke the press and kept our composure," said Williams, who made 15-of-22 shots. "I didn't shoot the ball well in the first half. I was taking quick shots because I expected the double-team. In the second half we ran, and there's nothing like the running game."

Walter McCarty and Antoine Walker each scored 19 points for the Celtics, who dropped their fourth consecutive road game. Walker also had 11 rebounds.

"We didn't have enough legs to press tonight. We had to do it the entire game last night just to beat Washington," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "The main difference tonight was the play of Brian Williams. He was somebody we couldn't handle and played a fantastic ballgame.

"The press was a dead duck tonight. If we don't block out, you might as well pack your bags and go home. Our lack of defensive rebounding cost us the game."

The Pistons outrebounded the Celtics 43-30 and converted 20 turnovers into 25 points. Detroit also outshot Boston, hitting 51 percent (39-for-77) from the field to Boston's 43 percent (33-for-77).

"We have worked hard and now we are starting to jell. Brian is really getting going and stepping up big time for us," said Hunter. "It just takes a little time. Now we're putting together a string of games where we have come out on top. Every home game is vital and you want to get every home game."

With Hill scoring 17 points, Detroit opened a 43-39 lead at halftime. That erased Boston's 22-19 advantage at the close of the first quarter.

Boston stayed within four points until late in the third quarter, when the Pistons went on a 9-4 run over the final 3:37. Williams had six points during the spurt and Joe Dumars capped it with a three-pointer, stretching the lead to 69-60.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Pistons broke open the game with a 10-4 run, extending a 10-point edge to their biggest lead, 91-75, with 2:59 remaining. Williams accounted for six of the points, finishing it off with a fast-break dunk.

"It was a well-executed game by our team tonight in every phase. We moved the ball and everyone was involved," said Detroit coach Doug Collins. "Brian Williams was unbelievable in the second half and Lindsey and Joe's defense was terrific. It was a good week and we went 4-0."

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