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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 16 24 18 20 78 NEW YORK 27 18 24 14 83 FINAL


DETROIT (78) AT NEW YORK (83)

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

HILL F 39 3-10 4-6 1 4 5 6 2 1 8 10 RATLIFF F 34 4-7 4-4 5 4 9 0 3 2 2 12 B WILLIAMS C 41 7-15 5-6 2 8 10 1 4 1 3 19 DUMARS G 23 3-9 0-0 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 7 HUNTER G 31 2-10 1-2 1 6 7 4 4 0 3 5 J WILLIAMS 20 2-6 0-0 2 1 3 1 1 1 3 4 SEALY 30 5-13 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 3 1 10 MCKIE 22 5-8 1-2 3 6 9 3 2 1 0 11 LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-78 15-20 15 33 48 20 19 9 20 78 (.397) (.750) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 21(24 PTS)

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

JOHNSON F 19 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 4 OAKLEY F 36 5-8 0-0 2 5 7 0 3 1 1 10 EWING C 36 14-24 3-6 3 7 10 1 2 2 2 31 HOUSTON G 34 4-11 1-2 0 3 3 3 1 1 0 9 WARD G 29 4-7 2-2 0 4 4 6 1 2 3 12 MILLS 25 2-7 3-5 1 4 5 0 4 1 2 7 B WILLIAMS 8 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 STARKS 20 2-8 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 0 2 4 CHILDS 19 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 1 4 DUDLEY 14 1-2 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 1 2 2 MYERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-79 9-15 9 32 41 20 17 9 15 83 (.456) (.600) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

DETROIT 16 24 18 20 - 78 NEW YORK 27 18 24 14 - 83

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - RATLIFF 3, B WILLIAMS 2, HUNTER. NEW YORK - EWING 5. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 1-9 (.111), DUMARS 1-5, HUNTER 0-1, SEALY 0-2, MCKIE 0-1. NEW YORK 2-9 (.222), HOUSTON 0-1, WARD 2-4, MILLS 0-1, STARKS 0-2, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, SEAN CORBIN, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,763. T - 2:18.


DETROIT (78) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 3-10 4-6 1-5 6 2 10 Ratliff 34 4-7 4-4 5-9 0 3 12 B Williams 41 7-15 5-6 2-10 1 4 19 Dumars 23 3-9 0-0 1-1 4 1 7 Hunter 31 2-10 1-2 1-7 4 4 5 J Williams 20 2-6 0-0 2-3 1 1 4 Sealy 30 5-13 0-0 0-4 1 2 10 Mckie 22 5-8 1-2 3-9 3 2 11 Long DNP - coach's decision Obannon DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 15-20 15-48 20 19 78 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Dumars 1-5, Hunter 0-1, Sealy 0-2, Mckie 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Ratliff 3, B Williams 2, Hunter). Turnovers: 21 (Hill 8, B Williams 3, Hunter 3, J Williams 3, Ratliff 2, Sealy). Steals: 9 (Sealy 3, Ratliff 2, B Williams, Hill, J Williams, Mckie).

NEW YORK (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 19 2-6 0-0 1-1 4 0 4 Oakley 36 5-8 0-0 2-7 0 3 10 Ewing 36 14-24 3-6 3-10 1 2 31 Houston 34 4-11 1-2 0-3 3 1 9 Ward 29 4-7 2-2 0-4 6 1 12 Mills 25 2-7 3-5 1-5 0 4 7 B Williams 8 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Starks 20 2-8 0-0 1-2 2 3 4 Childs 19 2-6 0-0 0-1 3 1 4 Dudley 14 1-2 0-0 1-6 0 2 2 Myers DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-79 9-15 9-41 20 17 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.456, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Houston 0-1, Ward 2-4, Mills 0-1, Starks 0-2, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 5 (Ewing 5). Turnovers: 15 (Ward 3, B Williams 2, Dudley 2, Ewing 2, Mills 2, Starks 2, Childs, Oakley). Steals: 9 (Ewing 2, Ward 2, Childs, Dudley, Houston, Mills, Oakley). ____________________________________________ Detroit 16 24 18 20 - 78 New York 27 18 24 14 - 83 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: New York 1 (Childs, 4:03 2nd). A: 19,763. T: 2:18. Officials: Bob Delaney, Sean Corbin, Kevin Fehr.


GAME RECAP

Patrick Ewing had 31 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and the New York Knicks shut down superstar Grant Hill while narrowly avoiding another fourth-quarter collapse for their ninth straight home victory, 83-78 over the Detroit Pistons.

The Knicks scored just eight points in the last 9 1/2 minutes but avenged their only defeat at Madison Square Garden this season, a 94-86 loss to the Pistons in their home opener. New York also suffered an eight-point loss in Detroit last month.

"I'm just trying to be more aggressive," said Ewing. "When I'm not aggressive I tend to get lackadaisical. From now on I'm going to take it to the hole and take my shot if I have one."

The Knicks were held without a basket for the final 3:32, but the Pistons saw their four-game winning streak halted after they failed to capitalize on several missed free throws by New York.

"Our level of enthusiasm went down, the play reflected our spirit," said Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy. "We were struggling and wallowing. Our mind-set led to poor play down the stretch. I don't know why our minds wandered."

Leading 56-52 midway through the third quarter, New York took control with an 11-0 run. Brian Williams, who led the Pistons with 19 points, pulled his team within four with a bucket, but Ewing scored six of the next eight points before Charlie Ward capped the burst with a three-pointer with 2:47 to play.

Ward finished with 12 points and six assists and Charles Oakley added 10 points and seven boards for New York, which got a lift from the return of Larry Johnson. The injured forward, who sat out over two weeks with a sprained ankle, started and finished with 10 points in 19 minutes. The Knicks were 4-5 in his absence.

Hill, who burned the Knicks for a combined 58 points in the teams' first two meetings this season, was neutralized by reserve Chris Mills with help from Starks and Johnson. Hill was just 3-of-10 for 10 points and committed eight turnovers.

"If we lay back on him he kind of gets into a rhythm, and it is very hard to stop him," Mills explained. "You have to pick him up at three-quarters-court and make him work a bit. You just have to play aggressive."

"I think we all struggled a little bit," Hill conceded. "We got some good looks at the basket and they played good 'D' with their hands in our faces. We can't make any excuses, they were a better team and they beat us."

Theo Ratliff scored 12 points and Aaron McKie 11 for Detroit, which shot just 40 percent (31-of-78) from the field but held a 48-41 rebounding edge.

"I thought the real difference in the game was that they forced us into 21 turnovers that gave them 24 points," said Pistons coach Doug Collins. "And usually we're a team that doesn't give up that many turnovers and points off the turnovers."

Ewing, meanwhile, had little trouble scoring on the 6-11 Williams. He hit 14-of-24 from the field as New York sank 46 percent (36-of-79) of its shots.

"Patrick just stepped up and played a hell of a game," Williams admitted. "There is not a whole lot you can do about that. I tried, but my hat's off to him. He won the game for them."

"Patrick was terrific tonight, huge for them," Collins agreed.

The Knicks, who never trailed, opened a 31-18 lead early in the second period on a bucket by Starks. But the Pistons reeled off the next nine points to narrow the gap to four before New York took a 45-40 halftime edge.

New York led 69-58 at the end of three quarters and took its biggest advantage when Mills sank a layup and Oakley hit a pair of jumpers to start the final quarter.

Williams and Malik Sealy brought back Detroit, scoring four points each as the Pistons pulled within 77-70 with a 12-2 spurt. They were able to work it as close as 82-78 with 25 seconds to play on a free throw by Williams, but Ewing sank 1-of-2 from the line and McKie missed from behind the arc to dash the Pistons' comeback hopes.

Detroit outscored New York, 20-14, in the final period for the third time this season.

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