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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 29 25 23 22 99 DETROIT 20 22 28 22 92 FINAL


NEW YORK (99) AT DETROIT (92)

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

JOHNSON F 41 6-16 3-3 0 3 3 1 1 1 1 16 OAKLEY F 42 6-10 5-6 2 10 12 4 5 4 1 17 DUDLEY C 17 1-3 0-2 2 5 7 1 2 0 1 2 HOUSTON G 32 4-15 2-2 0 4 4 3 2 0 5 12 WARD G 21 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 6 1 0 0 10 MILLS 25 3-6 2-2 2 2 4 1 2 1 4 9 STARKS 24 6-8 2-2 0 3 3 2 4 0 0 16 B WILLIAMS 11 1-2 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 0 2 CHILDS 26 7-9 1-1 1 1 2 3 4 0 1 15 BOWIE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GRANDISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION H WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-76 15-18 9 30 39 22 23 6 13 99 (.500) (.833) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

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

HILL F 43 7-17 6-10 0 8 8 7 2 1 4 20 LONG F 23 1-2 3-4 4 3 7 0 2 1 0 5 B WILLIAMS C 37 4-10 0-0 1 9 10 2 2 0 3 8 STACKHOUSE G 44 13-20 9-10 2 3 5 4 4 1 4 35 DUMARS G 44 4-10 2-2 1 1 2 5 1 2 0 12 SEALY 31 3-10 2-2 1 3 4 1 4 1 0 8 J WILLIAMS 10 1-3 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 2 0 4 MAHORN 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 HENSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 MONTROSS 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-72 24-30 11 29 40 20 19 8 12 92 (.458) (.800) TEAM REBS: 1 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

NEW YORK 29 25 23 22 - 99 DETROIT 20 22 28 22 - 92

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - DUDLEY. DETROIT - HILL, B WILLIAMS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 8-13 (.615), JOHNSON 1-1, HOUSTON 2-3, WARD 2-4, MILLS 1-2, STARKS 2-3. DETROIT 2-9 (.222), STACKHOUSE 0-3, DUMARS 2-4, SEALY 0-1, J WILLIAMS 0-1. TECHNICALS: NEW YORK - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: TIM DONAGHY, GREG WILLARD, HUE HOLLINS. A - 22,076. T - 2:20.


NEW YORK (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Johnson 41 6-16 3-3 0-3 1 1 16 Oakley 42 6-10 5-6 2-12 4 5 17 Dudley 17 1-3 0-2 2-7 1 2 2 Houston 32 4-15 2-2 0-4 3 2 12 Ward 21 4-7 0-0 0-1 6 1 10 Mills 25 3-6 2-2 2-4 1 2 9 Starks 24 6-8 2-2 0-3 2 4 16 B Williams 11 1-2 0-0 2-3 1 2 2 Childs 26 7-9 1-1 1-2 3 4 15 Bowie 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Grandison DNP - coach's decision H Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-76 15-18 9-39 22 23 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 8-13, .615 (Johnson 1-1, Houston 2-3, Ward 2-4, Mills 1-2, Starks 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 1 (Dudley). Turnovers: 13 (Houston 5, Mills 4, Childs, Dudley, Johnson, Oakley). Steals: 6 (Oakley 4, Johnson, Mills).

DETROIT (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 43 7-17 6-10 0-8 7 2 20 Long 23 1-2 3-4 4-7 0 2 5 B Williams 37 4-10 0-0 1-10 2 2 8 Stackhouse 44 13-20 9-10 2-5 4 4 35 Dumars 44 4-10 2-2 1-2 5 1 12 Sealy 31 3-10 2-2 1-4 1 4 8 J Williams 10 1-3 2-2 1-2 1 3 4 Mahorn 5 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Montross 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Obannon DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-72 24-30 11-40 20 19 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.458, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Stackhouse 0-3, Dumars 2-4, Sealy 0-1, J Williams 0-1). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 2 (Hill, B Williams). Turnovers: 12 (Hill 4, Stackhouse 4, B Williams 3, Henson). Steals: 8 (Dumars 2, J Williams 2, Hill, Long, Sealy, Stackhouse). ____________________________________________ New York 29 25 23 22 - 99 Detroit 20 22 28 22 - 92 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: New York 2 (Illegal Defense 2, 6:17 3rd, 5:08 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:20. Officials: Tim Donaghy, Greg Willard, Hue Hollins.


GAME RECAP

Charles Oakley scored 17 points, including four in a pivotal fourth-quarter run, and grabbed 12 rebounds as the New York Knicks won their season-high fourth straight game, 99-92 over the Detroit Pistons.

John Starks and Larry Johnson each added 16 points for the Knicks, who had won three games in a row on three previous occasions. The Knicks completed the season series with the Pistons at 2-2 and won in Detroit for the first time since February 21st, 1996.

Jerry Stackhouse tallied a season-high 35 points and Grant Hill added 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Pistons, who had won two straight and five of their last seven. They also had a three-game home winning streak halted.

Former Piston Allan Houston and Charlie Ward each netted seven points in the opening quarter as New York claimed a 29-20 lead. The margin was 46-39 until Houston scored four points in an 8-3 spurt that closed the half and extended the gap to 54-42.

"The first quarter, New York came out and played extremely well," said Stackhouse. "Defensively, we tried to double-team and do other defensive schemes. But when (Chris) Childs and Starks come off the bench hot, it's hard to win. Without (Pat) Ewing, I think they are just as tough to beat because other players can free-lance and play their own respective game."

The Knicks had their lead closed to 77-70 after three quarters but increased it to 82-72 when Starks made a layup with 10:12 to go. Stackhouse and Hill then combined on a 10-6 burst, with Hill's free throw narrowing the deficit to 86-82 with 6:14 left.

But Johnson converted a three-point play and Oakley hit two foul shots and added a tip with 4:58 remaining to widen the lead to 93-82. Stackhouse had a meaningless three-point play with 5.5 seconds to play.

"I'm just trying to hustle and make plays," said Oakley. "As a team, we are playing better. Hopefully, this streak can continue. The team is shooting the ball well. We wanted to come in here and get a win, especially since we lost here last time."

Chris Childs contributed 15 points and Houston had 12 for New York, which shot an impressive 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) from three-point range and 15-of-18 (83 percent) from the line.

"We're a good open jump-shooting team," said New York coach Jeff Van Gundy. "You have to drive and kick it back out. It's a huge factor when you shoot 8-of-13, it's really good. We tried to make the extra pass and we're passing the ball on target a lot better. It's a good win against a good team that has been playing really well. We did a pretty good job on defense."

Joe Dumars tallied 12 points and Brian Williams pulled down 10 rebounds for Detroit, which shot 80 percent (24-of-30) from the line but was not as good from long range, making 2-of-9.

"New York was great today, you've got to give them a lot of credit," said Detroit coach Doug Collins. "They are playing great ball. Their bench really played well. They shot the ball extremely well. That is the best game they have played against us all year. Three-point shooting was the difference."

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