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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 16 34 14 24 88 CLEVELAND 22 24 24 20 90 FINAL


DETROIT (88) AT CLEVELAND (90)

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

HILL F 42 6-17 7-9 4 6 10 7 2 3 1 19 B WILLIAMS F 37 5-10 0-0 1 6 7 2 4 2 0 10 MONTROSS C 17 3-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 6 DUMARS G 25 3-11 3-3 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 11 STACKHOUSE G 33 3-12 4-5 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 11 J WILLIAMS 27 3-6 1-1 3 3 6 2 5 0 1 7 HUNTER 31 7-18 4-5 0 1 1 3 3 2 2 18 SEALY 17 1-5 2-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 MAHORN 6 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 2 REID 5 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 HENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION LONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-87 21-25 13 25 38 17 21 8 6 88 (.368) (.840) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 6(7 PTS)

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

HENDERSON F 33 1-8 0-0 2 5 7 5 3 0 3 2 KEMP F 39 11-17 5-6 3 12 15 2 2 0 7 27 ILGAUSKAS C 33 12-14 8-9 0 13 13 0 3 0 2 32 KNIGHT G 36 3-6 1-2 0 2 2 10 4 0 3 7 PERSON G 39 5-13 3-3 2 4 6 7 2 0 1 14 BROOKS 12 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 FERRY 11 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 SURA 17 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 2 5 0 0 0 JAMES 10 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 POTAPENKO 10 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 1 0 2 SCOTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION ANDERSON DNP - STRAINED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 35-72 19-22 9 41 50 28 21 2 18 90 (.486) (.864) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(14 PTS)

DETROIT 16 34 14 24 - 88 CLEVELAND 22 24 24 20 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WILLIAMS. CLEVELAND - KEMP 2, PERSON, BROOKS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 3-14 (.214), DUMARS 2-6, STACKHOUSE 1-5, HUNTER 0-3. CLEVELAND 1-9 (.111), PERSON 1-7, JAMES 0-2. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - HEAD COACH COLLINS, CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, GARY BENSON, RON OLESIAK. A - 20,562. T - 2:10.


DETROIT (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 42 6-17 7-9 4-10 7 2 19 B Williams 37 5-10 0-0 1-7 2 4 10 Montross 17 3-4 0-0 0-3 0 2 6 Dumars 25 3-11 3-3 1-1 2 0 11 Stackhouse 33 3-12 4-5 0-4 1 1 11 J Williams 27 3-6 1-1 3-6 2 5 7 Hunter 31 7-18 4-5 0-1 3 3 18 Sealy 17 1-5 2-2 2-2 0 0 4 Mahorn 6 1-2 0-0 1-3 0 1 2 Reid 5 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 3 0 Henson DNP - coach's decision Long DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-87 21-25 13-38 17 21 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (Dumars 2-6, Stackhouse 1-5, Hunter 0-3). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (B Williams). Turnovers: 6 (Hunter 2, Hill, J Williams, Sealy, Stackhouse). Steals: 8 (Hill 3, B Williams 2, Hunter 2, Dumars).

CLEVELAND (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 33 1-8 0-0 2-7 5 3 2 Kemp 39 11-17 5-6 3-15 2 2 27 Ilgauskas 33 12-14 8-9 0-13 0 3 32 Knight 36 3-6 1-2 0-2 10 4 7 Person 39 5-13 3-3 2-6 7 2 14 Brooks 12 0-2 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Ferry 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Sura 17 0-3 0-0 1-2 2 5 0 James 10 2-6 0-0 0-1 0 1 4 Potapenko 10 0-0 2-2 1-3 0 0 2 Scott DNP - coach's decision Anderson DNP - strained right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-72 19-22 9-50 28 21 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.486, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (Person 1-7, James 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Kemp 2, Person, Brooks). Turnovers: 18 (Kemp 7, Henderson 3, Knight 3, Ilgauskas 2, Brooks, James, Person). Steals: 2 (Ferry, Potapenko). ____________________________________________ Detroit 16 34 14 24 - 88 Cleveland 22 24 24 20 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Head Coach Collins, 12:00 4th). Cleveland 1 (Illegal Defense, 3:56 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,562. T: 2:10. Officials: Bob Delaney, Gary Benson, Ron Olesiak.


GAME RECAP

Rookie Zydrunas Ilgauskas poured in a career-high 32 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a two-game skid by edging the slumping Detroit Pistons, 90-88.

Shawn Kemp added 27 points and 15 boards for Cleveland, which blew a 16-point third-quarter lead Friday night and lost by six points to the Indiana Pacers. The Cavaliers have won three in a row at home.

Cleveland led for the entire fourth quarter, but only 87-85 when Detroit's Lindsey Hunter made a three-point play with 2:36 left. Ilgauskas answered with a lay-in with 64 seconds left to bump the margin to four points.

Detroit's Grant Hill was fouled four seconds later, but split his free throws before Cleveland turned the ball over on an illegal pick by Wesley Person. Hill converted a layup with 42 seconds remaining and was fouled, but missed the free throw to keep it at 89-88.

After Cleveland rookie Brevin Knight missed a jumper in the lane, Joe Dumars was off on a leaning jumper. Knight came up with the ball and split two foul shots with three seconds left. Following a timeout, Hunter missed a long jumper at the buzzer.

"We got a huge game from our four or five guys up front," said Cavs coach Mike Fratello. "It couldn't have come at a better time because we needed it. You have to play to win the game. You can't play to hold on and hope to win the game."

Hill collected 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Hunter scored 18 points for Detroit, which has dropped four of its last five games.

"We just kept spotting them points and we can't do that," said Hill. "I think if we had played this way, using this kind of effort and energy in November, I really don't think we would be in this situation because we would have won some of those games. We are playing better, but it hasn't amounted to wins."

The Cavs snapped an early 6-6 tie when Ilgauskas netted six points in a 10-0 run. The 7-3 Lithuanian finished with 14 points through 12 minutes as Cleveland led, 22-16.

"I felt great tonight, I had a lot of confidence," said Ilgauskas, who was 12-of-14 from the field. "I took a lot of good shots and made them. It was one of those nights where everything goes right. Kemp played great and got the ball to me. They payed attention to Kemp and he kept going to me. When they double team Kemp, the more chances I get to shoot."

The Pistons rallied by beginning the second quarter with a 10-4 spurt. Hunter had four points in the burst that tied the game at 26-26 with 8:20 to go. Jerry Stackhouse had all of his 11 points at the break to help Detroit to a 50-46 advantage.

Kemp's basket with 4:05 left in the third quarter gave Cleveland the lead for good at 60-58. Ilgauskas collected eight more points in the period as the Cavs took a 70-64 cushion into the final quarter.

"We are getting better game by game," said Kemp of himself and Ilgauskas. "Teams are finding that when they double team me, Ilgauskas is under the basket. It was a good win and we are getting more energy at home."

Person totaled 14 points, seven assists and six boards, while Knight had 10 assists for Cleveland, which shot 86 percent (19-of-22) from the line and won the rebounding battle, 50-38.

Dumars netted 11 points and Brian Williams, who sat out Friday's loss to Washington with tendinitis in his left knee, added 10 and seven rebounds for Detroit. The Pistons shot just 37 percent (32-of-87) from the floor, including 3-for-14 from three-point range.

"Cleveland is a good tough team and we came in here after a tough game Friday night," said Pistons coach Doug Collins. "It just seemed like we needed a break but we just couldn't get one."

This was the first of four meetings between the Central Division rivals.

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