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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- ATLANTA 23 24 22 29 98 DETROIT 30 23 23 29 105 FINAL


ATLANTA (98) AT DETROIT (105)

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

CORBIN F 36 5-10 0-0 1 2 3 3 5 1 0 11 HENDERSON F 36 6-15 1-3 1 2 3 1 3 1 2 13 MUTOMBO C 34 7-11 3-3 5 7 12 2 4 0 1 17 RECASNER G 42 7-12 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 1 4 15 SMITH G 43 10-16 2-3 3 3 6 4 5 0 3 22 BARRY 11 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 LAETTNER 30 9-15 2-6 0 5 5 6 2 0 3 20 MILLER 8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 BLAYLOCK DNP - ANEMIA BROWN DNP - PULLED LEFT GROIN ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CRAWFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-80 8-15 11 23 34 20 24 5 15 98 (.550) (.533) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(17 PTS)

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

HILL F 45 11-19 2-2 2 4 6 11 4 0 2 24 REID F 38 1-3 0-1 3 1 4 0 4 0 1 2 B WILLIAMS C 33 11-17 1-1 2 7 9 1 5 0 2 23 HUNTER G 27 6-12 2-2 0 4 4 5 3 1 0 14 DUMARS G 38 5-13 5-5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 16 STACKHOUSE 30 8-9 7-7 0 1 1 2 4 2 4 23 J WILLIAMS 10 1-1 1-1 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 3 MAHORN 15 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 SEALY 3 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 OBANNON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 HENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POLLARD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-80 18-19 8 21 29 22 24 4 10 105 (.538) (.947) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(9 PTS)

ATLANTA 23 24 22 29 - 98 DETROIT 30 23 23 29 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - MUTOMBO 2, HENDERSON, LAETTNER. DETROIT - REID 4, HILL, STACKHOUSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 2-12 (.167), CORBIN 1-5, RECASNER 1-3, SMITH 0-2, LAETTNER 0-2. DETROIT 1-5 (.200), HUNTER 0-1, DUMARS 1-3, STACKHOUSE 0-1. TECHNICALS: ATLANTA - LAETTNER, HEAD COACH WILKENS, MUTOMBO, HENDERSON, DETROIT - MAHORN. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, DAVID JONES, RASHAN MICHEL. A - 22,076. T - 2:13.


ATLANTA (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Corbin 36 5-10 0-0 1-3 3 5 11 Henderson 36 6-15 1-3 1-3 1 3 13 Mutombo 34 7-11 3-3 5-12 2 4 17 Recasner 42 7-12 0-0 0-2 3 3 15 Smith 43 10-16 2-3 3-6 4 5 22 Barry 11 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Laettner 30 9-15 2-6 0-5 6 2 20 Miller 8 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Blaylock DNP - anemia Brown DNP - pulled left groin Anderson DNP - coach's decision Crawford DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-80 8-15 11-34 20 24 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.550, FT-.533. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Corbin 1-5, Recasner 1-3, Smith 0-2, Laettner 0-2). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Mutombo 2, Henderson, Laettner). Turnovers: 15 (Recasner 4, Laettner 3, Smith 3, Barry 2, Henderson 2, Mutombo). Steals: 5 (Barry, Corbin, Henderson, Miller, Recasner).

DETROIT (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 45 11-19 2-2 2-6 11 4 24 Reid 38 1-3 0-1 3-4 0 4 2 B Williams 33 11-17 1-1 2-9 1 5 23 Hunter 27 6-12 2-2 0-4 5 3 14 Dumars 38 5-13 5-5 0-1 2 0 16 Stackhouse 30 8-9 7-7 0-1 2 4 23 J Williams 10 1-1 1-1 0-2 0 0 3 Mahorn 15 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Sealy 3 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Obannon 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Henson DNP - coach's decision Pollard DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-80 18-19 8-29 22 24 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.947. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Hunter 0-1, Dumars 1-3, Stackhouse 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Reid 4, Hill, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 10 (Stackhouse 4, B Williams 2, Hill 2, Mahorn, Reid). Steals: 4 (Stackhouse 2, Hunter, J Williams). ____________________________________________ Atlanta 23 24 22 29 - 98 Detroit 30 23 23 29 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Atlanta 4 (Laettner, 5:55 2nd; Head Coach Wilkens, 11:42 3rd; Mutombo, 8:46 3rd; Henderson, 5:56 3rd). Detroit 1 (Mahorn, 3:51 3rd). Flagrant fouls: Detroit 1 (B Williams, 10:24 4th). A: 22,076. T: 2:13. Officials: Steve Javie, David Jones, Rashan Michel.


GAME RECAP

Jerry Stackhouse countered hot Atlanta shooting with several clutch free throws and a huge steal in the closing moments as the Detroit Pistons outlasted the Hawks, 105-98, for their seventh straight home win in the series between the teams.

After Dikembe Mutombo's tip-in cut Detroit's lead to 99-96 with 26 seconds left, Stackhouse sank a pair of free throws and stole an inbounds pass from Eldredge Recasner at midcourt, leading to Brian Williams' breakaway layup and a 103-96 lead with nine seconds to play.

Atlanta had hit 6-of-7 shots down the stretch to cut into a seven-point Pistons' lead. Stackhouse gave Detroit the bulge on a pair of free throws with 3:21 to go. Christian Laettner's alley-oop dunk with two minutes remaining closed Atlanta within 93-90, but Stackhouse countered with two more free throws 20 seconds later.

Stackhouse, who shot 8-of-9 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line, scord 23 points off the bench.

"Every shot you take has a 50-50 shot of going in," said Stackhouse. "And tonight, the 50 was on my side."

"It helps them to have a guy like that come off the bench," Atlanta's Steve Smith said of Stackhouse. "I picked up three fouls myself trying to check him."

Grant Hill continued his fine play, totaling 24 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for Detroit, which never trailed. Hill has paced the team in scoring in six of the last seven games, averaging 25 points on 54 percent shooting in that stretch.

Laettner, who finished with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists off the bench, kept the Hawks in the game in the final quarter with 11 points. His jumper from the left side with a minute left cut Detroit's lead to 97-94.

The Pistons have won five of their last seven games and are three games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 14 games left, including six in nine days. They have not fallen to Atlanta at home since December 23rd, 1994.

"That's part of the business," said Stackhouse of the Pistons' upcoming stretch. "It's just a matter of going out and trying to get on a roll. If you have too much time to think about those games, you can have a letdown."

Smith scored 22 points and Mutombo added 17 and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who lost for just the third time in the last 12 games and are entrenched in fifth place in the East.

"We shot great tonight. But it was just too hard to catch up," said Smith, whose backcourt mate, Mookie Blaylock, missed his third straight game with anemia. "When you dig yourself a hole like we did, and then get into foul trouble, especially when you're already shorthanded, it's too hard to get back into the game."

Detroit led 72-60 after 6-8 Detroit reserve Don Reid sparked the team with a pair of blocks on the 7-foot Mutombo, a fellow Georgetown alumnus. Hill's basket gave the Pistons the bulge with 3:03 left.

"That was a big point in the game," said Reid, who played a career-high 38 minutes. "Everybody got excited after that. It was like a boost for us. Just playing with him (Mutombo) in the summer, I got familair with him and what he likes to do."

"Don Reid was terrific," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry added. "He and Lindsey (Hunter) kind of set the tone. The two blocks that Don had kind of epitomized what was happening out there today."

Atlanta and Laettner responded with a 14-4 run, cutting Detroit's lead to 76-74 on Laettner's free throw with 10:24 to go.

But Joe Dumars helped the Pistons regain control with nine points during an ensuing 13-4 spurt. He started the run with a jumper from the left corner with 9:50 left and capped it on a three-pointer 2:53 later, helping the Pistons to an 89-78 advantage.

"That's why Joe is going into the Hall of Fame," Gentry said of the veteran guard, who scored 16 points. "We have so much confidence in him that if he missed 10 straight shots, and we had one shot to win the game, we'd have him take it."

Williams finished with 23 points and nine rebounds and Hunter added 14 for Detroit, which has won seven of the last 11 regular-season meetings with Atlanta.

"It was a good game for us," said Stackhouse. "Hopefully, we can sustain it and ride it for a few games."

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