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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 28 18 18 30 94 PHILADELPHIA 15 18 27 19 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JOE DUMARS 20, GRANT HILL 17, JERRY STACKHOUSE 15 PHI - DERRICK COLEMAN 25, BRIAN SHAW 11, TIM THOMAS 10


DETROIT (94) AT PHILADELPHIA (79)

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

HILL F 43 5-11 7-11 1 10 11 5 3 2 3 17 REID F 28 3-6 2-3 1 3 4 1 4 0 0 8 B WILLIAMS C 34 7-12 0-2 1 12 13 4 5 0 2 14 DUMARS G 35 6-16 8-8 1 0 1 5 1 0 2 20 HUNTER G 36 4-7 3-8 3 1 4 4 3 1 1 13 STACKHOUSE 31 3-10 9-9 1 3 4 4 3 0 1 15 J WILLIAMS 12 1-2 3-4 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 5 MAHORN 14 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 1 2 POLLARD 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 HENSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SEALY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-67 32-45 11 32 43 23 23 3 10 94 (.448) (.711) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 10(13 PTS)

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

THOMAS F 20 4-8 1-2 1 0 1 1 6 0 0 10 RATLIFF F 39 1-6 4-6 3 7 10 1 4 1 1 6 S WILLIAMS C 12 4-4 2-2 3 1 4 1 4 0 1 10 MCKIE G 24 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 5 5 2 2 0 IVERSON G 44 2-14 0-0 0 1 1 8 3 2 1 4 COLEMAN 33 8-15 9-9 4 9 13 0 3 0 0 25 SHAW 25 3-10 4-6 0 0 0 2 5 2 2 11 SNOW 10 0-3 2-2 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 2 SMITH 23 4-10 2-2 0 5 5 0 3 0 2 10 BENJAMIN 6 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 DAVIS 4 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 PARKER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 26-74 25-31 14 28 42 20 34 8 9 79 (.351) (.806) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(10 PTS)

DETROIT 28 18 18 30 - 94 PHILADELPHIA 15 18 27 19 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - REID, B WILLIAMS, STACKHOUSE. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2, S WILLIAMS, IVERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 2-12 (.167), HILL 0-1, DUMARS 0-5, HUNTER 2-4, STACKHOUSE 0-2. PHILADELPHIA 2-10 (.200), THOMAS 1-2, IVERSON 0-3, COLEMAN 0-2, SHAW 1-3. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - B WILLIAMS, PHILADELPHIA - COLEMAN, IVERSON. OFFICIALS: TOMMY NUNEZ, BLANE REICHELT, TONY BROTHERS. A - 14,294. T - 2:14.


DETROIT (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 43 5-11 7-11 1-11 5 3 17 Reid 28 3-6 2-3 1-4 1 4 8 B Williams 34 7-12 0-2 1-13 4 5 14 Dumars 35 6-16 8-8 1-1 5 1 20 Hunter 36 4-7 3-8 3-4 4 3 13 Stackhouse 31 3-10 9-9 1-4 4 3 15 J Williams 12 1-2 3-4 2-3 0 2 5 Mahorn 14 1-3 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Pollard 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Obannon DNP - coach's decision Sealy DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-67 32-45 11-43 23 23 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.448, FT-.711. 3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Hill 0-1, Dumars 0-5, Hunter 2-4, Stackhouse 0-2). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Reid, B Williams, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 10 (Hill 3, B Williams 2, Dumars 2, Hunter, Mahorn, Stackhouse). Steals: 3 (Hill 2, Hunter).

PHILADELPHIA (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 20 4-8 1-2 1-1 1 6 10 Ratliff 39 1-6 4-6 3-10 1 4 6 S Williams 12 4-4 2-2 3-4 1 4 10 Mckie 24 0-4 0-0 0-3 5 5 0 Iverson 44 2-14 0-0 0-1 8 3 4 Coleman 33 8-15 9-9 4-13 0 3 25 Shaw 25 3-10 4-6 0-0 2 5 11 Snow 10 0-3 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 Smith 23 4-10 2-2 0-5 0 3 10 Benjamin 6 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Davis 4 0-0 1-2 1-1 1 0 1 Parker DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 26-74 25-31 14-42 20 34 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.351, FT-.806. 3-Point Goals: 2-10, .200 (Thomas 1-2, Iverson 0-3, Coleman 0-2, Shaw 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Ratliff 2, S Williams, Iverson). Turnovers: 9 (Mckie 2, Shaw 2, Smith 2, Iverson, Ratliff, S Williams). Steals: 8 (Iverson 2, Mckie 2, Shaw 2, Ratliff, Snow). ____________________________________________ Detroit 28 18 18 30 - 94 Philadelphia 15 18 27 19 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (B Williams, 5:05 3rd). Philadelphia 2 (Coleman, 10:27 2nd; Iverson, 1:48 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,294. T: 2:14. Officials: Tommy Nunez, Blane Reichelt, Tony Brothers.


GAME RECAP

Joe Dumars scored all five of his fourth-quarter points in a decisive spurt and finished with 20 as the Detroit Pistons notched their longest winning streak since December with a 94-79 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Detroit led through most of the contest but the 76ers pulled within 83-77 on a dunk by former Piston Theo Ratliff with 4:18 to play. Dumars then answered with a pair of free throws that sparked a pivotal 7-0 run.

"I can always live and die with Joe Dumars," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "He had a great game tonight. We had a lot of guys make big plays."

Dumars followed his free throws with a jumper and hit a foul shot off a technical foul on Philadelphia's Allen Iverson. Lindsey Hunter capped the spurt with a jumper, pushing the Pistons' lead to 90-77 with 1:48 remaining.

Grant Hill had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit, which won its third straight game to record its longest winning streak since taking four in a row from December 7th-13th. The Pistons (33-36), who have won six of their last eight games, have pulled within 2 1/2 games of Washington and Orlando for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"It was a big win for us, one that we need," Hill said. "Every game is going to be important down the stretch."

Iverson, who scored a season-high 38 points in a win over Detroit last Wednesday, was limited to four points on 2-of-14 shooting. His former starting backcourt mate, Jerry Stackhouse, who was traded to Detroit earlier this season after a feud with Iverson, finished with 15 points.

"It was an off night for me. It was frustrating, I'm not used to playing this bad," Iverson said. "I got a game Wednesday vs. New Jersey, and all I can do is just bounce back and forget about this one."

Derrick Coleman collected 25 points and 13 boards in his first game back from the injured list for the 76ers, who have lost four of their last five games. Coleman was back in action after missing the last eight games with a sprained left ankle.

Detroit took control in the early going with a 13-2 burst late in the opening period. Dumars triggered that run with a jumper and Hunter buried a three-pointer to cap it, creating a 28-12 cushion with 1:28 remaining.

The Pistons went on for a 46-33 halftime lead after holding Philadelphia to a CoreStates Center record-low nine baskets in 35 attempts (26 percent). Detroit shot 50 percent (18-of-36) in the first half.

Coleman led the Sixers' comeback in the third quarter. He scored the first five points of a 9-0 run that cut the deficit to 56-52 with 3:26 left. That spurt was capped by a jumper from Joe Smith, who scored 10 points in his return after missing the last three games with an abdominal strain.

Coleman finished with nine points in the third as Philadelphia pulled within 64-60. But Hill converted a three-point play and hit a layup early in the final period to give Detroit a 74-63 lead.

"Tonight we fought back, but just couldn't get over the hump," Coleman said. "We came in at halftime and we knew we had to pick up our intensity and get some stops. But Joe (Dumars) hit some big shots and Grant Hill's ability to go to the basket put them over the hump."

A three-point play by Stackhouse increased the advantage to 79-66 with 7:31 to go, but Philadelphia responded with an 11-4 run. Tim Thomas scored half of his 10 points in that run, and Coleman added a pair of baskets before Ratliff's dunk trimmed the deficit to six.

"We played well in the first quarter, we had started to break it open," Hill said. "But the Sixers turned up their game, got to within 10 and made it a ball game. But we played well at the end and luckily we got the win."

Iverson, who had been averaging 29 points over the last four games, handed out eight assists but missed all three of his three-pointers and did not attempt a free throw. Ratliff pulled down 10 rebounds but was just 1-of-6 from the field for six points.

Brian Shaw scored 11 points and Scott Williams added 10 for the 76ers, who committed just nine turnovers but were held to 35 percent (26-of-74) from the floor.

Brian Williams registered 14 points and 13 rebounds and Hunter chipped in 13 points for the Pistons, who shot 45 percent (30-of-67) and won the season series from the 76ers, 3-1.

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