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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 28 28 30 17 103 DETROIT 27 29 25 25 106 FINAL


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WASHINGTON (103) AT DETROIT (106)

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

HOWARD F 38 9-15 5-7 2 5 7 0 6 1 4 23 CHEANEY F 25 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 0 0 2 DAVIS C 17 1-1 2-4 3 4 7 0 3 0 1 4 RICHMOND G 44 10-24 2-2 2 2 4 11 1 3 4 26 STRICKLAND G 38 8-18 8-8 3 5 8 7 2 2 3 24 C WHITNEY 10 2-2 2-2 0 0 0 4 1 1 2 6 T MURRAY 22 3-9 3-4 1 1 2 0 5 0 1 10 WALLACE 22 3-3 0-0 1 7 8 0 4 1 1 6 THORPE 18 0-2 2-2 3 4 7 1 3 0 1 2 LEGLER 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 BOHANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCINNIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-80 24-29 15 29 44 25 32 8 17 103 (.463) (.828) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 17(25 PTS)

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

HILL F 43 14-21 18-22 2 5 7 7 4 2 4 46 VAUGHT F 12 0-4 0-0 0 5 5 0 4 0 0 0 DELE C 17 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 5 0 3 5 MACON G 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HUNTER G 39 3-12 2-2 0 1 1 8 3 4 1 9 STACKHOUSE 40 8-16 10-14 3 4 7 0 2 0 4 29 BUECHLER 21 2-4 3-4 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 7 REID 27 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 4 WILLIAMS 20 1-3 2-2 3 0 3 0 3 0 1 4 MONTROSS 10 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 2 DUMARS DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING HENSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOORE DNP - COACH'S DECISION OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-69 38-48 9 22 31 16 28 7 13 106 (.464) (.792) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14(12 PTS)

WASHINGTON 28 28 30 17 - 103 DETROIT 27 29 25 25 - 106

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - NONE. DETROIT - HILL 2, STACKHOUSE 2, DELE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 5-11 (.455), RICHMOND 4-6, STRICKLAND 0-1, T MURRAY 1-2, THORPE 0-1, LEGLER 0-1. DETROIT 4-15 (.267), MACON 0-1, HUNTER 1-5, STACKHOUSE 3-6, BUECHLER 0-2, MONTROSS 0-1. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - FOUR ON COURT. OFFICIALS: BENNETT SALVATORE, TOM WASHINGTON, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 14,210. T - 2:34.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (103) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 38 9-15 5-7 2-7 0 6 23 Cheaney 25 1-5 0-0 0-1 2 4 2 Davis 17 1-1 2-4 3-7 0 3 4 Richmond 44 10-24 2-2 2-4 11 1 26 Strickland 38 8-18 8-8 3-8 7 2 24 C Whitney 10 2-2 2-2 0-0 4 1 6 T Murray 22 3-9 3-4 1-2 0 5 10 Wallace 22 3-3 0-0 1-8 0 4 6 Thorpe 18 0-2 2-2 3-7 1 3 2 Legler 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Bohannon DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - coach's decision Mcinnis DNP - coach's decision J White DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-80 24-29 15-44 25 32 103 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Richmond 4-6, Strickland 0-1, T Murray 1-2, Thorpe 0-1, Legler 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 17 (Howard 4, Richmond 4, Strickland 3, C Whitney 2, Davis, T Murray, Thorpe, Wallace). Steals: 8 (Richmond 3, Strickland 2, C Whitney, Howard, Wallace).

DETROIT (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 43 14-21 18-22 2-7 7 4 46 Vaught 12 0-4 0-0 0-5 0 4 0 Dele 17 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 5 5 Macon 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hunter 39 3-12 2-2 0-1 8 3 9 Stackhouse 40 8-16 10-14 3-7 0 2 29 Buechler 21 2-4 3-4 0-4 0 1 7 Reid 27 1-3 2-2 0-2 0 4 4 Williams 20 1-3 2-2 3-3 0 3 4 Montross 10 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 2 2 Dumars DNP - strained left hamstring Henson DNP - coach's decision Moore DNP - coach's decision Obannon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-69 38-48 9-31 16 28 106 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.464, FT-.792. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Macon 0-1, Hunter 1-5, Stackhouse 3-6, Buechler 0-2, Montross 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Hill 2, Stackhouse 2, Dele). Turnovers: 14 (Hill 4, Stackhouse 4, Dele 3, Hunter, Williams). Steals: 7 (Hunter 4, Hill 2, Reid). ____________________________________________ Washington 28 28 30 17 - 103 Detroit 27 29 25 25 - 106 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Four On Court, 5:32 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,210. T: 2:34. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tom Washington, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Grant Hill scored a career-high 46 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 13 seconds left, and Lindsey Hunter got his revenge against Rod Strickland as the Detroit Pistons remained unbeaten with a 106-103 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Although considered one of the game's best players, Hill never had a 40-point game since entering the NBA in 1994. With some help from the red-hot Jerry Stackhouse, he carried the Pistons on the offensive end.

Hunter was beaten by Strickland for a driving layup that gave Washington a 103-102 lead with 14.5 seconds left. Hill went to the line after he was fouled by Juwan Howard while receiving an inbounds pass and falling out of bounds. There was very little contact on the play.

"I was surprised," Hill said. "At first I was going to call a timeout. Then I decided to just go out of bounds and see what they would do. It was the rookie official (Phil Robinson) and I had been on him pretty much all game. In retrospect, though, I probably should have called a timeout."

"I wanted to first deny him catching the ball," said Howard, who fouled out on the play. "When I knew I couldn't do that, I just stepped back. He was totally off balance. I'm disappointed. I don't want to blame the ref or Grant will be giving me a call."

After Hill gave the Pistons a one-point lead, Strickland took the ball into the frontcourt and began his move against Hunter at the top of the key. As he spun, Hunter reached in and poked away the ball.

"We were talking about the previous play, when he threw in that off-balance layup," Hunter said. "Rod and I are pretty good friends. We're always taking out there and I think he respects me.

"I knew he was going to come at me 1-on-1. I just wanted to stay between him and the basket. We both started falling and I just got my hand on the ball."

Pistons forward Jud Buechler grabbed it and was fouled, sinking both free throws with 1.9 seconds left. The Wizards did not get off a shot on their final possession.

No longer handling the duties that come with point forward, Hill made 14-of-21 shots and 18-of-22 free throws. His outburst shattered his previous career high of 38 at Indiana on April 20, 1997 and tied the Palace of Auburn Hills record set by Shaquille O'Neal when he was with the Orlando Magic in the 1992-93 season.

"Now I can be a poor man's Scottie Pippen," Hill said. "I don't have to worry as much about assists and rebounds. Now I can just play basketball. Alvin allows me to post up some now, too. It's coming along well. I'm just a little indecisive at times."

Stackhouse scored 29 points and is averaging 24.3 points off the bench. He was the only other player in double figures for the Pistons, who were without Joe Dumars but nevertheless improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season. The veteran guard sat out with a strained left hamstring.

"Maybe it's the equivalent of 9-0 in the regular season," said Stackhouse. "We're just happy to get out 3-0 and we want to continue to build on it."

Mitch Richmond had 26 points and 11 assists and Strickland added 24 and seven for the Wizards, who squandered a six-point lead in the final five minutes. Howard added 23 points.

Hill, who also had seven rebounds and seven assists, established his career high with a basket that pulled the Pistons within a point with 8:29 remaining. Ben Wallace and Strickland answered with layups, giving the Wizards a 95-90 lead.

Hill made a free throw, but Strickland made a steal and used a beautiful no-look pass to set up Wallace for a fast-break dunk that made it 97-91 with 5:36 to go. Stackhouse and Richmond swapped baskets before Hill made a layup and set up Don Reid for a layup with just under three minutes left.

Howard dunked but Stackhouse made a 3-pointer and Hill made two free throws, giving Detroit a 102-101 lead with 1:09 to go.

"We had a hard time getting them stopped but the thing that makes me happiest is that with 4:53 to go we talked about how we had to come up with defensive stops to win," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "After that we came up with some huge stops."

Both teams shot 46 percent from the field. The Wizards held a 44-31 edge in rebounds but the Pistons owned a 38-24 advantage in made free throws. The game featured 18 lead changes and 15 ties.

"It was an excellent basketball game but I just don't think that Rod and Mitch were shown the same respect," Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "Our guys just didn't get that respect when it creates a situation where they lose the ball.

"The things we had control over, we did a nice job with."

Hill scored 19 points in the first quarter but Washington held a 28-27 edge behind nine points from Richmond. Hill added 12 more in the second quarter, forging a 56-56 halftime tie.

"I just tried to get out early and be as aggressive as I could and try to score," Hill said.

Richmond and Howard scored eight points each in the third period as the Wizards built an 86-81 lead entering the fourth quarter.

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