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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 26 20 24 21 91 DETROIT 21 18 19 22 80 FINAL


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MIAMI (91) AT DETROIT (80)

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

MAJERLE F 32 3-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 9 BROWN F 24 3-7 6-6 1 3 4 0 5 1 1 12 MOURNING C 41 4-7 4-6 3 9 12 3 5 0 4 12 WALTERS G 18 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 5 0 2 4 HARDAWAY G 43 9-16 7-8 0 7 7 9 3 2 6 29 WEATHERSPOON 25 6-12 0-0 1 7 8 0 0 1 0 12 PORTER 34 4-12 1-1 0 5 5 4 2 1 3 9 EDWARDS 6 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 ASKINS 9 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 CAUSWELL 6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 WATSON 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CONLON DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-67 22-25 6 35 41 18 26 5 18 91 (.463) (.880) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(22 PTS)

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

HILL F 36 5-21 12-13 2 5 7 3 4 1 3 22 REID F 34 3-3 2-2 0 1 1 2 4 3 1 8 DELE C 21 2-7 1-2 0 4 4 2 4 0 1 5 STACKHOUSE G 39 6-15 9-9 0 1 1 1 1 0 3 21 HUNTER G 30 1-8 0-0 1 1 2 2 3 1 0 2 MONTROSS 12 1-1 2-2 3 3 6 0 3 0 1 4 MACON 5 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BUECHLER 26 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 2 0 2 8 WILLIAMS 22 2-9 0-0 8 6 14 1 1 3 1 4 VAUGHT 5 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 HENSON 6 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 OBANNON 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 MOORE 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 DUMARS DNP - INJURED HAMSTRING

TOTALS 240 25-78 28-30 14 27 41 14 22 9 13 80 (.321) (.933) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(19 PTS)

MIAMI 26 20 24 21 - 91 DETROIT 21 18 19 22 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 2, BROWN. DETROIT - HILL, REID. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 7-17 (.412), MAJERLE 3-6, HARDAWAY 4-8, PORTER 0-2, ASKINS 0-1. DETROIT 2-9 (.222), STACKHOUSE 0-4, HUNTER 0-1, BUECHLER 2-4. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, DETROIT - HUNTER, HILL. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, LUIS GRILLO, TONY BROTHERS. A - 17,225. T - 2:12.


Box Score

MIAMI (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Majerle 32 3-7 0-0 1-3 1 2 9 Brown 24 3-7 6-6 1-4 0 5 12 Mourning 41 4-7 4-6 3-12 3 5 12 Walters 18 1-2 2-2 0-0 1 5 4 Hardaway 43 9-16 7-8 0-7 9 3 29 Weatherspoon 25 6-12 0-0 1-8 0 0 12 Porter 34 4-12 1-1 0-5 4 2 9 Edwards 6 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Askins 9 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 3 2 Causwell 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Watson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Conlon DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-67 22-25 6-41 18 26 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.880. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (Majerle 3-6, Hardaway 4-8, Porter 0-2, Askins 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Mourning 2, Brown). Turnovers: 19 (Hardaway 6, Mourning 4, Porter 3, Walters 2, Brown, Causwell, Edwards). Steals: 5 (Hardaway 2, Brown, Porter, Weatherspoon).

DETROIT (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 36 5-21 12-13 2-7 3 4 22 Reid 34 3-3 2-2 0-1 2 4 8 Dele 21 2-7 1-2 0-4 2 4 5 Stackhouse 39 6-15 9-9 0-1 1 1 21 Hunter 30 1-8 0-0 1-2 2 3 2 Montross 12 1-1 2-2 3-6 0 3 4 Macon 5 0-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Buechler 26 3-6 0-0 0-4 1 2 8 Williams 22 2-9 0-0 8-14 1 1 4 Vaught 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Henson 6 0-0 2-2 0-0 2 0 2 Obannon 2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Moore 2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Dumars DNP - injured hamstring _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-78 28-30 14-41 14 22 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.321, FT-.933. 3-Point Goals: 2-9, .222 (Stackhouse 0-4, Hunter 0-1, Buechler 2-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Hill, Reid). Turnovers: 14 (Hill 3, Stackhouse 3, Buechler 2, Dele, Henson, Montross, Reid, Williams). Steals: 9 (Reid 3, Williams 3, Henson, Hill, Hunter). ____________________________________________ Miami 26 20 24 21 - 91 Detroit 21 18 19 22 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:28 3rd). Detroit 2 (Hunter, 3:55 3rd; Hill, 3:11 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,225. T: 2:12. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Luis Grillo, Tony Brothers.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The Miami Heat became the first team to prove that they have what it takes to overcome the grueling lockout-compressed schedule.

Tim Hardaway scored 29 points as the Heat posted their third win in as many days and fourth straight victory overall, 91-80 over the slumping Detroit Pistons.

"Tonight, we just wanted to get up, keep our energy level up, get the ball up and down the court for some easy baskets and play some defense," said Hardaway.

Miami assistant coach Bob McAdoo was a forward on the last club to win three games on consecutive days -- the Los Angeles Lakers, who accomplished the feat in 1985 under the guidance of current Miami coach Pat Riley.

"If there's anybody who has the experience to talk about it, (it's me)," said Riley. "On February 1, 1985, February 2, 1985 and February 3, 1985, the Lakers won three in a row, back-to-back-to-back. I remember that (last) game. I played all my starters 45 minutes and I was committed tonight to playing our guys a lot of minutes."

Grant Hill scored 22 points and Jerry Stackhouse added 21 for Detroit, which has not fared as well under the grinding slate imposed by the league. The Pistons lost their third game in as many days and have dropped five in a row since opening the season with three victories.

"The first three games we were in a nice rhythym and we got our fast break going," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "Tonight, we had four points on the fast break. When teams lock us into a half court game, we're in trouble."

The Pistons had an 8-2 run early in the third quarter to move within 58-55 with 6:29 remaining. Hardaway drained a 3-pointer to stifle the spurt and connected again from long range during a 10-0 stretch that gave the Heat a 68-55 cushion with just under three minutes left.

Hardaway scored 13 points during the third quarter and the defense held Detroit without a basket over the last 6:30 of the period en route to its first four-game winning streak since a seven-game run from March 18-31, 1998.

"I don't think we played well," added Riley. "But we got a lot of guts. It was a good win for us, because the defense was outstanding again from the standpoint of not giving them anything easy."

Hardaway connected on four shots from beyond the arc and Miami has made at least one 3-pointer in an NBA record 383 consecutive games.

Alonzo Mourning recorded his third straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who avenged a 95-81 home loss to Detroit in the season opener.

"It was redemption," said Mourning. "We hadn't forgotten. We watched tape of that before the game. We know we're a better team, but we didn't match their effort down there."

The Pistons shot a woeful 32 percent (25-of-78) but stayed in the contest by making 28-of-30 free throws, including 9-of-9 by Stackhouse, who made his second straight start in place of injured shooting guard Joe Dumars. Dumars is out with a right hamstring pull.

"It's not our defense," added Gentry. "That's been OK. We just stunk on offense. We're not getting any ball movement. We had 14 assists and that's not going to do it. We just can't get into a flow. We played defense and we rebounded with them, but you're not going to win many NBA games shooting 32 percent."

Detroit guard Lindsey Hunter returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game with the flu but played poorly, scoring just two points on 1-of-8 shooting.

P.J. Brown and Clarence Weatherspoon scored 12 points apiece for the Heat, who shot 46 percent (31-of-67), including 7-of-17 from 3-point range.

The Pistons went on a 10-2 run early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 79-72 with 4:11 to play. Mourning answered with his first basket of the second half, a seven-foot hook from the left baseline. It sparked a 12-2 spurt that gave the Heat their biggest lead at 91-74 with 1:42 to play.

Jerome Williams matched a career high with 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who held a 41-40 advantage on the boards.

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