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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 24 12 23 28 87 WASHINGTON 23 27 26 21 97 FINAL


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DETROIT (87) AT WASHINGTON (97)

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

HILL F 39 6-15 4-5 1 2 3 4 1 2 1 16 VAUGHT F 23 5-8 0-0 2 6 8 1 1 0 2 10 DELE C 23 5-10 0-1 2 4 6 3 0 0 2 10 DUMARS G 24 0-4 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 HUNTER G 40 4-11 2-6 1 6 7 7 2 1 2 10 BUECHLER 13 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 3 MONTROSS 22 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 4 OBANNON 3 2-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 4 STACKHOUSE 25 6-13 2-2 2 1 3 1 2 1 4 14 WILLIAMS 25 4-7 3-8 5 6 11 1 2 3 1 11 YOUNG 3 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 REID DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 36-80 13-24 16 30 46 20 13 8 14 87 (.450) (.542) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(18 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 42 9-19 4-4 2 9 11 6 4 1 2 22 THORPE F 31 3-6 0-0 0 7 7 2 6 1 2 6 DAVIS C 19 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 2 4 MCINNIS G 37 8-10 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 2 1 19 RICHMOND G 38 6-13 4-4 0 5 5 3 0 1 2 18 CHEANEY 22 6-9 0-2 0 1 1 2 4 0 2 12 JACKSON 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 T MURRAY 15 2-4 0-1 0 1 1 4 3 2 1 4 WALLACE 22 1-3 1-2 3 6 9 0 2 0 0 3 J WHITE 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 C WHITNEY 12 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 7 STRICKLAND DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN

TOTALS 240 41-76 9-13 5 32 37 25 24 7 16 97 (.539) (.692) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

DETROIT 24 12 23 28 - 87 WASHINGTON 23 27 26 21 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - DELE, STACKHOUSE. WASHINGTON - WALLACE 2, CHEANEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 2-14 (.143), HILL 0-1, DUMARS 0-3, HUNTER 0-3, BUECHLER 1-2, STACKHOUSE 0-3, YOUNG 1-2. WASHINGTON 6-11 (.545), MCINNIS 3-3, RICHMOND 2-3, C WHITNEY 1-5. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - DELE 2 (EJECTED), WASHINGTON - HEAD COACH BICKERSTAFF 2 (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, GEORGE TOLIVER, MARC DAVIS. A - 16,316. T - 2:04.


Box Score

DETROIT (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 39 6-15 4-5 1-3 4 1 16 Vaught 23 5-8 0-0 2-8 1 1 10 Dele 23 5-10 0-1 2-6 3 0 10 Dumars 24 0-4 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Hunter 40 4-11 2-6 1-7 7 2 10 Buechler 13 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 Montross 22 2-4 0-0 1-3 0 3 4 Obannon 3 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 0 4 Stackhouse 25 6-13 2-2 2-3 1 2 14 Williams 25 4-7 3-8 5-11 1 2 11 Young 3 1-2 2-2 0-0 0 0 5 Reid DNP - sprained right ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-80 13-24 16-46 20 13 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.450, FT-.542. 3-Point Goals: 2-14, .143 (Hill 0-1, Dumars 0-3, Hunter 0-3, Buechler 1-2, Stackhouse 0-3, Young 1-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 2 (Dele, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 15 (Stackhouse 4, Dele 2, Hunter 2, Vaught 2, Dumars, Hill, Williams, Young). Steals: 8 (Williams 3, Hill 2, Dumars, Hunter, Stackhouse).

WASHINGTON (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 42 9-19 4-4 2-11 6 4 22 Thorpe 31 3-6 0-0 0-7 2 6 6 Davis 19 2-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 4 Mcinnis 37 8-10 0-0 0-0 5 1 19 Richmond 38 6-13 4-4 0-5 3 0 18 Cheaney 22 6-9 0-2 0-1 2 4 12 Jackson 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 T Murray 15 2-4 0-1 0-1 4 3 4 Wallace 22 1-3 1-2 3-9 0 2 3 J White 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 C Whitney 12 3-8 0-0 0-1 1 1 7 Strickland DNP - strained right groin _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-76 9-13 5-37 25 24 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.539, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (Mcinnis 3-3, Richmond 2-3, C Whitney 1-5). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Wallace 2, Cheaney). Turnovers: 16 (C Whitney 4, Cheaney 2, Davis 2, Howard 2, Richmond 2, Thorpe 2, Mcinnis, T Murray). Steals: 7 (Mcinnis 2, T Murray 2, Howard, Richmond, Thorpe). ____________________________________________ Detroit 24 12 23 28 - 87 Washington 23 27 26 21 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (Dele 2 (ejected), 9:47 2nd, 0:18 3rd). Washington 2 (Head Coach Bickerstaff 2 (ejected), 1:28 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,316. T: 2:04. Officials: Jack Nies, George Toliver, Marc Davis.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Juwan Howard scored 14 of his 22 points in the first half and the Washington Wizards capitalized on a huge second-quarter run for a split of their home-and-home series with the Detroit Pistons, 97-87.

After Bison Dele hit hook shot to pull the Pistons within 31-30 with 7:56 left in the second quarter, Washington scored 19 of the next 21 points to open a 50-32 cushion with 1:36 to play.

Howard, who finished 9-of-19 from the floor and also grabbed 11 rebounds, scored seven points in the decisive run. Chris Whitney added five of his seven points in the surge.

Jeff McInnis, making his second straight start in place of the injured Rod Strickland, once again did a superb job of directing Washington's offense. He finished with a career-high 19 points and five assists. In Monday's four-point loss at Detroit, he had 10 points and a career-high eight assists.

Grant Hill scored 16 points and Jerry Stackhouse had 14 for the Pistons, who lost for just the second time in their last nine games and for the first time in three meetings with the Wizards this season.

Calbert Cheaney and Howard scored four points apiece before Mitch Richmond drained a 3-pointer to start the Wizards' decisive run in the second quarter.

After Detroit's Loy Vaught hit a short jumper, Whitney scored five straight points and Howard converted a three-point play to give Washington a 50-32 bulge with 1:36 left. The Pistons closed to 50-36 at intermission.

Washington still held a 60-48 advantage with eight minutes to play in third quarter before putting the game out of reach. McInnis, who was 8-of-10 from the floor, hit a running jumper to fuel a 13-4 run that gave the Wizards their biggest lead at 73-52 with 3:39 left in the period.

"I got a little tired towards the end," McInnis said. "But I'm just happy to play. Wherever they need me I'll be. I'm filling in some big shoes. I mean, hell, I was in the CBA at this time last year. I'm pretty excited. I felt like the team was mine to run and I ran it. I got in a comfort zone."

"I'm sure he's not surprised," Wizards assistant Jim Brovelli said. "He's really matured. He's getting the ball to the right people at the right time and he's helping himself at the same time."

Washington shot 54 percent (41-of-76) while holding Detroit to 45 percent (36-of-80) from the floor. Led by Jerome Williams' 11 rebounds, the Pistons built a 46-37 rebounding edge.

McInnis and Richmond scored 10 points apiece in third quarter as the Wizards' backcourt, which got the best of Detroit guards Lindsey Hunter and Joe Dumars.

Richmond finished with 18 points. Hunter had a solid game with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Dumars was held scoreless, shooting 0-for-4 in 24 minutes.

"Defensively, we didn't do a good job," Hunter said. "If you don't do a good job on the road, it will be tough to win anyway. We weren't that aggressive (in the second half)."

Jud Buechler sank a 3-pointer to bring the Pistons within 89-78 with 4:06 left but they could get no closer.

"We were off. There's no easy way around it," Detroit coach Alvin Gentry said. "We never had an opportunity to get back into the game because we couldn't stop them on defense."

There were a pair of ejections in the contest. Washington coach Bernie Bickerstaff was tossed with 1:28 left in the first quarter for arguing a foul call and the Pistons lost Dele with 18 seconds remaining in the third quarter after he picked up two technical fouls.

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