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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 16 25 29 32 102 INDIANA 26 17 35 23 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 30, JOE DUMARS 25, LINDSEY HUNTER 17 IND - RIK SMITS 35, REGGIE MILLER 14, JALEN ROSE 14

HIGH REBOUND: DET - LOY VAUGHT 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 IND - ANTONIO DAVIS 6, MARK JACKSON 5

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - GRANT HILL 8, BISON DELE 4 IND - MARK JACKSON 12, CHRIS MULLIN 4

ATT: 16,720


Extended Box

DETROIT (102) AT INDIANA (101)

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

HILL F 42 11-20 8-8 0 4 4 8 1 2 3 30 REID F 26 4-7 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 2 2 8 DELE C 23 2-4 0-2 3 1 4 4 5 1 1 4 DUMARS G 40 8-15 4-4 0 0 0 3 2 0 3 25 HUNTER G 35 7-13 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 3 1 17 BUECHLER 27 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 9 MONTROSS 16 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 0 VAUGHT 23 4-9 1-1 1 6 7 1 3 0 2 9 WILLIAMS 8 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 REEVES DNP - COACH'S DECISION STACKHOUSE DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE YOUNG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-73 13-15 5 19 24 19 28 9 15 102 (.534) (.867) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(23 PTS)

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

D DAVIS F 27 5-6 1-1 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 11 MULLIN F 27 2-5 2-2 0 2 2 4 2 2 1 7 SMITS C 33 10-16 15-16 2 2 4 3 2 0 1 35 JACKSON G 32 2-5 1-2 2 3 5 12 2 2 4 5 MILLER G 38 6-14 1-2 1 3 4 1 3 2 0 14 BEST 16 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 4 A DAVIS 23 2-7 4-6 1 5 6 0 1 1 1 8 HARRINGTON 4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 PERKINS 13 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 3 ROSE 27 4-9 5-6 2 1 3 1 3 0 0 14 CROSHERE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HOIBERG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-67 30-37 11 22 33 22 18 9 13 101 (.507) (.811) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13(17 PTS)

DETROIT 16 25 29 32 - 102 INDIANA 26 17 35 23 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - DELE 2, BUECHLER, REID, MONTROSS. INDIANA - D DAVIS 2, A DAVIS 2, MILLER, PERKINS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 11-19 (.579), DUMARS 5-9, HUNTER 3-5, BUECHLER 3-5. INDIANA 3-10 (.300), MULLIN 1-3, MILLER 1-6, ROSE 1-1. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - MILLER, SMITS. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, BILL SPOONER, (JAMES CAPERS. A - 16,720. T - 2:22.


Box Score

DETROIT (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 42 11-20 8-8 0-4 8 1 30 Reid 26 4-7 0-0 0-1 0 6 8 Dele 23 2-4 0-2 3-4 4 5 4 Dumars 40 8-15 4-4 0-0 3 2 25 Hunter 35 7-13 0-0 0-3 2 2 17 Buechler 27 3-5 0-0 1-1 1 3 9 Montross 16 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 5 0 Vaught 23 4-9 1-1 1-7 1 3 9 Williams 8 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Reeves DNP - coach's decision Stackhouse DNP - sprained right ankle Young DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-73 13-15 5-24 19 28 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.534, FT-.867. 3-Point Goals: 11-19, .579 (Dumars 5-9, Hunter 3-5, Buechler 3-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 5 (Dele 2, Buechler, Reid, Montross). Turnovers: 16 (Dumars 3, Hill 3, Reid 2, Vaught 2, Williams 2, Buechler, Dele, Hunter). Steals: 9 (Hunter 3, Hill 2, Reid 2, Buechler, Dele).

INDIANA (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Davis 27 5-6 1-1 1-4 0 2 11 Mullin 27 2-5 2-2 0-2 4 2 7 Smits 33 10-16 15-16 2-4 3 2 35 Jackson 32 2-5 1-2 2-5 12 2 5 Miller 38 6-14 1-2 1-4 1 3 14 Best 16 2-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 4 A Davis 23 2-7 4-6 1-6 0 1 8 Harrington 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Perkins 13 1-2 1-2 0-2 0 0 3 Rose 27 4-9 5-6 2-3 1 3 14 Croshere DNP - coach's decision Hoiberg DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-67 30-37 11-33 22 18 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.811. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Mullin 1-3, Miller 1-6, Rose 1-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (D Davis 2, A Davis 2, Miller, Perkins). Turnovers: 13 (Jackson 4, Best 2, Perkins 2, A Davis, D Davis, Harrington, Mullin, Smits). Steals: 9 (Jackson 2, Miller 2, Mullin 2, A Davis, Best, D Davis). ____________________________________________ Detroit 16 25 29 32 - 102 Indiana 26 17 35 23 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 2 (Miller, 5:27 2nd; Smits, 5:03 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,720. T: 2:22. Officials: Jack Nies, Bill Spooner, (james Capers.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Rik Smits made a career-high 15 free throws, but the one he missed cost the Indiana Pacers the game.

Smits went 15-of-16 from the foul line and scored a season-high 35 points. But he made just 1-of-2 from the stripe with 5.1 seconds left, setting up Lindsay Hunter's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer that gave the Detroit Pistons an improbable 102-101 victory over the first-place Pacers in a Central Division battle.

"I really don't feel good about missing one of those free throws at the end," Smits said. "We could not put them away. We let them hang around and when a team hangs around, they have a chance to win."

Grant Hill scored 30 points and Joe Dumars added 25 for the Pistons, who trailed 100-96 before Jud Buechler came off the bench and drained a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds to play.

"We just kept our composure in the fourth quarter," said Hill. "It was a big game to come back in. Luckily, the ball bounced our way."

The Pacers, who called several timeouts before finally inbounding the ball, watched Smits go to the line with a chance to increase the lead to three. But the 80 percent foul shooter missed his first of the night before sinking the second to make it 101-99.

Hill received the inbounds pass and made a mad dash up the right sideline before throwing a cross-court pass to Hunter, who released a high, arching leaner that banked in as time expired.

"Smits missing that last free throw was the break we needed," Hunter said. "I'm just glad we won. Indiana is a great team. Our last play was already set up. We played great defense on inbounds plays (during the end of the game). I felt fortunate to hit that last shot."

Hunter, who scored 17 points, made the last of Detroit's 11 3-pointers, helping the Pistons pull into second place in the Central, two games behind Indiana.

"These are two quality teams that are playoff quality," Hill added. "We just have 14 games left and they are all important. But tonight was some great basketball."

Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose collected 14 points each for the Pacers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 1-2 against the Pistons this season. Each of Indiana's last five losses have been by one point.

"They had 5.1 seconds left and I guess we broke down," said Pacers coach Larry Bird. "(Lindsay Hunter) was left wide-open. I think some of these players were concerned with Grant Hill, but we had the lead and we have to cover the open man."

"Another fourth-quarter swoon meant another rough ending," added Smits.

Detroit has won eight of its last 10 games and evened its road record at 8-8.

"Just another routine win," joked Pistons coach Alvin Gentry. "Our guys did a great job of staying in the game. A win is a win. It gives us another win in the division against a quality team."

Buechler and Loy Vaught each collected nine points off the bench for the Pistons, who shot 53 percent (39-of-73), including 11-of-19 from beyond the arc.

Detroit scored 23 points off 16 Indiana turnovers.

Mark Jackson handed out 12 assists and Dale Davis added 11 points for the Pacers, who shot 51 percent (34-of-67) but were only 3-of-10 from long range.

"This was a tough loss," said Jackson. "We must win these games. They are big from now until the end of the season. We must do our balancing act -- offense, defense and effort for the rest of the way."

Rose hit a 12-footer with 3:21 to play to give the Pacers a 90-88 lead. Hill tied it with a pair from the line before Smits slammed and made two free throws to give Indiana a 94-90 edge with 1:36 left.

Bison Dele and Miller traded baskets and Hill sank a 17-footer to cut the deficit to 96-94 with 45 seconds remaining.

Smits made two more free throws but Hill answered with a 16-footer form the left sideline with 15 seconds to go. Rose hit two from the line with 13.4 left before the Pistons staged their winning rally.

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