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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- PHILADELPHIA 23 20 22 31 96 DETROIT 25 27 22 26 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 27, MATT GEIGER 16, LARRY HUGHES 16 DET - GRANT HILL 35, LINDSEY HUNTER 21, JOE DUMARS 15

HIGH REBOUND: PHI - THEO RATLIFF 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 DET - GRANT HILL 14, JEROME WILLIAMS 11

HIGH ASSISTS: PHI - ERIC SNOW 12, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 DET - GRANT HILL 7, LINDSEY HUNTER 5

ATT: 22,076


Extended Box

PHILADELPHIA (96) AT DETROIT (100)

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

LYNCH F 14 3-5 0-0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 7 RATLIFF F 39 5-6 3-6 2 9 11 2 3 1 0 13 GEIGER C 38 5-12 6-12 0 5 5 3 3 1 1 16 IVERSON G 42 11-25 2-5 4 1 5 1 2 1 4 27 SNOW G 37 3-8 3-4 1 2 3 12 3 4 3 9 GRANT 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HUGHES 25 7-9 2-4 2 1 3 0 3 0 2 16 MAHORN 17 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 MCKIE 25 3-7 1-2 0 3 3 3 4 4 2 7 HILL DNP - FAMILY AND PERSONAL REASONS HONEYCUTT DNP - COACH'S DECISION MOHAMMED DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-72 18-35 10 23 33 21 22 12 12 96 (.514) (.514) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 12(13 PTS)

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

HILL F 40 13-20 9-11 5 9 14 7 1 1 4 35 WILLIAMS F 31 1-2 0-0 4 7 11 1 3 0 1 2 DELE C 25 4-9 2-3 2 3 5 1 3 1 1 10 DUMARS G 33 5-9 3-4 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 15 HUNTER G 39 8-14 4-4 0 5 5 5 3 0 1 21 BUECHLER 14 3-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 1 1 6 LAETTNER 25 3-7 3-4 1 3 4 1 3 1 2 9 MONTROSS 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 REID 12 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 2 STACKHOUSE 19 0-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 OBANNON DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-75 21-26 14 29 43 16 23 4 15 100 (.507) (.808) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(24 PTS)

PHILADELPHIA 23 20 22 31 - 96 DETROIT 25 27 22 26 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 2. DETROIT - LAETTNER 4. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: PHILADELPHIA 4-13 (.308), LYNCH 1-1, IVERSON 3-6, SNOW 0-2, MCKIE 0-4. DETROIT 3-11 (.273), DUMARS 2-6, HUNTER 1-1, BUECHLER 0-1, STACKHOUSE 0-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, KEN MAUER, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 22,076. T - 2:26.


Box Score

PHILADELPHIA (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Lynch 14 3-5 0-0 1-2 0 2 7 Ratliff 39 5-6 3-6 2-11 2 3 13 Geiger 38 5-12 6-12 0-5 3 3 16 Iverson 42 11-25 2-5 4-5 1 2 27 Snow 37 3-8 3-4 1-3 12 3 9 Grant 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hughes 25 7-9 2-4 2-3 0 3 16 Mahorn 17 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 Mckie 25 3-7 1-2 0-3 3 4 7 Hill DNP - family and personal reasons Honeycutt DNP - coach's decision Mohammed DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-72 18-35 10-33 21 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.514. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Lynch 1-1, Iverson 3-6, Snow 0-2, Mckie 0-4). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 2 (Ratliff 2). Turnovers: 12 (Iverson 4, Snow 3, Hughes 2, Mckie 2, Geiger). Steals: 12 (Mckie 4, Snow 4, Geiger, Iverson, Mahorn, Ratliff).

DETROIT (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 40 13-20 9-11 5-14 7 1 35 Williams 31 1-2 0-0 4-11 1 3 2 Dele 25 4-9 2-3 2-5 1 3 10 Dumars 33 5-9 3-4 0-0 1 2 15 Hunter 39 8-14 4-4 0-5 5 3 21 Buechler 14 3-6 0-0 2-3 0 2 6 Laettner 25 3-7 3-4 1-4 1 3 9 Montross 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Reid 12 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 4 2 Stackhouse 19 0-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Obannon DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-75 21-26 14-43 16 23 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Dumars 2-6, Hunter 1-1, Buechler 0-1, Stackhouse 0-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Laettner 4). Turnovers: 17 (Hill 4, Stackhouse 3, Dumars 2, Laettner 2, Buechler, Dele, Hunter, Williams). Steals: 4 (Buechler, Dele, Hill, Laettner). ____________________________________________ Philadelphia 23 20 22 31 - 96 Detroit 25 27 22 26 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:26. Officials: Mike Mathis, Ken Mauer, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Grant Hill was outstanding, but the Detroit Pistons did not wrap up a playoff berth until old No. 4 made a 3.

Hill had 35 points and a season-high 14 rebounds and Joe Dumars celebrated his final home game of the regular season with a clinching 3-pointer with 3:15 left as the Pistons earned a postseason appearance, holding on for a 100-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

"I thought the young kids we're gonna give me a heart attack tonight at the end," said Dumars, a future Hall of Famer who several months ago said this would be his last season. "This is really exciting but we made it a little too exciting."

The Pistons announced before the game that next season they will retire Dumars' No. 4, which had never been worn by anyone prior to his arrival in 1985. The floor was adorned with a logo of a basketball with a "4" inside.

"This was a lot nicer because it was such a meaningful game," Dumars said. "I wouldn't have wanted to do this in a game that didn't mean anything where we were playing out the string. I wanted to leave with an exciting young team that the city can rally behind. I'm gonna enjoy sitting back and watching this team grow."

"I've got a lot of respect for him as a player and as a man," said Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson. "It's kind of sad knowing that he's retiring but it makes me feel good to know he had a big part of what's good in this league."

Playing in his club-record 1,016th game, the 14-year veteran and six-time All-Star scored 15 points, including a 3-pointer after a scramble for a loose ball that gave Detroit an 89-81 lead. It was a two-possession game thereafter, although the outcome was somewhat in doubt until Lindsey Hunter's two foul shots with 2.1 seconds left.

"In the four years I've been here, it's been phenomenal to see how many times he stepped up and made the big play -- a big shot, a big pass or a defensive stop," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said.

"The emotion and the energy just doesn't affect him," Hill said. "In the five years I've been here, he's taught me so much, on and off the court. So many times, I've seen him make the big shot."

Hill made 13-of-20 shots and added seven assists. He scored 15 points in the second quarter, when the Pistons took the lead for good, and eight more in the final period, when they held off several surges by the Sixers.

"I thought Grant lifted us up and took over the game," Gentry said. "During one particular segment, every time we needed a basket, he came back and made a big shot."

"Grant was amazing and it was fitting that Joe made some big shots," 76ers coach Larry Brown said. "That was kind of neat."

With its first win in three meetings this year, Detroit (28-20) moved one game ahead of Philadelphia (27-21) and Milwaukee (27-21) in the race for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons and Sixers meet in Philadelphia on the final day of the season.

"We've been in the right spot in the standings for a while, so this isn't really a surprise," Hill said. "The only thing I didn't understand is why the Sixers had an X beside them in the standings today and we didn't."

Iverson scored 27 points for the Sixers, who had clinched their first playoff berth in eight years Saturday. Philadelphia allowed 100 points for just the fifth time this season and made just 18-of-35 free throws.

"We played well enough to win, but they played well, too," Brown said. "We went from 29-out-of-32 free throws (Saturday) to 18-of-35. On the road, that's tough to overcome."

"This loss is better than any other loss because we know we're in the playoffs," said Iverson, who made 11-of-25 shots. "Every other loss felt worse than this one. We just have to let this one go. We liked our effort. That's the most important thing."

Trailing by 11 points midway through the third period, the 76ers rallied behind rookie Larry Hughes, who scored 13 of his 16 points in the final quarter. Eric Snow's drive cut the deficit to 80-77 with 5:35 to go, but Christian Laettner responded with a free throw and layup.

Philadelphia was within 86-81 with 3:34 left after a tip-in by former Piston Theo Ratliff, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Hunter lost control but regained it and passed to the right wing to Dumars, who calmly buried a 3-pointer.

"I'm too old to get all pumped up," he said.

Hunter scored 21 points and Jerome Williams grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who shot 51 percent (38-of-75) and held a 43-33 rebounding edge.

"We didn't rebound defensively as well as we needed to and their second shots hurt us," Brown said.

Matt Geiger scored 16 points and Snow handed out a season-high 12 assists for the Sixers, who also shot 51 percent (37-of-72).

A free throw by Hughes capped a 10-0 spurt and gave Philadelphia a 35-33 lead with 5:42 left in the second quarter. Detroit came back with seven consecutive points on two free throws and a three-point play by Hill and a jumper by Hunter, taking the lead for good at 40-35 with 4:36 to go.

Hill's big quarter ended with Detroit holding a 52-43 lead. The Pistons widened the advantage to 11 points in the third period.

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