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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 24 19 25 26 94 NEW YORK 19 32 28 26 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 23, JERRY STACKHOUSE 19, GRANT HILL 16 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 23, MARCUS CAMBY 22, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 12, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 9 NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 15, PATRICK EWING 10

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 9, GRANT HILL 6 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

DETROIT (94) AT NEW YORK (105)

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

HILL F 40 5-21 5-6 2 5 7 6 3 0 5 16 LAETTNER F 29 10-16 3-4 2 7 9 2 5 0 1 23 MILLS C 34 4-10 0-0 3 3 6 3 2 1 0 11 HUNTER G 31 0-4 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 STACKHOUSE G 44 5-14 9-11 1 0 1 9 2 2 5 19 WILLIAMS 28 3-5 1-4 4 8 12 0 1 1 1 7 VAUGHT 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 CROTTY 17 4-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 9 CURRY 12 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION REID DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-81 19-27 12 26 38 22 19 6 14 94 (.432) (.704) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 15(25 PTS)

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

L JOHNSON F 31 6-11 1-2 2 1 3 3 4 0 0 14 SPREWELL F 34 8-15 5-9 0 4 4 2 4 3 3 23 EWING C 29 6-16 2-3 3 7 10 1 1 0 4 14 HOUSTON G 43 5-16 2-2 2 4 6 6 3 0 1 13 WARD G 24 4-8 0-0 1 3 4 4 3 1 2 9 THOMAS 20 2-5 0-0 3 2 5 3 3 0 1 4 CAMBY 33 10-14 2-2 6 9 15 1 3 1 0 22 CHILDS 26 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 4 3 0 0 6 DUDLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION TURKCAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 44-90 12-18 17 31 48 24 24 5 11 105 (.489) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

DETROIT 24 19 25 26 - 94 NEW YORK 19 32 28 26 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - HILL 3. NEW YORK - CAMBY 2, HOUSTON, EWING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-16 (.313), HILL 1-3, LAETTNER 0-1, MILLS 3-7, HUNTER 0-2, STACKHOUSE 0-2, CROTTY 1-1. NEW YORK 5-14 (.357), L JOHNSON 1-2, SPREWELL 2-4, HOUSTON 1-4, WARD 1-3, CHILDS 0-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, (JAMES CAPERS, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Box Score

DETROIT (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 40 5-21 5-6 2-7 6 3 16 Laettner 29 10-16 3-4 2-9 2 5 23 Mills 34 4-10 0-0 3-6 3 2 11 Hunter 31 0-4 1-2 0-2 1 2 1 Stackhouse 44 5-14 9-11 1-1 9 2 19 Williams 28 3-5 1-4 4-12 0 1 7 Vaught 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Crotty 17 4-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 9 Curry 12 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 6 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Montross DNP - coach's decision Reid DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 19-27 12-38 22 19 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Hill 1-3, Laettner 0-1, Mills 3-7, Hunter 0-2, Stackhouse 0-2, Crotty 1-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Hill 3). Turnovers: 15 (Hill 5, Stackhouse 5, Crotty, Hunter, Laettner, Williams). Steals: 6 (Hunter 2, Stackhouse 2, Mills, Williams).

NEW YORK (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 31 6-11 1-2 2-3 3 4 14 Sprewell 34 8-15 5-9 0-4 2 4 23 Ewing 29 6-16 2-3 3-10 1 1 14 Houston 43 5-16 2-2 2-6 6 3 13 Ward 24 4-8 0-0 1-4 4 3 9 Thomas 20 2-5 0-0 3-5 3 3 4 Camby 33 10-14 2-2 6-15 1 3 22 Childs 26 3-5 0-0 0-1 4 3 6 Dudley DNP - coach's decision Lang DNP - coach's decision Turkcan DNP - coach's decision Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-90 12-18 17-48 24 24 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.489, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (L Johnson 1-2, Sprewell 2-4, Houston 1-4, Ward 1-3, Childs 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 2, Houston, Ewing). Turnovers: 12 (Ewing 4, Sprewell 3, Ward 2, Houston, Thomas). Steals: 5 (Sprewell 3, Camby, Ward). ____________________________________________ Detroit 24 19 25 26 - 94 New York 19 32 28 26 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:55 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Dick Bavetta, (james Capers, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks at home on Martin Luther King Jr. Day against the Detroit Pistons is a lethal combination. So was the defense played by Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston.

Sprewell and Houston slowed Detroit's high-scoring tandem of Grant Hill and Jerry Stackhouse, leading New York to a 105-94 victory on the NBA's unofficial holiday.

Sprewell also scored 23 points and Marcus Camby added 22 and 15 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who are 12-2 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day since 1986 and have won 13 of their last 14 meetings with the Pistons at Madison Square Garden.

The defense of Sprewell and Houston had a lot to do with that. Hill and Stackhouse came in averaging a combined 51 points per game, making them the highest-scoring tandem in the NBA. But they were limited to 35 on 10-of-35 shooting as Detroit's up-tempo attack never got going against New York's stingy defense.

"We never really got into a flow transitionally," said Pistons coach Alvin Gentry, whose team notched a 114-108 home win over New York five days ago. "They did a good job taking us out of what we do best, which is get out and run. I thought they played great."

Hill, the NBA's second-leading scorer at 28.3 points per game, had been unstoppable in his last seven games, averaging 36.1 points on 61 percent shooting. Sprewell harassed the versatile superstar forward, denying him possession when he faced the basket and holding him to 16 points on 5-of-21 from the field.

"I prefer that he posts. He can go either way (when he faces the basket)," Sprewell said. "He likes the baseline when he posts. You pretty much have a better idea of which way he's gonna go. When he's facing you and has a running start, you're at his mercy."

"This is not a negative toward Latrell, but when Grant's going like he was last week, it doesn't matter who's guarding him," Gentry said.

Hill often settled for jump shots within his range that he just did not make. But he also committed five turnovers, a handful caused by Sprewell.

"We played 'em just a few days ago so their plays were fresh in our minds, so that was helpful," Sprewell said. "It was sort of like a playoff type of deal where you're really familiar with the teams and what they're doing."

"I was just sluggish," said Hill, who scored 29 points in the win five days ago. "I was a little off. I had trouble getting to the basket and I missed about five or so field goals that I usually make."

So was Stackhouse, who came in 14th in the league at 22.3 points. Defended primarily by Houston, he scored 19 points but shot just 5-of-14 and didn't begin attacking the basket until the second half, when the Knicks already had a 16-point lead. Houston also blocked a pair of jumpers by Stackhouse.

"It is rare when Jerry and I are both off," Hill said. "Usually one of can pick it up, get us going."

"I thought we were effective in defending (Hill) and I thought Spree did a good job in the first half, especially crowding him and not giving him a lot of space," said Houston.

Patrick Ewing had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Larry Johnson scored 14 points and Houston added 13 for the Knicks, who overcame a slow start to shoot 49 percent (44-of-90) and hold a 48-38 rebounding advantage over the smaller Pistons.

Christian Laettner scored 23 points and Jerome Williams grabbed 12 rebounds for Detroit, which shot 43 percent (35-of-81) and had a four-game road winning streak snapped. The Pistons had won nine of their previous 10 games.

Hill and Stackhouse started slowly but Terry Mills shot Detroit to a 24-19 lead with three 3-pointers in the first quarter. The Pistons still held a 39-37 lead after a 3-pointer by John Crotty with 5:01 to play in the second period before the Knicks took the lead for good with a 14-4 burst to close the first half.

Sprewell scored eight points in the spurt, including a 3-pointer off a missed free throw with 1.9 seconds left that gave New York a 51-43 halftime lead. Hill and Stackhouse shot a combined 3-of-18 in the first half.

"Our effort in transition tonight was very good," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said. "I liked our intensity defensively in that we kept the ball in front of us a lot better."

Sprewell added two jumpers early in the third quarter to push the advantage to 61-48 with 9:01 left. The Knicks led 79-68 entering the fourth quarter, which Houston began with a jumper and 3-pointer for a 16-point bulge with 10:32 remaining.

Hill and Stackhouse finally got untracked and teamed with Laettner to score Detroit's first 21 points of the final period. But Camby and Sprewell helped fight off the charge.

Hill made two free throws before feeding Laettner for a jumper that cut the deficit to 90-84 with 5:16 to go. Sprewell answered with a jumper and Camby tipped in a miss to rebuild a 10-point lead with 4:09 left. A ferocious follow slam by Camby gave New York a 100-89 lead with 2:07 remaining and the Pistons got no closer.

"I just try to go out there and play hard and provide a spark with a lot of energy," Camby said. "I was able to have good timing today. When the ball hit the rim, I was able to get there and put it back. My timing has been off a little bit, but today was a good day."

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