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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 27 20 25 20 92 CHICAGO 25 17 25 31 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - TERRY MILLS 20, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 15 CHI - TONI KUKOC 22, ELTON BRAND 20, RON ARTEST 16

HIGH REBOUND: DET - TERRY MILLS 9, JERRY STACKHOUSE 7 CHI - ELTON BRAND 14, DICKEY SIMPKINS 14

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 6, LINDSEY HUNTER 5 CHI - TONI KUKOC 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5

ATT: 22,191


Extended Box

DETROIT (92) AT CHICAGO (98)

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

HILL F 20 3-10 2-4 2 1 3 4 0 2 2 8 LAETTNER F 29 7-19 5-6 1 5 6 1 4 0 3 19 MILLS C 30 8-13 2-3 3 6 9 0 4 0 0 20 HUNTER G 36 6-15 1-2 0 0 0 5 4 2 2 15 STACKHOUSE G 43 1-8 3-5 2 5 7 6 4 2 4 5 WILLIAMS 16 1-4 2-4 2 3 5 0 2 1 0 4 CURRY 35 6-12 2-2 0 2 2 4 6 1 1 15 BUECHLER 16 1-1 1-3 2 1 3 3 1 1 0 3 CROTTY 12 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 2 0 3 REID 3 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-87 19-31 13 26 39 25 29 11 12 92 (.391) (.613) TEAM REBS: 15 TOTAL TO: 12(16 PTS)

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

ARTEST F 39 5-11 6-7 1 4 5 5 4 1 4 16 KUKOC F 39 5-11 11-14 0 5 5 7 3 3 5 22 BRAND C 38 7-13 6-12 4 10 14 1 3 2 2 20 BROWN G 13 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 4 MALONEY G 43 4-10 0-0 1 2 3 5 1 0 1 12 SIMPKINS 25 3-4 3-5 5 9 14 2 6 0 2 9 CARR 25 5-10 2-2 2 6 8 2 3 1 3 15 HAWKINS 12 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 ANSTEY 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 RUFFIN 5 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 C BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-67 28-40 14 39 53 23 26 7 22 98 (.463) (.700) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 23(26 PTS)

DETROIT 27 20 25 20 - 92 CHICAGO 25 17 25 31 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - STACKHOUSE, CROTTY. CHICAGO - ARTEST 2, KUKOC, CARR, BRAND. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-13 (.385), MILLS 2-4, HUNTER 2-4, STACKHOUSE 0-4, CURRY 1-1. CHICAGO 8-18 (.444), ARTEST 0-3, KUKOC 1-3, MALONEY 4-9, CARR 3-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUGH EVANS, DAVID JONES, SCOTT WALL. A - 22,191. T - 2:21.


Box Score

DETROIT (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 20 3-10 2-4 2-3 4 0 8 Laettner 29 7-19 5-6 1-6 1 4 19 Mills 30 8-13 2-3 3-9 0 4 20 Hunter 36 6-15 1-2 0-0 5 4 15 Stackhouse 43 1-8 3-5 2-7 6 4 5 Williams 16 1-4 2-4 2-5 0 2 4 Curry 35 6-12 2-2 0-2 4 6 15 Buechler 16 1-1 1-3 2-3 3 1 3 Crotty 12 1-3 1-2 0-1 2 2 3 Reid 3 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Montross DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-87 19-31 13-39 25 29 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.613. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Mills 2-4, Hunter 2-4, Stackhouse 0-4, Curry 1-1). Team rebounds: 15. Blocked shots: 2 (Stackhouse, Crotty). Turnovers: 12 (Stackhouse 4, Laettner 3, Hill 2, Hunter 2, Curry). Steals: 11 (Crotty 2, Hill 2, Hunter 2, Stackhouse 2, Buechler, Curry, Williams).

CHICAGO (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 39 5-11 6-7 1-5 5 4 16 Kukoc 39 5-11 11-14 0-5 7 3 22 Brand 38 7-13 6-12 4-14 1 3 20 Brown 13 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 3 4 Maloney 43 4-10 0-0 1-3 5 1 12 Simpkins 25 3-4 3-5 5-14 2 6 9 Carr 25 5-10 2-2 2-8 2 3 15 Hawkins 12 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Anstey 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ruffin 5 0-1 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 C Benjamin DNP - coach's decision Perdue DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-67 28-40 14-53 23 26 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Artest 0-3, Kukoc 1-3, Maloney 4-9, Carr 3-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Artest 2, Kukoc, Carr, Brand). Turnovers: 23 (Kukoc 5, Artest 4, Carr 3, Anstey 2, Brand 2, Simpkins 2, Brown, Hawkins, Maloney, Ruffin). Steals: 7 (Kukoc 3, Brand 2, Artest, Carr). ____________________________________________ Detroit 27 20 25 20 - 92 Chicago 25 17 25 31 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,191. T: 2:21. Officials: Hugh Evans, David Jones, Scott Wall.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- With Grant Hill hurt and Jerry Stackhouse struggling, the Detroit Pistons are no better than the Chicago Bulls.

Hill missed the second half with a bruised hip and Stackhouse missed every floor shot he took after halftime as the Pistons suffered their third straight loss, a 98-92 setback to the last-place Bulls.

Hill and Stackhouse came in as the NBA's highest-scoring duo at 50.6 points per game. But Hill took a tumble late in the first half trying to intercept a pass and suffered a bruised hip. He came out for halftime warmups but could not play and finished with eight points.

"The trainer says it's all muscular and we feel he should be able to play tomorrow (against Dallas)," Pistons spokesman J.J. Carter said. "As a precaution, Grant will go and have an X-ray."

That put the offensive burden on Stackhouse, who did not respond. He was 0-of-4 from the field in the second half and finished with five points, matching his season low against San Antonio on November 30.

"We were out of snyc even with Grant in there," Stackhouse said. "I felt a little disorganized out there all night."

"We had a lot of help toward Stackhouse," Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "That was part of the plan, to help toward Stackhouse and Grant Hill."

Toni Kukoc scored 22 points and rookie Elton Brand added 20 and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who made 15-of-22 free throws in the fourth quarter and won for the first time in 10 games against Central Division foes. Chicago beat Detroit for the first time since March 31, 1998.

"Our young guys have played hard since the first day," Kukoc said. "Now they're just not making mistakes. Since 2000, we're at .500 I think, so I'm happy with the improvement."

The Pistons have lost three straight games after winning eight of nine. The Bulls snapped a three-game home losing streak.

"Obviously, we're not as good without Grant in there," Pistons coach Alvin Gentry said. "But there are going to be games when Grant is not in there and we need to step up. We didn't let down, Chicago just played well. They made plays down the stretch while we were making dumb plays and turning the ball over. If you play that way, you're going to lose with or without Grant."

Chicago trailed by as many as eight points in the final period but took the lead for good at 82-80 with 5:03 remaining on a three-point play by rookie Ron Artest, who scored 16 points. Dickey Simpkins, who collected nine points and a season-high 14 rebounds, followed with a tip-in to cap a 12-2 burst.

Christian Laettner and Lindsey Hunter scored around a basket by Brand to cut the deficit to 88-86 with two minutes left before Kukoc and Brand each made two foul shots around Hunter's missed 3-pointer to rebuild the lead to 92-86 with 1:18 to go.

It was at least a two-possession game thereafter as Chicago made 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute.

"My free throws weren't falling at first, but I hit them when it counted," said Brand, who was 6-of-12 from the line. "Ron Artest hit some big ones, too."

Chris Carr scored 15 points and Matt Maloney added 12 for the Bulls, who shot 46 percent (31-of-67) and held advantages of 53-39 on the boards and 28-19 at the line.

Terry Mills scored a season-high 20 points and Laettner added 19 for the Pistons, who shot 39 percent (34-of-87) and were held 12 points below their average.

The Pistons led by four points in the final minute of the first half when Hill soared to steal a court-length pass for Artest. His legs came out from under him and he landed on his rear end in obvious pain.

"You hate to see a great player like Grant Hill hurt on a play," Floyd said. "He is one of the great perimeter players in the game. It was a loose ball and he and Ron Artest went after it and Grant came down hard on his back."

Detroit held a 47-42 halftime lead despite 14 points by Kukoc and Hill warmed up with his team prior to the third quarter. But he was in too much pain and opted not to play.

Mills scored 12 points in the third quarter to compensate for Stackhouse's struggles and allow the Pistons to take a 72-67 lead into the final period.

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