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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 23 28 20 29 100 SEATTLE 28 23 18 21 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - GRANT HILL 33, JERRY STACKHOUSE 21, JEROME WILLIAMS 12 SEA - GARY PAYTON 22, VIN BAKER 18, RASHARD LEWIS 18

HIGH REBOUND: DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 14, GRANT HILL 11 SEA - HORACE GRANT 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - GRANT HILL 8, JERRY STACKHOUSE 4 SEA - GARY PAYTON 12, BRENT BARRY 4

ATT: 15,730


Extended Box

DETROIT (100) AT SEATTLE (90)

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

HILL F 43 14-26 5-6 6 5 11 8 1 0 5 33 LAETTNER F 33 3-5 0-0 2 6 8 3 3 2 1 6 MILLS C 22 2-7 0-0 2 5 7 1 5 1 1 5 HUNTER G 35 4-8 0-0 1 2 3 0 5 1 7 10 STACKHOUSE G 37 6-15 9-11 1 0 1 4 0 1 3 21 CURRY 16 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 WILLIAMS 26 4-9 4-6 3 11 14 0 2 1 0 12 CROTTY 13 2-5 2-2 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 7 MONTROSS 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 M MOORE 11 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 2 BUECHLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-82 20-25 15 32 47 19 20 7 19 100 (.463) (.800) TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

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

BAKER F 35 7-18 4-9 5 3 8 2 2 1 2 18 PATTERSON F 28 4-9 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 3 2 8 GRANT C 36 3-8 2-2 4 6 10 1 2 4 1 8 B BARRY G 28 2-7 2-2 1 4 5 4 6 0 3 7 PAYTON G 44 9-23 4-4 4 4 8 12 2 4 5 22 LEWIS 28 7-13 2-2 2 2 4 1 5 2 0 18 MAXWELL 25 2-8 2-4 0 1 1 1 3 2 1 7 FOSTER 9 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 MCCOY 4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 WILLIAMS 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BORRELL 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 STEPANIA 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 240 35-90 16-23 18 23 41 21 25 16 14 90 (.389) (.696) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(18 PTS)

DETROIT 23 28 20 29 - 100 SEATTLE 28 23 18 21 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - M MOORE 2, STACKHOUSE. SEATTLE - B BARRY, BAKER, LEWIS, PATTERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 4-18 (.222), HILL 0-3, MILLS 1-3, HUNTER 2-5, STACKHOUSE 0-3, WILLIAMS 0-1, CROTTY 1-3. SEATTLE 4-21 (.190), PATTERSON 0-1, GRANT 0-1, B BARRY 1-5, PAYTON 0-3, LEWIS 2-6, MAXWELL 1-5. TECHNICALS: SEATTLE - BAKER, B BARRY. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, MARK WUNDERLICH, KEVIN FEHR. A - 15,730. T - 2:15.


Box Score

DETROIT (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 43 14-26 5-6 6-11 8 1 33 Laettner 33 3-5 0-0 2-8 3 3 6 Mills 22 2-7 0-0 2-7 1 5 5 Hunter 35 4-8 0-0 1-3 0 5 10 Stackhouse 37 6-15 9-11 1-1 4 0 21 Curry 16 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Williams 26 4-9 4-6 3-14 0 2 12 Crotty 13 2-5 2-2 0-0 3 1 7 Montross 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 M Moore 11 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Buechler DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-82 20-25 15-47 19 20 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.463, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Hill 0-3, Mills 1-3, Hunter 2-5, Stackhouse 0-3, Williams 0-1, Crotty 1-3). Team rebounds: 14. Blocked shots: 3 (M Moore 2, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 20 (Hunter 7, Hill 5, Stackhouse 3, Laettner, M Moore, Mills, Montross). Steals: 7 (Laettner 2, Curry, Hunter, Mills, Stackhouse, Williams).

SEATTLE (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Baker 35 7-18 4-9 5-8 2 2 18 Patterson 28 4-9 0-0 1-3 0 3 8 Grant 36 3-8 2-2 4-10 1 2 8 B Barry 28 2-7 2-2 1-5 4 6 7 Payton 44 9-23 4-4 4-8 12 2 22 Lewis 28 7-13 2-2 2-4 1 5 18 Maxwell 25 2-8 2-4 0-1 1 3 7 Foster 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Mccoy 4 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 0 Williams 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Borrell 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Stepania 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-90 16-23 18-41 21 25 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.389, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Patterson 0-1, Grant 0-1, B Barry 1-5, Payton 0-3, Lewis 2-6, Maxwell 1-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (B Barry, Baker, Lewis, Patterson). Turnovers: 14 (Payton 5, B Barry 3, Baker 2, Patterson 2, Grant, Maxwell). Steals: 16 (Grant 4, Payton 4, Patterson 3, Lewis 2, Maxwell 2, Baker). ____________________________________________ Detroit 23 28 20 29 - 100 Seattle 28 23 18 21 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Seattle 2 (Baker, 6:51 2nd; B Barry, 10:46 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,730. T: 2:15. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Mark Wunderlich, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

SEATTLE (Ticker) -- While the Detroit Pistons have played much better since a coaching change, Grant Hill has remained his usual spectacular self.

Hill scored 14 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter as the surging Pistons continued to play well under interim coach George Irvine with a 100-90 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

Hill made 14-of-26 shots while collecting 11 rebounds and eight assists. He scored Detroit's last eight points of a 10-4 burst that opened the fourth quarter and extended a two-point lead to 81-73 with 8:39 remaining.

"Grant Hill was sensational," Irvine said. "Grant did a great job tonight, probably the best I've ever seen him of following up his own shots. He just took the game over tonight."

"We tried to keep it a close game and a game where the crowd didn't really get involved," Hill said. "We managed to get some stops when we needed to. We held them under 40 percent and under 100 points. It was a good team effort, a confidence booster."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 21 points for the Pistons, who improved to 6-2 under Irvine. After replacing Alvin Gentry, the interim coach said he did not want the job on a permanent basis but has guided Detroit to its best eight-game stretch since early January.

The Pistons improved to 2-0 on a crucial five-game road trip with their first win in Seattle since March 15, 1994 -- three months before Detroit drafted Hill.

"Grant Hill is a really tough matchup for anybody and he broke us down over and over," Seattle coach Paul Westphal said.

Gary Payton had 22 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the SuperSonics, who were swept by the Pistons in the two-game season series and fell percentage points behind the Sacramento Kings into eighth place in the Western Conference.

"Defensively is where we won the game," Stackhouse said. "We were able to get in on Payton and make him make decisions to move the ball and get other people involved."

Payton's short jumper ended the third quarter and pulled Seattle within 71-69. Christian Laettner's tip-in opened the final period and Detroit's decisive burst.

Hill hit a pair of jumpers around a 3-pointer by Seattle's Brent Barry, then made a pair of inside hoops around a free throw by Seattle's Vin Baker to give Detroit an 81-77 lead.

Baker's jumper cut the deficit to four points but Terry Mills made a layup and 3-pointer to rebuild the lead to 86-77 with 5:56 remaining. The Sonics got no closer than seven points thereafter and a driving dunk by Stackhouse gave the Pistons a 94-83 lead with 1:50 to go and sent the fans at KeyArena heading for the exits.

Jerome Williams had a big game off the bench with 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who shot 46 percent (38-of-82) and held a 47-41 rebounding edge to overcome 20 turnovers.

Baker and Rashard Lewis scored 18 points apiece for the Pistons, who shot just 39 percent (35-of-90), including just 4-of-21 from 3-point range. Horace Grant grabbed 10 rebounds.

"Well, that was a tough loss," Westphal said. "I thought that the second half, especially, they just ripped us up on the boards and we didn't take care of the ball as well. And on top of that, we weren't hitting shots or free throws."

Hill started slowly but Stackhouse kept the Pistons close with 10 points in the first period, which ended with the Sonics holding a 28-23 lead. Hill scored 11 points in the second quarter as Detroit pulled into a 51-51 halftime tie.

"Grant Hill is a great basketball player," Grant said. "You've got to respect him. He's earned it. But you cannot let him do the things that he did to us. You just can't let that happen."

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