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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 15 23 22 13 73 DETROIT 26 27 24 13 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - JAMAL MASHBURN 22, ALONZO MOURNING 16, RODNEY BUFORD 11 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 29, LINDSEY HUNTER 17, GRANT HILL 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 10, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 9 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 3, JERRY STACKHOUSE 3

ATT: 17,388


Extended Box

MIAMI (73) AT DETROIT (90)

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

BROWN F 17 0-4 4-4 0 0 0 3 3 1 0 4 MASHBURN F 35 6-12 6-6 0 2 2 0 3 1 2 22 MOURNING C 30 6-10 4-10 3 7 10 0 2 0 1 16 CARTER G 44 2-12 2-4 1 4 5 6 2 4 2 6 MAJERLE G 24 0-5 1-1 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 1 BOWEN 28 1-4 3-6 0 3 3 2 4 2 3 5 WEATHERSPOON 26 1-7 2-2 4 5 9 1 0 0 1 4 THORPE 12 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 1 2 2 BUFORD 19 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 11 STRICKLAND 5 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 HARDAWAY DNP - PLANTAR FASCITIS H JAMISON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 23-69 22-33 9 26 35 16 21 11 12 73 (.333) (.667) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(15 PTS)

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

HILL F 31 4-9 4-4 0 6 6 2 3 1 1 12 LAETTNER F 28 0-6 3-4 3 4 7 2 2 1 2 3 MILLS C 11 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 4 0 1 3 HUNTER G 31 6-9 1-2 0 4 4 2 4 1 4 17 STACKHOUSE G 38 9-23 9-10 3 4 7 3 2 0 5 29 CURRY 23 0-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 1 1 0 CROTTY 17 4-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 11 WILLIAMS 24 2-6 2-3 8 7 15 3 3 0 0 6 M MOORE 27 2-2 3-4 1 5 6 0 3 0 2 7 MONTROSS 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 BUECHLER 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-73 22-27 17 36 53 16 26 6 17 90 (.397) (.815) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

MIAMI 15 23 22 13 - 73 DETROIT 26 27 24 13 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 4, BUFORD, BROWN. DETROIT - LAETTNER, M MOORE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 5-17 (.294), MASHBURN 4-7, CARTER 0-1, MAJERLE 0-5, BOWEN 0-2, BUFORD 1-2. DETROIT 10-18 (.556), HILL 0-1, MILLS 1-3, HUNTER 4-5, STACKHOUSE 2-4, CURRY 0-1, CROTTY 3-3, BUECHLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - STACKHOUSE. OFFICIALS: KEVIN FEHR, (JAMES CAPERS, HUE HOLLINS. A - 17,388. T - 2:13.


Box Score

MIAMI (73) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 17 0-4 4-4 0-0 3 3 4 Mashburn 35 6-12 6-6 0-2 0 3 22 Mourning 30 6-10 4-10 3-10 0 2 16 Carter 44 2-12 2-4 1-5 6 2 6 Majerle 24 0-5 1-1 0-2 3 1 1 Bowen 28 1-4 3-6 0-3 2 4 5 Weatherspoon 26 1-7 2-2 4-9 1 0 4 Thorpe 12 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 4 2 Buford 19 5-8 0-0 0-1 1 1 11 Strickland 5 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Hardaway DNP - plantar fascitis H Jamison DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 23-69 22-33 9-35 16 21 73 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 5-17, .294 (Mashburn 4-7, Carter 0-1, Majerle 0-5, Bowen 0-2, Buford 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Mourning 4, Buford, Brown). Turnovers: 15 (Bowen 3, Carter 2, Mashburn 2, Thorpe 2, Majerle, Mourning, Weatherspoon). Steals: 11 (Carter 4, Bowen 2, Brown, Buford, Majerle, Mashburn, Thorpe).

DETROIT (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 31 4-9 4-4 0-6 2 3 12 Laettner 28 0-6 3-4 3-7 2 2 3 Mills 11 1-3 0-0 1-4 1 4 3 Hunter 31 6-9 1-2 0-4 2 4 17 Stackhouse 38 9-23 9-10 3-7 3 2 29 Curry 23 0-7 0-0 0-2 2 3 0 Crotty 17 4-5 0-0 0-1 1 0 11 Williams 24 2-6 2-3 8-15 3 3 6 M Moore 27 2-2 3-4 1-6 0 3 7 Montross 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Buechler 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-73 22-27 17-53 16 26 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 10-18, .556 (Hill 0-1, Mills 1-3, Hunter 4-5, Stackhouse 2-4, Curry 0-1, Crotty 3-3, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Laettner, M Moore). Turnovers: 18 (Stackhouse 5, Hunter 4, Laettner 2, M Moore 2, Crotty, Curry, Hill, Mills). Steals: 6 (Buechler 2, Curry, Hill, Hunter, Laettner). ____________________________________________ Miami 15 23 22 13 - 73 Detroit 26 27 24 13 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Stackhouse, 5:13 1st). Flagrant fouls: Miami 1 (Thorpe, 8:54 4th). A: 17,388. T: 2:13. Officials: Kevin Fehr, (james Capers, Hue Hollins.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The Miami Heat were supposed to be tightening their grip on the second seed and warming up for the playoffs, but they couldn't hold down Jerry Stackhouse.

Stackhouse scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half, helping the Detroit Pistons sprint to an 18-point lead on the way to a 90-73 blowout of the Heat.

Stackhouse hit 7-of-16 shots before the break, scoring inside and out, and the Pistons pushed the tempo and pressed the Heat, who were without All-Star guard Tim Hardaway, sidelined with plantar fasciatis in his left foot.

The Heat shot just 33 percent (23-of-69) and were outrebounded, 53-35, hardly looking like a team warming up for a championship run.

Miami (50-28) seemed to have wrapped up the top spot in the Eastern Conference when they knocked off second-place New York in overtime on Sunday, but now have lost two straight to allow the Knicks to creep within one game. The Knicks defeated New Jersey in overtime tonight for their second straight win.

The two-game slide at such a crucial time of the season prompted an obscenity-laden tirade from coach Pat Riley.

"It was (crap), it was absolute (crap), OK?" Riley said. "This team should be probably, if all was fair, should be docked two games' pay for the lack of effort in the last two games when it counts. They talk about caring, but they don't look like they care. They're not playing hard enough. They simply got their heads handed to them -- against Philly, with a great effort by a great team who wants to make the playoff, and by a team tonight who simply took our heart away from us, period.

"What, is Tim Hardaway's shot the last shot we're going to make of the year, the last great play we're going to make?" he said, referring to Hardaway's game-winning 3-point heave that beat the Knicks on Sunday. "This is absolutely deplorable and I'm not going to put up with it. I'm not going to watch a team go out there and quit. They quit playing and they quit playing the other night. It got too hard for them and they quit playing. It ain't going to happen. I'll go with rookies. I don't care how smart they are, how much of a veteran they are. This is not what this is about."

Said Heat center Alonzo Mourning, "He was right. Ain't too much more to say about it. You all saw it, you all had front-row seats. It was a lack of effort."

As for the absence of Hardaway, Mourning said, , "It didn't have (anything) to do with that. Just lack of effort, man. They outplayed us. We played soft out there."

The Heat grabbed just nine offensive rebounds despite missing 46 shots and they let the Pistons pull down 17 of their own misses. Jerome Williams alone had nearly as many offensive boards -- eight -- as the entire Miami team.

The Pistons (41-37) are in seventh place in the East and moved two games ahead of the Orlando Magic, who lost to Boston. If the season ended today, the Pistons and the Heat would meet in the first round of the playoffs.

"This game was a measuring stick for us," Stackhouse said. "We weren't trying to send them a message. We were trying to send ourselves a message. A lot can happen between now and the first round, but now we know that if we match up with them, we can do a lot of damage."

Jamal Mashburn scored 22 points for Miami and Mourning added 16 and 10 rebounds for his 38th double-double of the season and 10th in the last 13 games.

Lindsey Hunter added 17 points, Grant Hill 12 and John Crotty 11 for Detroit. Williams hauled in 15 rebounds.

Detroit used an 11-2 surge to take its largest lead of the first half, 43-25, on a 3-pointer by Terry Mills with 4:10 left. Mikki Moore, Stackhouse and Hill hit consecutive jumpers and Stackhouse hit two free throws before Mills' 3-pointer.

"I was thrilled how we came out," Pistons interim coach George Irvine said. "We had a game plan that mostly included energetic effort and we came out and pressured the ball. We were terrific defensively, Miami helped us by not shooting it well. We shot 39 percent and we were still able to win the game with our energy. That's a very good sign for us, especially against a team of that quality."

The Heat responded with an 11-2 run of their own to cut the deficit in half. Anthony Carter, who started in place of Hardaway, had a pair of steals during the surge. Both led to fast-break dunks by Mourning, the second bringing Miami within 45-36 with 1:23 left.

A pair of 3-pointers by Hunter over the final 65 seconds helped Detroit take a 53-38 lead into the locker room.

The Heat never got closer than 11 points in the second half. Miami was within 63-52 when Mourning hit one free throw with 6:22 to go in the third period. Over the next five minutes, Detroit held Miami to six points, opening a 75-58 lead on a 3-pointer by Crotty with 1:24 to go.

The Pistons held their largest lead, 84-62, on a free throw by Moore with 7:24 to play.

"The defense was so good tonight, we never let off them, even when they made a couple of runs," Stackhouse said. "Even the shots they made, those shots were contested shots. Offensively we just got it going. It was a fun game, it was a huge game for us. I think that gives us a lot of confidence."

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