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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 25 22 26 18 91 DETROIT 24 33 30 25 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - ELTON BRAND 32, FRED HOIBERG 15, COREY BENJAMIN 13 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 21, JUD BUECHLER 14, JEROME WILLIAMS 13

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - ELTON BRAND 11, MICHAEL RUFFIN 10 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 8, MICHAEL CURRY 5

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - MICHAEL RUFFIN 4, CHRIS CARR 4 DET - JOHN CROTTY 7, JERRY STACKHOUSE 7

ATT: 16,771


Extended Box

CHICAGO (91) AT DETROIT (112)

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

BRAND F 43 10-18 12-17 6 5 11 1 5 1 3 32 HOIBERG F 42 6-13 2-2 0 3 3 1 1 3 3 15 RUFFIN C 34 0-1 4-4 9 1 10 4 5 2 2 4 ARMSTRONG G 15 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 C BENJAMIN G 40 4-10 3-3 0 3 3 3 5 1 6 13 ANSTEY 20 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 2 5 1 3 6 MALONEY 28 3-9 0-1 2 1 3 3 0 0 2 8 CARR 18 4-9 2-3 0 2 2 4 2 0 1 11 HAWKINS DNP - FLU PERDUE DNP - COACH'S DECISION SIMPKINS DNP - INFLAMMED LEFT ACHILLES

TOTALS 240 30-72 25-32 17 17 34 20 23 8 20 91 (.417) (.781) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 23(36 PTS)

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

CURRY F 26 3-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 1 2 6 LAETTNER F 28 5-7 2-3 0 0 0 3 4 1 3 12 MILLS C 12 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 5 HUNTER G 26 3-7 2-2 1 2 3 2 3 1 1 8 STACKHOUSE G 28 10-12 0-0 0 2 2 7 0 1 2 21 MONTROSS 7 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 BUECHLER 22 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 14 CROTTY 24 5-7 0-0 0 3 3 7 1 1 1 11 WILLIAMS 20 4-6 5-8 2 6 8 0 5 1 5 13 M MOORE 22 4-6 4-6 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 12 JACKSON 18 0-2 4-6 0 1 1 1 1 2 1 4 VAUGHT 7 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4

TOTALS 240 44-69 17-25 8 23 31 23 26 11 16 112 (.638) (.680) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 16(15 PTS)

CHICAGO 25 22 26 18 - 91 DETROIT 24 33 30 25 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BRAND 2. DETROIT - M MOORE, VAUGHT, BUECHLER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 6-22 (.273), HOIBERG 1-4, C BENJAMIN 2-7, MALONEY 2-6, CARR 1-5. DETROIT 7-13 (.538), LAETTNER 0-1, MILLS 1-1, HUNTER 0-3, STACKHOUSE 1-1, BUECHLER 4-6, CROTTY 1-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, RON OLESIAK, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 16,771. T - 2:08.


Box Score

CHICAGO (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 43 10-18 12-17 6-11 1 5 32 Hoiberg 42 6-13 2-2 0-3 1 1 15 Ruffin 34 0-1 4-4 9-10 4 5 4 Armstrong 15 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 0 2 C Benjamin 40 4-10 3-3 0-3 3 5 13 Anstey 20 2-8 2-2 0-1 2 5 6 Maloney 28 3-9 0-1 2-3 3 0 8 Carr 18 4-9 2-3 0-2 4 2 11 Hawkins DNP - flu Perdue DNP - coach's decision Simpkins DNP - inflammed left achilles _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-72 25-32 17-34 20 23 91 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.417, FT-.781. 3-Point Goals: 6-22, .273 (Hoiberg 1-4, C Benjamin 2-7, Maloney 2-6, Carr 1-5). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 2 (Brand 2). Turnovers: 23 (C Benjamin 6, Anstey 3, Brand 3, Hoiberg 3, Maloney 2, Ruffin 2, Carr). Steals: 8 (Hoiberg 3, Ruffin 2, Anstey, Brand, C Benjamin).

DETROIT (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 26 3-5 0-0 1-5 0 3 6 Laettner 28 5-7 2-3 0-0 3 4 12 Mills 12 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 4 5 Hunter 26 3-7 2-2 1-3 2 3 8 Stackhouse 28 10-12 0-0 0-2 7 0 21 Montross 7 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 Buechler 22 5-8 0-0 0-1 0 0 14 Crotty 24 5-7 0-0 0-3 7 1 11 Williams 20 4-6 5-8 2-8 0 5 13 M Moore 22 4-6 4-6 0-3 2 2 12 Jackson 18 0-2 4-6 0-1 1 1 4 Vaught 7 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 4 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 44-69 17-25 8-31 23 26 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.638, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Laettner 0-1, Mills 1-1, Hunter 0-3, Stackhouse 1-1, Buechler 4-6, Crotty 1-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (M Moore, Vaught, Buechler). Turnovers: 16 (Williams 5, Laettner 3, Curry 2, Stackhouse 2, Crotty, Hunter, Jackson, M Moore). Steals: 11 (Buechler 2, Jackson 2, Crotty, Curry, Hunter, Laettner, M Moore, Stackhouse, Williams). ____________________________________________ Chicago 25 22 26 18 - 91 Detroit 24 33 30 25 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Detroit 1 (M Moore, 7:54 2nd). A: 16,771. T: 2:08. Officials: Joe Derosa, Ron Olesiak, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons did not need injured All-Star forward Grant Hill to clinch the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. They just needed to play the Chicago Bulls.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 21 points as the Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak with a convincing 112-91 victory over the floundering Bulls, enabling them to avoid the conference-leading Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.

Hill, who missed the Pistons' final five regular-season games due to an ankle injury, likely will be back this weekend when Detroit opens the postseason. The Pistons, who have not won a playoff series since 1991, face Atlantic Division champion Miami, which has been knocked out in the first round each of the previous two seasons.

"We just came out and took care of business and we are where I kind of think we want to be," Stackhouse said. "I think we'll come out with a lot of energy. It was good to get a win like that tonight where everyone contributed. Everyone's confidence is high and we are feeling good going into the playoffs. Of course, we want to go to Miami, it's sunny down there. We have guys who are banged up and they'd much rather hang out in the sun than here where it is freezing."

Detroit (42-40) beat out Milwaukee for seventh place, forcing the Bucks to battle the Pacers in the opening round for the second straight year.

"I'm obviously happy," Pistons interim coach George Irvine said. "I thought we played pretty well. I thought we came out defensively doing what we asked them to do. I'm glad (Hill) did not play tonight because he is not 100 percent. We need to get him back. I am glad we are in the playoffs. It will be difficult without Grant in the lineup, but we can still compete and play. Hopefully, he gets back. He means a great deal to us."

Jud Buechler scored a season-high 14 points and Jerome Williams added 13 for the Pistons, who trailed 25-24 after one period but outscored the Bulls, 88-66, over the final three quarters.

"We played as well as we could," Williams said. "It was a win nonetheless. We've gotta get ready for Miami now. It's going to come down to who's more ready to play and who wants to go home. You come into the season and no one gives you a chance because you don't have a center. Expectations were low and we battled through adversity. Now it's a whole different story and we're just playing through it now."

Bulls forward Elton Brand staked his final claim for Rookie of the Year honors with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Brand is the first Chicago player since Artis Gilmore in 1978-79 to average better than 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season.

"I wanted to average a double-double, but I was thinking more like 14 and 10, not 20 and 10," Brand said. "So it's definitely an honor to be in that elite company, like Tim Duncan and David Robinson and Shaquille O'Neal that did it before (as rookies). Winning Rookie of the Year would be a great accolade and I want to win it."

The Bulls (17-65) ended their second straight dismal season with a five-game losing streak. Chicago is 30-102 over the last two campaigns after winning six NBA titles in eight seasons.

Mikki Moore and Christian Laettner scored 12 points apiece and John Crotty added 11 and seven assists for the Pistons, who shot a season-best 64 percent (44-of-69) and scored a whopping 36 points off 23 Chicago turnovers.

Fred Hoiberg scored 15 points, Corey Benjamin 13 and Chris Carr 11 for the Bulls, who shot 42 percent (30-of-72) and held a 34-31 rebounding advantage.

"It wasn't one of our better games," second-year Bulls coach Tim Floyd said. "We didn't guard anybody tonight. They really did a nice job executing their offense. I thought Elton did a very nice job offensively. I think as a franchise, we still have a lot to look forward to. This game was what the Pistons need going into the playoffs, coming off three straight losses. I think they've got a chance because their perimeter play is real good."

Chris Anstey made a layup to pull Chicago into a 34-34 tie with 7:35 remaining in the first half before Stackhouse hit a 13-footer and dunked to spark a decisive 9-0 burst that Terry Mills capped with a 27-footer to give Detroit a 43-34 lead.

Stackhouse and Buechler hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the Pistons opened a 57-46 cushion five seconds before the half.

Loy Vaught's five-foot hook shot with 1:45 to play gave Detroit its biggest lead, 110-86.

Veteran Chicago guard B.J. Armstrong, a Detroit native and member of three of the Bulls' championship teams in the 1990s, played his final NBA game, managing two points in 15 minutes.

"It's special that I was able to end my career walking off the floor," Armstrong said. "I was born and raised in Detroit and I was able to finish my last basketball experience in this arena as a professional. That was good. All good things come to an end. It's been an incredible ride. I've enjoyed every moment of it. It's exceeded any expectations I ever had when I came into this league 11 years ago."

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