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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- BOSTON 30 19 19 28 96 DETROIT 25 24 23 29 101 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: BOS - ANTOINE WALKER 26, PAUL PIERCE 19, TONY BATTIE 18 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 33, JOE SMITH 20, MICHAEL CURRY 13

HIGH REBOUND: BOS - TONY BATTIE 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 DET - BEN WALLACE 16, JOE SMITH 9

HIGH ASSISTS: BOS - KENNY ANDERSON 9, ANTOINE WALKER 5 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 7, CHUCKY ATKINS 5

ATT: 14,568


Extended Box

BOSTON (96) AT DETROIT (101)

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

PIERCE F 41 6-16 7-8 0 3 3 3 3 0 3 19 WALKER F 47 9-25 5-6 0 5 5 5 4 2 2 26 BATTIE C 25 7-12 4-4 6 5 11 0 5 0 1 18 ANDERSON G 33 4-11 5-5 2 0 2 9 4 4 4 13 STITH G 25 2-9 2-2 0 2 2 0 2 2 0 6 POTAPENKO 18 3-4 1-2 2 3 5 0 4 2 4 7 PALACIO 15 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 E WILLIAMS 21 2-6 2-4 0 3 3 0 4 2 1 7 MOISO 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 GRIFFIN 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 BROWN DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE CARR DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-85 26-31 10 24 34 18 30 12 16 96 (.388) (.839) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16(14 PTS)

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

CURRY F 39 5-8 3-4 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 13 SMITH F 36 9-15 2-2 2 7 9 1 3 0 2 20 B WALLACE C 29 4-4 1-5 2 14 16 2 5 0 5 9 ATKINS G 29 3-8 0-0 1 0 1 5 4 1 6 6 STACKHOUSE G 43 5-15 18-20 0 4 4 7 2 0 9 33 MONTROSS 12 1-1 0-2 1 5 6 1 4 1 1 2 CLEAVES 16 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 3 0 4 4 J WALLACE 21 5-8 0-0 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 10 M MOORE 10 2-2 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 4 BARROS 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 CARDINAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION OWENS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-68 24-33 8 37 45 22 31 3 29 101 (.529) (.727) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 29(19 PTS)

BOSTON 30 19 19 28 - 96 DETROIT 25 24 23 29 - 101

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - BATTIE. DETROIT - B WALLACE 3, STACKHOUSE, J WALLACE, SMITH, MONTROSS, M MOORE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 4-21 (.190), PIERCE 0-4, WALKER 3-10, ANDERSON 0-2, STITH 0-3, E WILLIAMS 1-2. DETROIT 5-9 (.556), ATKINS 0-2, STACKHOUSE 5-7. TECHNICALS: BOSTON - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, TOMMY NUNEZ, VIOLET PALMER. A - 14,568. T - 2:21.


Box Score

BOSTON (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 41 6-16 7-8 0-3 3 3 19 Walker 47 9-25 5-6 0-5 5 4 26 Battie 25 7-12 4-4 6-11 0 5 18 Anderson 33 4-11 5-5 2-2 9 4 13 Stith 25 2-9 2-2 0-2 0 2 6 Potapenko 18 3-4 1-2 2-5 0 4 7 Palacio 15 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 E Williams 21 2-6 2-4 0-3 0 4 7 Moiso 7 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Griffin 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Brown DNP - sprained right ankle Carr DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-85 26-31 10-34 18 30 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.388, FT-.839. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Pierce 0-4, Walker 3-10, Anderson 0-2, Stith 0-3, E Williams 1-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 1 (Battie). Turnovers: 16 (Anderson 4, Potapenko 4, Pierce 3, Walker 2, Battie, E Williams, Palacio). Steals: 12 (Anderson 4, E Williams 2, Potapenko 2, Stith 2, Walker 2).

DETROIT (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 39 5-8 3-4 0-2 1 3 13 Smith 36 9-15 2-2 2-9 1 3 20 B Wallace 29 4-4 1-5 2-16 2 5 9 Atkins 29 3-8 0-0 1-1 5 4 6 Stackhouse 43 5-15 18-20 0-4 7 2 33 Montross 12 1-1 0-2 1-6 1 4 2 Cleaves 16 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 3 4 J Wallace 21 5-8 0-0 1-2 1 4 10 M Moore 10 2-2 0-0 1-3 0 3 4 Barros 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Cardinal DNP - coach's decision Owens DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-68 24-33 8-45 22 31 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.529, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Atkins 0-2, Stackhouse 5-7). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 8 (B Wallace 3, Stackhouse, J Wallace, Smith, Montross, M Moore). Turnovers: 29 (Stackhouse 9, Atkins 6, B Wallace 5, Cleaves 4, M Moore 2, Smith 2, Montross). Steals: 3 (Atkins, Curry, Montross). ____________________________________________ Boston 30 19 19 28 - 96 Detroit 25 24 23 29 - 101 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Boston 1 (Illegal Defense, 10:37 4th). Flagrant fouls: Boston 1 (Potapenko, 2:29 3rd). A: 14,568. T: 2:21. Officials: Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Married life does not seem to have affected Jerry Stackhouse's ability to score.

The NBA's second-leading scorer said his wedding vows on Christmas Eve and poured in 33 points tonight, lifting the Detroit Pistons to a 101-96 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Stackhouse made just 5-of-15 shots but all five baskets came from 3-point range. He also made a stunning 18-of-20 free throws to lead Detroit in scoring for the 23rd time in 28 games this season and 10th in a row.

"Nothing surprises me with Jerry anymore," Detroit coach George Irvine said. "He's so good at getting to the line. He probably even gets fouled more than they call. But they probably get tired of blowing the whistle. I'd like him to drive even more. I don't mind him shooting 3s if he's got open looks like tonight."

The explosive 6-6 guard settled matters in the waning moments when he buried a 3-pointer and added four free throws to cap the scoring.

Stackhouse helped Detroit overcome a season-high 29 turnovers -- nine of which he committed -- and got support from Joe Smith, who had 20 points and nine rebounds, and John Wallace, who scored eight of his 10 in the final 12 minutes.

"This is the new me. No more twos," Stackhouse joked. "Everyone says I'm not a 3-point shooter, but I showed them. Late in the game we got some key stops defensively. John and Joe really gave us a lift. This is a good team win. But we've gotta protect the ball better."

"That was a thing of beauty," Irvine said sarcastically. "It's very difficult to win a game when you turn it over 20 times in (the second half). I'm really pleased with the way (Wallace) played."

Detroit has won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak from November 29-December 3.

Antoine Walker scored 26 points for the Celtics, who fell to 1-2 on their four-game road trip and 2-9 overall away from home.

Paul Pierce scored 19 points and Tony Battie added 18 and 11 rebounds for Boston, which shot 39 percent (33-of-85) and made 26-of-31 from the line.

"We play as hard as any team I've coached but we don't play a very smart game," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "Now if we can add a basketball I.Q. to the equation and continue to play hard, good things are going to happen."

"Like coach said, we played hard but not smart. You have to execute, that's life in the NBA," Boston point guard Kenny Anderson said.

Michael Curry scored 13 points for Detroit, which shot 53 percent (36-of-68) and held a 45-34 rebounding advantage.

"I still can't believe we turned the ball over 20 times in a half, that's ridiculous," Curry said after being informed that the Pistons had fallen one giveaway shy of the franchise record for a half. "But it also shows what you can do with great defense. That's the only reason we won this game."

Stackhouse was just 1-of-7 for six points in the first quarter when the Pistons fell behind 30-25. But with Detroit trailing by seven midway through the second period, he came in for Mikki Moore and sparked Detroit, making seven free throws and a 3-pointer to help forge a 49-49 tie at intermission.

In the third period, the Pistons outscored Boston, 23-19, and Stackhouse contributed six points during the quarter.

A close game throughout, the contest featured eight lead changes and five ties before swinging permanently in Detroit's favor with just 2 1/2 minutes left.

After Battie dunked to shave the deficit to 92-91, Chucky Atkins hit a 16-footer and Stackhouse connected from 26 feet to make it 97-91 with 77 seconds remaining.

Battie hit an 18-footer but Stackhouse hit four straight free throws to seal the victory.

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