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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 27 32 19 18 96 WASHINGTON 36 24 34 16 110 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 25, JOHN WALLACE 21, DANA BARROS 14 WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 35, RICHARD HAMILTON 21, THREE PLAYERS WITH 13

HIGH REBOUND: DET - BEN WALLACE 9, JOHN WALLACE 5 WAS - MICHAEL SMITH 10, OBINNA EKEZIE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - MATEEN CLEAVES 4, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3 WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 13,132


Extended Box

DETROIT (96) AT WASHINGTON (110)

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

CURRY F 20 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 SMITH F 17 2-9 5-6 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 9 B WALLACE C 21 0-3 0-2 1 8 9 1 2 0 1 0 ATKINS G 20 4-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 6 0 1 9 STACKHOUSE G 29 8-21 7-7 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 25 MONTROSS 12 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 0 3 2 J WILLIAMS 31 1-6 2-4 1 3 4 2 4 0 1 4 J WALLACE 28 9-13 2-4 1 4 5 0 1 1 2 21 CLEAVES 23 2-6 4-6 2 0 2 4 6 1 1 8 BARROS 25 6-12 2-2 0 2 2 3 1 1 1 14 M MOORE 14 2-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 6 0 1 4 OWENS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-83 22-31 9 23 32 16 39 7 15 96 (.422) (.710) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15(23 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 35 10-16 15-17 1 6 7 1 3 2 1 35 NESBY F 24 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 2 5 0 3 5 BOOTH C 13 1-2 0-0 1 5 6 0 4 0 2 2 LOPEZ G 28 3-10 7-9 2 1 3 2 5 1 1 13 C WHITNEY G 41 4-11 2-2 0 1 1 5 4 1 3 13 EKEZIE 25 3-6 7-9 1 7 8 2 3 0 2 13 HAMILTON 29 7-11 6-8 1 4 5 3 5 1 3 21 KING 19 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 6 MICHAEL SMITH 21 1-4 0-0 3 7 10 3 1 0 0 2 P JONES 5 0-6 0-2 4 2 6 0 1 0 1 0 STRICKLAND DNP - SORE HAMSTRINGS J WHITE DNP - LEFT KNEE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 34-75 37-47 14 36 50 18 32 5 17 110 (.453) (.787) TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 21(20 PTS)

DETROIT 27 32 19 18 - 96 WASHINGTON 36 24 34 16 - 110

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - STACKHOUSE 2, J WALLACE 2, M MOORE 2, J WILLIAMS, MONTROSS, SMITH. WASHINGTON - LOPEZ, NESBY, BOOTH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 4-12 (.333), ATKINS 1-4, STACKHOUSE 2-5, J WALLACE 1-2, BARROS 0-1. WASHINGTON 5-9 (.556), NESBY 1-2, LOPEZ 0-1, C WHITNEY 3-4, HAMILTON 1-1, P JONES 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: LUIS GRILLO, COURTNEY KIRKLAND, DEREK RICHARDSON. A - 13,132. T - 2:22.


Box Score

DETROIT (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 20 0-2 0-0 0-0 3 3 0 Smith 17 2-9 5-6 1-1 1 3 9 B Wallace 21 0-3 0-2 1-9 1 2 0 Atkins 20 4-7 0-0 0-0 1 6 9 Stackhouse 29 8-21 7-7 2-3 1 2 25 Montross 12 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 5 2 J Williams 31 1-6 2-4 1-4 2 4 4 J Wallace 28 9-13 2-4 1-5 0 1 21 Cleaves 23 2-6 4-6 2-2 4 6 8 Barros 25 6-12 2-2 0-2 3 1 14 M Moore 14 2-3 0-0 1-4 0 6 4 Owens DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-83 22-31 9-32 16 39 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.422, FT-.710. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (Atkins 1-4, Stackhouse 2-5, J Wallace 1-2, Barros 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 9 (Stackhouse 2, J Wallace 2, M Moore 2, J Williams, Montross, Smith). Turnovers: 15 (Montross 3, Stackhouse 3, J Wallace 2, Atkins, B Wallace, Barros, Cleaves, J Williams, M Moore, Smith). Steals: 7 (Stackhouse 3, Barros, Cleaves, J Wallace, Smith).

WASHINGTON (110) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 35 10-16 15-17 1-7 1 3 35 Nesby 24 2-5 0-0 0-1 2 5 5 Booth 13 1-2 0-0 1-6 0 4 2 Lopez 28 3-10 7-9 2-3 2 5 13 C Whitney 41 4-11 2-2 0-1 5 4 13 Ekezie 25 3-6 7-9 1-8 2 3 13 Hamilton 29 7-11 6-8 1-5 3 5 21 King 19 3-4 0-0 1-3 0 1 6 Michael Smith 21 1-4 0-0 3-10 3 1 2 P Jones 5 0-6 0-2 4-6 0 1 0 Strickland DNP - sore hamstrings J White DNP - left knee sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-75 37-47 14-50 18 32 110 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.453, FT-.787. 3-Point Goals: 5-9, .556 (Nesby 1-2, Lopez 0-1, C Whitney 3-4, Hamilton 1-1, P Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 3 (Lopez, Nesby, Booth). Turnovers: 21 (C Whitney 3, Hamilton 3, Nesby 3, Booth 2, Ekezie 2, Howard, King, Lopez, P Jones). Steals: 5 (Howard 2, C Whitney, Hamilton, Lopez). ____________________________________________ Detroit 27 32 19 18 - 96 Washington 36 24 34 16 - 110 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Detroit 1 (Cleaves, 3:07 3rd). A: 13,132. T: 2:22. Officials: Luis Grillo, Courtney Kirkland, Derek Richardson.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- A dismal year ended on a high note for the Washington Wizards.

Juwan Howard scored a season-high 35 points, making 15-of-17 free throws and grabbing seven rebounds, as the Wizards snapped a six-game losing streak with a 110-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

"I think Juwan basically carried us," Washington guard Chris Whitney said. "It shows what we are about. We saw that we had something going and we kept going to him, and he carried us."

Washington started the second half with a 17-2 run to blow open the game. Richard Hamilton's basket with 35 seconds to go in the third quarter gave the Wizards a commanding 94-78 lead.

Hamilton added 21 points and Felipe Lopez, Whitney and Obinna Ekezie scored 13 apiece for the Wizards, who had lost 15 of their previous 16 games, including six in a row at home.

"I'm hoping that this is a new year and we can put things that happened to us last year behind us and hopefully start the new year off right," Wizards coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I think everyone was really focused and communicating and talking."

Whitney is still filling in for troublesome point guard Rod Strickland, who did not dress tonight due to soreness in both hamstrings.

Detroit battled back from an 18-point first-quarter deficit and took a 54-53 lead on a pair of free throws by Joe Smith with 1:54 left before halftime. The teams traded baskets before Hamilton knocked down two free throws and Detroit's Jerome Williams split a pair with 4.6 seconds to play as the Wizards took a 60-59 lead at intermission.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 25 points and John Wallace added 21 off the bench for the Pistons, who have lost three straight.

""Our game plan was to come in here and force those guys to make plays," Stackhouse said. "The law of averages says they haven't been making plays, and tonight they did. They got 1-on-1 coverage and were able to score."

Detroit fell to 1-3 on New Year's Eve, although they were playing on December 31 for the first time since 1969.

Dana Barros, who was 6-of-8 from the field early, sat out most of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Stackhouse also watched most of the final period from the bench.

"They just kicked our (butt) right from the beginning," Barros said. "It didn't seem to matter who was in the game. We acted like we didn't want to play. We got what we deserved. That was the bottom line. No excuses."

"I'm not the coach, man, I just go with the coach's decisions," added Stackhouse. "You guys were watching the game. The next night out might be a different story. Tonight wasn't indicative of how we've been playing all year or how our rotation has been all year. Maybe there's a message being sent, but I'm not sure that the message is getting over."

In front of a sparse crowd on hand to see a free postgame O'Jays concert, the teams traded turnovers, airballs, missed shots and fouls throughout.

The Pistons sent the Wizards to the line 47 times as Miki Moore, Chucky Atkins and rookie Mateen Cleaves all fouled out.

Strickland also sat out Friday's 98-91 loss at Miami after he suspended by the team.

"Rod, before the game, I think, notified the trainer that his hamstrings were sore and that he didn't think he would be able to play," coach Hamilton said. "I think he notified the trainer early enough so it wasn't like a game-time decision (and) didn't change the game plans."

Detroit fell to 1-3 in New Year's Eve, although it was playing on December 31 for the first time since 1969.

"We've got to consistently come up with a scheme to run a good offense," Stackhouse said. "We can talk defense all we want to, but you've got to have offense and points to win the game. There's a lot of stuff going on. We lost a tough game last night. We could've easily had a letdown tonight, and that's what we did. We gave that team so much confidence in the first five minutes, they felt comfortable the whole game."

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