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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 21 20 26 22 89 PHILADELPHIA 25 33 15 32 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 34, JOE SMITH 15, CHUCKY ATKINS 11 PHI - ALLEN IVERSON 44, GEORGE LYNCH 14, THEO RATLIFF 13

HIGH REBOUND: DET - JOE SMITH 11, BEN WALLACE 11 PHI - GEORGE LYNCH 13, TYRONE HILL 13

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - MICHAEL CURRY 6, TWO PLAYERS WITH 5 PHI - AARON MCKIE 5, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 18,609


Extended Box

DETROIT (89) AT PHILADELPHIA (105)

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

CURRY F 27 4-9 0-2 0 2 2 6 3 0 0 8 SMITH F 37 4-10 7-8 4 7 11 2 0 3 1 15 B WALLACE C 42 2-4 0-0 5 6 11 4 3 2 1 4 ATKINS G 25 5-9 0-0 2 0 2 1 6 0 2 11 STACKHOUSE G 46 12-32 8-12 2 5 7 5 3 2 6 34 BARROS 23 1-11 2-2 0 2 2 5 3 0 2 4 M MOORE 12 1-2 0-0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 J WALLACE 8 1-3 1-2 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 J WILLIAMS 11 2-3 2-2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 6 CLEAVES 2 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BUECHLER 7 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 OWENS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-85 22-30 17 25 42 24 23 7 12 89 (.376) (.733) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

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

HILL F 41 2-8 1-2 8 5 13 1 4 1 1 5 LYNCH F 36 7-11 0-1 5 8 13 3 3 1 3 14 RATLIFF C 39 4-9 5-6 3 5 8 2 5 0 1 13 IVERSON G 47 14-29 15-16 1 2 3 3 1 5 3 44 MCKIE G 33 6-12 0-2 1 3 4 5 4 2 1 12 OLLIE 15 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 1 1 4 KUKOC 11 2-3 1-2 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 5 JONES 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MACCULLOCH 7 4-4 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 8 SANCHEZ 8 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 3 3 0 1 0 MOHAMMED 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BUFORD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-84 22-29 18 31 49 21 26 11 11 105 (.488) (.759) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(12 PTS)

DETROIT 21 20 26 22 - 89 PHILADELPHIA 25 33 15 32 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WALLACE 3, SMITH 2, STACKHOUSE, BUECHLER. PHILADELPHIA - RATLIFF 4, LYNCH, MCKIE, HILL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 3-10 (.300), ATKINS 1-2, STACKHOUSE 2-5, BARROS 0-3. PHILADELPHIA 1-5 (.200), LYNCH 0-1, IVERSON 1-3, KUKOC 0-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - HEAD COACH IRVINE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, BENNIE ADAMS, GREG WILLARD. A - 18,609. T - 2:11.


Box Score

DETROIT (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 27 4-9 0-2 0-2 6 3 8 Smith 37 4-10 7-8 4-11 2 0 15 B Wallace 42 2-4 0-0 5-11 4 3 4 Atkins 25 5-9 0-0 2-2 1 6 11 Stackhouse 46 12-32 8-12 2-7 5 3 34 Barros 23 1-11 2-2 0-2 5 3 4 M Moore 12 1-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 J Wallace 8 1-3 1-2 0-1 1 1 3 J Williams 11 2-3 2-2 2-2 0 1 6 Cleaves 2 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 Buechler 7 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Owens DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-85 22-30 17-42 24 23 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.376, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Atkins 1-2, Stackhouse 2-5, Barros 0-3). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (B Wallace 3, Smith 2, Stackhouse, Buechler). Turnovers: 12 (Stackhouse 6, Atkins 2, Barros 2, B Wallace, Smith). Steals: 7 (Smith 3, B Wallace 2, Stackhouse 2).

PHILADELPHIA (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Hill 41 2-8 1-2 8-13 1 4 5 Lynch 36 7-11 0-1 5-13 3 3 14 Ratliff 39 4-9 5-6 3-8 2 5 13 Iverson 47 14-29 15-16 1-3 3 1 44 Mckie 33 6-12 0-2 1-4 5 4 12 Ollie 15 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 4 4 Kukoc 11 2-3 1-2 0-1 2 2 5 Jones 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Macculloch 7 4-4 0-0 0-3 0 0 8 Sanchez 8 0-1 0-0 0-1 3 3 0 Mohammed 1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Buford DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-84 22-29 18-49 21 26 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.759. 3-Point Goals: 1-5, .200 (Lynch 0-1, Iverson 1-3, Kukoc 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Ratliff 4, Lynch, Mckie, Hill). Turnovers: 12 (Iverson 3, Lynch 3, Hill, Mckie, Ollie, Ratliff, Sanchez). Steals: 11 (Iverson 5, Mckie 2, Hill, Kukoc, Lynch, Ollie). ____________________________________________ Detroit 21 20 26 22 - 89 Philadelphia 25 33 15 32 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Head Coach Irvine, 1:10 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,609. T: 2:11. Officials: Ron Garretson, Bennie Adams, Greg Willard.


Game Story

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The only title Jerry Stackhouse has been chasing since leaving Philadelphia is the scoring title.

Stackhouse scored 34 points but former teammate Allen Iverson poured in 44 as the league-leading Philadelphia 76ers continued their ascension at the Detroit Pistons' expense, cruising to a 105-89 rout.

After completing a franchise-record 12-game road winning streak with an 85-84 overtime triumph at Houston on Wednesday, the Sixers had little trouble carrying their success back to the First Union Center.

Iverson and Stackhouse each had 13 points in the first quarter, when Philadelphia took the lead for good, 25-21. Armed with a better supporting cast, Iverson dictated the pace thereafter, scoring 10 points in the second period as Philadelphia opened a 58-41 halftime lead.

"We're 33-10, 10, but next day we could be 33-11, then (33-12) and so on," Iverson said. "We don't want that. We're going to play every game like it's our last. We want to take it one game at a time so that something special will happen at the end of the season."

Stackhouse was traded to Detroit on December 18, 1997 for guard Aaron McKie and center Theo Ratliff -- both of whom have played significant roles in Philadelphia's rise to the top of the NBA standings.

Stackhouse entered the contest with a league-leading 29.9-point scoring average, but the Pistons have lost 10 of their last 11 and are 12 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the Central Division.

He helped Detroit get within four points late in the third quarter, but Iverson closed the period by drilling an 18-footer and made four free throws before feeding Todd MacCulloch for a layup that extended the advantage to 81-70 with 8:34 to play.

"The shots just didn't fall for us," Stackhouse said. "From there, they made their shots and got it back up to 10. We were never able to recover from that. We're hoping at some point we can catch a break. If we put forth the same effort in the first half that we had in the second half, it might have been a different game."

Iverson has scored at least 30 points in seven of his last nine games and has cracked 40 on eight occasions. Philadelphia is 15-2 since dropping back-to-back games on December 20-22 and improved to 14-6 at home. The Sixers own the NBA's best road mark at 19-4.

"We have come out and had letdowns at home based on the way we've played on the road," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said. "For the most part, everybody realizes that we have to play the right way in order to be successful and win. We're fortunate, we are truly a team."

Philadelphia has taken seven of the last nine meetings in the series.

George Lynch had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Ratliff and McKie combined for 25 points as the Sixers moved seven games ahead of second-place New York in the Atlantic Division. At 33-10, Philadelphia is two games ahead of Western Conference-leading Portland for the NBA's best overall mark.

Iverson made 14-of-29 shots, 15-of-16 free throws and picked up five steals in 47 spectacular minutes. Stackhouse hit 12-of-32 shots and was 8-of-12 at the line. He grabbed seven rebounds to go with five assists but also committed half of the Pistons' 12 turnovers.

Joe Smith had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Chucky Atkins scored 11 points for Detroit, which shot 38 percent (32-of-85) and lost the battle on the boards, 49-42.

"It's hard to beat Philly when you shoot 37 percent," Detroit coach George Irvine said. "We gave them so many easy baskets in the first half and they manhandled us on the boards. When you shoot like we did tonight, I don't think you're gonna beat Philadelphia very often."

The Sixers shot 49 percent (41-of-84) and also committed 12 turnovers.

Iverson hit two free throws, a 15-footer, a 17-footer and a layup that closed the first-half scoring, giving Philadelphia a 58-41 cushion.

Stackhouse began shooting the Pistons back into contention early in the third quarter, hitting a 20-footer and following with a 19-footer that shaved the deficit to 60-52 with 8:49 left in the period.

Smith converted a three-point play and added two free throws as Detroit closed to 71-67 with 22 seconds left in the third quarter. But Iverson knocked down an 18-footer on the ensuing trip and the Sixers pulled away in the final period.

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