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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 25 14 21 23 83 DETROIT 29 28 17 20 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 22, NICK VAN EXEL 22, JAMES POSEY 10 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 24, MATEEN CLEAVES 13, JOE SMITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: DEN - ANTONIO MCDYESS 11, RYAN BOWEN 6 DET - JEROME WILLIAMS 12, BEN WALLACE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: DEN - NICK VAN EXEL 6, ANTONIO MCDYESS 3 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 6, MICHAEL CURRY 5

ATT: 11,378


Extended Box

DENVER (83) AT DETROIT (94)

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

MCDYESS F 39 10-19 2-2 1 10 11 3 3 0 4 22 POSEY F 26 4-10 0-0 4 1 5 2 4 0 2 10 LAFRENTZ C 20 1-1 1-2 1 4 5 1 2 1 1 3 LENARD G 31 4-13 0-0 1 4 5 0 3 1 3 9 VAN EXEL G 38 6-12 6-6 1 2 3 6 1 0 1 22 MCCLOUD 22 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 2 1 0 3 0 WILLIS 21 1-4 5-6 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 7 BOWEN 21 0-1 3-4 2 4 6 1 4 4 0 3 GOLDWIRE 10 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 STRICKLAND 12 2-7 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 5 ABDUL-WAHAD DNP - COACH'S DECISION PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-74 18-22 11 34 45 16 21 7 17 83 (.392) (.818) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 19(21 PTS)

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

CURRY F 24 4-6 2-2 0 2 2 5 1 0 0 11 SMITH F 23 6-12 0-0 2 6 8 2 5 0 0 12 B WALLACE C 33 2-7 0-0 1 8 9 0 2 0 2 4 ATKINS G 15 3-6 0-0 1 1 2 1 3 0 0 6 STACKHOUSE G 40 8-22 7-10 0 2 2 6 0 1 3 24 CLEAVES 30 6-13 1-1 0 3 3 1 4 0 2 13 M MOORE 10 1-6 2-2 2 0 2 0 2 1 0 4 BUECHLER 21 3-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 6 J WILLIAMS 28 3-5 2-2 3 9 12 2 1 4 1 8 BARROS 16 2-5 2-2 0 1 1 3 0 1 2 6 MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-86 16-19 10 32 42 20 18 8 10 94 (.442) (.842) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11(14 PTS)

DENVER 25 14 21 23 - 83 DETROIT 29 28 17 20 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - LAFRENTZ 3, POSEY 2, MCDYESS 2, WILLIS, STRICKLAND. DETROIT - B WALLACE 3, STACKHOUSE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 7-16 (.438), POSEY 2-5, LENARD 1-6, VAN EXEL 4-4, GOLDWIRE 0-1. DETROIT 2-6 (.333), CURRY 1-1, ATKINS 0-1, STACKHOUSE 1-4. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DERRICK STAFFORD, RON GARRETSON, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 11,378. T - 2:01.


Box Score

DENVER (83) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mcdyess 39 10-19 2-2 1-11 3 3 22 Posey 26 4-10 0-0 4-5 2 4 10 Lafrentz 20 1-1 1-2 1-5 1 2 3 Lenard 31 4-13 0-0 1-5 0 3 9 Van Exel 38 6-12 6-6 1-3 6 1 22 Mccloud 22 0-4 0-0 0-3 2 1 0 Willis 21 1-4 5-6 0-4 0 1 7 Bowen 21 0-1 3-4 2-6 1 4 3 Goldwire 10 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Strickland 12 2-7 1-2 1-2 0 1 5 Abdul-wahad DNP - coach's decision Pack DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-74 18-22 11-45 16 21 83 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.392, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (Posey 2-5, Lenard 1-6, Van Exel 4-4, Goldwire 0-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 9 (Lafrentz 3, Posey 2, Mcdyess 2, Willis, Strickland). Turnovers: 19 (Mcdyess 4, Lenard 3, Mccloud 3, Goldwire 2, Posey 2, Lafrentz, Van Exel, Willis). Steals: 7 (Bowen 4, Goldwire, Lafrentz, Lenard).

DETROIT (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 24 4-6 2-2 0-2 5 1 11 Smith 23 6-12 0-0 2-8 2 5 12 B Wallace 33 2-7 0-0 1-9 0 2 4 Atkins 15 3-6 0-0 1-2 1 3 6 Stackhouse 40 8-22 7-10 0-2 6 0 24 Cleaves 30 6-13 1-1 0-3 1 4 13 M Moore 10 1-6 2-2 2-2 0 2 4 Buechler 21 3-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 6 J Williams 28 3-5 2-2 3-12 2 1 8 Barros 16 2-5 2-2 0-1 3 0 6 Montross DNP - coach's decision J Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-86 16-19 10-42 20 18 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.842. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Curry 1-1, Atkins 0-1, Stackhouse 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (B Wallace 3, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 11 (Stackhouse 3, B Wallace 2, Barros 2, Cleaves 2, J Williams). Steals: 8 (J Williams 4, Barros, Buechler, M Moore, Stackhouse). ____________________________________________ Denver 25 14 21 23 - 83 Detroit 29 28 17 20 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Illegal Defense, 1:52 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,378. T: 2:01. Officials: Derrick Stafford, Ron Garretson, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- For the first time in 2001, the Detroit Pistons gave their home fans something to get excited about.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 24 points and rookie Mateen Cleaves added 13 off the bench as the Pistons snapped an eight-game home losing streak with a 94-83 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Detroit improved to just 9-14 at home this season and posted its first win at the Palace of Auburn Hills since beating Boston on December 26. The Pistons' home slide was two shy of the club record set in 1980.

Detroit has won two straight overall, notching an 88-81 overtime triumph at Cleveland on Saturday.

"You have to win games at home," Cleaves said. "You have to guard your home like it's your house. You wouldn't want to let someone come into your living room and steal your TV while you're watching it."

"It's a great win for us," Stackhouse added. "We all played hard the whole game. It was solid and that's why we were able to control the game. It's great to get the win and hopefully we can repeat it Thursday (against Houston)."

Antonio McDyess and Nick Van Exel scored 22 points apiece for the slumping Nuggets, who have dropped two straight and five of their last six games.

Detroit took control in the second quarter, outscoring Denver 28-14 to open a 57-39 halftime lead. In the second half, the Nuggets got no closer than the final score.

"All you can ask is that the guys play hard and play smart and that's what we did tonight," Detroit coach George Irvine said. "The key was that we didn't have to double-team McDyess all the time. Ben (Wallace) took that responsibility on and stopped him from tearing us apart."

While Denver has been tough to beat at home (20-6), it fell to just 7-17 on the road, leaving the Nuggets at a loss to explain their struggles away from home.

"It's ridiculous," McDyess said. "We're a better team than we play on the road. Everyone in this locker room is frustrated but we have to come together as a team."

Denver has surrendered more than 90 points in nine straight games and coach Dan Issel ripped his club's effort on defense.

"Once again, we came out and didn't play very well defensively," Issel said. "(We) give up 57 points in the first half and they were well on their way to breaking the streak."

Joe Smith contributed 12 points and Michael Curry added 11 for the Pistons, who held the Nuggets to just 39 percent (29-of-74) percent shooting from the field. Detroit shot 44 percent (38-of-86).

Irvine pointed to the play of the Pistons' reserves, who outscored Denver's bench, 37-17.

"You have to give a lot of credit to our backups," Irvine said. "They pretty much took the game over in the second quarter, especially on defense. That was Mateen and Jerome (Williams)."

Averaging just 5.7 points per game, Cleaves hit 6-of-13 from the field in 30 minutes.

"He gave us a big lift defensively," Irvine said. "He helped us some on offense as well but that's not why he's out there. He's on the floor for his defense."

"The guys have been getting on me and telling me if I have the shot, take it," Cleaves added. "When I'm aggressive, it makes us a better team. People can't just pinpoint Stack and Joe."

Denver opened a 21-15 lead on Van Exel's two free throws with 5:31 left in the first quarter but the Pistons finished the period with a 14-4 spurt and never trailed thereafter.

The Nuggets closed to 34-33 on McDyess' layup with 7:19 left before the Pistons ripped off nine straight points to make it 43-33 on Jud Buechler's jumper with 4:45 remaining.

"Just another terrible defensive night for us," McDyess said. "They came out and hit the boards, got a lot of transition baskets and we just did not do our part when we stepped on the court. We played soft from the start."

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