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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- TORONTO 31 27 11 18 87 DETROIT 29 12 26 32 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: TOR - VINCE CARTER 22, ALVIN WILLIAMS 15, JEROME WILLIAMS 13 DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 35, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 23, JOE SMITH 10

HIGH REBOUND: TOR - ANTONIO DAVIS 13, CHARLES OAKLEY 11 DET - BEN WALLACE 23, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: TOR - ALVIN WILLIAMS 11, CHRIS CHILDS 3 DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 7, JERRY STACKHOUSE 6

ATT: 18,790


Extended Box

TORONTO (87) AT DETROIT (99)

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

OAKLEY F 39 5-14 0-0 1 10 11 2 3 0 2 10 PETERSON F 13 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 5 A DAVIS C 31 2-14 3-4 3 10 13 1 2 1 3 7 CARTER G 46 8-25 3-4 3 2 5 1 3 2 4 22 A WILLIAMS G 35 6-14 3-4 1 2 3 11 2 2 2 15 J WILLIAMS 23 6-7 1-1 3 3 6 1 5 0 2 13 CLARK 23 5-6 0-0 2 6 8 2 2 1 1 10 CHILDS 17 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 5 1 2 2 CURRY 8 0-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 MURRAY 5 1-3 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 3 MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION M STEWART DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-92 10-13 16 36 52 22 26 8 18 87 (.391) (.769) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 18(21 PTS)

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

SMITH F 25 5-8 0-0 1 2 3 2 5 2 2 10 WILLIAMSON F 36 10-15 3-4 2 5 7 1 5 1 0 23 B WALLACE C 41 4-6 0-1 3 20 23 3 1 0 1 8 ATKINS G 31 0-9 5-8 0 1 1 7 1 1 1 5 STACKHOUSE G 45 11-32 9-9 2 0 2 6 0 0 3 35 M MOORE 11 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 2 2 DAVID 7 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 CLEAVES 18 2-7 1-2 0 4 4 3 1 3 2 5 CARDINAL 18 3-4 3-4 1 3 4 1 2 3 0 9 BUECHLER 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 BARROS DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-84 21-28 10 36 46 26 19 11 12 99 (.440) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(12 PTS)

TORONTO 31 27 11 18 - 87 DETROIT 29 12 26 32 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: TORONTO - A DAVIS 2, CLARK, J WILLIAMS. DETROIT - B WALLACE 4, STACKHOUSE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: TORONTO 5-15 (.333), PETERSON 1-1, CARTER 3-7, A WILLIAMS 0-2, CURRY 0-2, MURRAY 1-3. DETROIT 4-18 (.222), ATKINS 0-3, STACKHOUSE 4-13, CARDINAL 0-1, BUECHLER 0-1. TECHNICALS: TORONTO - OAKLEY. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, GREG WILLARD, VIOLET PALMER. A - 18,790. T - 2:06.


Box Score

TORONTO (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oakley 39 5-14 0-0 1-11 2 3 10 Peterson 13 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 3 5 A Davis 31 2-14 3-4 3-13 1 2 7 Carter 46 8-25 3-4 3-5 1 3 22 A Williams 35 6-14 3-4 1-3 11 2 15 J Williams 23 6-7 1-1 3-6 1 5 13 Clark 23 5-6 0-0 2-8 2 2 10 Childs 17 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 5 2 Curry 8 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Murray 5 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 3 Montross DNP - coach's decision M Stewart DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-92 10-13 16-52 22 26 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Peterson 1-1, Carter 3-7, A Williams 0-2, Curry 0-2, Murray 1-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (A Davis 2, Clark, J Williams). Turnovers: 18 (Carter 4, A Davis 3, A Williams 2, Childs 2, J Williams 2, Oakley 2, Clark, Murray, Peterson). Steals: 8 (A Williams 2, Carter 2, A Davis, Childs, Clark, Curry).

DETROIT (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Smith 25 5-8 0-0 1-3 2 5 10 Williamson 36 10-15 3-4 2-7 1 5 23 B Wallace 41 4-6 0-1 3-23 3 1 8 Atkins 31 0-9 5-8 0-1 7 1 5 Stackhouse 45 11-32 9-9 2-2 6 0 35 M Moore 11 1-1 0-0 1-1 1 2 2 David 7 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 Cleaves 18 2-7 1-2 0-4 3 1 5 Cardinal 18 3-4 3-4 1-4 1 2 9 Buechler 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Barros DNP - coach's decision J Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-84 21-28 10-46 26 19 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Atkins 0-3, Stackhouse 4-13, Cardinal 0-1, Buechler 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (B Wallace 4, Stackhouse 2). Turnovers: 13 (Stackhouse 3, Cleaves 2, M Moore 2, Smith 2, Atkins, B Wallace, David). Steals: 11 (Cardinal 3, Cleaves 3, Smith 2, Atkins, M Moore, Williamson). ____________________________________________ Toronto 31 27 11 18 - 87 Detroit 29 12 26 32 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Toronto 1 (Oakley, 5:43 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,790. T: 2:06. Officials: Terry Durham, Greg Willard, Violet Palmer.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons seem to be taking a liking to their role as spoiler in the Eastern Conference.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as the Pistons rallied from a 17-point deficit for a 99-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Toronto's loss gave idle Milwaukee the Central Division title.

A tip-in by Jerome Williams gave Toronto a 66-49 lead with just under eight minutes left in the third quarter. But the Pistons turned to rookie Brian Cardinal for a spark and the Purdue product delivered. Cardinal scored eight points as Detroit closed the period with an 18-3 run to get within 69-67 heading into the fourth quarter.

"Brian gave us great energy in the second half," Detroit coach George Irvine said. "We know he'll come out and disrupt the other team. He has a great knack of knocking the ball loose. When you play that hard, you can always play for my team even if you're not hitting your shots."

The onslaught continued as Joe Smith scored to give Detroit the lead for good at 75-73 with nine minutes left. Jud Buechler's basket capped Detroit's 17-4 run to begin the period for an 84-73 lead with 6:39 to go.

Stackhouse made just 11-of-32 shots but converted all nine free throws. Afterward, he raved about Cardinal.

"The best thing about playing for this team is the chance to play with a guy like Brian Cardinal," Stackhouse said. "He hasn't played much but every day in practice he is out there in practice working harder than anyone else. Guys like that are why this team is going to be good someday."

Detroit trailed, 58-41, at halftime as they shot just 39 percent (17-of-44), including a 4-of-17 effort by Stackhouse.

"Wasn't that a sensational halftime talk?" Irvine asked in jest. "I just don't know who gave it. Seriously, I didn't say anything. All I told them was to go out and play the way we've been playing and they responded. We played a great second half. This is the seventh time in a row we've held a team under 40 percent shooting so it can't be a fluke."

Corliss Williamson scored 23 points and Ben Wallace grabbed 23 rebounds for Detroit, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Three of the victories have come against playoff-bound teams.

Cardinal finished with nine points after totaling just nine in his NBA career coming into the contest.

"A lot of the teams we are playing are playing for playoff position," Cardinal said. "We are just playing for fun like when we were younger. We have nothing to lose."

Vince Carter led Toronto with 22 points on just 8-of-25 shooting while Alvin Williams added 15 points and 11 assists. The Raptors lost for just the second time in their last 10 games.

"We stopped executing like we did in the first half," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "It was like we went to sleep. I think we thought it was going to be easy in the second half. We didn't play smart."

Carter was not the only Raptor to struggle from the floor. Antonio Davis shot 2-of-14 for seven points while Charles Oakley made just 5-of-14 for 10.

"The frustrating thing is that the first half, everything was going in," Carter said. "In the second half, we couldn't buy a basket. I don't think we looked past them."

Former Piston Jerome Williams had 13 points and six rebounds off the bench while Keon Clark added 10 points. Toronto's reserves outscored Detroit's, 28-18.

The Raptors outrebounded Detroit, 52-46, with Davis contributing 13 boards and Oakley adding 11.

Toronto remained two games behind fourth-place New York in the Eastern Conference standings in the race for home-court advantage in the first round. The Raptors are two games ahead of sixth-place Charlotte.

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