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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 24 25 20 19 88 NEW YORK 33 27 18 16 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 22, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 19, JOE SMITH 13 NYK - KURT THOMAS 20, ALLAN HOUSTON 18, FELTON SPENCER 15

HIGH REBOUND: DET - CORLISS WILLIAMSON 9, BEN WALLACE 9 NYK - KURT THOMAS 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 6, CHUCKY ATKINS 5 NYK - MARK JACKSON 8, CHARLIE WARD 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

DETROIT (88) AT NEW YORK (94)

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

SMITH F 36 5-13 3-4 0 8 8 0 5 1 1 13 WILLIAMSON F 37 7-12 5-6 2 7 9 0 5 0 1 19 B WALLACE C 35 1-2 0-0 2 7 9 2 3 1 0 2 ATKINS G 28 2-9 1-2 0 2 2 5 1 1 0 5 STACKHOUSE G 40 6-21 10-12 1 4 5 6 1 4 5 22 BUECHLER 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 M MOORE 16 2-5 2-2 2 6 8 0 2 0 0 6 BARROS 16 4-9 2-2 1 1 2 4 2 0 0 10 CARDINAL 11 0-4 2-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 CLEAVES 13 2-6 2-4 0 1 1 0 2 1 2 6 DAVID DNP - COACH'S DECISION J WALLACE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 30-82 27-34 8 36 44 17 24 9 9 88 (.366) (.794) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 9(8 PTS)

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

HARRINGTON F 20 2-5 0-0 1 6 7 1 5 0 3 4 SPREWELL F 44 4-15 4-4 3 4 7 1 3 1 4 12 THOMAS C 46 9-16 2-2 2 12 14 3 4 2 0 20 HOUSTON G 31 7-16 3-3 0 4 4 2 6 0 3 18 JACKSON G 26 1-3 1-2 0 4 4 8 3 1 0 4 SPENCER 18 4-5 7-9 1 4 5 0 5 0 2 15 RICE 31 4-9 2-2 0 6 6 1 1 1 2 12 WARD 23 4-8 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 0 2 9 KNIGHT 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 BRUNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION L JOHNSON DNP - SORE LOWER BACK POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 19-22 7 42 49 21 29 5 16 94 (.449) (.864) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 16(13 PTS)

DETROIT 24 25 20 19 - 88 NEW YORK 33 27 18 16 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - SMITH 2. NEW YORK - SPREWELL, SPENCER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 1-12 (.083), SMITH 0-1, ATKINS 0-5, STACKHOUSE 0-3, BUECHLER 1-1, BARROS 0-1, CLEAVES 0-1. NEW YORK 5-15 (.333), SPREWELL 0-1, HOUSTON 1-3, JACKSON 1-2, RICE 2-5, WARD 1-4. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, NOLAN FINE, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 19,763. T - 2:19.


Box Score

DETROIT (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Smith 36 5-13 3-4 0-8 0 5 13 Williamson 37 7-12 5-6 2-9 0 5 19 B Wallace 35 1-2 0-0 2-9 2 3 2 Atkins 28 2-9 1-2 0-2 5 1 5 Stackhouse 40 6-21 10-12 1-5 6 1 22 Buechler 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 M Moore 16 2-5 2-2 2-8 0 2 6 Barros 16 4-9 2-2 1-2 4 2 10 Cardinal 11 0-4 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 Cleaves 13 2-6 2-4 0-1 0 2 6 David DNP - coach's decision J Wallace DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-82 27-34 8-44 17 24 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.366, FT-.794. 3-Point Goals: 1-12, .083 (Smith 0-1, Atkins 0-5, Stackhouse 0-3, Buechler 1-1, Barros 0-1, Cleaves 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 2 (Smith 2). Turnovers: 9 (Stackhouse 5, Cleaves 2, Smith, Williamson). Steals: 9 (Stackhouse 4, Atkins, B Wallace, Buechler, Cleaves, Smith).

NEW YORK (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Harrington 20 2-5 0-0 1-7 1 5 4 Sprewell 44 4-15 4-4 3-7 1 3 12 Thomas 46 9-16 2-2 2-14 3 4 20 Houston 31 7-16 3-3 0-4 2 6 18 Jackson 26 1-3 1-2 0-4 8 3 4 Spencer 18 4-5 7-9 1-5 0 5 15 Rice 31 4-9 2-2 0-6 1 1 12 Ward 23 4-8 0-0 0-2 5 1 9 Knight 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Brunson DNP - coach's decision L Johnson DNP - sore lower back Postell DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 19-22 7-49 21 29 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.864. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Sprewell 0-1, Houston 1-3, Jackson 1-2, Rice 2-5, Ward 1-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 2 (Sprewell, Spencer). Turnovers: 16 (Sprewell 4, Harrington 3, Houston 3, Rice 2, Spencer 2, Ward 2). Steals: 5 (Thomas 2, Jackson, Rice, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Detroit 24 25 20 19 - 88 New York 33 27 18 16 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Illegal Defense, 11:47 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:19. Officials: Bob Delaney, Nolan Fine, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Knicks will begin the playoffs in a familiar place against some familiar faces.

Kurt Thomas scored 20 points as the Knicks clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 94-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

New York (48-34) earned the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and will open with fifth-seeded Toronto on Sunday in the first round for the second straight season. The Knicks swept the Raptors last season.

"They've got a lot of experience together," New York coach Jeff Van Gundy said of Toronto. "Their front line has really overwhelmed us on the boards. That's going to be a challenge for us. Obviously, (Raptors All-Star Vince) Carter presents a lot of challenges for us. I think they are a better team than they were last year because of their front line's improvement."

Home-court advantage seems to be crucial for New York, which has won 13 of its last 14 games at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are 4-10 on the road in that span.

"You always want to do better but I think our guys accomplished great things in the regular season," Van Gundy said. "I'm proud of them."

Allan Houston scored 11 points as New York opened a 33-24 lead after one quarter. The Knicks got an unlikely boost from reserve center Felton Spencer, who had nine points in the period.

New York shot 56 percent (24-of-43) from the field en route to a 60-49 advantage at intermission.

Charlie Ward's 3-pointer gave New York a 91-81 lead with 2:20 left before Detroit rallied. Corliss Williamson had a pair of baskets and Chucky Atkins added a free throw to slice the deficit to 91-86 with 47 seconds to go.

The Pistons got within 92-88 on a basket by Dana Barros with 22 seconds to go but Latrell Sprewell sank a pair of free throws two seconds later to seal the victory.

"The playoffs are totally different, nothing like the regular-season," Sprewell said "I have no idea what to expect from Toronto. I know they'll want revenge. We have to focus, play hard and compete."

Houston had 16 of his 18 points in the first half and Spencer finished with 15 for New York, which played without injured starters Marcus Camby and Larry Johnson.

"I really don't know where we're going to be as far as health on Sunday," Van Gundy said. "We're preparing as if the guys we have tonight are the guys we are going to have. If Larry or Marcus is available, we're obviously going to be a stronger team."

Camby missed his fourth straight game with a left hip contusion while Johnson sat out his sixth straight contest with a sore back. Both are expected back for the playoffs.

"It's for real now," Camby said. "I expect to contribute and play hard for 48 minutes regardless of my injury. I have to be ready. We have the home-court advantage and we have to solidify it. I'm pumped up and ready to go."

Jerry Stackhouse scored 22 points and Williamson added 19 and nine rebounds for Detroit (32-50), which lost for just the fourth time in its last 11 games.

Stackhouse came in needing 42 points to average 30 points for the year. He made just 6-of-21 shots and 10-of-12 free throws and closed the season with a 29.8 scoring average.

"Its tough when you are right there knocking on the door all season and never seem to get over the hump," Stackhouse said. "Of course, we have been playing well and it showed in the little stretch we were able to put together. It was a good effort. If we found some way to put that together a little earlier in the season, it gets us over that proverbial hump."

Joe Smith added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who finished with 10 less victories from last season, when they qualified for the playoffs.

"I think we can be good next year," Smith said. "We played good ball towards the end. I think we have to try to get things situated early. We have a lot of free agents. If the team can be pieced together going into training camp, we can come together. We'll be able to mold and jell as a team."

The Knicks defeated the Pistons at home for the seventh straight time.

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