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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 18 18 25 29 90 MEMPHIS 21 22 17 20 80 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 34, CLIFFORD ROBINSON 24, DANA BARROS 11 MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 17, STROMILE SWIFT 16, MICHAEL DICKERSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: DET - BEN WALLACE 12, CLIFFORD ROBINSON 8 MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 13, STROMILE SWIFT 10

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - DANA BARROS 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 7, BREVIN KNIGHT 4

ATT: 19,405


Extended Box

DETROIT (90) AT MEMPHIS (80)

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

CURRY F 24 0-4 0-0 0 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 ROBINSON F 38 9-18 3-3 1 7 8 1 4 3 3 24 B WALLACE C 37 2-2 0-0 1 11 12 1 4 6 2 4 D BARROS G 31 5-11 0-0 0 2 2 7 3 0 1 11 STACKHOUSE G 40 12-29 9-9 1 2 3 2 2 1 2 34 ATKINS 17 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 3 1 1 1 2 REBRACA 13 3-5 0-0 3 3 6 0 5 0 2 6 J BARRY 27 2-4 2-2 0 1 1 3 4 0 3 7 WHITE 5 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 M MOORE 8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION WILLIAMSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-78 14-14 6 30 36 20 25 11 18 90 (.449) (1.000) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(15 PTS)

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

BATTIER F 34 3-6 1-2 2 5 7 1 4 0 3 7 SWIFT F 31 5-6 6-8 5 5 10 1 1 2 2 16 WRIGHT C 43 5-16 7-11 7 6 13 0 4 1 2 17 DICKERSON G 26 6-16 0-0 2 3 5 0 5 0 6 15 WILLIAMS G 32 4-14 3-3 0 5 5 7 1 4 6 11 GASOL 17 2-5 0-2 0 4 4 1 3 0 4 4 KNIGHT 16 0-2 3-3 1 3 4 4 2 0 0 3 ANDERSON 25 2-7 0-0 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 5 LONG 11 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 MASSENBURG 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 AUSTIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION SOLOMON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-76 20-29 18 35 53 17 23 8 25 80 (.368) (.690) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 25(15 PTS)

DETROIT 18 18 25 29 - 90 MEMPHIS 21 22 17 20 - 80

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WALLACE 5, ROBINSON 2, J BARRY. MEMPHIS - WILLIAMS, KNIGHT, GASOL. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 6-19 (.316), CURRY 0-2, ROBINSON 3-6, D BARROS 1-3, STACKHOUSE 1-4, ATKINS 0-1, J BARRY 1-3. MEMPHIS 4-18 (.222), BATTIER 0-2, DICKERSON 3-6, WILLIAMS 0-6, ANDERSON 1-4. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - DEFENSIVE THREE, STACKHOUSE, MEMPHIS - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JIM CLARK, TERRY DURHAM, BILL KENNEDY. A - 19,405. T - 2:25.


Box Score

DETROIT (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 24 0-4 0-0 0-3 3 1 0 Robinson 38 9-18 3-3 1-8 1 4 24 B Wallace 37 2-2 0-0 1-12 1 4 4 D Barros 31 5-11 0-0 0-2 7 3 11 Stackhouse 40 12-29 9-9 1-3 2 2 34 Atkins 17 1-3 0-0 0-1 3 1 2 Rebraca 13 3-5 0-0 3-6 0 5 6 J Barry 27 2-4 2-2 0-1 3 4 7 White 5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 M Moore 8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Williamson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 14-14 6-36 20 25 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-1.000. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Curry 0-2, Robinson 3-6, D Barros 1-3, Stackhouse 1-4, Atkins 0-1, J Barry 1-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 8 (B Wallace 5, Robinson 2, J Barry). Turnovers: 20 (J Barry 3, Robinson 3, B Wallace 2, M Moore 2, Rebraca 2, Stackhouse 2, White 2, Atkins, D Barros). Steals: 11 (B Wallace 6, Robinson 3, Atkins, Stackhouse).

MEMPHIS (80) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battier 34 3-6 1-2 2-7 1 4 7 Swift 31 5-6 6-8 5-10 1 1 16 Wright 43 5-16 7-11 7-13 0 4 17 Dickerson 26 6-16 0-0 2-5 0 5 15 Williams 32 4-14 3-3 0-5 7 1 11 Gasol 17 2-5 0-2 0-4 1 3 4 Knight 16 0-2 3-3 1-4 4 2 3 Anderson 25 2-7 0-0 0-2 3 3 5 Long 11 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Massenburg 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Austin DNP - coach's decision Solomon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-76 20-29 18-53 17 23 80 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.690. 3-Point Goals: 4-18, .222 (Battier 0-2, Dickerson 3-6, Williams 0-6, Anderson 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 3 (Williams, Knight, Gasol). Turnovers: 25 (Dickerson 6, Williams 6, Gasol 4, Battier 3, Anderson 2, Swift 2, Wright 2). Steals: 8 (Williams 4, Swift 2, Long, Wright). ____________________________________________ Detroit 18 18 25 29 - 90 Memphis 21 22 17 20 - 80 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (Defensive Three, 1:18 1st; Stackhouse, 3:00 2nd). Memphis 1 (Defensive Three, 10:05 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,405. T: 2:25. Officials: Jim Clark, Terry Durham, Bill Kennedy.


Game Story

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The start of NBA basketball in Memphis fell victim to an awesome finish by Jerry Stackhouse.

Stackhouse scored 13 of his 34 points in the final four minutes as the Detroit Pistons rallied for a 90-80 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, who played their first game in their new city.

After six seasons in Vancouver that did not produce much in the way of victories or revenues, owner Michael Heisley received approval from the NBA's Board of Governors to move the team to Memphis, which hosted an ABA franchise in the 1970s. It was the first NBA franchise shift in 16 years.

The Grizzlies were the last of 29 teams to open their season and their was plenty of pomp and circumstance. Commissioner David Stern got things going by welcoming the sellout crowd of 19,405 at The Pyramid.

"I thought it was great," Stackhouse said. "They've got knowledgable fans. I'm sorry we can only come down here one time."

Grizzlies starting center and native son Lorenzen Wright asked the crowd for support, saying, "We want you guys to be the best fans in the NBA."

Musician Isaac Hayes performed "America The Beautiful" and 'N Sync member Justin Timberlake -- another local -- sang the national anthem.

The Grizzlies carried the momentum to a 48-36 lead early in the second half, but the Pistons rallied to take a 61-60 lead into the fourth quarter before turning the game over to Stackhouse.

"I found some daylight in the end," Stackhouse said.

Stackhouse scored 13 of Detroit's last 15 points. Stromile Swift's jumper pulled Memphis within 75-72 with 5:37 to play and neither team scored for two minutes until Stackhouse buried a jumper.

Wright threw in a scoop shot, but Stackhouse answered with two jumpers for an 81-74 lead with 2:27 remaining. Swift hit two free throws and Michael Dickerson made a jumper, but Stackhouse sealed it with a 3-pointer at the 1:05 mark and two foul shots 38 seconds later.

"This was a hard road game for us, but it was great to win," said Pistons coach Rick Carlisle, who recorded his first win. "My first win on the road in such a difficult building was a great accomplishment."

Carlisle was among those impressed by the turnout in the NBA's newest city.

"This town is ready for the NBA," he said. "This franchise is in a great situation. I like the energy from the fans tonight. The Pyramid is a great place to play."

Clifford Robinson scored 24 points and Ben Wallace grabbed 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who improved to 8-3 all-time against the Grizzlies.

"I think our team played tough in the second half," Carlisle said. "Cliff Robinson made some really good offensive and defensive plays for the team."

Wright had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Swift added 16 and 10 for the Grizzlies, who never won more than 23 games while in Vancouver.

"I don't think I ever wanted to win a game as much I wanted to win this game. It hurts a lot," Wright said. "I feel like we let the fans down. They were great tonight."

The crowd support helped Memphis jump out to a 43-36 halftime lead. Swift opened the third quarter with a jumper and three free throws, giving the Grizzlies their largest lead.

Robinson answered with a 3-pointer that triggered a 16-4 run. A layup by Stackhouse tied it, 52-52, at the 5:14 mark.

Dickerson scored 15 points for Memphis, which shot just 37 percent (28-of-76) and committed 25 turnovers.

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