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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 28 25 17 18 88 CLEVELAND 32 20 25 23 100 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - CORLISS WILLIAMSON 19, CLIFFORD ROBINSON 17, CHUCKY ATKINS 16 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 34, LAMOND MURRAY 19, WESLEY PERSON 12

HIGH REBOUND: DET - ZELJKO REBRACA 7, BEN WALLACE 6 CLE - JUMAINE JONES 14, CHRIS MIHM 12

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 10, JON BARRY 5 CLE - ANDRE MILLER 11, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 13,375


Extended Box

DETROIT (88) AT CLEVELAND (100)

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

CURRY F 17 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 1 1 0 B WALLACE F 30 2-4 1-4 3 3 6 0 3 2 0 5 ROBINSON C 38 7-19 0-0 0 4 4 4 2 0 2 17 ATKINS G 32 6-13 0-0 0 2 2 10 6 3 0 16 STACKHOUSE G 34 5-21 3-3 2 2 4 3 1 2 4 14 WILLIAMSON 27 8-12 3-3 1 3 4 1 3 0 1 19 REBRACA 20 4-9 1-2 4 3 7 0 3 0 2 9 JONES 16 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 2 J BARRY 26 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 5 1 1 1 6 D BARROS DNP - PULLED LEFT HAMSTRING M MOORE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-85 8-12 10 23 33 28 25 9 11 88 (.412) (.667) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 11(10 PTS)

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

JONES F 35 1-6 0-0 3 11 14 3 1 1 0 2 MURRAY F 38 5-10 6-6 0 4 4 2 1 1 2 19 MIHM C 35 3-8 4-6 2 10 12 1 3 0 2 10 MILLER G 35 12-16 10-11 2 6 8 11 2 3 6 34 PERSON G 37 5-8 0-1 1 3 4 4 2 0 1 12 ILGAUSKAS 16 4-6 3-4 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 11 COLES 13 2-4 2-2 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 7 DAVIS 13 0-4 1-2 0 3 3 1 0 2 0 1 SKINNER 10 1-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 STITH 8 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 DIOP DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANGDON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-68 26-32 9 37 46 27 15 8 17 100 (.500) (.813) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18(19 PTS)

DETROIT 28 25 17 18 - 88 CLEVELAND 32 20 25 23 - 100

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WALLACE 4. CLEVELAND - MILLER 3, MIHM 3, JONES 2, ILGAUSKAS 2, SKINNER, PERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 10-24 (.417), ROBINSON 3-7, ATKINS 4-9, STACKHOUSE 1-4, JONES 0-1, J BARRY 2-3. CLEVELAND 6-13 (.462), JONES 0-1, MURRAY 3-5, MILLER 0-1, PERSON 2-4, COLES 1-1, STITH 0-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - STACKHOUSE, CLEVELAND - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: RON GARRETSON, RON OLESIAK, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 13,375. T - 2:11.


Box Score

DETROIT (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 17 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 4 0 B Wallace 30 2-4 1-4 3-6 0 3 5 Robinson 38 7-19 0-0 0-4 4 2 17 Atkins 32 6-13 0-0 0-2 10 6 16 Stackhouse 34 5-21 3-3 2-4 3 1 14 Williamson 27 8-12 3-3 1-4 1 3 19 Rebraca 20 4-9 1-2 4-7 0 3 9 Jones 16 1-4 0-0 0-1 4 2 2 J Barry 26 2-3 0-0 0-2 5 1 6 D Barros DNP - pulled left hamstring M Moore DNP - coach's decision White DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-85 8-12 10-33 28 25 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.412, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (Robinson 3-7, Atkins 4-9, Stackhouse 1-4, Jones 0-1, J Barry 2-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (B Wallace 4). Turnovers: 11 (Stackhouse 4, Rebraca 2, Robinson 2, Curry, J Barry, Williamson). Steals: 9 (Atkins 3, B Wallace 2, Stackhouse 2, Curry, J Barry).

CLEVELAND (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Jones 35 1-6 0-0 3-14 3 1 2 Murray 38 5-10 6-6 0-4 2 1 19 Mihm 35 3-8 4-6 2-12 1 3 10 Miller 35 12-16 10-11 2-8 11 2 34 Person 37 5-8 0-1 1-4 4 2 12 Ilgauskas 16 4-6 3-4 0-0 0 4 11 Coles 13 2-4 2-2 0-0 4 0 7 Davis 13 0-4 1-2 0-3 1 0 1 Skinner 10 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 0 2 Stith 8 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 2 Diop DNP - coach's decision Langdon DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-68 26-32 9-46 27 15 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.813. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Jones 0-1, Murray 3-5, Miller 0-1, Person 2-4, Coles 1-1, Stith 0-1). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 12 (Miller 3, Mihm 3, Jones 2, Ilgauskas 2, Skinner, Person). Turnovers: 18 (Miller 6, Ilgauskas 4, Mihm 2, Murray 2, Person, Skinner, Stith). Steals: 8 (Miller 3, Davis 2, Coles, Jones, Murray). ____________________________________________ Detroit 28 25 17 18 - 88 Cleveland 32 20 25 23 - 100 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 1 (Stackhouse, 5:35 3rd). Cleveland 1 (Defensive Three, 5:11 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,375. T: 2:11. Officials: Ron Garretson, Ron Olesiak, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- On the night that "Z" made his return, Andre Miller made sure the Cleveland Cavaliers got a "W."

Miller had a career-high 34 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Cavaliers celebrated the return of Zydrunas Ilgauskas with a 100-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Known as "Z," Ilgauskas was playing for the first time since December 22, 2000, when he suffered the latest in a series of foot injuries. One of the most talented big men in the league when healthy, the 7-3 center has undergone five foot surgeries since 1995, including two on his left foot.

The most recent procedure re-aligned the bones in Ilgauskas' foot and required extensive and cautious rehabilitation. He participated in many of Cleveland's training camp sessions but took the floor in a game for the first time Tuesday.

"I try to have some fun out there because it's been a little frustrating the last two months," Ilgauskas said. "My foot feels good. I hope this time the surgery is going to work and I can stay around for a while. It's good to be back. It's been a long, frustrating road for me, for the team, the fans and my family."

"This is not the Z of old, but this is about getting him through the year," Cavaliers coach John Lucas said. "Next year, he and I are going to get him to the MVP-type player that he is."

Ilgauskas did not start, coming off the bench to a warm ovation with 1:53 left in the first quarter. He scored 11 points without a rebound in 16 minutes, commanding double-teams and making 4-of-6 shots from the floor.

"I still got a ways to go. Hopefully, I will stay healthy," Ilgauskas said. "I felt great. ... The fan reaction, they've always been good to me."

"You don't like seeing a guy like that showing up for your game, but I'm happy for the fact that the guy's healthy, because he's a good person and a fine player," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said.

Ilgauskas' teammates were happy to have him back as well.

"It's important and it's good to see him," Miller said. "He was a little bit winded, but that's expected. We needed this win. Everybody came in and stepped up, and it was good to see Z back on the court."

The big guy was on the bench down the stretch, when Miller took charge. After the Pistons surged ahead, 84-83, midway through the fourth quarter, Miller had two baskets and set up two others as part of a clinching 11-2 surge.

Miller made 12-of-16 shots as he eclipsed his previous high of 30 points, set most recently on November 2 at Miami. He also made 10-of-11 free throws and added three steals.

"You have to do something when the coach is calling plays for you, so I was a little bit productive," Miller said. "I got it going early and I was aggressive. I went down to the post the first play of the game and I built off that play. I kept going at the basket and hitting guys when they didn't double-team."

Lamond Murray scored 19 points and Jumaine Jones pulled down 14 rebounds for the Cavs, who have won four of their last five games and improved to 5-5 at home.

Corliss Williamson scored 19 points and Clifford Robinson added 17 for the Pistons, who had won four of their previous five games. Guard Jerry Stackhouse, Detroit's leading scorer at 23 points per game, had just 14 on 5-of-21 shooting and sat for most of the fourth quarter.

With Stackhouse on the bench, the Pistons rallied from a 77-70 deficit and took a one-point lead on Williamson's drive with 6:06 left. Murray answered with a step-back jumper to give the Cavs the lead for good.

Miller made a jumper and scoop shot around a free throw by Chris Mihm to extend the advantage to 90-84 with 2:38 to go. After a dunk by Detroit's Ben Wallace, Miller fed Mihm and Wesley Person for jumpers, making it 94-86 with 1:05 remaining.

Person scored 12 points and Mihm added 10 and 12 boards for the Cavs, who shot 50 percent (34-of-68), made 26-of-32 free throws and held a 46-33 rebounding edge.

"It was great having Z back, but Z did not win that game for us," Lucas said. "The game was won by the play of Jumaine Jones and Chris Mihm at the end of the game. They came up with big defensive stops."

Chucky Atkins had 16 points and 10 assists for the Pistons, who shot 41 percent (35-of-85) and made 8-of-12 from the line.

"Defensively, we really didn't stop them all night long," said Carlisle. "Rebounding continues to be a problem. We got outrebounded by 13, so we're going to have to figure out some answers."

Miller scored 13 points and Ilgauskas had a basket and foul shot shortly after entering as they helped Cleveland open a 32-28 lead after one period. Ilgauskas added six points in the second quarter, but Detroit grabbed a 53-52 halftime edge.

"The team ran some plays for me and I got some scores," said Ilgauskas. "I made a couple of baskets in transition, and that helped me relax. I just let the game come to me."

"Trying to use him correctly is my biggest concern right now," Lucas said. "I don't want to waste his minutes at the beginning of the game."

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