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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- HOUSTON 23 13 14 27 77 DETROIT 28 27 21 29 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 17, OSCAR TORRES 16, THREE PLAYERS WITH 7 DET - JON BARRY 15, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: HOU - KENNY THOMAS 8, EDDIE GRIFFIN 7 DET - BEN WALLACE 18, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 7

HIGH ASSISTS: HOU - CUTTINO MOBLEY 3, TIERRE BROWN 3 DET - JON BARRY 7, CHUCKY ATKINS 6

ATT: 17,751


Extended Box

HOUSTON (77) AT DETROIT (105)

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

THOMAS F 35 2-12 3-6 5 3 8 1 1 3 3 7 W WILLIAMS F 16 2-4 3-3 0 0 0 1 4 1 2 7 K WILLIS C 24 1-4 2-2 0 4 4 0 2 0 3 4 MOBLEY G 34 7-15 1-2 0 4 4 3 0 2 4 17 NORRIS G 27 3-8 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 7 BROWN 21 3-7 0-0 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 6 MORRIS 17 2-4 0-0 3 1 4 2 1 1 2 5 TORRES 18 4-6 7-9 0 3 3 1 0 1 1 16 GRIFFIN 24 2-10 0-0 3 4 7 1 1 2 2 4 LANGHI 24 2-6 0-0 5 1 6 0 2 1 1 4 CATO DNP - SPRAINED LEFT WRIST RICE DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 28-76 16-22 17 23 40 14 14 12 21 77 (.368) (.727) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 22(27 PTS)

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

CURRY F 28 4-4 4-4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 B WALLACE F 42 5-11 0-1 5 13 18 2 2 3 0 10 ROBINSON C 28 4-11 2-2 1 4 5 3 2 4 5 11 D BARROS G 18 3-7 3-3 0 2 2 2 0 1 2 9 J BARRY G 32 6-9 1-1 1 2 3 7 3 3 1 15 WILLIAMSON 17 5-11 4-5 2 5 7 0 4 0 1 14 ATKINS 30 5-8 1-2 0 0 0 6 0 2 2 11 REBRACA 17 6-10 0-0 2 2 4 2 4 0 1 12 M MOORE 9 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 WHITE 12 3-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 1 3 6 JONES 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 3 STACKHOUSE DNP - GROIN STRAIN

TOTALS 240 43-79 15-18 13 31 44 26 19 14 17 105 (.544) (.833) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 18(24 PTS)

HOUSTON 23 13 14 27 - 77 DETROIT 28 27 21 29 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: HOUSTON - THOMAS, GRIFFIN, LANGHI, K WILLIS. DETROIT - B WALLACE 4, REBRACA 2, M MOORE 2, WHITE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: HOUSTON 5-10 (.500), MOBLEY 2-3, NORRIS 1-2, MORRIS 1-1, TORRES 1-2, GRIFFIN 0-2. DETROIT 4-15 (.267), ROBINSON 1-2, D BARROS 0-3, J BARRY 2-5, ATKINS 0-2, WHITE 0-1, JONES 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JACK NIES, BENNIE ADAMS, MIKE CALLAHAN. A - 17,751. T - 1:57.


Box Score

HOUSTON (77) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Thomas 35 2-12 3-6 5-8 1 1 7 W Williams 16 2-4 3-3 0-0 1 4 7 K Willis 24 1-4 2-2 0-4 0 2 4 Mobley 34 7-15 1-2 0-4 3 0 17 Norris 27 3-8 0-0 0-2 2 2 7 Brown 21 3-7 0-0 1-2 3 1 6 Morris 17 2-4 0-0 3-4 2 1 5 Torres 18 4-6 7-9 0-3 1 0 16 Griffin 24 2-10 0-0 3-7 1 1 4 Langhi 24 2-6 0-0 5-6 0 2 4 Cato DNP - sprained left wrist Rice DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-76 16-22 17-40 14 14 77 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.368, FT-.727. 3-Point Goals: 5-10, .500 (Mobley 2-3, Norris 1-2, Morris 1-1, Torres 1-2, Griffin 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (Thomas, Griffin, Langhi, K Willis). Turnovers: 22 (Mobley 4, K Willis 3, Thomas 3, Brown 2, Griffin 2, Morris 2, W Williams 2, Langhi, Norris, Torres). Steals: 12 (Thomas 3, Griffin 2, Mobley 2, Brown, Langhi, Morris, Torres, W Williams).

DETROIT (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 28 4-4 4-4 0-0 2 0 12 B Wallace 42 5-11 0-1 5-18 2 2 10 Robinson 28 4-11 2-2 1-5 3 2 11 D Barros 18 3-7 3-3 0-2 2 0 9 J Barry 32 6-9 1-1 1-3 7 3 15 Williamson 17 5-11 4-5 2-7 0 4 14 Atkins 30 5-8 1-2 0-0 6 0 11 Rebraca 17 6-10 0-0 2-4 2 4 12 M Moore 9 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 2 White 12 3-5 0-0 0-3 2 0 6 Jones 7 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 Stackhouse DNP - groin strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-79 15-18 13-44 26 19 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.544, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Robinson 1-2, D Barros 0-3, J Barry 2-5, Atkins 0-2, White 0-1, Jones 1-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 9 (B Wallace 4, Rebraca 2, M Moore 2, White). Turnovers: 18 (Robinson 5, White 3, Atkins 2, D Barros 2, J Barry, Jones, M Moore, Rebraca, Williamson). Steals: 14 (Robinson 4, B Wallace 3, J Barry 3, Atkins 2, D Barros, White). ____________________________________________ Houston 23 13 14 27 - 77 Detroit 28 27 21 29 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 17,751. T: 1:57. Officials: Jack Nies, Bennie Adams, Mike Callahan.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The last time the Houston Rockets were this bad, they were getting used to life without Moses Malone.

The Rockets suffered another trouncing in their 10th straight loss, a 105-77 setback to the Detroit Pistons that matched the club's longest skid in 19 years.

"I can't remember losing this many games before in my career," said Rockets forward Kevin Willis, a 17-year veteran. "Right now, we're playing a qaurter here, a quarter there, not the whole entire game. It's gonna take us individuals to refocus and realize that when we play as a team, we're a very, very good team. This is the time to do it.

"We have to kill this right now because it's starting to get to the point where it's very tough on us. You don't want it to start creeping in mentally where you start believing you can't win. When that happens, you're really in a downward spiral."

Houston had not lost 10 consecutive games since dropping the first 10 of the 1982-83 season. That was its first season after NBA Most Valuable Player Malone departed via free agency. Without their best player, the Rockets did not win back-to-back games and finished 14-68, the worst record in franchise history.

Houston is in a similar situation this season. Star guard Steve Francis is sidelined with a plantar fascia injury and the team cannot generate any offense without him. The Rockets have scored more than 86 points just once during their slide.

It was more of the same Sunday as Houston shot just 37 percent (28-of-76) from the field. In their fourth loss this season of 28 points or more, the Rockets also were pushed around inside by the Pistons, who shot 54 percent (43-of-79), blocked nine shots and held a 50-16 advantage in points in the paint.

"There's nobody that wants to go through this stuff," said Rudy Tomjanovich, who has coached the Rockets since 1992. "There are times where you try to hard. They are times when you get anxious and it's just a tough thing. We have to face the facts; we're undermanned."

"I don't have an answer for it," Willis said. "It's kind of mind-boggling. It's not enough consistency."

Detroit completely overwhelmed Houston even as All-Star guard Jerry Stackhouse sat out with a groin strain. He was hardly missed as the Pistons had seven players score in double figures.

Jon Barry started for Stackhouse and led the way with 15 points. Corliss Williamson added 14 off the bench for the Pistons, who were playing for the first time since Tuesday and won for the fourth time in five games.

"You just can't let yourself get overconfident because Steve Francis isn't playing," Barry said.

"They were outstanding," Rockets guard Moochie Norris said. "We knew they could play without Stack. Barry came off the bench and did an exceptional job filling in."

The Pistons also got a big game from Ben Wallace, who had 10 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks. He also smothered Rockets forward Kenny Thomas, holding him to seven points.

"I haven't been playing like myself but I had a few good days of practice and it helped," Wallace said. "I wanted to stay really active and get myself back into form."

"Ben Wallace has been a monster for us every day and he set the tone for the rest of the team," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "He came out tonight and he played well and he held Kenny Thomas to 2-of-12 shooting. He was a huge force for us turning it around."

It was Detroit's biggest victory ever over Houston.

The Rockets raced to an 11-4 lead and still held a 23-21 edge after a layup by Willis with 1:22 left in the first quarter. But the Pistons scored the last seven points of the period as they began a 23-3 run.

"After the first timeout, we were down 11-4, but then we really brought it," Barry said. "It was tremendous the way we picked it up. That's what our team is capable of and we have to get back to it."

Cliff Robinson and Barry buried 3-pointers before Williamson's basket gave Detroit a 44-26 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Pistons led 55-36 and widened the advantage to 68-38 with 7:32 left in the third quarter on a three-point play by Dana Barros, who scored nine points.

The offense continued to sputter for Houston, which trailed by as much as 35 points on three occasions in the final period.

"I told them at halftime that nobody likes losing, but you look at Kenny, there he is -- fatigued, battling one of the toughest guys (Wallace) and getting those offensive rebounds," said Tomjanovich.

Michael Curry and rookie Zeljko Rebraca scored 12 points apiece, and Robinson and Chucky Atkins added 11 each for Detroit, which forced 22 turnovers and had 14 steals.

"We stopped talking and we just brought it," Wallace said. "Tonight was the type of defense we need to play every game. We worked hard, we filled passing lanes and we got the boards."

Cuttino Mobley scored 17 points and rookie Oscar Torres added 16 for the Rockets, who were outscored, 21-0, on the fast break. Houston again played without forward Glen Rice, who has a sore right knee.

"That's part of the problem, but you can only use that excuse for so many games," Willis said.

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