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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 18 29 30 24 101 NEW YORK 30 21 17 22 90 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - BEN WALLACE 19, CHUCKY ATKINS 19, JERRY STACKHOUSE 15 NYK - LATRELL SPREWELL 25, ALLAN HOUSTON 22, OTHELLA HARRINGTON 14

HIGH REBOUND: DET - BEN WALLACE 22, CLIFFORD ROBINSON 6 NYK - OTHELLA HARRINGTON 12, LATRELL SPREWELL 7

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - CLIFFORD ROBINSON 6, JERRY STACKHOUSE 6 NYK - MARK JACKSON 7, LATRELL SPREWELL 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

DETROIT (101) AT NEW YORK (90)

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

CURRY F 14 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 3 4 0 0 0 B WALLACE F 42 9-15 1-6 12 10 22 1 2 1 0 19 ROBINSON C 36 4-10 2-2 0 6 6 6 3 1 0 11 ATKINS G 33 6-11 4-6 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 19 STACKHOUSE G 41 7-19 1-1 0 3 3 6 4 1 4 15 WILLIAMSON 19 5-8 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 3 12 REBRACA 12 3-3 1-1 0 3 3 1 0 1 2 7 J BARRY 28 3-7 4-4 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 12 JONES 15 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 VARDA DNP - COACH'S DECISION WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION M MOORE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-80 15-22 13 32 45 20 17 7 11 101 (.488) (.682) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13(19 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 42 9-19 5-6 1 6 7 5 1 1 6 25 WEATHERSPOON F 30 4-9 4-4 1 4 5 0 2 2 0 12 THOMAS C 35 3-12 3-3 1 2 3 0 4 2 0 9 HOUSTON G 35 10-21 1-2 2 0 2 3 3 0 2 22 JACKSON G 22 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 7 3 0 1 0 HARRINGTON 28 7-10 0-2 3 9 12 0 5 1 0 14 ANDERSON 18 0-1 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 0 WARD 26 3-3 1-3 0 2 2 3 3 2 1 8 KNIGHT 4 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-77 14-20 8 28 36 20 23 8 12 90 (.468) (.700) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 12(14 PTS)

DETROIT 18 29 30 24 - 101 NEW YORK 30 21 17 22 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WALLACE 2, STACKHOUSE. NEW YORK - WEATHERSPOON, THOMAS, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 8-17 (.471), ROBINSON 1-3, ATKINS 3-5, STACKHOUSE 0-2, J BARRY 2-2, JONES 2-5. NEW YORK 4-10 (.400), SPREWELL 2-5, HOUSTON 1-2, JACKSON 0-1, ANDERSON 0-1, WARD 1-1. TECHNICALS: DETROIT - WILLIAMSON, CURRY, NEW YORK - ANDERSON. OFFICIALS: KEN MAUER, TONY BROTHERS, KEVIN FEHR. A - 19,763. T - 2:06.


Box Score

DETROIT (101) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 14 0-2 0-0 0-1 3 4 0 B Wallace 42 9-15 1-6 12-22 1 2 19 Robinson 36 4-10 2-2 0-6 6 3 11 Atkins 33 6-11 4-6 0-5 1 1 19 Stackhouse 41 7-19 1-1 0-3 6 4 15 Williamson 19 5-8 2-2 0-3 0 1 12 Rebraca 12 3-3 1-1 0-3 1 0 7 J Barry 28 3-7 4-4 1-2 2 1 12 Jones 15 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 Varda DNP - coach's decision White DNP - coach's decision M Moore DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-80 15-22 13-45 20 17 101 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.488, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Robinson 1-3, Atkins 3-5, Stackhouse 0-2, J Barry 2-2, Jones 2-5). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (B Wallace 2, Stackhouse). Turnovers: 13 (Stackhouse 4, Williamson 3, Rebraca 2, J Barry, Jones). Steals: 7 (J Barry 2, Atkins, B Wallace, Rebraca, Robinson, Stackhouse).

NEW YORK (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 42 9-19 5-6 1-7 5 1 25 Weatherspoon 30 4-9 4-4 1-5 0 2 12 Thomas 35 3-12 3-3 1-3 0 4 9 Houston 35 10-21 1-2 2-2 3 3 22 Jackson 22 0-2 0-0 0-1 7 3 0 Harrington 28 7-10 0-2 3-12 0 5 14 Anderson 18 0-1 0-0 0-3 2 2 0 Ward 26 3-3 1-3 0-2 3 3 8 Knight 4 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Eisley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 14-20 8-36 20 23 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.700. 3-Point Goals: 4-10, .400 (Sprewell 2-5, Houston 1-2, Jackson 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Ward 1-1). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 3 (Weatherspoon, Thomas, Harrington). Turnovers: 12 (Sprewell 6, Anderson 2, Houston 2, Jackson, Ward). Steals: 8 (Thomas 2, Ward 2, Weatherspoon 2, Harrington, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Detroit 18 29 30 24 - 101 New York 30 21 17 22 - 90 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Detroit 2 (Williamson, 10:52 2nd; Curry, 8:54 2nd). New York 1 (Anderson, 10:52 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:06. Officials: Ken Mauer, Tony Brothers, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- No lead is safe for the New York Knicks.

The surging Detroit Pistons spotted the Knicks a 17-point first-half lead, then roared back to stretch their road winning streak to six games with a 101-90 victory.

Winning for the ninth time in their last 11 contests, the Pistons took control with a 20-1 run in the third quarter and matched their longest winning streak away from home since the 1989-90 season, when they won their second straight NBA title.

Ben Wallace scored 19 points and grabbed 22 rebounds -- both season highs -- for the Pistons, who swept their trip to the New York area. They defeated the Eastern Conference-leading New Jersey Nets, 85-80, on Thursday.

"Ben was a monster out there," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said. "He had a Tim Duncan-like night."

"I think we are starting to show people that we deserve a little respect," added Wallace, who scored all 19 points in the second half. "We have the mental and physical toughness to be successful."

Blowing big leads is nothing new for the Knicks. On February 5, they squandered an 18-point advantage in the second half of a 112-110 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Two days later, New York blew a 14-point lead before holding on for a 92-89 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. In Wednesday's 89-82 win over Toronto, the Knicks nearly wasted a 21-point third-quarter lead.

New York has lost six games this season when leading by at least 14 points. More astonishingly, five of those losses have been at home.

To add insult to injury, the Knicks dropped into last place in the Atlantic Division when Miami rallied to defeat Milwaukee in overtime.

New York coach Don Chaney was at a loss to explain his team's penchant for blowing leads.

"I don't know what it is, but we have to correct it," he said. "We have to play the game to win. We are not playing to win when you have open shots and do not bury them."

The Knicks showed signs of life in the fourth quarter, cutting a 12-point deficit to 88-85 on Latrell Sprewell's jumper with 3:05 left. But Jerry Stackhouse fed underneath to Wallace for a dunk and Jon Barry drilled a 3-pointer to make it 93-85 with 2:05 remaining.

"We came out going through the motions," Stackhouse said. "Our bench gave us big lift to get us back into it. In the second half, we were able to get better penetration and get the ball inside. Ben was very active and we created some good scoring opportunities."

The Pistons improved to 3-0 against New York this season and have won 11 of the last 14 meetings between the teams.

"I thight in the second half we were able to do a better job on breaking down the defense in the half-court game and we did a better job on defense," Carlisle said. "Sprewell and (former Piston Allan) Houston are great players and you have to stay on them or they can take over."

But Wallace took over in the third quarter, scoring 12 of the Pistons' 30 points. New York went without a basket for 7:15 in the period.

"Wallace played great on both ends," New York forward Kurt Thomas said. "He was blocking shots and when he wasn't blocking shots, he was contesting shots -- changing and altering them as we released the ball."

Still, the Knicks put together one of their best 12-minute stretches of the season in the first quarter, building a 30-18 lead. The Knicks pushed their advantage to 41-24 on Othella Harrington's hook in the lane with 8:49 left in the first half.

But New York went cold and Detroit closed to 49-47 on Clifford Robinson's two free throws 40 seconds left before Houston's jumper with 22 seconds remaining gave the Knicks a four-point halftime advantage.

"It's like we are a two-quarter team," Houston said. "We don't play for four quarters. We play for two quarters. Until we learn how to play for four quarters, that is how it's going to be."

New York rebuilt the lead to 59-52 on Sprewell's 3-pointer with 10:12 left in the third quarter. But over the next seven-plus minutes, the Knicks were held to Sprewell's free throw with 6:52 to go.

Robinson's 3-pointer capped a 10-0 run that gave the Pistons a 63-59 lead with 7:14 left. After Sprewell hit 1-of-2 from the line, Detroit reeled off nine straight points to open a 72-60 lead on Chucky Atkins' 3-pointer with 3:16 to go.

"We got much better looks at the basket in the second half," Barry said. "We were able to deny their shooters their spots. We were able to get better penetration and Ben gave us a great inside game.

In their two previous wins over the Knicks, the Pistons had a 72-23 edge in bench points. Detroit's depth again was a factor Friday as its reserves outscored the Knicks' bench, 37-22.

Atkins also scored 19 points, while Stackhouse contributed 15 for the Pistons, who placed six players in double figures.

"When we do that and play good defense, we can compete with anybody," Stackhouse said.

Sprewell scored 25 points and Houston added 22 against his former team.

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