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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CLEVELAND 16 19 26 23 84 DETROIT 27 18 19 21 85 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 16, RICKY DAVIS 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 19, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 16, CLIFF ROBINSON 15

HIGH REBOUND: CLE - JUMAINE JONES 12, TYRONE HILL 9, ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS 6 DET - BEN WALLACE 14, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 13, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4

HIGH ASSISTS: CLE - ANDRE MILLER 9, JUMAINE JONES 2, TRAJAN LANGDON 1 DET - JON BARRY 5, CHUCKY ATKINS 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 14,124


Extended Box

CLEVELAND (84) AT DETROIT (85)

CLEVELAND

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

T HILL F 38 3-10 5-8 2 7 9 0 4 1 3 11 L MURRAY F 28 5-12 1-3 0 1 1 0 3 2 2 12 Z ILGAUSKAS C 17 2-5 0-0 3 3 6 0 1 0 2 4 W PERSON G 33 5-9 2-2 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 12 A MILLER G 38 6-14 4-4 0 4 4 9 3 3 2 16 R DAVIS 30 4-9 5-6 0 3 3 0 2 6 3 13 C MIHM 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 B STITH 10 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 J JONES 30 4-8 0-2 2 10 12 2 4 0 1 9 T LANGDON 9 3-5 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 B SKINNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION M DOLEAC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-74 18-26 10 31 41 12 22 13 17 84 (.432) (.692) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20 (22 PTS)

DETROIT

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

M CURRY F 36 2-5 4-6 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 8 B WALLACE F 42 4-8 1-4 6 8 14 1 2 1 4 9 C ROBINSON C 34 7-16 1-2 0 3 3 3 5 0 4 15 J BARRY G 40 5-14 2-2 1 3 4 5 2 3 1 13 C ATKINS G 25 8-15 2-2 1 2 3 5 2 2 2 19 V ALEXANDER 8 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 C WILLIAMSON 32 6-13 4-5 4 9 13 2 2 0 2 16 D JONES 23 2-7 1-2 1 3 4 3 1 0 3 5 J STACKHOUSE DNP - SORE RIGHT SHOULDER M MOORE DNP - COACH'S DECISION B CARDINAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-81 15-23 14 32 46 20 17 7 17 85 (.420) (.652) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 18 (19 PTS)

CLEVELAND 16 19 26 23 - 84 DETROIT 27 18 19 21 - 85

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - B STITH, A MILLER. DETROIT - B WALLACE 3, C ROBINSON, J BARRY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-7 (.286), L MURRAY 1-2, W PERSON 0- 1, A MILLER 0-1, J JONES 1-2, T LANGDON 0-1. DETROIT 2-17 (.118), C ROBINSON 0- 2, J BARRY 1-6, C ATKINS 1-3, C WILLIAMSON 0-1, D JONES 0-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: DETROIT - DEFENSIVE THREE 3. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: COURTNEY KIRKLAND, EDDIE F. RUSH, TOMMY NUNEZ. A - 14,124. T - 2:17.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (84)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Hill 38 3-10 5-8 2-9 0 4 11 L Murray 28 5-12 1-3 0-1 0 3 12 Z Ilgauskas 17 2-5 0-0 3-6 0 1 4 W Person 33 5-9 2-2 1-4 0 1 12 A Miller 38 6-14 4-4 0-4 9 3 16 R Davis 30 4-9 5-6 0-3 0 2 13 C Mihm 7 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 B Stith 10 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 J Jones 30 4-8 0-2 2-12 2 4 9 T Langdon 9 3-5 1-1 0-0 1 1 7 B Skinner DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Doleac DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-74 18-26 10-41 12 22 84 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.692. 3-Point Goals: 2-7, .286 (L Murray 1-2, W Person 0-1, A Miller 0-1, J Jones 1-2, T Langdon 0-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:2 (B Stith, A Miller). Turnovers:17 (T Hill 3, R Davis 3, L Murray 2, Z Ilgauskas 2, A Miller 2, C Mihm 2, W Person, J Jones, B Stith). Steals: 13 (R Davis 6, A Miller 3, L Murray 2, W Person, T Hill).

DETROIT (85)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Curry 36 2-5 4-6 0-1 1 2 8 B Wallace 42 4-8 1-4 6-14 1 2 9 C Robinson 34 7-16 1-2 0-3 3 5 15 J Barry 40 5-14 2-2 1-4 5 2 13 C Atkins 25 8-15 2-2 1-3 5 2 19 V Alexander 8 0-3 0-0 1-4 0 1 0 C Williamson 32 6-13 4-5 4-13 2 2 16 D Jones 23 2-7 1-2 1-4 3 1 5 J Stackhouse DNP - SORE RIGHT SHOULDER M Moore DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Cardinal DNP - COACH'S DECISION R White DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-81 15-23 14-46 20 17 85 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.420, FT-.652. 3-Point Goals: 2-17, .118 (C Robinson 0-2, J Barry 1-6, C Atkins 1-3, C Williamson 0-1, D Jones 0-5). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:5 (B Wallace 3, C Robinson, J Barry). Turnovers:17 (C Robinson 4, B Wallace 4, D Jones 3, C Williamson 2, C Atkins 2, J Barry, M Curry). Steals: 7 (J Barry 3, C Atkins 2, M Curry, B Wallace).

------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 16 19 26 23 - 84 DETROIT 27 18 19 21 - 85 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Detroit - (Defensive Three, 0:28 1st; Defensive Three, 2:28 3rd; Defensive Three, 8:13 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,124. T: 2:17. Officials: Courtney Kirkland, Eddie F. Rush, Tommy Nunez.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons were able to hang on by a toe.

Cleveland's Trajan Langdon had his right foot on the arc on an apparent tying 3-pointer, allowing the Pistons to escape with an 85-84 victory over the Cavaliers.

After losing star guard Andre Miller with 1:51 left, the Cavaliers battled back. With the Pistons holding an 84-82 lead, Michael Curry slapped the ball away from Cleveland's Lamond Murray and was fouled with 7.3 seconds left. After he hit 1-of-2 free throws, Langdon was inserted by coach John Lucas to attempt a 3-pointer.

Langdon dribbled to the left of the key and his right foot grazed the 3-point line before he double-pumped in the air and hit the jumper. As the Cavaliers raised their arms to signal a 3-pointer, Detroit's Jon Barry pointed at the 3-point line and official Tommy Nunez agreed, calling it a two-point basket.

"It was disappointing that I didn't pull up a quarter of an inch earlier," Langdon said. "I thought I just got to the line, but I guess I slipped a little."

The Cavaliers were unable to foul Chucky Atkins on the ensuing inbounds play as time expired.

"I give them a lot of credit," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "Even with their record, John has them playing hard."

Miller left with a hip pointer with 1:51 to go. Named to the United States 2002 World Championships team, Miller finished with 16 points and nine assists.

"Losing Andre killed us, but under the advice of the trainer I didn't play him," Lucas said. "I would say at this point that he's day-to-day."

The win moved the Pistons into sole possession of first place in the Central Division, one-half game ahead of the idle Milwaukee Bucks. Detroit hosts Utah on Friday before beginning a five-game road trip Saturday at Milwaukee.

The Pistons played without Jerry Stackhouse but improved to 5-1 in games missed by their leading scorer. As has been the case throughout the season, Detroit received contributions from numerous players.

Atkins led the Pistons with 19 points and Corliss Williamson came off the bench and scored 11 of his 16 in the fourth quarter. Williamson also had a season-high 13 rebounds.

Cliff Robinson scored 15 points, Barry had 13 as he started for the injured Stackhouse and Ben Wallace grabbed 14 rebounds for the Pistons.

"I think they're better without Stackhouse," said Cleveland's Ricky Davis, who had 13 points off the bench. "When he's not there, you never know who's going to step up and pick up the slack for them."

Robinson took charge in the first quarter, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting as the Pistons built a 27-16 lead.

A three-point play and a basket by Williamson gave Detroit its biggest lead at 38-22 with 6:02 left in the second quarter.

But Cleveland pulled within 45-35 at halftime and tied the game with a 19-9 third-quarter run.

Davis scored six points, Jumaine Jones added a 3-pointer and a free throw and Miller completed a three-point play to highlight the spurt, tying the game at 59-59 with 2:12 left.

But Atkins, who scored 11 points in the quarter, hit a pair of free throws. Barry connected on a jumper and Wallace converted 1-of-2 free throws to give Detroit a 64-59 advantage before Langdon closed the quarter with a jumper.

Cleveland again knotted the game at 68-68 when Miller hit a jumper from the left side over Atkins with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter.

Williamson then took over for the Pistons, driving around Tyrone Hill for a three-point play with 8:56 left. After Robinson blocked a driving shot by Miller, Barry set up Curry for a dunk, giving the Pistons a 73-68 advantage with 8:31 remaining.

Following a free throw by Cleveland's Wesley Person, Williamson came flying across the lane from the baseline and tipped in a miss by Barry as he was fouled and converted the free throw, increasing Detroit's lead to 76-69 with 7:28 left.

"With Jerry out, I felt I had to step up and score," Williamson said.

"Corliss came in and gave us points when we were reeling," said Carlisle.

But the Cavs fought back with an 8-2 run as Person hit a jumper and had a tip-in, Miller scored on a reverse layup and Davis dunked, pulling the Cavs within 78-77 with 3:05 left.

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