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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DETROIT 25 24 23 18 90 MIAMI 26 27 16 18 87 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DET - CORLISS WILLIAMSON 20, CHUCKY ATKINS 18, JERRY STACKHOUSE 14 MIA - EDDIE JONES 20, ROD STRICKLAND 15, BRIAN GRANT 12

HIGH REBOUND: DET - BEN WALLACE 16, ZELIJKO REBRACA 8, JERRY STACKHOUSE 7 MIA - BRIAN GRANT 9, LAPHONSO ELLIS 9, ROD STRICKLAND 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DET - JERRY STACKHOUSE 4, JON BARRY 3, DAMON JONES 3 MIA - ROD STRICKLAND 6, EDDIE JONES 4, EDDIE HOUSE 3


Extended Box

DETROIT (90) AT MIAMI (87)

DETROIT

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

M CURRY F 18 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 1 0 0 B WALLACE F 40 2-2 0-0 3 13 16 2 2 2 0 4 C ROBINSON C 38 4-11 2-6 0 3 3 1 5 1 5 13 J STACKHOUSE G 32 3-15 8-10 0 7 7 4 2 0 5 14 C ATKINS G 30 7-14 3-6 1 0 1 2 4 0 3 18 D JONES 18 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 3 C WILLIAMSON 27 9-14 2-2 0 2 2 1 2 2 0 20 Z REBRACA 19 5-8 0-0 3 5 8 1 5 1 1 10 J BARRY 18 3-6 0-0 0 3 3 3 3 0 1 8 M MOORE DNP - COACH'S DECISION V ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-72 15-24 7 35 42 18 26 7 16 90 (.472) (.625) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (18 PTS)

MIAMI

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

K GILL F 18 4-8 1-1 0 3 3 0 2 1 2 9 B GRANT F 40 5-10 2-2 3 6 9 2 4 3 1 12 A MOURNING C 34 3-11 3-3 1 6 7 2 3 1 1 9 R STRICKLAND G 37 7-16 1-2 0 8 8 6 2 1 2 15 E JONES G 42 7-12 5-6 0 3 3 4 3 2 2 20 E HOUSE 21 1-7 2-2 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 4 C GATLING 14 2-3 0-2 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 4 L ELLIS 27 2-8 5-6 3 6 9 1 2 1 0 10 V STEPANIA 7 2-3 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 S MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION A CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION M ALLEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-78 19-26 7 33 40 18 22 12 9 87 (.423) (.731) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 11 (12 PTS)

DETROIT 25 24 23 18 - 90 MIAMI 26 27 16 18 - 87

BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WALLACE 6, Z REBRACA 2. MIAMI - A MOURNING 2, V STEPANIA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 7-18 (.389), C ROBINSON 3-5, J STACKHOUSE 0- 2, C ATKINS 1-4, D JONES 1-2, J BARRY 2-5. MIAMI 2-8 (.250), R STRICKLAND 0- 1, E JONES 1-2, L ELLIS 1-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: MIAMI - COACH RILEY, DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: RONNIE NUNN, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 15,401. T - 2:20.


Box Score

DETROIT (90)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Curry 18 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 B Wallace 40 2-2 0-0 3-16 2 2 4 C Robinson 38 4-11 2-6 0-3 1 5 13 J Stackhouse 32 3-15 8-10 0-7 4 2 14 C Atkins 30 7-14 3-6 1-1 2 4 18 D Jones 18 1-2 0-0 0-0 3 0 3 C Williamson 27 9-14 2-2 0-2 1 2 20 Z Rebraca 19 5-8 0-0 3-8 1 5 10 J Barry 18 3-6 0-0 0-3 3 3 8 M Moore DNP - COACH'S DECISION V Alexander DNP - COACH'S DECISION R White DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-72 15-24 7-42 18 26 90 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.472, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (C Robinson 3-5, J Stackhouse 0-2, C Atkins 1-4, D Jones 1-2, J Barry 2-5). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:8 (B Wallace 6, Z Rebraca 2). Turnovers:16 (J Stackhouse 5, C Robinson 5, C Atkins 3, J Barry, D Jones, Z Rebraca). Steals: 7 (C Williamson 2, B Wallace 2, C Robinson, Z Rebraca, M Curry).

MIAMI (87)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Gill 18 4-8 1-1 0-3 0 2 9 B Grant 40 5-10 2-2 3-9 2 4 12 A Mourning 34 3-11 3-3 1-7 2 3 9 R Strickland 37 7-16 1-2 0-8 6 2 15 E Jones 42 7-12 5-6 0-3 4 3 20 E House 21 1-7 2-2 0-0 3 1 4 C Gatling 14 2-3 0-2 0-1 0 4 4 L Ellis 27 2-8 5-6 3-9 1 2 10 V Stepania 7 2-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 4 S Marks DNP - COACH'S DECISION A Carter DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Allen DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-78 19-26 7-40 18 22 87 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.731. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (R Strickland 0-1, E Jones 1-2, L Ellis 1-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (A Mourning 2, V Stepania). Turnovers:9 (R Strickland 2, K Gill 2, E Jones 2, A Mourning, B Grant, E House). Steals: 12 (B Grant 3, E Jones 2, E House 2, R Strickland, K Gill, C Gatling, L Ellis, A Mourning).

------------------------------------------- DETROIT 25 24 23 18 - 90 MIAMI 26 27 16 18 - 87 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Miami - 2 (COACH Riley, 4:10 1st; Defensive Three, 6:30 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,401. T: 2:20. Officials: Ronnie Nunn, Scott Foster.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- With 15 seconds left, Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning was in a zone. Too bad it was what NBA's leading shot blocker calls his "no-fly zone."

Chucky Atkins sank the go-ahead basket with 88 seconds left and Ben Wallace's block with 15 seconds remaining made it stand up as the Central Division-leading Detroit Pistons edged the Heat, 90-87.

Wallace, also the league's leading rebounder, stuffed Mourning's close-in hook shot to preserve an 88-87 lead.

It was the sixth block of the game for Wallace, who also grabbed 16 rebounds.

"Cliff (Robinson) did a great job, he made him come a little farther than he wanted to," Wallace said. "Cliff forced him to come into my air space, it's a no-fly zone."

Mourning, moving left to right across the paint, was being hounded by Cliff Robinson, who may have forced him farther through the lane than he wanted.

"I knew he was going with the hook across the middle, I just wanted to contest it," Robinson said. "And low and behold, the No. 1 stunner in the league was behind me."

"He made a good play. He made a play I usually make," Mourning said. "A man got beat, he came over to help. I got it up there, and he got way over the rim. He might be defensive player of the year, he gets my vote."

The Pistons' (45-29) third straight victory pulled them within two games of Eastern Conference-leading New Jersey and snapped a four-game losing streak in Miami.

Eddie Jones scored 20 points and Rod Strickland netted 15 for the Heat (32-41), who remained four games behind Indiana, which owns the East's final playoff spot.

Robinson finished with 13 points, including a big 3-pointer that helped the Pistons come back from a late five-point deficit.

Mourning's free throw gave the Heat an 84-79 lead with four minutes left, but Corliss Williamson nailed a five-footer and a lay-in around LaPhonso Ellis' foul shot to narrow the margin to 85-83.

Robinson drained a 3-pointer with 1:50 left for an 86-85 Pistons lead but Jones answered with two free throws before Atkins' running hook put Detroit on top to stay.

After Ellis missed an open 3-pointer, Jerry Stackhouse and Robinson each sank a free throw in the final 11 seconds to assure victory for Detroit, which shot 47 percent (34-of-72) and hit just 15-of-24 free throws.

Williamson netted 20 points and Stackhouse added 14.

Brian Grant had 12 points and nine boards and Ellis pitched in 10 points for Miami, which hit 42 percent (33-of-78) of its shots and forced 16 turnovers while committing nine.

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