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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     DETROIT          22   25   19   18    84   
     PHOENIX          21   19   15   27    82      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DET - RICHARD HAMILTON 22, CORLISS WILLIAMSON 
                      14, TWO PLAYERS WITH 9
                PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 15, SHAWN MARION 14, TOM
                      GUGLIOTTA 12

HIGH REBOUND:   DET - BEN WALLACE 14, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4
                PHO - TOM GUGLIOTTA 15, SHAWN MARION 9, AMARE 
                      STOUDEMIRE 9

HIGH ASSISTS:   DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 6, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5, 
                      CLIFF ROBINSON 4
                PHO - STEPHON MARBURY 10, JOE JOHNSON 2, FIVE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 1

Box Score

DETROIT (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Curry 21 1-2 1-2 0-3 1 4 3 B Wallace 39 2-7 0-1 4-14 1 1 4 Z Rebraca 17 3-6 0-0 0-2 0 2 6 C Billups 17 2-3 0-0 0-1 5 4 5 R Hamilton 35 8-18 5-8 2-2 3 3 22 C Robinson 31 4-11 1-2 0-4 4 1 9 C Williamson 27 6-15 2-4 1-4 0 5 14 J Barry 13 1-4 2-2 0-2 1 0 5 C Atkins 31 3-10 3-3 3-3 6 3 9 M Okur 9 3-6 0-0 2-4 0 1 7 H Davis DNP - COACH'S DECISION T Prince DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-82 14-22 12-39 21 24 84 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.636. 3-Point Goals: 4-19, .211 (M Curry 0-1, C Billups 1-1, R Hamilton 1-3, C Robinson 0-2, J Barry 1-4, C Atkins 0-6, M Okur 1-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:11 (C Robinson 5, Z Rebraca 2, B Wallace 2, M Curry, R Hamilton). Turnovers:8 (B Wallace 3, C Williamson 2, M Curry, C Billups, C Atkins). Steals: 10 (B Wallace 3, C Robinson 2, J Barry 2, M Curry, R Hamilton, Z Rebraca). PHOENIX (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Marion 44 5-16 4-4 1-9 1 2 14 T Gugliotta 31 6-10 0-0 6-15 1 3 12 J Tsakalidis 12 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 4 S Marbury 42 7-15 1-6 2-6 10 3 15 J Johnson 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 S Williams 13 0-5 2-2 1-2 0 4 2 P Hardaway 15 2-3 2-2 0-4 1 2 7 C Outlaw 22 4-8 2-3 2-4 1 3 10 A Stoudemire 19 3-9 2-2 2-9 0 0 8 C Jacobsen 19 2-4 0-0 0-2 1 3 6 R Brown 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 D Langhi 9 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 4 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-78 13-19 14-51 17 26 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.423, FT-.684. 3-Point Goals: 3-5, .600 (S Marion 0-1, S Marbury 0-1, P Hardaway 1-1, C Jacobsen 2-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:9 (C Outlaw 3, S Williams 2, S Marion 2, J Tsakalidis 2). Turnovers:17 (S Marbury 4, T Gugliotta 3, S Marion 3, J Tsakalidis 2, P Hardaway, R Brown, J Johnson, C Jacobsen, A Stoudemire). Steals: 2 (P Hardaway, J Johnson). ------------------------------------------- DETROIT 22 25 19 18 - 84 PHOENIX 21 19 15 27 - 82 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,256. T: 2:17. Officials: Bennie Adams, Dick Bavetta, Greg Willard.


Extended Box

DETROIT (84) AT PHOENIX (82) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M CURRY F 21 1-2 1-2 0 3 3 1 4 1 1 3 B WALLACE F 39 2-7 0-1 4 10 14 1 1 3 3 4 Z REBRACA C 17 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 6 C BILLUPS G 17 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 5 4 0 1 5 R HAMILTON G 35 8-18 5-8 2 0 2 3 3 1 0 22 C ROBINSON 31 4-11 1-2 0 4 4 4 1 2 0 9 C WILLIAMSON 27 6-15 2-4 1 3 4 0 5 0 2 14 J BARRY 13 1-4 2-2 0 2 2 1 0 2 0 5 C ATKINS 31 3-10 3-3 3 0 3 6 3 0 1 9 M OKUR 9 3-6 0-0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 7 H DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION T PRINCE DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-82 14-22 12 27 39 21 24 10 8 84 (.402) (.636) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 9 (8 PTS) PHOENIX REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S MARION F 44 5-16 4-4 1 8 9 1 2 0 3 14 T GUGLIOTTA F 31 6-10 0-0 6 9 15 1 3 0 3 12 J TSAKALIDIS C 12 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 4 S MARBURY G 42 7-15 1-6 2 4 6 10 3 0 4 15 J JOHNSON G 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 S WILLIAMS 13 0-5 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 2 P HARDAWAY 15 2-3 2-2 0 4 4 1 2 1 1 7 C OUTLAW 22 4-8 2-3 2 2 4 1 3 0 0 10 A STOUDEMIRE 19 3-9 2-2 2 7 9 0 0 0 1 8 C JACOBSEN 19 2-4 0-0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 6 R BROWN 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 D LANGHI 9 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 TOTALS 240 33-78 13-19 14 37 51 17 26 2 17 82 (.423) (.684) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 18 (15 PTS) DETROIT 22 25 19 18 - 84 PHOENIX 21 19 15 27 - 82 BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - C ROBINSON 5, Z REBRACA 2, B WALLACE 2, M CURRY, R HAMILTON. PHOENIX - C OUTLAW 3, S WILLIAMS 2, S MARION 2, J TSAKALIDIS 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 4-19 (.211), M CURRY 0-1, C BILLUPS 1-1, R HAMILTON 1-3, C ROBINSON 0-2, J BARRY 1-4, C ATKINS 0-6, M OKUR 1- 2. PHOENIX 3-5 (.600), S MARION 0-1, S MARBURY 0-1, P HARDAWAY 1-1, C JACOBSEN 2-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, DICK BAVETTA, GREG WILLARD. A - 13,256. T - 2:17.


Game Story

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Suns staged a spectacular rally against the Detroit Pistons by playing selflessly. Stephon Marbury blew it by playing selfishly. Richard Hamilton scored 22 points as the Pistons built a big fourth-quarter lead before holding on for a 84-82 triumph over the Suns. Detroit led by 11 points entering the fourth quarter and extended its advantage to 77-57 on a 3-pointer by Chucky Atkins with 8:33 to play. But the Suns switched to a zone defense that flustered the Pistons and had success penetrating the lane for layups and kickout 3-pointers. The Suns closed the game on a 15-2 run over the final five minutes. But after Penny Hardaway nailed a shot from the arc to cap the burst with 31 seconds to play and former Sun Clifford Robinson hoisted up an airball with eight seconds remaining, Marbury committed a preventable blunder. Following a timeout, Marbury got the ball at the top of the key, drove right and, with Chauncey Billups draped all over him and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace coming over to help, Marbury launched an ill-advised one-handed jumper from the baseline. The ball hit the rim and bounced out of bounds with just over one second remaining, and the Pistons ran out the clock. "We were hoping for a tap-in from one of our bigs," Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "The shooters that we had out there, I mean we had Penny out there. The only guy who probably is not a shooter is Bo (Outlaw). Maybe Steph takes that shot and then we need someone to tip it in. The play was set for Steph to come off a wheel action." "I think I had a good look," Marbury said. "I just missed it. The best part of taking the last shot is you want to take it. I was trying to get to the basket." Corliss Williamson had 14 points off the bench for Detroit, which improved to 1-1 on a five-game road trip. The Pistons were outshot by the Suns, 42 percent (33-of-78) to 40 percent (33-of-82), and were outrebounded, 51-39, in the win. "They did a really good job of getting us to speed up the flow of our game," said Robinson, who had nine points and four rebounds. "They took away our aggressiveness of going to the basket. "We come out and try to dictate the style of basketball we feel comfortable with. You know they want to get up and down and make it a free-flowing game, but that's not the game that we strive at. We want to play a tempo that is in our favor." Marbury had 15 points and 10 assists, Shawn Marion 14 points and nine rebounds and Tom Gugliotta 12 points and 15 rebounds for Phoenix, which has yet to score more than 83 points en route to a 1-3 start. "Those guys are a really good team," Marbury said. "They really keep their spacing. They're never clogged in. Ben Wallace does a great job as far as rebounding, keeping the ball alive. They were the better team tonight." Phoenix committed 18 turnovers, twice as many as Detroit. "We had too many turnovers," Marion said. "But I think we played a good game. We made them shoot what we wanted them to shoot, and we were rebounding, but it just wasn't going in tonight." "Baskets are a struggle right now," Gugliotta said. "It's hard to win when you're thinking about offense, instead of just reacting. Our defense has been good, that's been giving us a shot to win, but we have to get a little more fluid on the offensive end." Detroit took a 22-21 lead on Williamson's jumper just before the first-quarter buzzer. The Pistons extended their advantage to 47-40 at halftime and 66-55 entering the fourth quarter. "We just didn't seem to have any shots (before the fourth quarter)," Johnson said. "We got energized, they got some misses, we came down and we made some shots. It got us going. We stayed in the zone and it certainly helped us out. Early on they started taking the game and we had to fight like heck to get back into it. And we did." "Teams aren't going to lose by 30 in this league at home," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "They're going to come back on you. We had a situation again where we didn't do a good job of attacking the zone and they ran out and hit the shots. But we hung in there, got the stops we needed to and now we're going to get on a plane and get out of here."


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