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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MINNESOTA        26   18   17   21    82   
     DETROIT          29   25   25   27    106     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 20, MARC JACKSON 17, TROY 
                      HUDSON 16
                DET - RICHARD HAMILTON 24, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 
                      21, MEHMET OKUR 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MIN - KEVIN GARNETT 13, MARC JACKSON 5, LOREN 
                      WOODS 5
                DET - BEN WALLACE 17, MEHMET OKUR 6, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIN - TROY HUDSON 3, RADOSLAV NESTEROVIC 3, 
                      GARY TRENT 2
                DET - CLIFF ROBINSON 4, MICHAEL CURRY 4, 
                      CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 4

         ATT:   22,076

Box Score

MINNESOTA (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Garnett 38 8-20 4-5 2-13 0 1 20 G Trent 21 2-6 2-2 3-4 2 0 6 R Nesterovic 28 2-5 0-0 0-1 3 2 4 K Gill 30 3-9 4-4 0-1 1 4 10 T Hudson 32 6-12 3-4 0-1 3 2 16 A Peeler 21 1-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 2 M Jackson 27 5-10 7-7 2-5 0 2 17 R Strickland 14 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 J Smith 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 R Slater 10 0-0 4-6 1-4 0 0 4 L Woods 9 1-4 0-0 1-5 1 2 2 I Rakocevic 7 0-3 1-2 2-3 0 1 1 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-78 25-30 11-40 12 17 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.359, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 1-9, .111 (G Trent 0-1, K Gill 0-1, T Hudson 1-4, A Peeler 0-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (M Jackson 2, K Garnett, L Woods, R Slater). Turnovers:9 (K Gill 2, K Garnett 2, T Hudson 2, M Jackson 2, J Smith). Steals: 5 (R Strickland, G Trent, K Garnett, T Hudson, R Nesterovic). DETROIT (106) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Curry 20 1-2 0-0 0-1 4 2 3 B Wallace 36 4-4 2-4 4-17 2 3 10 C Robinson 31 2-8 0-0 1-3 4 2 4 R Hamilton 31 9-19 5-8 1-5 2 4 24 C Billups 33 7-12 5-6 0-5 4 2 21 M Okur 23 6-11 1-2 3-6 1 5 15 C Williamson 26 5-10 3-3 0-1 3 2 13 C Atkins 21 4-8 0-0 0-5 2 3 11 J Barry 9 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 1 0 T Prince 5 0-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 H Davis 5 2-4 0-0 1-2 1 0 5 Z Rebraca DNP - INJURY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-81 16-23 10-47 25 24 106 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 10-24, .417 (M Curry 1-2, C Robinson 0-3, R Hamilton 1-3, C Billups 2-6, M Okur 2-2, C Atkins 3-6, J Barry 0-1, H Davis 1-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (M Okur, T Prince, B Wallace). Turnovers:10 (R Hamilton 4, C Billups 3, C Robinson, J Barry, M Curry). Steals: 5 (C Robinson 2, M Curry 2, J Barry). ------------------------------------------- MINNESOTA 26 18 17 21 - 82 DETROIT 29 25 25 27 - 106 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Minnesota - 3 (K Garnett, 0:25 3rd; Defensive Three, 6:40 3rd; M Jackson, 10:30 4th). Detroit - 2 (C Robinson, 0:57 3rd; C Williamson, 10:30 4th). Flagrant fouls: Minnesota 1 (G Trent, 8:30 3r). A: 22,076. T: 2:07. Officials: George Toliver, Jack Nies, Marc Davis.


Extended Box

MINNESOTA (82) AT DETROIT (106) MINNESOTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K GARNETT F 38 8-20 4-5 2 11 13 0 1 1 2 20 G TRENT F 21 2-6 2-2 3 1 4 2 0 1 0 6 R NESTEROVIC C 28 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 2 1 0 4 K GILL G 30 3-9 4-4 0 1 1 1 4 0 2 10 T HUDSON G 32 6-12 3-4 0 1 1 3 2 1 2 16 A PEELER 21 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 2 M JACKSON 27 5-10 7-7 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 17 R STRICKLAND 14 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 J SMITH 3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 R SLATER 10 0-0 4-6 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 4 L WOODS 9 1-4 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 2 I RAKOCEVIC 7 0-3 1-2 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 1 TOTALS 240 28-78 25-30 11 29 40 12 17 5 9 82 (.359) (.833) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 9 (7 PTS) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M CURRY F 20 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 4 2 2 1 3 B WALLACE F 36 4-4 2-4 4 13 17 2 3 0 0 10 C ROBINSON C 31 2-8 0-0 1 2 3 4 2 2 1 4 R HAMILTON G 31 9-19 5-8 1 4 5 2 4 0 4 24 C BILLUPS G 33 7-12 5-6 0 5 5 4 2 0 3 21 M OKUR 23 6-11 1-2 3 3 6 1 5 0 0 15 C WILLIAMSON 26 5-10 3-3 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 13 C ATKINS 21 4-8 0-0 0 5 5 2 3 0 0 11 J BARRY 9 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 T PRINCE 5 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 H DAVIS 5 2-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 5 Z REBRACA DNP - INJURY TOTALS 240 40-81 16-23 10 37 47 25 24 5 10 106 (.494) (.696) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13 (10 PTS) MINNESOTA 26 18 17 21 - 82 DETROIT 29 25 25 27 - 106 BLOCKED SHOTS: MINNESOTA - M JACKSON 2, K GARNETT, L WOODS, R SLATER. DETROIT - M OKUR, T PRINCE, B WALLACE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MINNESOTA 1-9 (.111), G TRENT 0-1, K GILL 0-1, T HUDSON 1- 4, A PEELER 0-3. DETROIT 10-24 (.417), M CURRY 1-2, C ROBINSON 0-3, R HAMILTON 1-3, C BILLUPS 2-6, M OKUR 2-2, C ATKINS 3-6, J BARRY 0- 1, H DAVIS 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: MINNESOTA - K GARNETT, DEFENSIVE THREE, M JACKSON. DETROIT - C ROBINSON, C WILLIAMSON. FLAGRANT FOULS: MINNESOTA 1 (G TRENT, 8:30 3R). OFFICIALS: GEORGE TOLIVER, JACK NIES, MARC DAVIS. A - 22,076. T - 2:07.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Chauncey Billups was not interested in revenge, just bragging rights between friends. Billups scored 21 points in his first appearance against his old team and Richard Hamilton had 24 as the Detroit Pistons cruised to a 106-82 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Billups spent two seasons with Minnesota before signing with Detroit as a free agent last summer. "I have been aggressive of late and it was no different tonight," explained Billups, who has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine games. "Plus, you are playing against a lot of your good friends and you want to have bragging rights." "I knew that he was going to be a little jacked up," Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett said. "I talked to him last night and I talked to him this afternoon, a little trash talk. But you have to anticipate that. It's not like it's a secret. He had a good night." Pistons coach Rick Carlisle is happy with the way Billups has played since missing six games last month due to a sprained right ankle. "Chauncey is gaining momentum since the injury and he's been playing very well," Carlisle said. "I think it was just a coincidence that it came against his old team. He's a very good defensive player and he can put the ball in the hole." Rookie Mehmet Okur contributed a season-high 15 points and Corliss Williamson added 13, helping the Pistons take consecutive meetings with the Timberwolves for the first time since sweeping the 1996-97 season series. "This was certainly one of our best efforts this year," Carlisle said. "We had a lot of guys play hard and with energy. We played smart, we played sound and we played unselfish. "I think we caught a break because Minnesota played last night and came in and lost an hour coming from the Central to the Eastern time zone." Returning from a three-game road trip, Detroit recorded its fifth straight home win. The Pistons improved to 12-2 at The Palace of Auburn Hills and are perfect in six games when scoring at least 100 points. "We definitely came to play," Hamilton said. "We have the opportunity to have a couple of games at home before the new year and we wanted to take advantage of it." Detroit's 8-3 record against Western Conference opponents is the best in the East. "We just come prepared," Hamilton said. "The coaches do a great job scouting and knowing their tendencies." Garnett recorded his 25th double-double with 20 points and 13 assists, but Minnesota fell to 1-9 against Eastern Conference teams with .500 or better records. "Am I concerned about our record against top teams in the East? I'm concerned about when we lose and when the energy's not there or when I feel like we're not competing at a high level," Garnett said. "When you compete at a high level, it sort of falls in your favor at the end of the day. My biggest worries are us, how focused we are, knowing we do a lot of different stuff night in and night out." Detroit took control in the second quarter, going on a 16-4 run to open a 42-30 lead with 8:15 to go before halftime. Reserve Chucky Atkins scored eight of his 11 points during the spurt. The Timberwolves used a 10-4 spurt to close to 46-42 less than four minutes later, but the Pistons answered with a 7-0 run to push their advantage to 53-42 with 1:55 to go in the period. Billups scored six points in a 13-2 run that gave Detroit a 77-56 cushion with 3:08 remaining in the third. "We got out early on them, the guys from our bench did a good job," Hamilton said. "In the third quarter, we pretty much put them away." "They basically manhandled us," Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. "Their physicality took us out and we didn't react to how physical they were. Against them, you have to try and push the ball up the floor and we didn't get out and run. We had one fast-break point in the first half. They just totally dominated us and their guards came out and just totally dominated us in the backcourt." Ben Wallace grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 10 points for the Pistons, who shot 49 percent (40-of-81) from the field, including 10-of-24 (42 percent) from 3-point range. Marc Jackson scored 17 points and Troy Hudson added 16, but the Wolves shot 36 percent (28-of-78), making just 1-of-9 from long range. They are winless in 11 games when getting outshot.


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