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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      DETROIT          18   28   23   29    98   
      INDIANA          21   24   16   32    93      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   DET - RICHARD HAMILTON 25, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 
                      20, TAYSHAUN PRINCE 18
                IND - REGGIE MILLER 24, JERMAINE O'NEAL 21, 
                      FRED JONES 15

HIGH REBOUND:   DET - BEN WALLACE 11, ANTONIO MCDYESS 8, 
                      TAYSHAUN PRINCE 8
                IND - JEFF FOSTER 16, AUSTIN CROSHERE 8, 
                      JERMAINE O'NEAL 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   DET - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 5, RICHARD HAMILTON 5, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 2
                IND - JAMAAL TINSLEY 13, REGGIE MILLER 3, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   18,345

Box Score

DETROIT (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Prince 38 6-10 6-6 1-8 2 1 18 R Wallace 30 5-15 5-8 6-6 0 5 16 B Wallace 36 3-10 0-0 5-11 2 4 6 R Hamilton 39 9-16 7-8 1-2 5 3 25 C Billups 39 6-16 4-5 1-4 5 1 20 L Hunter 22 0-3 0-0 1-5 1 1 0 A McDyess 27 4-9 5-5 3-8 0 3 13 R Dupree 6 0-1 0-0 1-5 0 0 0 D Ham 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 E Campbell 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 D Milicic DNP - COACH'S DECISION H Jenkins DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 27-32 19-49 15 19 98 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.844. 3-Point Goals: 5-7, .714 (R Wallace 1-1, C Billups 4-6). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:5 (B Wallace 2, A McDyess, R Wallace, T Prince). Turnovers:14 (C Billups 4, A McDyess 2, L Hunter 2, T Prince 2, R Hamilton 2, R Wallace, B Wallace). Steals: 6 (L Hunter 2, A McDyess, R Wallace, C Billups, B Wallace). INDIANA (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Jones 17 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 J O'Neal 38 7-19 7-10 0-7 1 4 21 J Foster 27 4-6 2-2 5-16 0 3 10 R Miller 39 10-16 2-2 0-0 3 2 24 J Tinsley 31 3-10 2-2 0-0 13 6 8 A Croshere 24 2-5 1-2 3-8 2 3 5 F Jones 32 5-9 2-2 1-3 1 4 15 A Johnson 17 1-4 0-2 0-1 2 0 2 M Curry 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 D Harrison 6 1-2 1-2 1-2 0 2 3 E Gill DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Edwards DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-76 17-24 10-39 23 27 93 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.461, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (J Jones 1-3, R Miller 2-5, J Tinsley 0-2, A Croshere 0-2, F Jones 3-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:7 (J O'Neal 5, A Croshere, A Johnson). Turnovers:12 (J Tinsley 4, J O'Neal 3, A Croshere 2, R Miller, J Foster, D Harrison). Steals: 9 (R Miller 2, A Johnson 2, M Curry, J Tinsley, J Jones, J Foster, A Croshere). ------------------------------------------- DETROIT 18 28 23 29 - 98 INDIANA 21 24 16 32 - 93 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Detroit - 1 (C Billups, 4:47 2nd). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (F Jones, 1:06 4th). A: 18,345. T: 2:41. Officials: Bob Delaney, Courtney Kirkland, Jess Kersey.


Extended Box

DETROIT (98) AT INDIANA (93) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T PRINCE F 38 6-10 6-6 1 7 8 2 1 0 2 18 R WALLACE F 30 5-15 5-8 6 0 6 0 5 1 1 16 B WALLACE C 36 3-10 0-0 5 6 11 2 4 1 1 6 R HAMILTON G 39 9-16 7-8 1 1 2 5 3 0 2 25 C BILLUPS G 39 6-16 4-5 1 3 4 5 1 1 4 20 L HUNTER 22 0-3 0-0 1 4 5 1 1 2 2 0 A MCDYESS 27 4-9 5-5 3 5 8 0 3 1 2 13 R DUPREE 6 0-1 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 D HAM 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 E CAMPBELL 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 D MILICIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION H JENKINS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 33-81 27-32 19 30 49 15 19 6 14 98 (.407) (.844) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14 (14 PTS) INDIANA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J JONES 17 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 0 3 J O'NEAL F 38 7-19 7-10 0 7 7 1 4 0 3 21 J FOSTER C 27 4-6 2-2 5 11 16 0 3 1 1 10 R MILLER G 39 10-16 2-2 0 0 0 3 2 2 1 24 J TINSLEY G 31 3-10 2-2 0 0 0 13 6 1 4 8 A CROSHERE 24 2-5 1-2 3 5 8 2 3 1 2 5 F JONES 32 5-9 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 15 A JOHNSON 17 1-4 0-2 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 2 M CURRY 9 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 D HARRISON 6 1-2 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 3 E GILL DNP - COACH'S DECISION J EDWARDS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-76 17-24 10 29 39 23 27 9 12 93 (.461) (.708) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 14 (13 PTS) DETROIT 18 28 23 29 - 98 INDIANA 21 24 16 32 - 93 BLOCKED SHOTS: DETROIT - B WALLACE 2, A MCDYESS, R WALLACE, T PRINCE. INDIANA - J O'NEAL 5, A CROSHERE, A JOHNSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DETROIT 5-7 (.714), R WALLACE 1-1, C BILLUPS 4- 6. INDIANA 6-17 (.353), J JONES 1-3, R MILLER 2-5, J TINSLEY 0-2, A CROSHERE 0- 2, F JONES 3-5. TECHNICAL FOULS: DETROIT - C BILLUPS. FLAGRANT FOULS: INDIANA 1 (F JONES, 1:06 4TH). OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, COURTNEY KIRKLAND, JESS KERSEY. A - 18,345. T - 2:41.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Jermaine O'Neal kept his fists to himself, but the Detroit Pistons emerged with a hard-fought win. Despite O'Neal's early return to the Indiana Pacers' lineup, the Pistons posted a 98-93 victory to avenge a lopsided loss most notable for the infamous melee that ensued. Rasheed Wallace scored half of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-point dagger that gave Detroit an 89-80 lead with 1:29 remaining. Wallace also hit a free throw with 16 seconds remaining that made it a three-possession game. Wallace and Richard Hamilton, who scored 25 points to lead four Pistons in double figures, upstaged the return of O'Neal, who was cleared to play in this one earlier in the week after an arbitrator shaved 10 games off his initial 25-game suspension for his involvement in the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills on November 19. "We had a lot of guys play well," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "Our bench was really solid, though we didn't shoot that well. I'm just glad we won. I'm glad it's over. Now we can all go enjoy our Christmas and be with our families." The last game between the Pacers and Pistons - a 97-82 win for Indiana - was called off with 45 seconds left following one of the ugliest melees in American sports history. Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and O'Neal all landed haymakers on unruly Pistons fans, who showed the worst side of their behavior by throwing everything from plastic bottles to chairs at members of the Pacers. In this one, fans made their presence felt with thunderous ovations for O'Neal and Reggie Miller, who scored 24 points, along with constant boos for the Pistons, especially Ben Wallace, the first several times they handled the ball in each half. "I love this state, it has great basketball fans," O'Neal said. "I didn't start to feel comfortable until the second half. I wanted to be out there and I wanted the ball, I just couldn't get into a rhythm. The fans helped. ... The way they appladued me was unbelievable." Security was heightened to the tune of 30 additional security guards and tethered courtside chairs. Another contributing factor to last month's brawl was eliminated as alcohol sales are banned in Conseco Fieldhouse on Christmas. "I thought the crowd was great," said Brown, who coached the Pacers for four seasons beginning in 1993-94. "Indiana fans are great fans, and our players came to play basketball ... no problems. Now I hope we can just put this stuff behind us." O'Neal was rusty early, missing six of his first seven shots and his first two free throws. He improved as the game wore on and finished with 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting to go with seven rebounds and five blocks, including two on Ben Wallace. "Jermaine needs some time to get back into the offense," Miller said. Miller led all scorers with 14 points in the first half, but the Pacers trailed, 46-45, at the break. He banked in a short jumper with 8:06 left in the third quarter to cap an 8-0 run and give Indiana a 55-53 lead, but it was the last time the Pacers held an advantage. Antonio McDyess hit a long dumper to give the Pistons a 69-61 lead after three quarters, and Detroit remained in control with smothering defense and dominance on the offensive boards over the final 12 minutes. "We were a little stagnant tonight ... but that's not what lost the game," Miller said. "They outhustled us, beat us to loose balls, got big rebounds ... they did all of the little things. The game was overhyped and we didn't bring our maximum effort." After Detroit build its largest lead of the game at 92-82 with 57 seconds left, back-to-back 3-pointers by Fred Jones and Miller within a five-second span brought the Pacers to within 92-88 with 40 seconds to go. But Detroit made 6-of-8 free throws the rest of the way to seal the victory. Ben Wallace, whom many feel ignited last month's brawl by shoving and aggressively pursuing Artest after being fouled, was held to six points but grabbed 11 rebounds as the Pistons held a 49-39 advantage on the glass. He and Rasheed Wallace combined for 11 offensive rebounds - one more than the entire Pacers team. "I thought we played a good first quarter, but after that they really dominated the game, especially on the boards" Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "You keep giving a good team second chances and they are going to put the ball in the basket eventually. There were some plays where they simply outworked us, and that can't happen against better teams." Chauncey Billups hit four 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Detroit, which won for just the second time in the last seven regular-season meetings with Indiana. They also improved to 6-16 on Christmas. Jeff Foster recorded his sixth straight double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Pacers, who have gone 5-11 since the November 19 brawl. At 12-13, they are under .500 for the first time since being 39-40 during the 2001-02 season. Indiana will have O'Neal in uniform the next two games before a December 30 hearing, which will determine whether he will have to serve the balance of his initial suspension. "Hopefully Monday (against New Orleans) we can get a rhythm going and get back on track," O'Neal said. "I can't imagine missing another 10 games ... I just don't think about it. I know I have support, from Indiana to South Carolina. "Now it's my job to get this team back above .500."


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