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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      ATLANTA          26   14   17   27    84   
      DETROIT          23   26   22   28    99      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   ATL - TONY DELK 20, ANTOINE WALKER 13, AL 
                      HARRINGTON 13
                DET - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 27, RICHARD HAMILTON 
                      21, TAYSHAUN PRINCE 17

HIGH REBOUND:   ATL - ANTOINE WALKER 10, JOSH CHILDRESS 7, 
                      OBINNA EKEZIE 6
                DET - BEN WALLACE 10, ANTONIO MCDYESS 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 5

HIGH ASSISTS:   ATL - AL HARRINGTON 4, TYRONN LUE 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3
                DET - CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 6, LINDSEY HUNTER 4, 
                      RICHARD HAMILTON 4

         ATT:   22,076

Box Score

ATLANTA (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Harrington 37 3-8 7-10 3-5 4 1 13 A Walker 40 6-19 1-1 3-10 3 3 13 O Ekezie 15 1-4 0-0 3-6 0 2 2 J Childress 36 4-10 0-0 4-7 3 1 8 T Lue 32 4-12 1-1 1-1 4 1 10 P Drobnak 22 4-7 3-4 1-4 2 2 11 B Diaw 16 2-2 1-4 1-3 0 2 5 T Delk 23 9-13 0-0 0-1 1 4 20 D Smith 8 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 J Collier 7 0-2 0-0 0-3 0 1 0 R Ivey 4 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 K Willis DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 13-20 16-41 19 18 84 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.650. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (A Harrington 0-1, A Walker 0-5, T Lue 1-4, P Drobnak 0-1, T Delk 2-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:2 (A Walker, B Diaw). Turnovers:13 (A Harrington 4, A Walker 2, B Diaw 2, T Delk 2, T Lue, O Ekezie, J Collier). Steals: 6 (A Harrington 2, J Childress 2, B Diaw 2). DETROIT (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Prince 33 7-13 2-3 3-5 1 2 17 R Wallace 33 0-8 0-0 0-5 1 1 0 B Wallace 33 5-10 1-2 3-10 3 3 11 R Hamilton 37 9-15 3-3 0-3 4 1 21 C Billups 38 8-12 6-6 0-3 6 0 27 A McDyess 24 5-6 4-6 2-8 3 3 14 R Dupree 16 1-2 1-2 0-2 2 2 3 L Hunter 18 1-5 0-0 0-0 4 1 2 D Ham 4 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 D Milicic 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 C Arroyo DNP - NOSE SURGERY _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-75 17-22 8-36 24 14 99 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals: 6-11, .545 (T Prince 1-2, R Wallace 0-1, R Hamilton 0-1, C Billups 5-7). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:11 (B Wallace 4, R Wallace 2, T Prince 2, D Ham, R Dupree, D Milicic). Turnovers:13 (L Hunter 4, C Billups 3, R Hamilton 2, A McDyess, R Dupree, T Prince, B Wallace). Steals: 8 (B Wallace 3, L Hunter 2, T Prince 2, R Wallace). ------------------------------------------- ATLANTA 26 14 17 27 - 84 DETROIT 23 26 22 28 - 99 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Atlanta - 1 (COACH Woodson, 10:27 3rd). Detroit - 1 (R Wallace, 8:52 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:07. Officials: Bill Kennedy, Greg Willard, Pat Fraher.


Extended Box

ATLANTA (84) AT DETROIT (99) ATLANTA REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A HARRINGTON F 37 3-8 7-10 3 2 5 4 1 2 4 13 A WALKER F 40 6-19 1-1 3 7 10 3 3 0 2 13 O EKEZIE C 15 1-4 0-0 3 3 6 0 2 0 1 2 J CHILDRESS G 36 4-10 0-0 4 3 7 3 1 2 0 8 T LUE G 32 4-12 1-1 1 0 1 4 1 0 1 10 P DROBNAK 22 4-7 3-4 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 11 B DIAW 16 2-2 1-4 1 2 3 0 2 2 2 5 T DELK 23 9-13 0-0 0 1 1 1 4 0 2 20 D SMITH 8 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 J COLLIER 7 0-2 0-0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 R IVEY 4 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 K WILLIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 34-80 13-20 16 25 41 19 18 6 13 84 (.425) (.650) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 16 (9 PTS) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T PRINCE F 33 7-13 2-3 3 2 5 1 2 2 1 17 R WALLACE F 33 0-8 0-0 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 0 B WALLACE C 33 5-10 1-2 3 7 10 3 3 3 1 11 R HAMILTON G 37 9-15 3-3 0 3 3 4 1 0 2 21 C BILLUPS G 38 8-12 6-6 0 3 3 6 0 0 3 27 A MCDYESS 24 5-6 4-6 2 6 8 3 3 0 1 14 R DUPREE 16 1-2 1-2 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 3 L HUNTER 18 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 4 1 2 4 2 D HAM 4 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 D MILICIC 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 C ARROYO DNP - NOSE SURGERY TOTALS 240 38-75 17-22 8 28 36 24 14 8 13 99 (.507) (.773) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13 (9 PTS) ATLANTA 26 14 17 27 - 84 DETROIT 23 26 22 28 - 99 BLOCKED SHOTS: ATLANTA - A WALKER, B DIAW. DETROIT - B WALLACE 4, R WALLACE 2, T PRINCE 2, D HAM, R DUPREE, D MILICIC. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: ATLANTA 3-15 (.200), A HARRINGTON 0-1, A WALKER 0- 5, T LUE 1-4, P DROBNAK 0-1, T DELK 2-4. DETROIT 6-11 (.545), T PRINCE 1- 2, R WALLACE 0-1, R HAMILTON 0-1, C BILLUPS 5-7. TECHNICAL FOULS: ATLANTA - COACH WOODSON. DETROIT - R WALLACE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BILL KENNEDY, GREG WILLARD, PAT FRAHER. A - 22,076. T - 2:07.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- A meeting with the league's second-best defensive team resulted in the expected for the Atlanta Hawks. Chauncey Billups continued his recent success from the arc and Ben Wallace provided stellar defense as the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to five games with a 99-84 triumph over the punchless Hawks, who have lost 11 straight road games. Allowing just 88.4 points per game this season, the Pistons came out flat and trailed throughout the first quarter, ending the period with a 26-23 deficit. But after Tony Delk's jumper with 6 1/2 minutes to go in the second gave Atlanta a 40-32 advantage, Billups began Detroit's comeback with his second 3-pointer of the game. "We had the game under control," Atlanta guard Tyronn Lue said. "Then they took away what we do best - the pick-and-roll." "They took us out of some of the things that we were doing well early," Hawks coach Mike Woodson added. "They took us out of it and we didn't recover." Billups, who had made at least four 3-pointers eight previous times this season, was on the mark in this one, going 5-of-7 from the arc. He capped the Pistons' 17-0 run with another 3-pointer with two seconds left in the second quarter, giving Detroit a 49-40 cushion. "We were a little sluggish at the start, but when we got warmed up, we turned the game around," Billups said. "We got control and kept control." "I thought right before the half is what killed the game," Woodson said. "It wasn't out of reach, but they took the momentum of the game right to the end." The Pistons opened the second half with a 14-6 spurt that made it 63-46, and Wallace did the rest, collecting 10 rebounds and blocking four shots - two more than Atlanta, which entered averaging 90.8 points per game, 28th in the NBA. "It's hard to score against their half-court defense," said Lue, who was 4-of-12 for 10 points. "That's what they do best. They turned the defense up and we couldn't score and they got some easy baskets in the transition." "It was the same old story," Billups said. "We let our defense be our best offense. We got stops and then got out and got the easy baskets." Detroit outscored Atlanta, 26-9, on fast break points, something Wallace also cited as a key to the Pistons' success. "If we get fast-break baskets and get a chance to set up on defense, I like our chances," he said. "When we get rolling on defense, everybody gets involved on offense." Billups had 27 points and six assists, Richard Hamilton scored 21 points and Tayshaun Prince added 17 for Detroit, which led by as many as 19. "I'm feeding off of everybody," said Billups, who scored 28 points against Washington on Tuesday. "Everybody makes it easy. When a guy's shot is dropping, everybody finds him. That's the way this team is, they find the guy who's hot." Delk scored 20 points off the bench and Antoine Walker chipped in 13 and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who are winless on the road since an 88-72 victory here December 10. "It's difficult when you play like that," Walker said. "I thought that we had so many opportunities when we went down the court and didn't score. It's tough to try and beat a team like Detroit when playing like that."


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