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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      LA CLIPPERS      19   23   23   19    84   
      DETROIT          23   22   29   23    97      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   LAC - MARKO JARIC 24, ELTON BRAND 22, MIKKI 
                      MOORE 14
                DET - TAYSHAUN PRINCE 23, BEN WALLACE 16, 
                      RICHARD HAMILTON 14

HIGH REBOUND:   LAC - ELTON BRAND 11, MARKO JARIC 6, MIKKI 
                      MOORE 5
                DET - BEN WALLACE 13, RICHARD HAMILTON 8, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 6

HIGH ASSISTS:   LAC - SHAUN LIVINGSTON 6, RICK BRUNSON 4, 
                      MARKO JARIC 4
                DET - RICHARD HAMILTON 11, CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 7,
                      TAYSHAUN PRINCE 3

         ATT:   22,076

Box Score

LA CLIPPERS (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp M Jaric 39 10-15 1-2 0-6 4 1 24 E Brand 38 8-19 6-6 4-11 2 4 22 Z Rebraca 13 2-4 0-0 1-3 1 2 4 R Brunson 38 2-10 0-0 0-3 4 1 4 S Livingston 37 4-8 2-2 0-3 6 2 10 M Moore 34 7-12 0-0 3-5 0 4 14 L Chalmers 22 1-5 2-2 0-1 2 0 4 C Wilcox 19 1-5 0-0 0-3 2 2 2 C Maggette DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Simmons DNP - COACH'S DECISION Q Ross DNP - BACK SPASMS C Kaman DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-78 11-12 8-35 21 16 84 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.917. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (M Jaric 3-5, R Brunson 0-2, L Chalmers 0-3). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:2 (E Brand 2). Turnovers:17 (C Wilcox 4, M Jaric 4, L Chalmers 3, M Moore 2, S Livingston 2, R Brunson, Z Rebraca). Steals: 9 (M Jaric 4, R Brunson 3, E Brand, S Livingston). DETROIT (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Prince 39 9-17 3-4 2-4 3 1 23 R Wallace 31 6-9 0-0 1-6 1 5 13 B Wallace 37 5-7 6-9 3-13 2 3 16 R Hamilton 40 5-15 4-4 1-8 11 2 14 C Billups 39 4-9 1-1 0-1 7 1 10 A McDyess 24 6-13 0-0 3-6 1 3 12 C Arroyo 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 C Delfino 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 E Campbell 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 L Hunter 10 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3 D Ham 2 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 2 D Milicic 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-77 16-20 10-38 26 16 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (T Prince 2-4, R Wallace 1-2, R Hamilton 0-3, C Billups 1-4, L Hunter 1-1). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots:3 (B Wallace 3). Turnovers:16 (R Hamilton 6, C Billups 3, R Wallace 2, T Prince 2, L Hunter, C Arroyo, B Wallace). Steals: 8 (C Billups 2, C Arroyo 2, B Wallace 2, A McDyess, R Hamilton). ------------------------------------------- LA CLIPPERS 19 23 23 19 - 84 DETROIT 23 22 29 23 - 97 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: La Clippers - 1 (R Brunson, 3:47 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:07. Officials: Anthony Jordan, Bill Kennedy, Bob Delaney.


Extended Box

LA CLIPPERS (84) AT DETROIT (97) LA CLIPPERS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === M JARIC F 39 10-15 1-2 0 6 6 4 1 4 4 24 E BRAND F 38 8-19 6-6 4 7 11 2 4 1 0 22 Z REBRACA C 13 2-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 4 R BRUNSON G 38 2-10 0-0 0 3 3 4 1 3 1 4 S LIVINGSTON G 37 4-8 2-2 0 3 3 6 2 1 2 10 M MOORE 34 7-12 0-0 3 2 5 0 4 0 2 14 L CHALMERS 22 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 4 C WILCOX 19 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 4 2 C MAGGETTE DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SIMMONS DNP - COACH'S DECISION Q ROSS DNP - BACK SPASMS C KAMAN DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-78 11-12 8 27 35 21 16 9 17 84 (.449) (.917) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 19 (19 PTS) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T PRINCE F 39 9-17 3-4 2 2 4 3 1 0 2 23 R WALLACE F 31 6-9 0-0 1 5 6 1 5 0 2 13 B WALLACE C 37 5-7 6-9 3 10 13 2 3 2 1 16 R HAMILTON 40 5-15 4-4 1 7 8 11 2 1 6 14 C BILLUPS G 39 4-9 1-1 0 1 1 7 1 2 3 10 A MCDYESS 24 6-13 0-0 3 3 6 1 3 1 0 12 C ARROYO 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 C DELFINO 5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 E CAMPBELL 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 L HUNTER 10 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 D HAM G 2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 D MILICIC 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 240 38-77 16-20 10 28 38 26 16 8 16 97 (.494) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17 (12 PTS) LA CLIPPERS 19 23 23 19 - 84 DETROIT 23 22 29 23 - 97 BLOCKED SHOTS: LA CLIPPERS - E BRAND 2. DETROIT - B WALLACE 3. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: LA CLIPPERS 3-10 (.300), M JARIC 3-5, R BRUNSON 0- 2, L CHALMERS 0-3. DETROIT 5-14 (.357), T PRINCE 2-4, R WALLACE 1- 2, R HAMILTON 0-3, C BILLUPS 1-4, L HUNTER 1-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: LA CLIPPERS - R BRUNSON. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: ANTHONY JORDAN, BILL KENNEDY, BOB DELANEY. A - 22,076. T - 2:07.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Richard Hamilton shrugged off a difficult first half to make Larry Brown's return to the sidelines a successful one. Hamilton scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime to help the Detroit Pistons post a 97-84 victory over the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers and clinch a playoff spot for the fourth straight year. Brown had missed the Pistons' previous 10 games to recover from a procedure related to hip surgery he had in November. Detroit went 6-4 without him and was just 2-2 on its current five-game homestand before taking care of Los Angeles. The Hall of Fame coach saw his team struggle at times in his absence and was not overly pleased with its play in this one. The result, however, is something he can be happy with. "We got playing up and down with them and I think got a little careless," Brown said. "But we got the win. The way things are going, that's a good thing." "It was great," said Hamilton of having his coach back. "I think we were all on the same page. It was good to see him at each timeout, coaching, being the leader of our team." Hamilton shot 1-of-9 from the field with four turnovers in the first half, although the Pistons grabbed a 45-42 edge. He broke out for 10 points in the third quarter as Detroit opened up a 74-65 advantage and flirted with his first career triple-double. "I was a little too anxious," Hamilton said of his early turnovers. "I think the ball was a little slippery and I couldn't get my hands on it." The sixth-year star finished with a season-high 11 assists and pulled down eight rebounds, one shy of his personal best. He scored six points in a 20-13 run to close the third quarter and assisted on a dunk by Ben Wallace late in the fourth period to give the Pistons their largest lead, 93-78. Hamilton stuck around until late and had a chance for the triple-double but laughed about losing some rebounds to taller teammates Rasheed and Ben Wallace. "I know, man, these big dudes," Hamilton joked. "I'm not often in the trenches underneath the basket so when I'm in there, just get out of my way and let me get that rebound." Hamilton and Ben Wallace were two of six Pistons to score in double figures, led by Tayshaun Prince's 23 points. The team effort pushed Detroit five games ahead of Chicago in the Central Division with 10 games to play. The club likely will enter the postseason as the second seed in the Eastern Conference when it begins its bid for a second straight title. "That's cool," said Chauncey Billups, who had 10 points and seven assists. "(The playoff berth) is nothing that we didn't expect. We're trying to lock down the division right now and just trying to gain some momentum going into the playoffs. So that's our main focus." Los Angeles (32-41) was without starters Corey Maggette, Bobby Simmons and Chris Kaman due to minor injuries and lost starting center Zeljko Rebraca to a sprained right wrist before halftime. "When Rebraca went down on us, that really hurt us," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "He has been playing very well for us." Los Angeles, which is 0-4 on its current seven-game road trip and has lost six straight away from home, hung around on the touch of Marko Jaric, who scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He made his first eight shots and had four steals. "He hit a lot of big shots tonight," Clippers forward Elton Brand said of Jaric. "We knew all along that he could do this for us. All he needed was the chance. With so many of our guys hurt, tonight was his chance." Detroit has won five straight and 14 of the last 18 meetings with Los Angeles. Despite the series dominance, Brown has plenty of respect for Dunleavy and his team's efforts. "I said before the game what a great coaching job I thought (Dunleavy's) done and then all of a sudden you don't have Maggette, you don't have Kaman, you don't have Bobby Simmons," Brown said. "They played pretty darn good. I think you've got to give him a lot of credit."


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