Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/2

Game 1: Wednesday, January 2nd
Game 2: Friday, April 12th

Pistons 85

(15-14, 6-11 away)

Spurs 97


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, January 2, 2002

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 28 18 20 1985
    SA 29 24 19 2597

    Top Performers

    Detroit: Z. Rebraca 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 20 Pts, 15 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Blk

    Stackhouse held to 13 points on 2-for-9 shooting

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- For the San Antonio Spurs, a strong defensive effort contained Jerry Stackhouse.

    Chucky Atkins


    Chucky Atkins of the Pistons gets tripped up trying to sneak through the Spurs defense.

    Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, but it was the Spurs' defense that held Stackhouse to 13 points on 2-for-9 shooting. Stackhouse came into the game ranked 15th in the NBA with a 22.0 points a game average.

    "Tonight was a good effort," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Detroit is an aggressive club. We played consistent for 48 minutes and got some good performances. Charles Smith and Bruce Bowen did a great job on Stack (Stackhouse) which was important. We performed well."

    San Antonio won its second consecutive as five players scored in double figures. Steve Smith added 15 points, Malik Rose 13 and David Robinson 12.

    Detroit, which has lost eight of nine games, was led by Zeljko Rebraca with 17 points, while Chucky Atkins added 16 after moving into the starting lineup.

    "I thought they put down some fine defense on Stackhouse tonight," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said after watching his team lose to the Spurs for the fifth time in their last seven meetings.

    "I thought Stack played with a lot of patience and tried to get the ball to others. But 24 turnovers led to over 30 of their points. If you turn it over that many times, you are never going to win against a team like the Spurs."

    Leading 72-66 going to the fourth quarter, San Antonio connected on five of its first six shots to grab an 83-68 lead on Charles Smith's 5-foot jump shot with 8:54 remaining.

    Detroit could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way as Smith scored eight points in the fourth.

    "You know, him (Stackhouse) or Cliff (Robinson) didn't really seem to get going tonight," said San Antonio's Robinson. "We did a good job team defensively wise. We didn't let those guys get to the rim. We really made them work for their shots and that kind of put them in a tough position."

    After trailing by seven points to open the third quarter, Detroit was able to cut San Antonio's lead to 63-62 on two free throws by Rebraca with 3:28 remaining in the period.

    San Antonio, which scored its last six points of the period from the free-throw line, closed the quarter with a 9-4 run to lead 72-66.

    "We really needed this start to the month," said Duncan, who was 8-for-19 shooting. "It wasn't as pretty as we wanted it to be or as fluid as we wanted it to be, but we got it done."

    San Antonio closed the first half with a 13-6 run to lead 53-46 at halftime as Rose came off the bench to score 12 second-quarter points.

    The Spurs connected on 50 percent of their field goal attempts and outscored Detroit 46-38 in the paint. The Pistons had 24 turnovers to only 13 for San Antonio.

    "I think our focus was trying to attack them inside and get their guys in trouble," Stackhouse said. "They just caused so much problems with those two big guys (Duncan and Robinson). We just got to continue to get good looks at the basket. Turnovers hurt us a lot tonight."

    Game notes
    The victory increased the Spurs' overall lead over the Pistons to 36-22, including a 21-9 record for San Antonio in games played in the Alamo City ... San Antonio has won five consecutive home games over Detroit ... San Antonio is now 14-3 in the Alamodome this season ... Duncan's double-double was his 25th this season and 245th of his career ... Stackhouse now has 9,778 career points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 97
    FGM-FGA 32-65 (.492) 37-74 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 3-11 (.273) 5-9 (.556)
    FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 18-26 (.692)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-38 11-34
    Assists 16 21
    Turnovers 24 14
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 8 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 22 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Zeljko Rebraca Rebraca
    Points: 17
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 20
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3