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Stackhouse scores 18 in second half

2/2/2002

CLEVELAND (AP) -- As a perk for their fans, the Cleveland
Cavaliers allowed kids 14-and-under to shoot free throws following
Saturday night's game.

That was after the Detroit Pistons' parade to the foul line was
over.

Jerry Stackhouse scored 23 points -- 18 in the second half -- and
Detroit made an NBA-season high 42 free throws in a 115-107 win
over Cleveland.

"You want to shoot as many free throws as you can," Pistons
guard Damon Jones said. "We loved it."

Corliss Williamson added 17 for the Pistons, who made 19 of 23
free throws in the fourth quarter and won for the fifth time in six
games.

Detroit, which came in averaging 22 free-throw attempts per
game, got to the line 51 times to 30 for Cleveland.

"It's hard to overcome 51 foul shots," Cavs coach John Lucas
said. "They made 19 more in the fourth quarter. For some reason,
we don't seem to get the calls."

Stackhouse sat out the entire second quarter and watched his
teammates open a 17-point lead, but he scored 14 in the third when
the Cavs shot 77 percent from the field and pulled within six.

Jon Barry and rookie Zeljko Rebraca added 14 points apiece for
the Pistons, whose reserves scored 57 points.

"Those guys really played well," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle
said. "I was going to go to those guys a little earlier. Boy, did
they respond."

Ricky Davis scored 24 of his 28 points after halftime for the
Cavs, who have lost 14 of 15.

Lamond Murray, activated before the game and playing with a
shield to protect his broken nose, added 24 points and Andre Miller
had 20 for Cleveland.

Davis scored 12 points and Miller had 9 in the third quarter
when the Cavs, who were beaten at the buzzer by Michael Jordan on
Thursday, finally snapped out of a first-half funk.

Davis went 5-for-5, and Cleveland made 13 of 17 field-goal
attempts in the period, cutting a 20-point deficit to 83-77 going
into the fourth.

The Cavs got within 88-86 with 8:21 remaining, but the Pistons
responded with 12 straight points -- six on free throws -- to go up
100-86 on a basket by Damon Jones.

Murray hit a pair of 3-pointers, and Miller added another 3 as
Cleveland closed within 107-99, but Stackhouse made two free throws
and Williamson scored two easy baskets in the final minute.

The Pistons were coming off a two-point loss to Orlando on
Friday.

"That says a lot, to bounce back and win on the road," Barry
said. "I don't care who you're playing. It's a tough game
mentally."

Barry scored 11 points in the second quarter when Detroit,
playing mostly its reserves, outscored the Cavs 34-23 and opened a
57-40 halftime lead.

With 1.2 seconds left, Barry got free on a screen and hit a
layup at the buzzer. At that point, Lucas had seen enough.

Upset with his team's play and what he thought were some
questionable calls, Lucas slammed his clipboard to the floor in
frustration as the teams headed to the locker room.

Lucas may have had a beef, too. Cleveland was whistled for 17
personal fouls in the half to Detroit's eight, and the Pistons
tried 20 free throws to eight for the Cavs.

Game notes
Stackhouse is 19-for-60 from the field but 25-of-26 from
the line in three games against the Cavs this season. ... Davis
also had a career-high nine assists. ... Cleveland rookie C
DeSagana Diop served his one-game suspension for leaving the bench
on Thursday night when Wizards center Jahidi White head-butted
Zydrunas Ilgauskas. As the 300-pound Diop attempted to come to
Ilgauskas' aid, he was knocked down by Cavs assistant Keith Smart.
"He'll never live that down," Cleveland coach John Lucas said.
"A coach tackled him, what would Jahidi do?" Diop was also fined
$5,000 and Ilgauskas $7,500 but he did not get suspended. ...
Detroit F Ben Wallace had 11 rebounds and has led the Pistons in
rebounding in 13 straight games and in 27 of 28. ... Utah had the
previous season-high of 39 made free throws, set Nov. 23.