Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/18

Game 1: Wednesday, December 18th
Pistons111Final
OT
Cavaliers106
Game 2: Friday, December 20th
Cavaliers107Final
OT
Pistons109
Game 3: Sunday, February 16th
Pistons90Final
Cavaliers75
Game 4: Monday, April 14th
Cavaliers88Final
Pistons89

Cavaliers 88

(16-65, 3-38 away)

Pistons 89

(50-31, 30-11 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 14, 2003

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 28 24 16 2088
    DET 22 29 20 1889

    Top Performers

    Cle: R. Davis 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Blk

    Det: C. Robinson 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Parker's missed dunk makes Detroit top seed

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs Monday night, escaping with an 89-88 victory over Cleveland when Smush Parker's dunk attempt bounced off the back rim as time expired.

    The win, combined with New Jersey's loss to New Orleans, ensures that Detroit will finish with the top spot in the conference. The Pistons have a one-game lead over the Nets with one game remaining, but Detroit owns the tiebreaker.

    The final seconds of the Nets' loss were shown live on the scoreboard, and the crowd cheered loudly when that game ended and the Pistons had clinched. It will be the first time since 1990 that Detroit is the No. 1 seed.

    Rick Carlisle became the second coach in NAB history to win 50 games and division titles in each of his first two seasons. Pat Riley did it with the 1981-82 and 82-83 Lakers.

    With the score tied at 86, Richard Hamilton fouled Parker with 53.2 seconds left. Parker made both free throws, but he fouled Chauncey Billups on the other end. Billups also made both shots, retying the game.

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas missed and Carlos Boozer fouled Mehmet Okur on the rebound. The rookie split the free throws, putting Detroit up 89-88.

    Darius Miles missed, but the rebound went out of bounds off the Pistons. Ilgauskas missed, and Parker's slam attempt was no good.

    Corliss Williamson led the Pistons with 18, including nine in the fourth quarter, while Hamilton added 16 and Cliff Robinson scored 15.

    Ricky Davis had 25 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Cleveland, and Ilgauskas added 22 points. Cleveland has lost 21 straight on the road.

    Cleveland shot 66.7 percent in the first quarter and was still over 60 percent when taking a 52-51 lead into halftime. Ilgauskas had 18 in the half and Davis added 15.

    The Pistons moved ahead midway through the third quarter and took a 71-68 edge into the fourth.

    Detroit led 75-72 early in the fourth, but Davis had four points in a 10-2 run that gave the Cavaliers a five-point lead with 6:55 left. Billups tied the game at 86 with two free throws with 1:13 left.

    Game notes


    Miles brought the crowd to its feet when he missed a breakaway dunk late in the first half. When he dunked on an offensive rebound early in the third, he put his finger to his lips, shushing the crowd. Miles later picked up a technical for hanging on the rim. ... Detroit's Zeljko Rebraca did not play because of a sore back. ... Ben Wallace remained sidelined with a sprained knee, but delivered a taped Fan Appreciation Night message on the scoreboard.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CLE
    DET
    Points 88 89
    FGM-FGA 38-73 (.521) 30-75 (.400)
    3PM-3PA 1-3 (.333) 7-15 (.467)
    FTM-FTA 11-13 (.846) 22-28 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-45 7-28
    Assists 22 15
    Turnovers 17 7
    Steals 4 8
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 3 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 15 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Cleveland
    Detroit
    Ricky Davis Davis
    Points: 25
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Clifford Robinson Robinson
    Points: 15
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2