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Pistons 94, Knicks 86

November 3, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Grant Hill was a one-man show in the fourth quarter until Lindsey Hunter took over in the final two minutes as the Detroit Pistons spoiled New York’s home opener by beating the Knicks 94-86 Sunday night.

Hill scored 15 of his 34 points in the final period and Hunter had 23, including nine in the final two minutes as the Pistons ended a 10-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.

Hill also had nine rebounds, five assists and three steals and Hunter had five steals and six rebounds as the Pistons stayed undefeated after two games.

Patrick Ewing and Larry Johnson scored 16 points apiece for New York, which couldn’t find anybody in the fourth quarter to adequately defend Hill or Hunter.

The Pistons trailed for most of the first three periods and were behind 67-58 early in the fourth quarter when Hill went to work. He scored eight straight points as Detroit went on a 10-0 run to go ahead 68-67.

The lead changed hands four more times before Rick Mahorn converted a layup with 6 1/2 minutes left to give the Pistons the lead for good.

Hill wasn’t finished yet, and his dunk, layup and four free throws down the stretch helped keep Detroit ahead.

New York pulled within four when Johnson made a layup with 2:21 left to make it 83-79, but Hunter drove around Charlie Ward on Detroit’s next two possessions and scored five quick points to send Knicks fans streaming for the exits with more than a minute left.

Malik Sealy and Aaron McKie added 11 points each and Brian Williams had 10 for the Pistons.

Charles Oakley had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Allan Houston and John Starks scored 11 each for New York.

Notes: Hill, who made only 10 3-pointers all last season, went 1-for-1 from behind the arc. ... New York City marathon winners John Kagwe of Kenya and Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland sat in the front row. ... Detroit had lost 14 of its previous 16 games in New York. ... Sealy started in place of Joe Dumars, who is on the injured list with a pulled hamstring.

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