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June 6, 1990

Undated (AP) _ No game is scheduled. The Finals resume Thursday with Game 2 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. STARS

Isiah Thomas, Pistons, scored 14 points of his 33 points in a five-minute period down the stretch, helping turn a 10-point deficit into a five-point lead with 1:49 left as Detroit rallied to win Game 1 of The Finals 105-99. Thomas was 13-for-27 from the field and also had seven rebounds and six assists. SUPER SUBS

Detroit’s subs, led by Mark Aguirre with 18 points, outscored Portland’s subs 26-7 in Game 1 of The Finals. The Pistons’ reserves also outrebounded the Trail Blazers’ reserves 19-9 with John Salley grabbing nine boards and Aguirre eight. Salley also blocked four shots, the same number as Portland. SWINGS

With 59 regular season and 11 postseason victories under his belt already this season, Portland forward Buck Williams has participated in one more victory with the Trail Blazers this season than he did in his last three seasons combined with New Jersey. SERVES ’EM RIGHT

Portland can point to its free throw shooting as one reason it lost Game 1 of The Finals; the Trail Blazers were just 18-for-28 from the foul line for the game and missed four in a row down the stretch.

Buck Williams was the biggest offender, going 4-for-9, and fellow starting forward Jerome Kersey was 4-for-7. STEPPIN’ UP

Chuck Daly moved past Red Holzman and into sixth place on the all-time playoff victories list with his 59th in Game 1 of The Finals. Daly, 59-30, is second only to the Lakers’ Pat Riley (102-47, .685) with a .663 winning percentage in the postseason. Next up is John Kundla, who won 60 of 95 playoff games (.632) as coach of the Minneapolis Lakers from 1948-1959. STREAKS

Detroit improved to 10-0 at home in the playoffs this season with its 105-99 victory over Portland in Game 1 of The Finals on Tuesday. The Pistons, who have won 13 straight at The Palace dating back to last season, may need all four of their home games to repeat as champions; they’ve lost 20 straight games, dating back to Oct. 19, 1974, on the Trail Blazers’ home floor. SHOOTING

Detroit, which had held its Eastern Conference playoff opponents to 43 percent shooting, allowed 45.9 percent shooting by Portland (39 of 85) in Game 1 of The Finals. The Trail Blazers had made only 44.3 percent in winning the Western Conference. STIFLING

Detroit, 12-0 in the playoffs when holding its opponent under 100 points and 0-4 when its opponent scores 100, seemed destined to allow at least 100 points on Tuesday when a basket by Buck Williams with 7:04 left gave the Trail Blazers a 90-80 lead.

Over the final seven minutes, however, Portland managed just nine more points, failing to score on 10 of 12 possessions at one point, and the Pistons’ finished the game with a 25-9 run to preserve the streak. SPEAKING

″We were belly up at that time. Isiah played a magical 10 minutes, where he knocked every shot down. ... One of Isiah’s greatest gifts is his leadership - the ability to take over.″ - Detroit coach Chuck Daly.


″We played like we wanted to for about 43 minutes. Down the stretch, they got more physical and turned their defense up.″ - Portland coach Rick Adelman.

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