Grizzlies Complete Season Sweep Of Pistons

Posted: December 01, 1997

This is how bad things have gotten in Detroit: The Pistons already have been swept in the season series by Vancouver, they have the fourth-worst record in the East and they don't have any explanation.

The visiting Grizzlies completed a sweep of the season series when Grant Hill missed two foul shots with 2.1 seconds left in the Pistons' 97-95 loss last night.

Antonio Daniels hit a short running jumper with 3.1 seconds left to break a tie, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim then fouled Hill on the inbounds pass. But Hill missed the first free throw, and no one could gain control after he intentionally missed the second.

``We fooled ourselves when we beat the Knicks,'' Hill said. ``Tonight's loss is similar to all our losses this year. Vancouver played last night and was playing for the fifth time in eight days, and we are playing catch-up. I'm baffled. I can't explain what is happening.''

The win was just Vancouver's second in 11 road games this year. Detroit lost for the 11th time in its last 15 games, including a 104-96 overtime loss at Vancouver on Nov. 9.

Detroit (6-11) had never lost to the Grizzlies prior to this season.

``I couldn't be more proud of how we performed tonight,'' Vancouver coach Brian Hill said. ``I told the team before the game that this was a character game, because we've gone through one of the most grueling months you can go through in this league.''

The Grizzlies' win came just one night after a 19-point loss in Minnesota and three nights after a 21-point loss in Indiana.

In other games:

HAWKS 108, SPURS 96 At Atlanta, Dikembe Mutombo scored 22 points and the Hawks, shooting a season-high 57 percent from the field, cruised past San Antonio for their franchise-record 13th victory of November.

Atlanta has won three in a row to improve its NBA-best record to 14-2.

David Robinson scored 23 points to lead the Spurs, and rookie Tim Duncan added 20.

SONICS 103, MAGIC 81 At Seattle, Vin Baker scored all 21 of his points in the first half as the SuperSonics built a big early lead and rolled to their seventh straight victory.

NETS 87, KINGS 73 At Sacramento, Calif., Kendall Gill scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half as New Jersey (10-5) moved into a first-place tie with Miami and New York atop the Atlantic Division.

LAKERS 105, RAPTORS 99 At Inglewood, Calif., Eddie Jones, of Temple, scored 11 of his 32 points in the first quarter as Los Angeles remained the only NBA team without a home loss.

Toronto dropped its 13th straight - the longest losing streak in the league so far this season - as its NBA-worst record fell to 1-15.

In other news:

WIZARDS: OFF TO NEW ARENA The Washington Wizards played their final game at the US Airways Arena on Saturday night, and will now move to the new MCI Center, in downtown Washington, as will the NHL's Washington Capitals.

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