Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

With Webber Hurt, Warriors Manage to Defeat Pistons

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

With Webber Hurt, Warriors Manage to Defeat Pistons

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The Golden State Warriors lost rookie star Chris Webber, yet still had enough to defeat the Detroit Pistons 91-88 in National Basketball Association play Sunday night.

Billy Owens scored 21 points and pulled down a career-high 22 rebounds as the Warriors ended a 3-1 trip.

Even without Webber, who has averaged almost 12 rebounds, the Warriors had a 56-42 rebounding edge. The Pistons have been outrebounded in 11 of their 12 games.

A 3-pointer by Lindsey Hunter, who finished with 20 points, and a free throw by Allan Houston gave the Pistons an 88-86 lead with 2 minutes 9 seconds remaining, but it was all Golden State after that.

Latrell Sprewell, who also had 21 points, made a 3-pointer with 1:44 to go, putting the Warriors ahead 89-88.

Detroit's Sean Elliott, who scored 20 points, had the ball go off his knee while driving the lane. The Warriors took it upcourt and made it 90-88 on Avery Johnson's free throw with 27 seconds left.

Hunter missed a driving layup with 10 seconds to go and Jud Buechler was fouled in the scramble for the rebound. …

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