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1990 NBA Finals; Game 5 vs. Portland Trailblazers

The Pistons came out smoking by making 7 of their first 11 shots in the opening period. Detroit would build an 8-point lead but Portland would come back in the 3rd. Portland took a 76-69 lead but Detroit immediately answered with an 8-0 run which gave them a 77-76 lead with 6:35 left to play. All 8 points in the Detroit run were scored by Vinnie Johnson. With the Pistons leading 81-79, an 11-2 run by the Trailblazers gave them a 90-83 lead late in the game. Johnson then hit a 15-foot leaner and drew a foul. After converting the free throw, he hit another jumper after a Kevin Duckworth miss to cut the lead to 90-88. Isiah Thomas tied the game at 90 with a 17-foot jump shot with 36 seconds left to play. Terry Porter turned the ball over with 20 seconds left and the Pistons held for the final shot. Fittingly, Vinnie Johnson nailed the game winning, and championship winning, 17-footer with 0:00.7 left on the clock. After not winning a game in Portland for 17 years, Detroit took 3 straight to win their 2nd consecutive NBA title.

DETROIT MN FG-FGA FT-FTA OR DR RB AS PF ST TO BL PTS
Rodman 30 1-3 0-2 2 3 5 1 3 1 1 2 2
Edwards 34 5-13 3-5 1 2 3 0 5 1 3 1 13
Laimbeer 33 3-5 0-0 1 16 17 2 5 1 0 1 6
Dumars 37 2-13 4-6 3 1 4 7 2 2 2 0 8
Thomas 35 13-20 0-2 2 1 3 5 3 2 7 0 29
Salley 25 4-8 0-0 4 2 6 0 4 1 1 1 8
Johnson 24 6-11 4-5 1 1 2 0 3 1 2 1 16
Aguirre 18 3-8 3-3 2 2 4 0 3 0 2 0 10
Team           10            
TOTAL   37-81 14-23 16 28 54 15 28 9 18 7 92
3-PT: Thomas 3-3, Aguirre 1-1, Dumars 0-1, Edwards 0-1
PORTLAND MN FG-FGA FT-FTA OR DR RB AS PF ST TO BL PTS
Kersey 45 4-12 3-4 4 5 9 3 4 1 3 0 11
Williams 33 5-11 0-0 2 6 8 2 4 0 2 1 10
Duckworth 21 10-21 1-3 0 5 5 0 3 1 1 0 21
Drexler 40 6-13 8-11 1 5 6 4 6 1 4 0 20
Porter 40 5-12 7-10 1 0 1 9 2 3 5 1 21
Robinson 18 0-4 0-0 4 2 6 0 3 0 0 1 0
Young 16 2-2 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 5
Cooper 11 1-3 0-2 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 2
Team           18            
TOTALS   33-78 19-30 14 26 55 20 25 8 17 4 90
3-PT: Porter 4-9, Young 1-1, Drexler 0-1, Kersey 0-1
SCORING 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
Detroit 26 20 19 87 92
Portland 22 20 27 21 90
A - 12,642
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