Detroit Sports

Friday, May 28, 2004

Game 4:Pistons 68 Pacers 83

The Pistons lost game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Pacers 83-68. The Pacers have now tied the series at 2-2.

The Pistons were never in this game. Indiana got the lead early and teld it throughout the game. The Pistons might have had a chance to comeback at the end of the third quarter when they came within 11 points. During that time Indiana went over 9 minutes with only 1 field goal,but the Pistons couldn't capitalize and the Pacers held them off to take the win on the road.

Indiana got a huge game from Ron Artest. He scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jermaine O'Neal sprained his knee in the second quarter and left the game briefly. He came back to score 12 points. Austin Croshere made his first start in 2 years for Indiana and scored 14 points. After shooting under 34 percent in the first 3 games of this series the Pacers shot 46 percent in game 4.

The Pistons played terrible. Detroit just simply didn't play their game. They again turned the ball over at critical times.

Tayshaun Prince continued his cold streak scoring 0 points while allowing Ron Artest to walk all over him. Ben Wallace also had a horrid night offensive night scoring just 1 point.

Hamilton scored 22 points to lead the Pistons and Chauncey Billups scored 21 points. The Pistons need to get some points from someplace other than their guards if they want to win this series. Rasheed,Prince,and Okur are the 3 main guys who need to step it up.

After scoring 20 points in game 3,Rasheed Wallace scored only 10 points on 5-17 shooting in game 4. With his 10 points he also grabbed 10 rebounds.

This series is now best of 3 games. Game 5 and game 7 will be at Indiana. That means the Pistons will have to win game 5 or 7 on the road and win game 6 at home.

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