Detroit Sports

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Pistons back in the series?

The Detroit Pistons finally played a good game in the NBA Finals and are now down 2-1 in this best of seven series. The Pistons played by far their best game of the Finals beating the Spurs 96-79 in game three. The game was close until late in third quarter when the Pistons went on a 21-6 run and did not look back.

The Pistons dominated this game statistically. Detroit lead in fast break points 20-4. The Pistons also recorded 6 more assists and had 7 fewer turnovers. The Pistons started the second, third, and fourth quarter with large runs. The Spurs did not have an answer for Detroit in fourth quarter and they looked much like the Pistons did in game one and two.

I think the main reason the Pistons won this game was because of Ben Wallace's performance. He had played dismal in the first two games of the Finals but he played awesome in game three. He scored 15 points, collected 11 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists. He also had five blocks, all in the first quarter. Wallace set the tone early for the Pistons by getting a steal and then dunking the ball on the first play of the game.

The guard play for Detroit was very good. Chauncey Billups had a big game scoring 20 points and dishing out 7 assists. He also only had one turnover. Rip Hamilton had his first good game of the Finals. He scored 24 points on 11-23 shooting. This was the first game in which Hamilton was able to get score effectively on Bruce Bowen.

Antonio McDyess practically saved the Pistons' season in game three. The game was very close late in the third until McDyess started hitting shots. He lead the Pistons on a 21-6 run to secure the victory for the Pistons. He finished the game with 12 points and 9 rebounds in just 19 minutes.

Game three was obviously a huge win for the Pistons but they are still in a deep hole. They must win game four or the Spurs will take a 3-1 series lead with the final two games back in San Antonio. I expect the winner of game four to take the series. Hopefully the Pistons will be celebrating another victory on Thursday night.

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