Detroit Sports

Friday, June 17, 2005

Pistons tie the Series

The Detroit Pistons are now tied with the San Antonio Spurs at two games apiece in the NBA Finals after beating the Spurs in game four. The Pistons played probably their best game of the season destroying the Spurs 102-71. Game five will be in Detroit and after that the series moves to San Antonio for game six and seven.

The Pistons played an awesome game on the defensive end. The Pistons took the Spurs away from their offensive game the entire night. The Spurs could not drive into the lane or score inside. The Pistons lead for almost the entire game, and the Spurs never made a run and could not catch up to the Pistons. Detroit held the Spurs to just 71 points on 26-70 shooting. The Pistons had 13 steals and 6 blocks. Detroit also had 47 rebounds. The Pistons held Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to just 28 points combined.

The Pistons were equally amazing on the offensive end of the court. Seven Pistons scored 11 or more points. The Pistons put up 90 shots and made 41 of them. They also had 23 assists. They scored 102 points, the most the Spurs have ever allowed in a finals game. Another amazing number the Pistons had was only 4 turnovers. That was the fewest amount of turnovers a team has ever had in a NBA Finals game.

The Pistons bench played great. Lindsey Hunter had one of the best games of his playoff career scoring 17 points in just 22 minutes. He also had 2 steals and 5 assists. Antonio McDyess also had a huge game scoring 13 points in just 19 minutes of work. McDyess also had seven rebounds. Even Darko Milicic pitched in with 2 rebounds and 2 points off the bench at the end of the game.

After dominating game four, the Pistons now have all the momentum in this series. Even with the dominating win they still need to win game five. I think they will be able to take one out of two in San Antonio (if they win game five). If they don't win game five, it will be very tough to win both games in San Antonio.


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