Pistons one win from NBA Finals after pivotal road win

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Detroit Pistons 83 Final Recap | Box Score 65 Indiana Pacers
Chauncey Billups, PG 32 MIN | 2-7 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 7 PTSBillups kept Jamaal Tinsley in check; but, given Tinsley’s injury, you’d expect him to take more advantage offensively.
Richard Hamilton, SG 43 MIN | 12-22 FG | 8-8 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 33 PTSHamilton was a beast. Apart from Rasheed, he outscored all other Pistons combined.

Tayshaun Prince, SF 32 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTSPrince still wasn’t a big asset on offense, but he wasn’t a liability either. And his typical defensive excellence continued.

Rasheed Wallace, PF 38 MIN | 8-17 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTSThis is the all-around big time contribution Dumars had hoped for when he traded for Rasheed.

Ben Wallace, C 41 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 5 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTSAnother fantastic game on one side and pathetic on the other for Ben.
Corliss Williamson, PF 16 MIN | 1-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTSWilliamson’s defense was solid. His offense, not so much.

Lindsey Hunter, PG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTSApparently, Hunter has won back the first guard off the bench spot?
Mehmet Okur, C 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS  

Okur had no impact on the outcome of this game.

Mike James, PG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS  
Darvin Ham, SF 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTSNot much to grade Ham on, but I’m impressed that he managed to grab a rebound per minute.  
Elden Campbell, C 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTSCampbell was pretty useless.  
Larry Brown, Head Coach The Pistons went back to Indiana and blew the Pacers out. You gotta like Detroit’s chances of making the Finals right now.

-Tim Thielke

From the Frontlines

The Pistons players were always confident in themselves, and after Detroit won an elimination Game 6 in New Jersey, fans realized this team was never out of a series.

But that doesn’t make a Game 5 on the road during a 2-2 series desirable.

Unfortunately, the Pistons put themselves in that unenviable position by finishing behind the Pacers in the standings.

“Joe Dumars was really upset because we didn’t have homecourt all the way through,” Hanners said. “He was mad at Larry about it or disappointed or whatever you want to.”

Thankfully, the Pistons won this one to re-take homecourt advantage in the series.

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