Pistons Win Game Two on the Road
So much for Boston not having to win a game on the road in the Playoffs to win the Championship, the Detroit Pistons proved that they know what it takes to win in Boston and don’t have to do it again to reach The NBA Finals. Detroit evened up the series with their 103-97 win, with the next two games on their home court.
Richard Hamilton led the way for Detroit with 25 points after a subpar Game One. Chauncey Billups, who also struggled in the first game of the series, scored 19 with seven assists. The spark for the Pistons came from their rookie combo guard Rodney Stuckey, who scored 13 for Detroit by going to the basket strong and knocking down his jumpers.
Stuckey put the Pistons up by 11 with a little over eight minutes left in the game, but Ray Allen sparked a 13-4 run to cut Detroit’s lead to 90-88 with 4:39 to play. Boston tried their best to regain the lead in the fourth quarter, but every time they got close Detroit quickly came back and answered. Boston was down by just three with 10 seconds left but couldn’t convert.
Boston now needs to concentrate on trying to pull out their first road win of the Playoffs, it couldn’t hurt them that Ray Allen broke out of his terrible shooting slump by throwing in 25 points on Wednesday night. Kevin Garnett put up a double-double with 24 points and 13 boards and Paul Pierce added 26. That’s 75 points from The Big Three and not much else for the rest of the team. If Boston wants to win in Detroit, their bench has to get on the board.
Antonio Mcdyess had another solid game for Detroit with 15 and Rasheed Wallace finally was able to knock down a couple threes after going ice cold from behind the arch for most of the post-season. Rasheed finished with 13 while picking up a technical foul early in the first quarter.
Six Pistons finished in double figures, but it was Detroit’s defense that can be credited for the win. Right from the tip Detroit put on the pressure, not allowing Boston to play their game forcing them out of what they do best.
Detroit came into the game on eight game winning streak in Game 2’s during the playoffs and now it’s standing at nine.
For Boston to stay alive they have to win at The Palace, a difficult place to play Playoffs or not, and for a team who aren’t’ battle tested when it counts and don’t play well on the road it could be a daunting task. We will see what they can do when the series resumes in Detroit on Saturday.
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