Friday , May , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons try to bounce back at home against Nets

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons try to bounce back
from consecutive losses tonight, as they welcome the New Jersey Nets to The
Palace of Auburn Hills for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semfinal set.

Both teams have won two games at home, as the Pistons won Games 1 and 2 at The
Palace, while the Nets took home victories in Games 3 and 4 at Continental
Airlines Arena.

This is a best-of-seven series, with Game 6 scheduled for Sunday at the

On Tuesday, Jason Kidd posted his seventh career playoff triple-double with 22
points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, as New Jersey evened the series at two
games apiece with a 94-79 victory over Detroit in Game 4.

Kenyon Martin finished with a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds for
the Nets, who led the entire way in front of their home crowd at Continental
Airlines Arena. Richard Jefferson contributed 19 points and seven boards and
Kerry Kittles scored 14 in the win.

Kidd, who has six playoff triple-doubles with the Nets, was 8-of-15 from the
floor and 5-of-7 from the foul line in Tuesday’s win.

Richard Hamilton scored 30 to lead the Pistons, who set a franchise playoff-
low for points scored in Sunday’s 82-64 loss in Game 3. Hamilton was the only
Detroit player in double digits. No one else had more than eight points for
the Pistons, who shot just 37 percent in the Game 4. All-Star Ben Wallace
ended with six points and 15 boards for the Pistons.

The Nets are 5-3 all-time in Game 5s in the postseason, while the Pistons have
won four of their last five Game 5s.

Detroit, which has never lost a playoff series after winning the first two
contests, has won 10 of its last 13 playoff games at home, while New Jersey
has lost four of their last seven as the visitor in the postseason.

New Jersey, which has never rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win a playoff
series, is 4-3 all-time in postseason series when it goes into Game 5 tied at
two games apiece. The Nets are 2-2 in best-of-seven series when they are tied
at two games apiece going into the fifth contest.

This is the third time that the teams have met in the playoffs. In the 2003
Eastern Conference finals, the Nets, who have represented the East in the NBA
Finals the past two seasons, swept the Pistons out of the postseason in four
straight games. New Jersey would lose in six games to the San Antonio Spurs in
the NBA Finals.

The squads also met in the first round of the 1985 playoffs. That series had a
different result than last season, as the Pistons swept New Jersey, 3-0.