Friday , May , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 21 of his 28
points in the second half to lead the defending world champion Detroit Pistons
into the Eastern Conference finals with an 88-79 victory over Indiana at
Conseco Fieldhouse. Chauncey Billups added 23 with eight assists for the
Pistons, who won three straight over the Pacers to capture the best-of-seven
semifinal series, 4-2, and advance to the conference finals for the third
straight season. Detroit will open the conference finals on Monday in Miami
against the Heat. Rasheed Wallace finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds and
hit a huge three-pointer late in the contest to help the Pistons escape with
the win.

The game marked the end of a brilliant 18-year career for Indiana’s Reggie
Miller, who led the Pacers with 27 points in his final game. Originally
selected out of UCLA by Indiana in the first round (11th pick overall) of
the 1987 NBA Draft, Miller played in 1,389 regular-season contests and
averaged 18.2 points per game and shot 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. The
sharp-shooting guard participated in his 145th playoff game on Thursday.

Final Score: San Antonio 98, Seattle 96

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan hit the game-winning bucket with
five-tenths of a second remaining and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the
Western Conference finals with a 98-96 win over the Seattle SuperSonics at
KeyArena. Duncan scored 13 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter,
as the Spurs needed six games to advance to their second conference finals in
three years. He also had nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks for San
Antonio, which rallied to win the last two games of this best-of-seven series.

Tony Parker and Robert Horry each had 14 points for the Spurs, who will next
face the winner of the Dallas-Phoenix series. Manu Ginobili tallied 13 points,
seven assists and six rebounds for San Antonio, which has won eight of its
last 10 in the postseason.