Thursday , Jun , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons hold slim lead at half

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Ben Wallace scored 12 points to lead all
scorers at halftime and help the defending champion Detroit Pistons hold a
39-38 edge over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Richard Hamilton has eight points and Antonio McDyess added six points and six
rebounds for the Pistons, who are trying to win back-to-back NBA titles for
the second time in franchise history. Detroit also won NBA crowns in 1989 and

Robert Horry has 10 points to lead the Spurs, while Tim Duncan chipped in
eight points. San Antonio is trying to pick up its third NBA championship in
seven years and first since winning it all in 2003.

The Pistons held the biggest lead of the opening half at 12-6, but San Antonio
quickly answered with a 10-0 run and held an 18-16 advantage after the first

Neither team did much scoring in the opening minutes of the second quarter and
the game was deadlocked at 25-25 for over three minutes until McDyess’ 15-foot
jumper gave Detroit a two-point edge with 4:58 left.

Each team would hold leads in the closing minutes of the first half, but
neither club was ahead by larger than a two-point margin.