Detroit evens series with convincing win
The Detroit Pistons defeated the beast in the East the Miami Heat 91-66 in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on their home floor as they will head to Miami on Monday to play for the right to go back to the NBA finals for the second consecutive season. The road back to the NBA finals for the defending champion Detroit Pistons is still in sight as the Pistons inflicted a massive embarrassment on the number one ranked team in the Eastern Conference 91-66. However, for Miami they were without a player who had averaged 30 points through the first four games of this series before an injury in game 5 not only made him miss the majority of that contest but this tilt as well.
Wade had to watch from the sidelines because of a rib muscle strain and the one-two combo of C Shaquille O’ Neal and Dwyane “Flash” Wade was not in service as the Heat bowed to the Pistons in Detroit at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Pistons and Heat played to a very close contest through the first “Q” but the Pistons turned on the jets in the second and third quarters outscoring them by 11 points apiece in both quarters.
O’Neal the three time winner of the NBA finals MVP scored 24 points and grabbed 13 boards in the loss as the Heat could not withstand the devastating blow of not having Wade suit up as the two starting backcourt players for Miami only scorched the net for 20 points combined.
On the other side the Pistons had Richard “Rip” Hamilton at their disposal and they milked as much talent as they could out of him on the night as he finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 dishes. His 24 points tied him for the game lead with O’Neal. Ben Wallace was not his usual “Big Ben” self as he only grabbed 7 boards and had just 6 points.
Although, he did register 5 swats to tie him with “Shaq Daddy” and Alonzo Mourning for a game high.
Finally Sheed, last years NBA finals MVP Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun a.k.a. “The Fresh Prince” finished with 11, 14 and 16 points respectively. Billups also had a game high 7 assists for the victorious Pistons squad.
During the first half of the game 6 contest between the Heat and Pistons a 42-year-old man was arrested due to a bomb threat made at 6:12 p.m., approximately 2 hours before the opening tipoff. The caller was alleging the a bomb would be detonated if the game was played.