In the NBA Play offs, once a team wins on the road, the series becomes more exciting. Today’s Eastern Conference Finals featuring the Top seeded Boston Celtics and the second seeded Detroit Pistons. Richard Hamilton followed up his game 1 brilliance with another spectacular performance to lead the six Pistons who scored in double figures to beat the Boston Celtics 103-97. Chauncy Billups came back to life to score 19 points after his lethargic first game but more importantly create the needed opportunities for his team mates.
The Pistons used the second quarter as their leverage to build a lead and have the Celtics play catch up. From a 20-all deadlock,
scattered 11 points through jump shots and runners as the rest of the Pistons ably supported him as they turned a 18-20 deficit to a 50-43 by halftime. Hamilton
The Pistons were all business as Antonio McDyess dropped 15 points and plucked 8 rebounds, Rasheed Wallace sank 2 triples enroute to a 13 point 10 rebound game. Tayshaun Prince added 14 points and 8 rebounds while special mention also goes to Rodney Stuckey’s 13 points. The Big Three scored heavily with Paul Pierce netting 26 points Ray Allen had 25 pts and Kevin Garnett 24 points and 13 rebounds. Rajon Rondo had a near triple double with 10 pts, 9 Rebonds and 8 assists but was not as effective as what Billups did to his team.
Games 3 and 4 now goes to the Palace of Auburn Hills which will be the big test for the Celtics since they have not yet won on the road in the Playoffs. As loyalists would say, there is always a first time, it happened in this game who knows it might happen in