Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Paul Pierce scored on a lay up to finally cut the Pistons lead to five 73-78 with four minutes to go, the Pistons called a time out and the Celtics celebrate as they came alive after being down by as much as 14 points. After talking things out, the new Motor City Club suddenly clamped down on the Celtics and unleashed a paralyzing 16-2 run to take their second win and even the Eastern Conference best of seven series.

Richard Hamilton once again was unstoppable as he went 8 for 10 on the field and 4 of 4 from the stripe to score 20 points. The most notable contributor for the Pistons is former Nugget scoring machine Antonio McDyess who unloaded 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Rasheed Wallace was his usual mean self as he scored 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting and also had 5 block shots.

The Celtics Big three was unproductive this time around as they combined for only 43 pts that came from their lackluster 11 for 38 shooting which translates to 28%. Most of their points came from the stripe. The Pistons bodied up on Kevin Garnett as he was held to six points in the first half. Chauncy Billups was “adequate” this time around as he scored 10 points and dished out 7 assists, the same assist total of Hamilton.

The Pistons started like a house on fire as they raced to an early 16-4 lead and the Celtics countered with a run of their own as Paul Pierce scored 7 points to cut the lead to five at the end of the first quarter. Jason Maxiell proved to be the Piston’s sparkplug in the 2nd quarter as he pumped in six of his 14 points to lead the reserves. The Pistons dictated the pace of the game the rest of the way with their signature trapping defense and smooth offense.

Now the Celtics are again pressured to respond with a win in their homecourt. But just they same they achieved their goal by stealing one in Detroit and hopefully win at least two in Boston if the series extends to a seventh game. Stay Tuned for Game 5 on thursday.

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