Tuesday, June 07, 2005Road Warriors
It takes a great team to win a Game 7 on the road and the Pistons proved they are that team. Down the stretch with a 20-8 run and shutting down Dwayne Wade over the final 15 minutes made the difference.
Shaq played strong for the Heat and Wade was valiant but the Pistons had too much for them and on a lineup card it appears that they will have too many players for the Spurs as well.
All credit is due to Detroit and as usual it wasn't one guy but a combination of many. Billups hit a big 3-pointer and four free throws. Ben Wallace had an emphatic dunk to give the Pistons the lead in the fourth and Rasheed Wallace came through with a put-back and two big free throws.
2004 Champions vs. 2003 Champions.
Cold-Blooded Pistons Eliminate Heat [Free-Press]
Albom: Pistons Show They Can Handle Heat [Free-Press]
Le Batard: Heat Run Ends in a Flash [Miami Herald]