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SPURS WON 4-3
Thu. 6/9
8:00 PM ET
GAME 1: SPURS 84, PISTONS 69
Nobly, Ginobili and TD lift Spurs in opener
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Sun. 6/12
8:00 PM ET
GAME 2: SPURS 97, PISTONS 76
Hot Spurs take 2-0 Finals lead vs. Pistons
Final:  Box Score | Play By Play
Tue. 6/14
9:00 PM ET
GAME 3: PISTONS 96, SPURS 79
Big Ben, Palace guards catch Spurs off-guard
Final:  Box Score | Play By Play
Thu. 6/16
9:00 PM ET
GAME 4: PISTONS 102, SPURS 71
Another home bashing by Pistons ties series
Final:  Box Score | Play By Play
Sun. 6/19
9:00 PM ET
GAME 5: SPURS 96, PISTONS 95
Horry delivers again as Spurs escape in OT
Final:  Box Score | Play By Play
Tue. 6/21
8:00 PM ET
GAME 6: PISTONS 95, SPURS 86
Turnabout's fair play: Pistons prevail on road
Final:  Box Score | Play By Play
Thu. 6/23
8:00 PM ET
GAME 7: SPURS 81, PISTONS 74
Spurs pull away late for title; Duncan MVP
Final:  Box Score | Play By Play
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STEIN'S LINE

San Antonio 4, Detroit 2: The Pistons might have the better starting five, but not by much. The Spurs, meanwhile, have the better bench and offensive variety Detroit can only dream of. The Spurs, in other words, have a little bit more, as well as the home-court advantage. Which is why they'll dethrone the champs and claim their third title in the past seven seasons.

Series Notes

    ELIAS SAYS ...

  • Can the Pistons go the distance? All five of their regular starters played at least 2,600 minutes during the regular season. Over the last 30 years, only two other teams had five 2,600-minute players: the 1983-1984 Washington Bullets and the 1993-1994 Denver Nuggets.

    The Pistons' regular starting lineup (Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace) played 1,397 minutes together this season --more than any other five-man combination on any NBA team.

  • Detroit has held six opponents to 66 points or fewer in playoff games over the last five years. All other teams combined have done so three times during that span.

  • With their 111-108 win at Phoenix in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, the Spurs became only the third team in NBA history to win the first two games of a playoff series on the road after having trailed entering the fourth quarter in each game.

    Source: Elias Sports Bureau

SEASON SERIES
Series tied 1-1
Dec 3, 2004 @SA 80, DET 77Recap | Box Score
Video Highlights
Mar 20, 2005 @DET 110, SA 101Recap | Box Score
Video Highlights
PLAYOFF HISTORY
DET SAS
Championships: 3 Championships: 2
Last Championship: 2004 Last Championship: 2003
Last Season:
Won NBA Championship
Last Season:
Lost in Conference Semifinals
Manu Ginobili
Super Spurs
Manu, Big Shot Bob and TD led the Spurs to a gritty 81-74 Game 7 victory for the title. Marc Stein reviews. Story
BRIAN JAMES' SCOUTING REPORT
Detroit PistonsThese are the defending champs because defense is important to them and they play unselfishly at both ends. They have no individual star on offense, move the ball from side to side and make the extra pass. But is their second unit good enough this year?


San Antonio SpursThe Spurs come in rested and ready, having swept through the tough Western Conference playoffs with only four losses. With Tim Duncan getting back to health and Manu Ginobili at the top of his game, they are the team to beat.


R. JacksonR. Jackson
PGD. MurrayD. Murray
BradleyA. Bradley
SGD. GreenD. Green
T. HarrisT. Harris
SFK. LeonardK. Leonard
J. LeuerJ. Leuer
PFL. AldridgeL. Aldridge
A. DrummondA. Drummond
CP. GasolP. Gasol
Points: 17.8
Rebounds: 7.3
Assists: 2.4
TEAM STATS (Regular Season)
  PISTONS SPURS
PPG 93.3 96.2
RPG 43.4 42.4
APG 21.8 21.6
FG% 44.401 45.318
FT% 73.860 72.406
3P% .345 .363
 

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