Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 2/27

Game 1: Thursday, February 27th
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Lakers95
Game 2: Wednesday, March 12th
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Lakers 88

(35-28, 11-18 away)

Pistons 111

(40-23, 23-6 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 12, 2003

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 29 16 24 1988
    DET 18 31 25 37111

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: S. O'Neal 24 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Detroit: C. Billups 33 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Billups scores season-high 33 points for Detroit

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups was so good it almost made Phil Jackson sick.

     Chauncey Billups
    Billups

    Billups scored a season-high 33 points and made several dazzling plays during a 10-0 surge early in the fourth quarter as the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-88 Wednesday night.

    "Too much Billups tonight," Jackson said. "He made me want to throw up."

    The Pistons snapped a nine-game home losing streak against the Lakers -- their longest against any team -- with their first victory over their old rivals at The Palace since Dec. 20, 1991.

    Billups said he felt "unstoppable" at times and he looked like it one game after scoring 31 in a win over Golden State.

    The powerful point guard -- who scored six points in just over two minutes during the decisive run -- began the fourth-quarter burst by splitting two defenders and making a crafty scoop shot from outside the right side of the lane.

    "That was just a little scoop shot, a playground play," Billups said with a grin. "I don't practice that shot, I'll say that."

    The Eastern Conference-leading Pistons -- who have won three straight after losing a season-high seven consecutive games -- don't have stars like Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. But Detroit does have a top-to-bottom team that rivals any in the league.

    Detroit rookie reserve Mehmet Okur scored a career-high 22 points, reserve Corliss Williamson scored 17 points, Richard Hamilton added 14 and Ben Wallace had 21 rebounds and 10 points.

    "There are not many teams that can match our bench," Billups said.

    O'Neal, who scored a season-low 13 points in a 17-point loss at Chicago on Tuesday, had 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bryant scored 21 on 9-of-23 shooting.

    Robert Horry scored 13 for the three-time defending champions, who have lost two straight after winning nine of their previous 10.

    "This hurts us, but we aren't about to give up," O'Neal said. "We just have to keep playing as hard as we can.

    "They played a little bit harder down the stretch than we did. We still had a couple of chances to win, but Detroit got all the loose balls and played with a lot more energy."

    After Detroit's run gave it a 86-71 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Lakers didn't get closer than 10 as a sellout crowd chanted: "Beat L.A.! Beat L.A!"

    "They had a nice little streak going on the franchise," Wallace said, "We gave our people something to hold their head up about and it gave us a reason to have a little swagger."

    Following his 13-point performance against Chicago, O'Neal had eight points in the first five minutes, but was taken out of the game with two fouls just two minutes later.

    "After last night, I was trying to be more aggressive, and I ended up with some fouls," O'Neal said.

    The Lakers led 29-18 -- their largest lead -- after the opening quarter.

    Detroit tied the game midway through the second, and led 49-45 at halftime.

    There were nine ties and four lead changes in a third quarter which ended with the Pistons ahead 74-69.

    Game notes
    The Lakers, who played the second game of a season-long six-game road trip, are 11-18 on the road. They are 5-8 this season on the second night of back-to-back games. ... The Pistons are 13-0 at home when scoring at least 100. ... Wallace, the league's leading rebounder, surpassed the 20-rebound mark for the ninth time. ... Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci and chief executive Matt Millen attended the game as guests of Pistons president Joe Dumars.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAL
    DET
    Points 88 111
    FGM-FGA 36-81 (.444) 39-75 (.520)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 7-20 (.350)
    FTM-FTA 10-13 (.769) 26-34 (.765)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-42 8-35
    Assists 22 17
    Turnovers 21 11
    Steals 3 11
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 2 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (0/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Detroit
    Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 24
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Chauncey Billups Billups
    Points: 33
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0