Detroit wins series 4-2 (Game 2 of 6)

Detroit wins series 4-2

Game 1: Monday, May 9th
Game 2: Wednesday, May 11th
Game 3: Friday, May 13th
Game 4: Sunday, May 15th
Game 5: Tuesday, May 17th
Game 6: Thursday, May 19th

Pacers 92

(44-38, 19-22 away)

Pistons 83

(54-28, 32-9 home)

8:00 PM ET, May 11, 2005

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 T
IND 18 22 28 2492
DET 33 17 19 1483

Top Performers

Ind: J. Foster 14 Pts, 20 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Det: T. Prince 24 Pts, 9 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Blk

Indiana seizes control with fourth-quarter run

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The NBA's most resilient team bounced back again.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points, Reggie Miller had 19 and Jeff Foster grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds Wednesday night to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Detroit Pistons 92-83 in Game 2, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1.

"I don't think any pro team -- in any sport -- can handle what we've handled," O'Neal said before getting on the team bus. "Our goals haven't changed. Our goals are to get to the NBA Finals, and win a championship. We still believe."

Many wrote the Pacers off when their Nov. 19 brawl with the Pistons and their fans led to unprecedented suspensions, but the Pacers didn't let the loss of Ron Artest and others -- or a slew of injuries later in the season -- devastate them.

Indiana even pulled off a rare road win in a Game 7 of the first round at Boston to advance to play the defending NBA champions, who ended the Pacers' season in the conference finals last year.

"These guys have been tough. They've been through a lot," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "When they get knocked down, they tend to get back up fighting."

After losing Game 1 by 15, the Pacers trailed by 15 after the first quarter and didn't take the lead until there was 4:10 left in the third when Miller's 3-pointer capped an 11-4 run.

There were five lead changes in the fourth before the score was tied at 77 midway through the quarter. Miller's 3-pointer put Indiana ahead 82-77 with just under 5 minutes left.

The Pacers outrebounded Detroit 52-43 and had nine more steals.

"They did all the effort things that we did in Game 1," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "That was the key.

"When the game really meant something, they made every single effort play."

The next two games in the best-of-seven series are in Indianapolis on Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

"Nothing is secure for us at home. We lost twice at home against Boston," Miller said. "That's probably a bad thing for us, and a good thing for Detroit."

The Pistons had won eight straight home playoff games dating to last year's conference finals.

Foster gave the Pacers a huge lift off the bench with 14 points, two blocks, two steals and the best rebounding game of his six-year career.

"Jeff Foster did have a Ben Wallace-type performance," O'Neal said.

Wallace dominated Monday with 21 points, 15 rebounds and four steals, but was limited to three points -- on 0-for-4 shooting -- Wednesday.

Detroit's Tayshaun Prince scored 24, Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton each had 14 and Chauncey Billups scored 13. Hamilton played the second half with his right calf wrapped after hurting it in the first half.

"I think we played like a bunch of strangers and they had a lot to do with that," Brown said. "We shot 50 percent in the first half. In the second half, we didn't pass the ball."

Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley had 12 points -- mostly on driving layups -- and 12 assists while Stephen Jackson added 13 points. O'Neal prevented the Pacers from falling behind more than they did early with eight points in the first quarter, then led their third-quarter surge with 10 points. He finished with 10 rebounds and five blocks.

Miller, who plans to retire after the season, scored just two points in each of the first two quarters before scoring 15 in the second half. He scored six points in the series opener.

"Reggie was phenomenal when the game was on the line," Brown said.

Detroit started the second quarter ahead 33-18 with Prince scoring 11 -- three more than he had in Game 1 -- and Hamilton adding eight points.

"Things were not looking real good," Carlisle said.

The Pistons led 50-40 at halftime, then fell behind by five in the third before going back ahead.

Game notes

Artest told ESPN he thought his season-long suspension for his role in the infamous melee was "a bit harsh," in an interview broadcast Wednesday. Artest did add, however, he respected NBA commissioner David Stern's decision. "I know what I did wasn't right," Artest said. "It was only a cup. It wasn't like it was a brick." ... Gabrielle Nettle, 18, of nearby Clarkston, was identified as the Pistons' 1,000,000th fan this season before the game. She was given an authentic Detroit jersey, two seats for next season's opener and passes to a VIP area along with Pistons merchandise. David Wieme, a team official, said Nettle was laid off from her job earlier in the day. ... Foster's previous career high in rebounds was 18.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 92 83
FGM-FGA 37-95 (.389) 32-77 (.416)
3PM-3PA 7-24 (.292) 6-17 (.353)
FTM-FTA 11-14 (.786) 13-19 (.684)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-52 10-43
Assists 21 23
Turnovers 10 15
Steals 11 2
Blocks 8 8
Fast Break Points 14 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 12 15

Top Performers

Jeff Foster Foster
Points: 14
Reb: 20
Ast: 2
Stl: 2
Blk: 2
Tayshaun Prince Prince
Points: 24
Reb: 9
Ast: 7
Stl: 0
Blk: 2