AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- After making good on
Rasheed Wallace's victory guarantee in Game Four, the Detroit
Pistons look for a 3-2 series edge over the Indiana Pacers in
the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday.
Wallace backed up his guarantee by scoring 17 points, grabbing
12 rebounds and setting a career high with five blocked shots as
the Pistons defeated the Pacers, 89-76, on Sunday.
After trailing 9-2, Detroit scored 19 of the next 20 points in
an eight-minute stretch of the first quarter, while the Pacers
missed 13 consecutive shots.
Chauncey Billups scored 29 points and Richard Hamilton added 13
for the Pistons, who have averaged more than 85 points in the
first four contests.
Stephen Jackson scored 23 points, Jamaal Tinsley added 17 and
Jermaine O'Neal 10 with 13 rebounds for Indiana, which shot just
37 percent (26-of-70), including 3-of-19 from the arc.
O'Neal has made 6-of-26 shots in the past two games and Reggie
Miller scored only seven points in 36 minutes Sunday.
Indiana has failed to reach 80 points in the last two games and
has shot less than 40 percent from the floor in seven of its 11
The series moves to Indianapolis for Game Six on Thursday.