AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 17 (Ticker) -- The championship drive of the Detroit Pistons had the Indiana Pacers stuck in neutral.

The Pistons held the Pacers to one goaltended basket over a 13-minute stretch and regained control of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a convincing 86-67 triumph.

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Two days after reclaiming home-court advantage with a thorough victory in Indiana in Game Four, Detroit took a 3-2 lead and moved within one win of their third straight trip to the conference finals.

Ben Wallace had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Tayshaun Prince added 16 and 12 for the second-seeded Pistons, who again leaned on their championship formula of teamwork and defense to stymie the sixth-seeded Pacers.

"We're coming out with a lot of energy at the start, getting stops from the start, and not waiting until we find ourselves in a hole where we need stops," Wallace said. "We're getting stops early in the game and forcing teams to go against our set defense. Anytime we can force teams to play against our set defense, I like our chances."

Outclassed for the third time in the series, Indiana actually held a 31-27 lead with just over seven minutes left in the second quarter before missing 18 of its next 19 shots. Its only hoop during that stretch was a goaltended shot by Jeff Foster.

"I thought we had a good handle on things, but the last 31 minutes were dismal," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "Like Bill Fitch used to say, 'When you stink, you stink.'"

The Pistons closed the first half with a 15-4 spurt sparked by reserve guard Carlos Arroyo's four assists. They opened the second half with a 15-0 run featuring 10 points from the Wallaces - Ben and Rasheed - to build a 57-35 lead with 5:52 to go.

"I thought in the second and third quarter we defended as well as we have all year," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "I think that got us a lot of easy shots."

Arroyo did not play in Games Two and Three but played nine minutes in Game Four and 18 in Game Five.

"The stat sheet doesn't show it, but (Arroyo's) impact on the game was tremendous," said Brown, who did not indicate whether Arroyo had earned more minutes. The backup guard seemed resigned to intermittent play.

"I know I'm not going to be out there too much, so when I am I just try to do my best and hopefully, I'll get back in," Arroyo said. "(Brown) put me back in there and I tried to do what I know best. We tried to do a lot of pick and rolls and attack them. They looked like they were down and we had a chance to get a run."

It was a wave of championship basketball that the Pacers were unable to stop despite spending all eight of their timeouts before the end of the third quarter. They were hit with a technical foul in the fourth quarter when they were assessed a mandatory timeout they did not have.

Veteran referee Joe Crawford said he could not remember a game where a team went into the fourth quarter without any timeouts.

"I thought we had to stop the game in order to stay in it," Carlisle said. "I knew we were out of them in the third quarter, but it's not that big a deal."

The 22,076 fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills began a chant of "We want Darko!" midway through the final period. They got their wish when benchwarmer Darko Milicic came on and sank the technical free throw and hook shot to cap the win.

Detroit limited Indiana to 37 percent (24-of-69) from the field and banged the boards for a 52-34 advantage. Pushed around by Foster earlier in the series, the Pistons had 22 offensive rebounds while the Pacers managed just 23 defensive boards.

"The big thing in the last two games was their second-chance opportunities," said Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal, who had just three rebounds in 31 minutes. "And it's not just their big guys. They're pounding us from every position on the court."

All five starters were in double figures for the Pistons, who can wrap up the series with a road win Thursday. In 103 all-time series tied at 2-2, the Game Five winner has went on to win the series 83 times.

"Now comes the true test," O'Neal said. "If we don't win, it's summertime. If we do, we'll make it a one-game series and put some pressure on them."

"We're disappointed but not distraught," said Carlisle, whose team has battled adversity all season. "We know what we have to do. We faced an elimination game two weeks ago and our guys fought and won a Game Seven on the road. We're going to have to respond at home."

After losing Game Two at home, the Pistons aren't taking anything for granted.

"They are a team that has been bouncing back all season," Ben Wallace said. "They still got a lot of fight left. We know we have to come out and take care of business. They've been through a lot and that never stopped them before, so we're not looking for them to lay down."

O'Neal led the Pacers with 14 points but is just 12-of-40 from the field in the last three games. He refused to use his sore shoulder as an excuse for his performance.

"I hate to see pro athletes sit at the podium and make excuses," he said. "If you can't play, then why go out there? I'm able to make the plays. I'm just not making them. I have to find a way to play at a higher level."