INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons have a chance to
duplicate what they did to the Indiana Pacers in 2004.
A year after beating Indiana in six games in the Eastern
Conference finals, the Pistons can close out the Pacers in six
games in the conference semifinals on Thursday.
This time, Game Six will be at Conseco Fieldhouse instead of the
Palace of Auburn Hills. However, the Pistons have won five of
their last six meetings here against Indiana.
This could be the final home game for Reggie Miller even if the
Pacers win on Thursday. Miller has struggled throughout the
series, averaging 11.4 points and shooting 38 percent.
The future Hall of Famer has spent his entire 18-year career
with the Pacers and is 12th on the all-time scoring list with
Two days after reclaiming home-court advantage with a victory at
Indiana in Game Four, the Pistons posted an 86-67 win on
Tuesday. Detroit sealed the win with a 30-2 run during a
13-minute stretch spanning the second and third quarters.
Ben Wallace collected 19 points and 11 rebounds while Tayshaun
Prince added 16 and 13 for the Pistons in Game Five. Jermaine
O'Neal was held to 14 points and Miller scored only eight.
O'Neal is shooting 35 percent in the series.
If the Pacers win on Thursday, then Game Seven will be held
Sunday in Detroit.