SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Game One of the NBA Finals offered a
significant departure from the San Antonio Spurs' previous
series. But while the style of play was vastly different, the
result was the same.
The Spurs can take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series when
they host the defending champion Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
San Antonio rolled to a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Suns in the
Western Conference finals despite playing the Suns' up-tempo
In an 84-69 win over the Pistons in Game One on Thursday, the
Spurs were able to revert to the style of play that made them
the top defensive team in the NBA during the regular season.
Detroit was held to 38 percent shooting (29-of-77) and made
just one 3-pointer in seeing an early lead disappear. San
Antonio won the last three quarters by a combined 67-49 and
increased its points total each period against a Pistons squad
that ranked second defensively this season.
Detroit raced to a 17-4 lead midway through the first quarter
but were dominated thereafter in losing for the ninth straight
time at San Antonio. The Pistons' last win here came on April
Manu Ginobili scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter
and Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Spurs, who
are looking for their third title in seven years.
Chauncey Billups scored 25 points and had six assists for
Detroit, which will host Game Three on Tuesday. The NBA Finals
MVP last season is 21 points shy of becoming the sixth player
in franchise history to score 1,000 postseason points.
The Pistons' 69 points were the fewest they have scored in 22
games in the NBA Finals. The 153 combined points approached the
all-time Finals low of 145 by Syracuse and Fort Wayne in 1955 -
the first season of the shot clock.