AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Once again, The Palace of Auburn Hills has provided a big boost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.

After a convincing win on Tuesday, the Pistons can tie the best-of-seven series when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

The Spurs won the first two games at home by an average margin of 18 points, but the Pistons bounced back with a 96-79 victory here on Tuesday.

Last year, the Pistons became the first team to win the middle three games of the NBA Finals at home since the 2-3-2 format was instituted in 1984, beating the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-1.

The backcourt of Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups combined for 44 points as the Pistons pulled away in the second half to become the first team to score at least 90 points against the Spurs in an NBA Finals game. San Antonio had played 13 games in the Finals without giving up 90 points.

The key to Detroit's resurgence was Ben Wallace, who finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds and flashed the prowess that earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Wallace, who had five of the Pistons' 10 blocks and three of their 12 steals, played a big part in holding Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan to 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Duncan's output was his second-lowest this postseason and made the Spurs 3-3 in the 2004 playoffs when he fails to score 20.

San Antonio star guard Manu Ginobili, who averaged 26.5 points over the first two games of the series, had an even worse outing. He aggravated a bruise near his right knee just 21 seconds into the game and hobbled to a seven-point performance on 2-of-6 shooting.

The Spurs had scored at least 86 points in each of their 18 playoff games and had won four straight on the road before Tuesday's loss.

Detroit is looking to join the 1969 Boston Celtics and the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers as the only teams to win the NBA Finals after dropping the first two games.

Game Five will be at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday.