SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- After an inspired performance Tuesday, the Detroit Pistons turn their attention to history.

The Pistons look to become just the fourth team in NBA Finals history to win Game Seven on the road when they take on the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in the finale of the first championship series to go the distance since 1994.

Behind a combined 44 points from the backcourt tandem of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton and strong play down the stretch from maligned forward Rasheed Wallace, Detroit evened the series at three wins apiece with a 95-86 triumph Tuesday.

It marked the Pistons' first win in San Antonio since 1997, breaking a string of 10 straight road losses against the Spurs, including two blowout defeats here to start the Finals.

Wallace had been criticized for sub-par play throughout the series and a defensive mishap in Game Five in which he left San Antonio forward Robert Horry wide open for what proved to be the decisive 3-pointer in overtime.

The volatile Detroit forward responded by scoring seven of his team's last 13 points in Game Six as the Pistons pulled away.

His play helped Detroit improve to 5-0 in elimination games over the last two seasons and gave it a chance to become the first team since the Washington Bullets in 1978 to win Game Seven on the road.

The Pistons also are a win away from being the first club since the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977 to come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the title.

The 1978 Bullets also are the last team to rally from a 3-2 deficit to win the NBA Finals. Since the 2-3-2 playoff format was adopted in 1985, teams returning home with a 3-2 lead are 7-0.

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili both scored 21 points and combined for 25 rebounds in Game Six for the Spurs, who continued their poor foul shooting in failing to close out their third title in seven seasons.

Duncan and Ginobili combined to shoot 10-of-18 from the line, part of San Antonio's 16-of-26 (62 percent) effort. After shooting 82 percent (40-of-49) from the line in the first two games of the series, the Spurs are a dismal 60 percent (55-of-91) over the last four, losing three of them.

Since Duncan joined San Antonio in 1997, the club had not appeared in a Game Seven, including its title runs in 1999 and 2003.