While teammates Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton added the glitter, Ben Wallace provided the usual grit that proved instrumental in Detroit's Game 1 trouncing of New Jersey. The Nets never got going offensively, and Wallace's 11 rebounds, four steals and three blocks obviously had lots to do with it. Big Ben also rang in 13 points, including four in a game-breaking 18-3 third-quarter run.
Tuesday on TNT
Hornets at Heat, 7 p.m. ET
Kings at Wolves, 9:30 p.m. ET
SPEAK IT, MAN
"I think the whole Eastern Conference needed this win. It's unbelievable what they've done."
-- Pistons coach Larry Brown on breaking the Nets' 14-game East playoff win streak