Ben Wallace was a defensive force as usual for the Pistons in Friday's photo gallery.
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X-Factor: Williamson Adds Spark Off Bench

Williamson
The Pistons are known for their stingy defense, but it was their offensive eruption on Friday that paved the way to a 95-80 win over the Nets in Game 2 of their East semifinal series. Detroit outscored New Jersey 61-34 after halftime with sixth man Corliss Williamson scoring seven of his 11 points after intermission. Williamson connected on 5-of-8 shot attempts in just 14 minutes for the Pistons, who had all but 14 of their points scored by the starting unit.

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VIRTUAL GM TOP EFFICIENCY
C. Billups, Det.
VGM value: 15.6
Friday: Billups ran the show to the tune of 28 points and 13 assists for a plus-38 efficiency rating in the Pistons' 95-80 win.

VIRTUAL GM BEST BUY
R. Hamilton, Det.
VGM value: 14.3
Friday: Hamilton dropped in 28 points to help the Pistons take a 2-0 series lead on the Nets.

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Saturday on ESPN
Heat at Pacers, 7 p.m. ET
Kings at Wolves, 9:30 p.m. ET

SPEAK IT, MAN
"I think we just played our best half of basketball. I don't know if we can play better than that."
-- Coach Larry Brown on Detroit's second half.