By Jeff Dengate

May 3, 2005 -- This Pistons squad has been here before: Closing out a first-round opponent and making preparations for the team they'll face in the next series. The Sonics haven't experienced the joys of winning a playoff series since 1998. With victories Tuesday night, both teams moved one step closer to the ultimate prize and get a moment's rest before resuming play.

Seattle's rest may be short lived, as they face the winner of the San Antonio-Denver series. The Spurs hold a 3-1 lead with Game 5 to be staged Wednesday night in San Antonio (9:30 ET, TNT). The Pistons move on to play the winner of the Boston-Indiana series, with the Pacers holding a 3-2 lead.

While Detroit and Seattle await the next hurdle, Inside the Numbers gives you some facts and figures surrounding the potential matchups:


The road for the Celtics or Pacers leads through Ben Wallace and the land of tough defense.
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.750 Detroit's winning percentage against the Boston Celtics during the 2004-05 regular season.

.500 Indiana and Detroit split the regular season series at two games apiece, each winning two road games.

3.5 Blocks Ben Wallace averaged over four games this season against Boston. He only averaged as many or more blocks against Charlotte, Golden State and Memphis.

7-2 Detroit is 7-2 all-time in the postseason against the Pacers, capturing the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals in six games and taking a three-game sweep of the first round in 1990.

15 Steals by Indiana in a Nov. 19 victory. Jamaal Tinsley swiped eight in the contest.

19-20 Detroit's record all-time in the playoffs against the Celtics, winning only three of the seven series the teams have played dating back to 1968.

22.0 Points per game Rasheed Wallace averaged through four games against Boston, his most against any one opponent this season. Wallace scored a season-high 31 against Boston March 26.

72.6 Points per game Detroit held the Pacers to during the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals.

90.0 Points per game the Pacers scored against Detroit during the regular season this year.

89.5 Points per game the Pistons allowed during the 2004-05 regular season, second fewest in the NBA.

100.4 Points per game the Boston Celtics scored this season, fifth most in the NBA.

107.0 Detroit's average output through four contests with Boston, tied for their most against any one club (L.A. Lakers).

1994 Larry Brown earned Coach of the Month honors in February 1994 with the Indiana Pacers.


It's exciting to win a first-round series, but more work awaits.
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.563 Ray Allen's 3-point field goal percentage in three games against the Spurs this season.

1 Rebound advantage the Sonics held over the Spurs in their four-game season series. The Sonics grabbed 156 to San Antonio's 155.

2-2 The Sonics split the regular season series with Denver and San Antonio.

5.18 Points per game the Sonics were held below their season average in the four games against the Spurs (93.75 compared to 98.93)

9.4 Rebounds per game Jerome James grabbed against the Kings, including a 15-board performance in Game 1. James' regular season best was only seven boards.

17 Fewest points Jerome James scored in any one game during the first four games of the opening round series against the Kings. James only scored more than 17 points once during the regular season.

15 NBA-record for points scored in an overtime period set by Earl Boykins in the Nuggets 116-110 victory on Jan. 18.

20 Points Ray Allen scored against Denver on Dec. 22 despite playing with the flu.

25.7 Points Tim Duncan averaged during three games played against Seattle.

46 Points more the Sonics scored against Denver in four games this season compared to the Spurs.

357 Victories George Karl registered as head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics from 1991-98. He led the Sonics to three 60-win seasons, had just one losing month and never had a losing streak longer than three games.