HEAT HEADED TO FIRST NBA FINALS
Wade and Co. outscored the Pistons by nine on the fast break.
(Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
Miami will make its first trip to the NBA Finals after eliminating Detroit on Friday in a 95-78 home win in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Shaquille O'Neal set the tone in the first half, scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds en route to an 11-point halftime lead. O'Neal finished with 28 points on 12-of-14 shooting, while posting 16 boards and five blocks. O'Neal is making his sixth trip to The Finals and will be making his first appearance since 2004. Jason Williams also sizzled from the floor, drilling 10-of-12 shots on his way to 21 points. Dwyane Wade, who received IV treatment the entire day due to effects from the flu, collected 14 points and 10 assists. The Heat were able to stifle the Pistons attack, limiting the defending Eastern Conference Champions to 33-percent shooting. Detroit was paced by Richard Hamilton's 33 points. Detroit, which boasted the best record in the league this season, will miss The Finals for the first time in three seasons. Heat coach Pat Riley, who is making his ninth Finals appearance, will take Miami into Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday, June 8 against Dallas (9 p.m. ET on ABC).
Click and Roll: Pistons-Heat edition
Five Things: Chauncey Billups | Shaquille O'Neal | Antoine Walker
DET
86.5
40.1
17.1
0.425
0.690
0.402

PPG
RPG
APG
FG%
FT%
3P%
MIA
102.0
39.8
17.2
0.493
0.695
0.390
TEAM LEADERS
Hamilton 19.4
Wallace 11.5
Billups 5.8
Delfino 1.000
Billups 0.917
Delfino 1.000
PPG
RPG
APG
FG%
FT%
3P%
Wade 27.6
Haslem 7.8
Wade 6.6
Mourning 0.727
Payton 1.000
Wade 0.667
SEASON SERIES: PISTONS 3, HEAT 1
April 6: Pistons 95, Heat 82 | Boxscore | Video highlights
March 22: Pistons 82, Heat 73 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Feb. 12: Heat 100, Pistons 98 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Dec. 29: Pistons 106, Heat 101 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Game 1: MIA 91, DET 86 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 2: DET 92, MIA 88 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 3: MIA 98, DET 83 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 4: MIA 89, DET 78 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 5: DET 91, MIA 78 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 6: MIA 95, DET 78 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
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