Detroitís Offensive Title Defense
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Detroitís Offensive Title Defense

Click here or on the play diagram above to see how Detroit stepped up in the 2004 Finals.

Detroitís Offensive Title Defense
NBA TV takes a closer look at how Detroit ran the offense in The Finals.
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In the 2004 Finals, the Detroit Pistons matched up against the Los Angeles Lakers. Led by the outstanding guard tandem of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton, the 2003-2004 Pistons built its winning philosophy around toughness, unselfish play and defensive intensity.

With a true concept of "team" basketball, Detroit stepped up in the Finals and captured the title in five games.

The Play
The Pistons start this set with two high screens out near the three-point arch. Chauncey Billups (1) has the ball at the top of the key and moves to his right using a Ben Wallace (3) ball screen, while Richard Hamilton (32) cuts the baseline on the left-side courtesy of a Mehmet Okur (13) back-screen.

Chauncey Billups (1) then uses another Ben Wallace (3) ball-screen to reverse back towards the middle, while Tayshaun Prince (22) cuts across the baseline to the left side and Richard Hamilton (32) uses another Mehmet Okur (13) screen and cuts back up to the left wing.

All of the movement back towards the left-side of the floor has left the weak-side exposed. Ben Wallace (3) rolls to the weak-side and Billups (1) hits him with a pass for the open jump shot.