Hard Drive to the Hardwood:
The NBA Finals
Our simulations get us a champion!

With the NBA Finals now upon us, we wanted to see whether the Los Angeles Laker or the Detroit Pistons would take the ultimate prize: The Larry O'Brien Trophy. For the last time this season, we cranked up the XBOX game console, dropped in XBOX's NBA Inside Drive 2004 and we looked into the future. To take a line from Tinseltown: And the winner is ...

The Los Angeles Lakers, thanks to Shaquille O'Neal (and XBOX's NBA Inside Drive 2004 cover guy), are champs in our simulations.

You can see how the two finalists got here thanks to the conference finals matchups. The first-round simulations went according to form and the conference semifinals produced some surprises.

Here are the details of the NBA Finals simulations powered by XBOX'S NBA Inside Drive 2004.

THE FINALS

Lakers 4 - Pistons 3
Ben Wallace maintained his ferocious play on the boards, but the Lakers' talent -- Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Karl Malone -- was too much for the Pistons to overcome in this tough, grueling seven-game series. The NBA hasn't had a seven-game Finals series since the Rockets-Knicks in 1994.

Game 1: Los Angeles 101, Detroit 93
Game 2: Los Angeles 108, Detroit 95
Game 3: Detroit 112, Los Angeles 107
Game 4: Detroit 105, Los Angeles 89
Game 5: Detroit 97, Los Angeles 93
Game 6: Los Angeles 99, Detroit 92
Game 7: Los Angeles 97, Detroit 71

The Finals: Lakers-Pistons series page

PREVIOUS RESULTS

Let's take a look at how accurate our simulations were. With the exception of more points being scored (OK, a lot more), the simulations were eerily accurate.

EAST FINALS

PACERS VS. PISTONS
NBA Playoffs: Pistons 4, Pacers 2
Inside Drive: Pistons 4, Pacers 1

WEST FINALS

WOLVES VS. LAKERS
NBA Playoffs: Lakers 4, Wolves 2
Inside Drive: Lakers 4, Wolves 2

EAST SEMIS

PACERS VS. HEAT
NBA Playoffs: Pacers 4, Heat 2
Inside Drive: Pacers 4, Heat 0

PISTONS VS. NETS
NBA Playoffs: Pistons 4, Nets 3
Inside Drive: Pistons 4, Nets 2

WEST SEMIS

WOLVES VS. KINGS
NBA Playoffs: Wolves 4, Kings 3
Inside Drive: Wolves 4, Kings 1

LAKERS VS. SPURS
NBA Playoffs: Lakers 4, Spurs 2
Inside Drive: Lakers 4, Spurs 1

EAST FIRST ROUND

PACERS VS. CELTICS
NBA Playoffs: Pacers 4, Celtics 0
Inside Drive: Pacers 4, Celtics 1

PISTONS VS. BUCKS
NBA Playoffs: Pistons 4, Bucks 1
Inside Drive: Pistons 4, Bucks 0

NETS VS. KNICKS
NBA Playoffs: Nets 4, Knicks 0
Inside Drive: Nets 4, Knicks 1

HEAT VS. HORNETS
NBA Playoffs: Heat 4, Hornets 3
Inside Drive: Heat 4, Hornets 3

WEST FIRST ROUND

WOLVES VS. NUGGETS
NBA Playoffs: Wolves 4, Nuggets 1
Inside Drive: Wolves 4, Nuggets 1

LAKERS VS. ROCKETS
NBA Playoffs: Lakers 4, Rockets 1
Inside Drive: Lakers 4, Rockets 1

KINGS VS. MAVS
NBA Playoffs: Kings 4, Mavs 1
Inside Drive: Kings 4, Mavs 0

SPURS VS. GRIZZLIES
NBA Playoffs: Spurs 4, Grizzlies 0
Inside Drive: Spurs 4, Grizzlies 1

These playoffs simulations were powered by Xbox's NBA Inside Drive 2004 .

SIMULATED LEADERS THROUGH THE FINALS

SCORING LEADERS
1. Mobley, HOU: 35.3
2. Pierce, BOS: 34.8
3. J. O'Neal, IND: 31.7
4. S. O'Neal, LAL: 31.1
4. Davis, N.O.: 31.1
6. Redd, MIL: 30.4
7. Webber, SAC: 26.9
8. Bryant, LAL: 25.0
9. Duncan, S.A.: 26.4
10. Nowitzki, DAL: 24.9

REBOUNDING LEADERS
1. Garnett, MIN: 10.9
2. Duncan, S.A.: 10.6
3. Nowitzki, DAL: 10.3
4. Gasol, MEM: 9.8
5. Wallace, IND: 9.1
6. S. O'Neal, LAL: 9.0
6. Grant, MIA: 9.0
6. Nene, DEN: 9.0
9. Webber, SAC: 8.9
10. Grant, MIA: 8.6

ASSISTS LEADERS
1. Kidd, NJN: 10.2
2. Payton, LAL: 9.5
3. Marbury, NYK: 8.2
4. Bryant, LAL: 8.1
5. Williams, MEM: 8.0
6. Finley, DAL: 7.7
7. Cassell, MIN: 7.6
8. Pierce, BOS: 7.5
9. Francis, HOU: 7.5
10. Tinsley, IND: 7.2