INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 (Ticker) -- Tayshaun Prince
put an exclamation
point on one of the best defensive efforts in NBA playoff
Prince came up with a critical block on Reggie Miller
stretch as the Pistons evened the Eastern Conference finals at a
game apiece with a 72-67 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Detroit bounced back from a Game 1 loss to end Indiana's
14-game home winning streak and gain home-court advantage in the
series. The third-seeded Pistons host Game 3 on Wednesday.
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Tayshaun Prince stuffed Reggie Miller late in Game 2:
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The Pistons came up with 19 blocks - the second-highest total in
NBA playoff history. The biggest of the game came from Prince
with 17 seconds left to cap a wild sequence and devastate the
"I've seen him make that play before," Indiana coach Rick
Carlisle said. "It was a spectacular play."
With Detroit holding a 69-67 lead, Rasheed Wallace had a dunk
attempt blocked by Jermaine O'Neal
. The ball came all the way
out to the Pistons' backcourt, where Chauncey Billups
it and raced it ahead with the shot clock running down.
But Billups committed a turnover and Jamaal Tinsley
streaking Miller, who was ahead of the pack. But the
38-year-old Miller appeared to slow up, not anticipating a
defender and the 6-9 Prince hustled back and used his left hand
to swat the ball into the corner to teammate Richard Hamilton
"I saw him in my rear-view mirror," Miller said. "In hindsight,
I probably should have dunked the ball, but I thought I had a
few steps on him. But I guess he recovered and got the block."
"Before I got there I knew it was going to be a tough play, but
once I put my hand on the ball it was a good block," Prince
said. "He slowed up just a little bit at the last second and
gave me time to get there."
Prince's fourth block of the game sent him sailing deep into the
"Most guys wouldn't even have ran down there," O'Neal said. "He
almost killed himself to block the shot. "
Hamilton, who scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter,
sank 3-of-4 foul shots in the final 15 seconds to seal the
"The crazy thing about it is Tay gets one of them every four or
five games," Hamilton said. "When Reggie was running downcourt
and I saw Tay getting his steps, I was like, 'Reggie better dunk
it, because Tay is going to get it.'"
Detroit's frontcourt of Prince, Rasheed Wallace
and Ben Wallace
combined for 13 blocks to help back up Rasheed Wallace's boasts.
The Pistons starting power forward guaranteed victory in Game
Two and his five blocks helped support his claims.
Indiana finished at just under 28 percent (25-of-80) and
All-Stars O'Neal and Ron Artest
struggled in particular. O'Neal
was held scoreless in the second half and Artest fouled out
after making 5-of-21 shots.
"They had 19 blocks and the two Wallaces controlled the lane,"
The stingy Piston defense was in full effect in the second half,
limiting the Pacers to 21 percent (8-of-39) shooting after the
break. Indiana was 3-of-22 in the fourth quarter as O'Neal and
Miller combined to miss all eight shots.