A tale of two teams and I don’t mean the Sixers and Pistons. That’s what it all boils down to in Detroit’s 93-84 win to even up their series with the Sixers 2-2. The Sixers came out strong controlling the tempo and having their way with Detroit. It looked like a mirror image of game three and Detroit looked like they were on their way to going down 3-1 in the series to the seventh seed Sixers. However, things changed after halftime.
Detroit, down 10 at the half, came out of the locker room a whole different team. The Pistons poured in the first 11 points of the half to take the lead and get back on track. From then on it was a whole new ball game, literally. Wallace and Billups were hitting threes, Rip Hamilton was knocking shots down and Tayshaun Prince hit 11 of his 12 shots on the night. The Pistons third quarter surge when they outscored the Sixers 34-16 took away any sort flow in the game that Philly had established.
- That Pistons team we don’t really care for started the game and the real Pistons stepped on court at the half to finish the game.
- The Sixers led by as much as 14 in the first half.
- Rip, who was ice cold in the first half came out hot in the second. He went on a tear in the fourth when he scored 10 consecutive Pistons points. At the end of the night he had put up 18 points and 5 boards, adding 7 assists and a takeaway.
- Chauncey also was ice cold before the half but turned it around after his team headed out of the lockeroom. Billups controlled the tempo and along with it his team. Billups finished with 18 points on 4-16 shooting with 6 boards and 7 assists in 40 minutes.
- Antonio McDyess came off the bench to give life to the team in the fist half. You know the old cliche “Do it for Dyess,” well Dyess did it for them. As soon as he stepped on court Diggity had the fire, he scored 10 and grabbed 4 board in his 20 minutes for Detroit.
- “Dice was awesome tonight,” Chauncey Billups said. “He was less than 24 hours out of surgery with that broken nose and he willed us. He was getting every rebound, blocking shots, taking charges. He just wanted it and he was a lot more vocal today than he usually is.” Via The Daily Tribune
- 10 turnovers in the first half. Just 4 more to finish out the game.
- Detroit controlled the tempo and controlled the Sixers offensive game by clamping down on defense. There’s no shame in helping your teammate lock their man down.
- Half Court Basketballlll.
- When Detroit came out and grabbed the lead for the first time after the half and the fact that they did it so quickly made me realize that “our” Pistons were back.
- Just 10 bench points for Detroit, all of them coming from McDyess.
- Don’t know about you, but this one had me searching for the Tums.
- Is it just me or does C-Webb seem a little bitter towards his old team? If you caught his remarks after the Dallas-Hornets game you will know what I mean.
- When Rip to Tay happens…..it’s amazing.
- “Everybody knows that we are good under pressure,” said guard Chauncey Billups said. “I hate that we put ourselves in this position a lot of times.” “I believe in the guys who are in our locker room,’Via NBA.com
- Maxiell 3 blocks, 4 points, 5 boards, an assist and a steal in 30 minutes. Every one of those minutes Maxie was going at 110%.
- So what if I was worried, that’s just how I am. When Sheed hit the threes and the Pistons took the lead for the lead for the first time I screamed so loud I scared the puppy.
- The starters took care of this one getting the bulk of the minutes.
- Tayshaun has been by far the best Piston player this whole series. Not only did Tay hit 12 of his 13 shots on the night to lead the Pistons with 23 points while doing a hell of a job on Andre Iguodala but he’s 19-for-21 in the last two games. His highlights weren’t shabby either.
- The Fluidics and I both found the way Tay thanked “Blaha” very funny.
So if you happen to be out and about and hear someone’s phone ring “Thank You Blaha,” you’ll know it’s me.
- NBA.com Highlights of The Game.
- “Pistons team president Joe Dumars lamented all last summer over how sick he was of losing to teams that might have been less talented but were much hungrier, but no matter which buttons Saunders tried to push, hunger was exactly what was lacking from the Pistons for a majority of this series. But hunger – all different kinds of hunger -what was fueled McDyess’ first-half play after he was replaced in the starting lineup by Jason Maxiell.” Via Chris Sheridan ESPN.com
- Another double-double for Samuel Dalembert with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
- Board war even at 39.
- 34 to 16 third quarter did the trick for Detroit.
- “I told them, ‘Guys, we’re playing tight, we’re afraid to take a shot, afraid to make a move and when you play like that is when you make mistakes. Just relax, we are a good basketball team. Just go out there, hit somebody and have some fun.” Via The Detroit News
- So that’s what happened in the locker room at the half…I bet some other words were said too.
- Sheedtastic anyone? I guess the technical foul Rasheed was called for before halftime really set thing rolling. It was Sheed’s threes (four of them) that really helped bury the Sixers early in the third. A double-double on the night for RA with 20 points and 10 boards with 3 assists and a steal.
- “Wallace cracked up when the 76ers showed a “separated at birth” timeout video comparing an open mouth shot of him next to Jimmie Walker’s “JJ” character from “Good Times.” Via NBA.com
- I know I’m not the only one who thought Detroit looked a little scared in the first half.
- You don’t need to go to an Ivy League school to know that Flip’s job is on the line.
- The Pistons bench was more than animated the whole second half, in fact I don’t remember them sitting.
- “I know what’s going to be written tomorrow — the Pistons flipped the switch,” he said. “But I don’t think we did that. What happened was, we just relaxed and played. I thought we competed in the first half and we competed (in Game 3) until they made their big run. I think what happened was, we finally got a few things worked out on the court and, finally, we had a little bit of fun.” Via The Detroit News
- Now that’s Deeeetroit Basketballll.
- Post game wrap up from myTV20 showed it all.