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PISTONS WON 4-3
Mon. 5/23
8:00 PM ET
GAME 1: PISTONS 90, HEAT 81
Pistons exploit mismatches at Miami
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Wed. 5/25
8:00 PM ET
GAME 2: HEAT 92, PISTONS 86
Flash flood: 40 for Wade as Heat gain split
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Sun. 5/29
8:00 PM ET
GAME 3: HEAT 113, PISTONS 104
Frustration shows as Pistons fall to Heat
Final:  Box Score | Play By Play
Tue. 5/31
8:00 PM ET
GAME 4: PISTONS 106, HEAT 96
Pistons put aside distractions and Heat
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Thu. 6/2
8:00 PM ET
GAME 5: HEAT 88, PISTONS 76
Wade hurt but Heat rebuff Pistons in Miami
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Sat. 6/4
8:00 PM ET
GAME 6: PISTONS 91, HEAT 66
Pistons snuff no-Flash Heat to force Game 7
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Mon. 6/6
8:00 PM ET
GAME 7: PISTONS 88, HEAT 82
Pistons hold off Heat, clinch return to Finals
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STEIN'S LINE

Detroit 4, Miami 2:
The Heat need a full-strength Shaq to neutralize the best starting lineup in the world. The Pistons, meanwhile, still have two Wallaces to make Shaq work in one-on-one coverage. Which means Dwyane Wade will have to work much harder for his points than he did against the Nets and Wiz.

Series Notes

    ELIAS SAYS ...

  • Only five players on Miami's active playoff roster have ever appeared in a postseason game beyond the second round of the playoffs: Shandon Anderson, Eddie Jones, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal and Steve Smith.
SEASON SERIES
Detroit leads 2-1
Nov 26, 2004 @DET 78, MIA 77Recap | Box Score
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Dec 30, 2004 MIA 89, @DET 78Recap | Box Score
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Apr 10, 2005 DET 80, @MIA 72Recap | Box Score
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PLAYOFF HISTORY
DET MIA
Championships: 3 Championships: 0
Last Championship: 2004 Last Championship: N/A
Last Season:
Won NBA Championship
Last Season:
Lost in Conference Semifinals
Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal
Too Hot To Handle
The Heat had home court and Dwyane Wade in the lineup. But the Pistons ensured a return to the Finals with an 88-82 Game 7 win. Story
BRIAN JAMES' SCOUTING REPORT
Detroit PistonsThese are the defending champs because defense is important to them and they play unselfishly at both ends. They have no individual star on offense, move the ball from side to side and make the extra pass. But is their second unit good enough this year?


Miami HeatIn two games with Shaquille O'Neal on the floor, the Heat beat the Pistons by 11 once and lost on a last-second shot in the other meeting. With Dwyane Wade reaching new heights, Miami knows it can compete with the champs. But will Shaq be ready?


JenningsB. Jennings
PGM. ChalmersM. Chalmers
MeeksJ. Meeks
SGD. WadeD. Wade
Points: 24.1
Rebounds: 5.2
Assists: 6.8
SmithJ. Smith
Points: 9.7
Rebounds: 6.2
Assists: 1.7
SFL. DengL. Deng
Points: 11.7
Rebounds: 5.3
Assists: 2.2
JerebkoJ. Jerebko
PFJ. McRobertsJ. McRoberts
A. DrummondA. Drummond
CC. BoshC. Bosh
Points: 16.8
Rebounds: 8.9
Assists: 1.9
TEAM STATS (Regular Season)
  PISTONS HEAT
PPG 93.3 101.5
RPG 43.4 43.0
APG 21.8 21.8
FG% 44.401 48.634
FT% 73.860 67.234
3P% .345 .377
 

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