Miami wins series 4-2 (Game 1 of 6)

Miami wins series 4-2

Game 1: Tuesday, May 23rd
Game 2: Thursday, May 25th
Game 3: Saturday, May 27th
Game 4: Monday, May 29th
Game 5: Wednesday, May 31st
Game 6: Friday, June 2nd

Heat 91

(52-30, 21-20 away)

Pistons 86

(64-18, 37-4 home)

8:00 PM ET, May 23, 2006

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 33 15 18 2591
DET 25 19 17 2586

Top Performers

Miami: D. Wade 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Detroit: R. Hamilton 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Pistons, Heat collide in long-anticipated East finals

Miami at Detroit 8:00 pm EDT Eastern Conference finals Game One

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- It seemed inevitable that the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat would meet again in the Eastern Conference finals. It just took the Pistons a little longer to get here this time.

Fresh off their come-from-behind series victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the top-seeded Pistons host the Heat on Tuesday.

In the conference finals for the fourth straight season, Detroit had to rally from a 3-2 series deficit against Cleveland to get to this point. The Pistons posted an 84-82 road victory in Game Six and returned home Sunday to record a suffocating 79-61 triumph in Game Seven.

Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points in the decisive win, while Richard Hamilton added 15 and Rasheed Wallace chipped in 13 for Detroit, which scored the fewest points ever for a Game Seven victor.

The Pistons rallied from a three-games-to-two series deficit in this round last year, beating an injury-plagued Heat squad to advance to the NBA Finals.

However, Miami is healthier this time around and playing some of its best basketball of the season. The second-seeded Heat won the final four games of their conference semifinal series against the New Jersey Nets, closing the deal with a 106-105 win in Game Five last Tuesday.

Antoine Walker scored 23 points and Dwyane Wade added 21 in addition to making the pivotal steal in the waning seconds of Game Five. Shaquille O'Neal contributed 17 points for Miami, which lost three of four matchups with Detroit during the regular season.

This is the first time the same two teams have met in the Eastern Conference finals since Indiana and New York met in 1999 and 2000.

Game Two is here on Thursday.