Miami wins series 4-2 (Game 2 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 88

(52-30, 21-20 away)

Pistons 92

(64-18, 37-4 home)

8:00 PM ET, May 25, 2006

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 12 25 19 3288
DET 25 23 22 2292

Top Performers

Mia: D. Wade 32 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Det: T. Prince 24 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Pistons need to even Eastern Conference finals vs. Heat

Miami at Detroit 8:00 pm EDT Eastern Conference finals Heat lead, 1-0

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) - The Heat is on the Detroit Pistons in more ways than one.

Two days after they looked sluggish in dropping the series opener, the Pistons will try and rebound Thursday as they host the Miami Heat in Game Two of the Eastern Conference finals.

Detroit, which is seeking its third straight trip to the NBA Finals, did not appear hungry Tuesday in a 91-86 setback in Game One. The top-seeded Pistons shot less than 38 percent (31-of-82) and made just 5-of-21 attempts from the arc.

On the other hand, the second-seeded Heat took the first step toward avenging a seven-game loss to the Pistons in this round last season.

Miami shot 56 percent (36-of-64) and held a 43-33 rebounding advantage. The Heat received 25 points from Dwyane Wade and 14 from fellow All-Star Shaquille O'Neal, but the difference was the contributions of offseason additions Antoine Walker, Gary Payton and Jason Williams, who combined for 41 points.

Richard Hamilton led Detroit with 22 points and Chauncey Billups added 19 but made just 6-of-19 shots. Tayshaun Prince chipped in 16 and Ben Wallace grabbed 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who won three of four meetings with the Heat during the regular season.

While Detroit did come from a 3-2 series deficit to beat Miami in last year's conference finals, the Pistons never have won a series after losing the first two games. In addition, the Heat never have lost a series after jumping out to a two-games-to-none advantage.

The series shifts to Miami for Game Three on Saturday.