Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Friday, December 10th
Hawks88Final
Pistons72
Game 2: Wednesday, February 2nd
Hawks84Final
Pistons99
Game 3: Monday, March 14th
Pistons114Final
OT
Hawks108
Game 4: Tuesday, April 19th
Pistons95Final
Hawks68

Pistons 95

(54-27, 22-18 away)

Hawks 68

(13-68, 9-32 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 19, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 25 20 31 1995
    ATL 9 23 16 2068

    Top Performers

    Detroit: B. Wallace 15 Pts, 17 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Atlanta: J. Smith 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Darko scores career-high 16 in rout

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Darko Milicic finally got some playing time and gave a glimpse of why the 7-footer was the second overall pick in the 2003 draft.

    Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points and Ben Wallace added 15 points and 17 rebounds to power the Detroit Pistons to their 11th consecutive victory, 95-68 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

    The Pistons, playing without injured starters Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace, also got a career-high 16 points from Milicic, who made his first career start and played 30 minutes, also a career-high.

    "I was thrilled," Detroit coach Larry Brown said. "He had a very productive night."

    Milicic, who went behind Cleveland's Lebron James and ahead of Denver's Carmelo Anthony and Miami's Dwyane Wade, in the draft, said he wasn't surprised to get the playing time.

    "No. Coach told me I was going to play a lot in the last two games so he could rest some of the regulars for the playoffs," said Milicic, a native of Serbia-Montenegro.

    He shook of a slow start, including getting his third personal foul with 4:41 left in the first quarter. He went to the bench, but returned in the second quarter and only committed one more foul. He was 7-for-11 from the field and had five rebounds and three blocked shots.

    "I wasn't really nervous out there. I just needed to get going," Milicic said.

    "It was the first time I got to play so much. It felt good," he said. "I got a chance to show people what I can do. It's tough not playing, but I just support my team. That's how it is."

    Detroit's longest winning streak of the season is two shy of the 13 straight the Pistons had last season en route to the NBA championship.

    "We're finishing the season off very well," Prince said. "Hopefully it will carry over to the playoffs, which it usually does."

    The 68 points by the Hawks matched their season-low.

    The Pistons (54-27), with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, play Charlotte on Wednesday night to end the regular season. Detroit opens the playoffs at home on Saturday.

    Milicic doesn't expect to see much action in the postseason.

    "I don't think getting playing time these two games at the end is going to change anything," he said. "This team has all-stars. But, you never know."

    The hapless Hawks, with the worst record in the league (13-68), failed again in their bid to win two in a row for the first time this season. Atlanta closes its season Wednesday night at Philadelphia.

    Josh Smith led the Hawks with 18 points, while fellow rookies Josh Childress and Donta Smith each added 12.

    "I honestly didn't think we'd go the whole year without winning two straight," Childress said. "But I don't want to think about the negatives. Right now I'm looking to the future."

    Prince, who played 26 minutes, was 8-of-10 from the field, including 2-for-2 on 3s. Wallace was 7-of-10 from the field in 24 minutes but was only 1-of-7 at the free throw line.

    Detroit's biggest lead came at 88-52 on a dunk by Ronald Dupree with 7:24 left.

    The Pistons took a 72-42 lead on a three-point play by Wallace with 1:59 left in the third quarter. They led 45-32 at halftime.

    Detroit used five non-starters for the entire second quarter -- except for Prince -- who played the final 1:44. Antonio McDyess had eight points and Carlos Arroyo added seven in the quarter.

    Game notes


    Hamilton, Detroit's leading scorer, received a laceration above his left eye Sunday against Cleveland. Rasheed Wallace has a sore left hamstring. Both will play Saturday when the playoffs begin. ... Atlanta's Tony Delk had a sore right knee and Kevin Willis a sore foot. Neither played. Tom Gugliotta, who started and played 10 minutes, hurt his left knee and did not return.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DET
    ATL
    Points 95 68
    FGM-FGA 40-72 (.556) 28-85 (.329)
    3PM-3PA 3-6 (.500) 2-10 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 12-26 (.462) 10-16 (.625)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-49 21-42
    Assists 24 16
    Turnovers 17 13
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 7 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 36 0

    Top Performers

    Detroit
    Atlanta
    Ben Wallace Wallace
    Points: 15
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Josh Smith Smith
    Points: 18
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1