In the most incredible,heartbreaking,exciting, playoff game I have ever seen, the Pistons lost tonight 127-120 against the New Jersey Nets in 3 overtimes
. The Nets now lead the series 3-2 going back home. Here is the game recap.
-the Pistons were down by 12 at one point but battled back to take a one point lead going into halftime. Tayshaun Prince had a huge second quarter scoring 13 points to help the Pistons get back into the game.
-the game went back and forth all the way through the second half. Rip H,who had a great game,fouled out with 2 minutes to go.The Nets had a 2 point lead with less than 10 seconds left. They went to the free throw line needing to make both foul shots to ice the game, but they missed both shots and the Pistons raced down the court. Chauncey had the ball and went down the wide open lane. It seemed like he had a free layup but K-Mart came out of nowhere and blocked his shot with 3 seconds to go in the game. The Pistons fouled to put the Nets on the line again. They made 1/2 free throws to put them up by 3. Billups came down the court again with no one in his face and made a near half-court buzzer beater to put the game into overtime. It was the most incredible shot I have ever seen.
The 3 Overtimes
-The overtimes where just amazing. The Nets got huge points from Brian Scalabrine, who scored 17 points and was 4/4 from behide the 3 point line. Both teams looked down and out a number of times but they each kept battling back. In the second overtime the Nets sank 3 straight 3 pointers but again the Pistons came back and forced a third overtime. At the end of the third overtime the Pistons were down by 3 points and the Nets were going to inbound the ball. Linsey Hunter made a great steal off the inbound and had a chance at a free layup to put the Pistons down by only one point. Instead he saw a wide open Billups who was behide the 3 point line,but Billups missed the 3-pointer that would have tied the game with 11 seconds left. After that the Nets made their free throws to close out the Pistons.
-Both teams played incredible. It was so hard to see the Pistons lose after coming back so many times. They had to play in overtime without Ben Wallace,Rip H,and Rasheed Wallace, who all fouled out. Rasheed had a great game with 18 points and 11 rebounds while playing on a bad foot. Chauncey Billups gave a valient effort,playing 55 minutes, scoring 31 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out 8 assists. Rip H. played great in his 31 minutes scoring 11 points,dishing out 11 assists, and most importantly playing great defence and leading the team. Ben Wallace also added 16 points and 11 rebounds. This was such a tough loss but you have to give the Nets credit. They played great on the road and they didn't deserve to lose either. The Pistons now have to win on the road in game 6 to force a game 7. It will be extremely tough on the road especially after losing 3 straight games to the Nets. We shall see if the Pistons are up to the task.
Fact of the Night
-this was only the 4th time in NBA history that a playoff game has went into triple overtime.