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Official Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons thread


Sultan of Swat
Staff member
Well the Heat dominated game 6 and now they're going to the NBA Finals, I knew that Pistons would not be able to come back from 3-1 deficit. I am mad because I wanted the Pistons to make the Finals, well now hopefully my other team the Suns will win against the Mavs and will the Larry O'Brien trophy.


Registered Member
Okay here's my review of game 6.

After an offseason of often-criticized changes Pat Riley made to surround his superstars with more talent, the Miami Heat broke through to new heights -- and have no intention to stop climbing now.

Ah, but there's only one more step -- the NBA Finals, where the Heat are headed for the first time.

O'Neal had 28 points and 16 rebounds and Dwyane Wade -- who spent part of his day in a hospital battling dehydration and flu-like symptoms -- added 14 points as the Heat ended the Detroit Pistons' two-year reign as Eastern Conference champions with an 95-78 win Friday.

Jason Williams, one of Riley's prized and numerous offseason additions, came up huge with Wade lagging in Game 6, scoring 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting.

The Heat now await either Dallas or Phoenix in the Finals, which start Thursday.

The party started early. Wade walked off with 1:45 left, right index finger raised before he slapped Riley's hand. And after the final second ticked off, white streamers fell from the ceiling as the Heat players waved championship caps and T-shirts. Soon, though, O'Neal issued an expected warning.

Richard Hamilton had 33 points for Detroit, which finished the regular season with an NBA-best 64-18 record and came in confident after ending Miami's season here a year ago in Game 7 -- in part because Wade and O'Neal were battling injury.

Wade clearly wasn't at his best Friday.

O'Neal was. Hence, the difference. He made 12 of 14 shots, making sure this chance wouldn't slip away.

And the proud Pistons weren't shy about showing their respect to the new East champs. Rasheed Wallace hugged several Miami players before leaving the court.

Detroit only shot 33 percent in the game, with Billups going 3-for-14 and Rasheed Wallace going 4-for-12. The Pistons were outrebounded 48-39 and, perhaps most telling, let the Heat shoot 56 percent from the floor -- after insisting that defense would be their top priority.

Wade was 1-for-6 with four points in the first half. Didn't matter. O'Neal and Williams more than carried the early scoring load, helping stake Miami to an 47-36 lead at intermission.

O'Neal was 9-for-11 from the field for 19 points in the opening two quarters, his biggest first-half effort so far in these playoffs. And Williams -- who was 13-for-30 from the floor in the first five games -- was 5-for-5 in the half, the last of those a pullup with 4:14 left that gave Miami a 38-27 lead.

Detroit got within 40-33 on a pair of free throws by Hamilton with 2:52 left, but O'Neal scored six straight Miami points in a span of 2:05 and sparked a half-closing 8-3 run by the Heat.

And really, the outcome was never in doubt. The Pistons were within 10 midway through the third quarter, when Wade -- who missed the first 2½ minutes of the second half and remained in the locker room, getting IVs to help with his hydration -- finally started to roll.

He had 10 points in the quarter, hitting his last four shots -- including a jumper with 1 second left for a 72-53 lead, as the sellout crowd began going delirious, the realization that the franchise's 18-year-itch was about to be scratched.

Hamilton and the Pistons made one more run, his jumper with 6:24 left getting Detroit within 80-67. He made a steal 17 seconds later, but O'Neal blocked his layup -- then followed with a dunk on the other end, as Wade pumped his fist and Riley clapped knowingly.

Minutes later, the championship was theirs.

Riley and owner Micky Arison stood arm-in-arm as they awaited the presentation of the Eastern Conference championship trophy from NBA vice president Stu Jackson. Alonzo Mourning -- the face of this franchise for so long -- stood behind them, nodding and holding a finger aloft.

Then Riley lifted the silver trophy, as a sea of players' hands reached in for a touch -- with one notable exception.

Riley is taking his third team to the Finals, after the "Showtime" Lakers of the 1980s and the blue-collar Knicks of the mid-1990s. He came here a decade ago, envisioning a parade down Biscayne Boulevard.

He's never been closer.

And O'Neal is now about to wear his third jersey in the Finals. He got Orlando there, then took the Lakers there four times -- winning three titles, the lone defeat coming in 2004 to the Pistons, who also ended his first season in Miami.

They'll be more than all right. They'll be champions.

And here are some game notes
Miami improved to 3-4 all-time in Game 6s, while the Pistons lost for the first time in their last 10 Game 6s. ... The Heat, who were 6-for-20 from the foul line in a Game 5 loss, were 11-for-17 Friday. ... James Posey had 11 rebounds, all defensive, in 24 minutes for the Heat. ... Celebrities in the sellout crowd included Dolphins coach Nick Saban, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, singer Janet Jackson and renowned chef Steve Martorano.


Jason Williams had quite a good game. He shot 10/10. 9 two pointers and 1 three pointer. Shaq had an awesome first half, his final stats are something like this, 30 points and 15 rebounds and 4 or 5 fouls. I can't remember any more of his stats.


Miami's supporting players really stepped up today. They were really the key to last night's win.

I would like to highlight Jason Williams, 10-12 for 21pts. He had his shot going on tonight. He was also a lot more active. He was shooting, assisting and penetrating into the paint.


Sultan of Swat
Staff member
Yes Shaq had a monster game, he didn't want to lose at home and go play in game 7 in Detroit so he took upon himself to have the game of the series and he did, and I was really impressed by Jason Williams, 10-12 for 21 points in really good, he really stepped up when most needed.

Also amazing reviews Vegito.


congrulations miami fans i think after that miami will be champ


Miami had a very good game with support from Jason Williams who had a stand out game. Shaq also had a monster game at doing what he does best. Wade had a solid game considering he had the flu and he helped Miami knock the Pistons out. If i was a Piston fan i would have been so disappointed. With beating Miami 3 times out of four during the regular season. The Pistons just didn't seem to get it going in the playoffs and it was a shame after a tough fought season. I'm really happy for Miami though because i wanted Miami to win especially after the lost 4-3 to them last season. Congratulations Miami and take the championship home!


its the great result for the miami heat in their team history, but the mavs will win the championchip. the heat played great, especially shaq and wade got top performences, but will it be enaugh?? i dont think so!


A Darker Knight
Western conference will beat the Heat anyway. As long as they limit the scoring to the Heat's superstars and foul at necessary times, Miami will lose. I'm telling you, freethrows will be their downfall if they don't imporve on that.