BOSTON -- The Detroit Pistons proved that a visiting team can win in Boston. Now they can reach the NBA finals without having to do it again.
Richard Hamilton bounced back from a poor series opener with 25
points, and the Pistons beat the Celtics 103-97 Thursday night,
tying the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece and seizing
the home-court advantage that has meant everything to the Celtics.
Chauncey Billups had 19 points and seven assists for the
Pistons, who host Game 3 on Saturday night. Boston had won 15
straight at home and was 9-0 in the playoffs, but the only number
that matters now is 0-6 - the Celtics' playoff road record.
Paul Pierce scored 26 points for the Celtics and Ray Allen broke
out of a shooting slump with 25.