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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Pistons roll over the Lakers

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posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 11:48 AM
The Detroit Pistons turned the NBA Finals upside down with victory over the LA Lakers on Sunday.

Led by their trademark daunting defence and some timely offense from the indominitable Chauncey Billups, the Pistons recorded a shocking 87-75 victory over the heavily favoured Lakers in Game One. The Lakers were unbeaten at home post-season and had won their last nine games, but were stunned by the Pistons, who outplayed the team looking for their fourth title in five years.

Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant had a night to forget, missing back-to-back three pointer chances at a crucial period in the match. Lakers coach Phil Jackson admitted the visitors deserved their win.

"They brought the ball down with patience and executed each possession they wanted to over 24 seconds. It all worked out in their favour," he said.

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