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Encyclopedia > 2005 NBA Finals
2005 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich 4
Detroit Pistons Larry Brown 3
Dates: June 9 - June 23
MVP: Tim Duncan
(San Antonio Spurs)
Television: ABC (U.S.)
Announcers: Al Michaels and Hubie Brown
Radio network: NBA on ESPN Radio
Referees:
Game 1: Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
Game 2: Dan Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies
Game 3: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Bennett Salvatore
Game 4: Dick Bavetta, Joe DeRosa, Eddie F. Rush
Game 5: Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
Game 6: Dan Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Bennett Salvatore
Game 7: Dick Bavetta, Joe Crawford, Eddie F. Rush
Hall of Famers: Coaches
Larry Brown (2002)
Eastern Finals: Detroit defeats Miami, 4–3
Western Finals: San Antonio defeats Phoenix, 4–2
NBA Finals
 < 2004 2006 > 

The 2005 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2004-05 National Basketball Association season. The San Antonio Spurs of the Western Conference took on the Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference for the title, with the Spurs holding home court advantage. The series was played under a best-of-seven format. Image File history File links NBA_Finals_05. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Gregg Popovich (born January 28, 1949 in East Chicago, Indiana) is the head coach of the National Basketball Associations San Antonio Spurs. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Larry Brown For other people of the same name, see Larry Brown (disambiguation). ... is the 160th day of the year (161st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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The Spurs won the series 4 games to 3 in the first NBA Finals to go to a Game 7 since 1994. The games were broadcast on ABC, with Al Michaels and Hubie Brown commentating. The 1994 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1993-94 National Basketball Association season, featuring the Eastern Conferences New York Knicks and the Western Conferences Houston Rockets. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. ... Hubert Jude Hubie Brown (born September 25, 1933 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA) is a former basketball coach and a current television analyst. ...

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Background

Both teams competing were considered to be defensively-oriented. The San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons ranked first and second, respectively, in the fewest points allowed during the regular season. Although the Spurs are also considered to be capable of high-scoring games, the Pistons recorded few high-scoring games during the regular season.


This series was the first Finals to feature the previous two champions since the 1987 Finals. In that series, the Larry Bird/Magic Johnson rivalry was in full swing, and the Celtics and Lakers were able to come to a rubber match after each having won one Finals series from the other in 1984 and 1985. The 1987 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1986-87 NBA season. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1984 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1983-1984 NBA season. ... The 1985 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1984-85 NBA season. ...


Going into the 2005 Finals, the Spurs had won two championships (1999 and 2003), while Detroit had three (1989, 1990, and 2004). The 2004 Championship was often ascribed to a fluke by sportswriters, because the Lakers were at the time considered one of the league's most offensive-minded and elite teams, but were crumbling as a result of internal quabbles and selfish play. Others have countered that Detroit's defense outplayed the Lakers' offense, thereby vindicating the Detroit franchise. Further, the Detroit team-oriented offense often dominated a Lakers team ridden with selfish play and the well-publicized tension between superstars Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. The 1999 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1998-99 NBA season. ... The 2003 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2002-03 NBA season. ... The 1989 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1988-1989 NBA season Categories: | ... The 1990 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1989-1990 NBA season. ... The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003-04 National Basketball Association season. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


The Spurs finished five games ahead of the Pistons during the regular season. Historically, NBA teams in this position have posted a 19-8 record. Both teams, though, were ranked number two in their respective conferences, with the Phoenix Suns ranked number one in the West and the Miami Heat ranked number one in the East. The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ...


Sportswriters all across the country generally considered this one of the few too-close-to-call series to occur. Most picked the series to go to six or seven games.


The Spurs breezed through the playoffs with relative ease, compared to the Pistons. They defeated the Nuggets 4-1 to open the playoffs. In that series, after trailing 1-0 after a home upset, they won four straight. The SuperSonics were then dispatched in six games. Phoenix was expected by many to put up a challenge, and many NBA legends of the past predicted them to take the Western Conference title. Contrary to this, the Spurs went up 3-0, and after the Suns staved off elimination one game, even with all the fans in Phoenix in Game 5 wanting a repeat of the Boston Red Sox comeback, the Spurs rose to bring the inevitable to pass. The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The 2004 American League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. ...


The Pistons had to overcome more adversity. The opening round was fairly easy, a five-game victory over Philadelphia. Next, the Pistons faced the Indiana Pacers, one of the NBA's most resilient teams. Indiana was expected by most experts to falter and miss the playoffs after the Palace melee; however, the team, led by soon-to-retire Reggie Miller, still made the playoffs, defeating the Atlantic Division champion Boston Celtics. The Pacers, despite all their obstacles, put up a tough challenge, but in Game 6, it became apparent that Miller's storied career was over. A standing ovation came from the Conseco Fieldhouse crowd. Detroit next had to defeat conference winner Miami and star player Shaquille O'Neal. After winning Game 1, they fell behind 2-1 after three games and 3-2 after five games, but still rebounded in Game 6 on their home court. In game seven, Detroit overcame the odds and beat the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena and thus advanced to the NBA Finals for the second straight year. The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Ron Artest charging into the stands, about to punch the man (in the black shirt) whom he thought was responsible for throwing a cup at him. ... Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24, 1965, in Riverside, California) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Conseco Fieldhouse is a sports arena in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It is the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indiana Fever of the Womens National Basketball Association. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The AmericanAirlines Arena is an arena located in downtown Miami, Florida along Biscayne Bay and is used for basketball games and concerts. ...


Series scoring summary

The following scoring summary is written in a line score format, except that the quarter numbers are replaced by game numbers. In baseball, the totality of a game is summarized in a line score, or more verbosely in a box score. ...

Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5* Game 6 Game 7 Wins
San Antonio (West) 84 97 79 71 96 86 81 4
Detroit (East) 69 76 96 102 95 95 74 3
* game required overtime.

Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ...

Schedule

All dates and times are given in local time. Note that the games were held three times a week (on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays) and were always at 9:00 Eastern Time (01:00 UTC).

  • Game 1 June 9, Thursday @San Antonio 8:00 CDT San Antonio 84, Detroit 69: San Antonio leads series 1-0
  • Game 2 June 12, Sunday @San Antonio 8:00 CDT San Antonio 97, Detroit 76: San Antonio leads series 2-0
  • Game 3 June 14, Tuesday @Detroit 9:00 EDT Detroit 96, San Antonio 79: San Antonio leads series 2-1
  • Game 4 June 16, Thursday @Detroit 9:00 EDT Detroit 102, San Antonio 71: Series tied 2-2
  • Game 5 June 19, Sunday @Detroit 9:00 EDT San Antonio 96, Detroit 95 (OT): San Antonio leads series 3-2
  • Game 6 June 21, Tuesday @San Antonio 8:00 CDT Detroit 95, San Antonio 86: Series tied 3-3
  • Game 7 June 23, Thursday @San Antonio 8:00 CDT San Antonio 81, Detroit 74: San Antonio wins series 4-3

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The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. The NBA, after experimenting in the early years, restored this original format for the Finals in 1985. As of yet, the other playoff series are still running on a 2-2-1-1-1 site format. In team sports, a team representing a city or a region is to be that areas home team. ...


Features

The NBA, as has been done with every other NBA Finals, heavily advertised the series. In addition, the league attempted to qualify this series as the best ever. The teams were already deemed quality, so all that remained was quality in the other aspects of the game. Many fans discussed the NBA Finals on the NBA forums, and the league also sent many reporters and other officers to return the favour. Logo of the NBA Finals. ...


The NBA decided to track the noise levels at the arena. After two games, the highest noise level recorded was 114 decibels, when Tim Duncan was introduced in Game 2, six away from the alleged maximum marking on the meter. Various Pistons fans made claims, in response, that during the three-game stretch at the Palace they would be so loud that they would blow the needle off the meter, in other words, getting the noise level past the fatal 120 mark. Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ...


The NBA also reported numerous Pistons fans who went into the SBC Center in games one and two. Spurs fans, in return, promised to remain loyal to their team in the three middle games in Detroit. Such "battleline-crossing" fans often receive abuse everywhere they travel, especially if they can be identified by team uniforms or other gear. Magic Johnson once stated, at the height of the Lakers-Celtics Rivalry, that upon landing in Boston he was immediately surrounded by zealous fans that hated him. He also reports that Bird received similar attention in Los Angeles. However, he said, when the teams were landing at home, a different type of mob surrounded them: those that were in support of them. The noise levels were expectedly very loud. The AT&T Center is an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was completed in 2002 as the SBC Center at a cost of $175 million, financed by county issued bonds which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car rental tax increase and an additional contribution... The Lakers-Celtics Rivalry or Celtics-Lakers Rivalry is a rivalry between two of the most storied basketball franchises in National Basketball Association history, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. ...


Rosters

Detroit Pistons roster

Richard Hamilton | Chauncey Billups | Tayshaun Prince | Rasheed Wallace | Ben Wallace | Antonio McDyess | Carlos Arroyo | Carlos Delfino | Elden Campbell | Lindsey Hunter | Ronald Dupree | Smush Parker | Horace Jenkins | Anthony Goldwire | Darko Milicic | Derrick Coleman | Darvin Ham The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Richard Clay Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974, in Quitman, Mississippi) is an American 69 (2. ... Carlos Alberto Arroyo Bermudez (born July 30, 1979 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. ... Carlos Francisco Delfino (born August 29, 1982, in Santa Fe, Argentina) is an Argentine professional basketball player for the NBAs Toronto Raptors. ... Elden Jerome Campbell (born July 23, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketball player who played center in the NBA. Campbell played college basketball at Clemson University. ... Lindsey Benson Hunter (born December 3, 1970, in Utica, Mississippi) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Ronald Edmund Dupree (born January 26, 1981 in Biloxi, Mississippi) is a professional basketball player currently with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. ... William Henry Smush Parker (born June 1, 1981, in New York, New York) is an American professional basketball player, currently with the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. ... Horace Jenkins (born October 14, 1974) is an American professional basketball player, formerly of the NBA and currently with Italian Lega Basket team Climamio Bologna. ... Anthony Goldwire (born on September 6, 1971 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is a player in the NBA. He played for the University of Houston. ... Darko Miličić (Serbian: Дарко Миличић; born June 20, 1985 in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia, Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball player who is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, the third NBA team for which he has played in his career. ... Derrick D. Coleman (born June 21, 1967, in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American basketball player in the NBA. Coleman grew up and attended high school in Detroit, Michigan and attended college at Syracuse University. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


San Antonio Spurs roster

Tim Duncan | Manu Ginobili | Tony Parker | Bruce Bowen | Robert Horry | Glenn Robinson | Brent Barry | Radoslav Nesterovic | Nazr Mohammed | Devin Brown | Beno Udrih | Sean Marks | Tony Massenburg | Mike Wilks | Linton Johnson The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ... Bruce Bowen Jr. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player. ... Glenn Big Dog Robinson (born January 10, 1973 in Gary, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA, currently not on any team and inactive. ... Brent Robert Barry (born December 31, 1971 in Hempstead, New York) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), currently playing for the San Antonio Spurs. ... Radoslav Nesterović, usually referred to in English as Rasho Nesterovic (born May 30, 1976), is a professional basketball player currently with the NBAs San Antonio Spurs. ... Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (first name pronounced NAH-Zi) (born September 5, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ... Devin Brown (born December 30, 1978 in Salt Lake City, Utah[1]) is an American National Basketball Association player currently with the New Orleans Hornets. ... Beno Udrih (born July 5, 1982 in Celje, Slovenia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian professional basketball player, currently with the NBAs San Antonio Spurs. ... Sean Andrew Marks (born August 23, 1975, in Auckland, New Zealand) is a professional basketball player with the NBAs Phoenix Suns. ... Tony Arnel Massenburg (born July 31, 1967 in Sussex County, Virginia) is an NBA basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs. ... Michael Sharod Wilks, Jr. ... For the dub poet, see Linton Kwesi Johnson. ...


Game One

June 9, 2005
8:00 p.m. EST
Recap Detroit Pistons 69, San Antonio Spurs 84 SBC Center San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Mike Callahan; Ron Garretson; Steve Javie
ABC
Pts: Billups 25; Hamilton 14; Prince 11
Rebs: B. Wallace 8; R. Wallace 7; McDyess 7
Assts: Billups 6; Prince 4
Blocks: R. Wallace 6
Pts: Ginobili 26; Duncan 24; Parker 15
Rebs: Duncan 17; Ginobili 9; Mohammed 7
Assts: Parker 3; Horry 3; Bowen 2
Spurs lead series 1-0

Manu Ginobili was widely considered the star of the night, scoring in a virtuoso performance near the end of the game to lead the Spurs to victory. The Pistons were then left 'in the dust', the NBA website reported. Ginobili scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to complement a huge game by Tim Duncan. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The AT&T Center is an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was completed in 2002 as the SBC Center at a cost of $175 million, financed by county issued bonds which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car rental tax increase and an additional contribution... San Antonio redirects here. ... Steve Javie (born January 17, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)[1] is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since the 1986-87 NBA season. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Richard Clay Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974, in Quitman, Mississippi) is an American 69 (2. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ... Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (first name pronounced NAH-Zi) (born September 5, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player. ... Bruce Bowen Jr. ... Emanuel David Ginóbili (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), also known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player. ...


Ginobili, a famous Argentine All-Star, already with championship rings from the NBA and Euroleague and an Olympic gold medal (the only player in history with all three), got to work on his second NBA title by taking over in the final period. He scored eight points in a decisive 12-2 surge that gave the Spurs a 67-55 lead, then throttled a push by the Pistons with a swooping dunk, 3-pointer and running hook for an 81-67 advantage with less than two minutes to go. The Euroleague (EL) is the highest caliber professional basketball competition in Europe, with teams from thirteen different European countries. ...


Having been idle for a week, the Spurs looked weak. With their defense, however, they were able to overcome adversity. Tim Duncan, who had 24 points and 17 rebounds, also contributed. Although the Pistons tend to suddenly come alive in the fourth quarter, the converse was true this game as San Antonio put together a big quarter to take a commanding lead in the game.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Detroit 20 17 14 18 69
San Antonio 17 18 20 29 84

Game Two

June 12, 2005
8:00 p.m. EST
Recap Detroit Pistons 76, San Antonio Spurs 97 SBC Center San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Jack Nies
ABC
Pts: McDyess 15; Hamilton 14; Billups 13
Rebs: B. Wallace 8; R. Wallace 8; Hamilton 7
Assts: R. Wallace 4; Three others at 3
Pts: Ginobili 27; Duncan 18; Bowen 12
Rebs: Duncan 11; Horry 6; Mohammed 5
Assts: Ginobili 7; Horry 5; Barry 5
Blocks: Duncan 4
Spurs lead series 2-0

Coming into the game, it seemed as if the resilient Pistons, who survived two elimination games against Miami in the Eastern Finals, would come out strong and give the Spurs a challenge. However, it was the Spurs who came out with a sense of urgency, as they did not want the Pistons to steal a game in San Antonio and take home court advantage away from them. From the opening tip, Game 2 was all San Antonio as the Spurs got out to a quick lead and never looked back. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The AT&T Center is an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was completed in 2002 as the SBC Center at a cost of $175 million, financed by county issued bonds which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car rental tax increase and an additional contribution... San Antonio redirects here. ... Dan Crawford (born November 23, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 1984-85 NBA season. ... Bernie W. Fryer (born December 25, 1949 in Bellingham, Washington) is an American former professional basketball player. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974, in Quitman, Mississippi) is an American 69 (2. ... Richard Clay Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Richard Clay Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Bruce Bowen Jr. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player. ... Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (first name pronounced NAH-Zi) (born September 5, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ... Brent Robert Barry (born December 31, 1971 in Hempstead, New York) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), currently playing for the San Antonio Spurs. ...


The Spurs took advantage of Detroit's uncharacteristic mistakes throughout the night, which included missing 9 shots from inside four feet from the basket. While the Pistons went cold from behind the arc, not scoring a single 3-point basket, the Spurs made 11 3-pointers, including 4 each by Manu Ginobili and Bruce Bowen, who did not score a point in game 1. Ginobili finished the game with a game-high 27 points, while Tim Duncan finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Antonio McDyess was the high scorer for Detroit, scoring 15 points off the bench. Bruce Bowen Jr. ... Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974, in Quitman, Mississippi) is an American 69 (2. ...


The 2-0 lead proved a daunting challenge to Detroit, historically. In the history of the NBA, in the 153 times when a team with home court advantage was up 2-0 in a series, only seven times has the other team rebounded to win the series.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Detroit 19 23 21 13 76
San Antonio 30 28 21 18 97

Game Three

June 14, 2005
9:00 p.m.
Recap San Antonio Spurs 79, Detroit Pistons 96 The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney, Bennett Salvatore
ABC
Pts: Parker 21; Duncan 14; Bowen 13
Rebs: Duncan 10; Mohammed 7; Horry 5
Assts: Parker 4; Duncan 4; three others at 2
Pts: Hamilton 24; Billups 20; B. Wallace 15
Rebs: B. Wallace 11; McDyess 9 R. Wallace 7
Assts: Billups 7; Prince 5
Blocks: B. Wallace 5
Spurs lead series 2-1

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In the past, only two teams in NBA history had ever won a Finals series after facing a 2-0 deficit — the Boston Celtics in the 1969 NBA Finals and the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1977 NBA Finals — however, the Miami Heat would later accomplish this feat against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The 1969 NBA Finals was one of the most spectacular Finals series ever. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The 1977 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1976-77 NBA season. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ...


Despite the tough challenge, the Pistons pulled through, and came out with several key steals and two scoring runs in the third quarter, then netted many insurance points in the fourth to win a big game which was a de facto must-win. Ben Wallace was lauded and commended by many for stepping up to the challenge. De facto is a Latin expression that means in fact or in practice. It is commonly used as opposed to de jure (meaning by law) when referring to matters of law or governance or technique (such as standards), that are found in the common experience as created or developed without... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ...


When the end of the game came, and the 96-79 final score flashed upon the screens, many Pistons fans, celebrating in jubilation, started filling the air with confetti and conducted other celebratory customs. That was the first time that the Spurs have given up more than 90 points in a Finals game.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
San Antonio 27 15 23 14 79
Detroit 21 20 29 26 96

Game Four

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June 16, 2005
9:00 p.m.
Recap San Antonio Spurs 71, Detroit Pistons 102 The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Joe DeRosa, Eddie F. Rush
ABC
Pts: Duncan 16; Parker 12; Ginobili 12
Rebs: Duncan 16; Mohammed 5; three others at 4
Assts: Parker 4; Bowen 4; Ginobili 3
Pts: Billups 17; Hunter 17; R. Wallace -14
Rebs: B. Wallace 13; Hamilton 9; R. Wallace 8
Assts: Billups 7; McDyess 5
Note: 7 Pistons players in double point figues
Detroit ties Series 2-2

In this game also, as was previously observed in Game 3, the Pistons dominated the Spurs. Reporters began to remark about the tendency in this series for the home team to produce a blowout. Thus far, no game had been decided by less than 15 points. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Dick Bavetta (born December 10, 1939) is an American referee for the National Basketball Association. ... Eddie F. Rush (born September 19, 1961 in Columbus, Georgia) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (first name pronounced NAH-Zi) (born September 5, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ... Bruce Bowen Jr. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Lindsey Benson Hunter (born December 3, 1970, in Utica, Mississippi) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Richard Clay Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974, in Quitman, Mississippi) is an American 69 (2. ...


Seven Pistons scored in double figures, and big games were collected from Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, and all the other élite stars of the franchise. Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ...


The outcome was never really in doubt, and the Pistons committed a Finals-record low four turnovers, but even this is often deemed an underestimation of the Pistons' defensive power. The deciding factor appears to have been the lack of possession time for the Spurs. This led to infrequent opportunities to score, and combined with an uncharacteristic scoring slump, the Spurs were only able to manage 71 points. For the second straight game, the Pistons scored more than 90 points against the Spurs.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
San Antonio 17 19 21 14 71
Detroit 23 28 23 28 102

Game Five

June 19, 2005
9:00 p.m.
Recap San Antonio Spurs 96, Detroit Pistons 95 (OT) The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
ABC
Pts: Duncan 26; Horry 21; Ginobili 15
Rebs: Duncan 19; Horry 7; Ginobili 6
Assts: Ginobili 9; Parker 3; Bowen 3;
Pts: Billups 34; Hamilton 15; B. Wallace 13
Rebs: B. Wallace 12; Prince 9; McDyess 6
Assts: Billups 7; Prince 3
Spurs lead series 3-2

With the first four games of the 2005 Finals being blowouts by the home team, Game 5 was the close game everyone was waiting for, and it went down as one of the more memorable games in Finals history. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Steve Javie (born January 17, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)[1] is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since the 1986-87 NBA season. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Bruce Bowen Jr. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Richard Clay Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974, in Quitman, Mississippi) is an American 69 (2. ...


The game was closely contested by the two teams throughout the night as the lead changed 12 separate times, and the game was tied on 18 occasions. Regulation was not enough to settle this game, so the game went into overtime. The Pistons streaked out to a quick lead in the first few minutes of overtime, and seemed to have the game in hand. However, a missed opportunity with Detroit up 2 with 9 seconds to go opened the door for San Antonio. On the Spurs' next possession, Robert Horry inbounded the ball to Ginobili, who then gave it back to Horry, who was left wide open, to sink the game winning basket. Horry had previously already been famous for nailing the winning shot in Game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Kings. Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player. ...


Horry went 5 for 6 from beyond the arc, including the game-winner, and scored 21 points coming off the bench, after not scoring until the final play of the 3rd quarter. He carried the team in the latter stages of the game as his teammates struggled with nerves that came with the weight of a must-win game on the road against an accomplished adversary. In addition to the game winning three pointer Horry made a spectacular left-handed dunk as the shot clock was winding in one possession, that is one of the highlights of the series. Incidentally, Horry happened to have the most NBA championships of any active player with five, and looked to extend that to six.


Tim Duncan, despite struggling from the free-throw line, finished with 26 points and 19 rebounds for the Spurs. Chauncey Billups was the high scorer for the Pistons, finishing with a game high 34 points in the losing effort.

Team 1 2 3 4 OT Tot.
San Antonio 21 21 22 25 7 96
Detroit 23 19 21 26 6 95

Game Six

June 21, 2005
8:00 p.m. EST
Recap Detroit Pistons 95, San Antonio Spurs 86 SBC Center San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Dan Crawford, Bernie Fryer, Bennett Salvatore
ABC
Pts: Hamilton 23; Billups 21; R. Wallace 16
Rebs: B. Wallace 9; Prince 7; Billups 6
Assts: Billups 6; Prince 4
Pts: Ginobili 21; Duncan 21; Parker 15
Rebs: Duncan 15; Ginobili 10; Mohammed 8
Assts: Parker 5; Ginobili 3
Detroit ties Series 3-3

Game 6 was a close game all along, and the lead kept fluctuating between the two teams. Again, the leading stars on both teams played big games. Detroit pulled away early in the fourth for an 80-73 lead with five minutes to go, but the Spurs continued to threaten them. Soon, it was back to a one-point game. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The AT&T Center is an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was completed in 2002 as the SBC Center at a cost of $175 million, financed by county issued bonds which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car rental tax increase and an additional contribution... San Antonio redirects here. ... Dan Crawford (born November 23, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 1984-85 NBA season. ... Bernie W. Fryer (born December 25, 1949 in Bellingham, Washington) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Bennett Salvatore is an NBA official who wears No. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Richard Clay Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... This article is about the French basketball player. ... Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (first name pronounced NAH-Zi) (born September 5, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ...


Then, Rasheed Wallace planted a three-pointer to pull away, and even with a resilient game by the Spurs, the Pistons had clinched the victory.


Nevertheless, several Pistons free throws were necessary in the final moments of the game to put a win out of reach for the Spurs.


Rasheed Wallace had a big game to atone for the mistake he made for leaving Horry open in Game 5. Despite the fact that his mistake ultimately cost the Pistons the championship, Wallace was nonchalant about the play, even commenting incorrectly that he left Horry to guard Duncan.


Billups and Prince again led the Pistons with steady, unwavering defense, which is the key, as it is often said, to victory. Although Duncan and Ginobili finished with 21 points each, neither was able to seriously threaten the strong Pistons defense enough to win the game. Detroit thus won its fifth consecutive game facing elimination. The Pistons became the first road team to force a Game 7 in the NBA Finals. Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Detroit 23 23 25 24 95
San Antonio 23 24 20 19 86

Game Seven

June 23, 2005
8:00 p.m. EST
Recap Detroit Pistons 74, San Antonio Spurs 81 SBC Center San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Joe Crawford, Eddie F. Rush
ABC
Pts: Hamilton 15; Billups 13; B. Wallace 12
Rebs: B. Wallace 12; Hamilton 8; McDyess 7
Assts: Billups 8; McDyess 2
Pts: Duncan 25; Ginobili 23; Horry 15
Rebs: Duncan 11; Mohammed 7; Ginobili 5
Assts: Ginobili 4; Duncan 3
Spurs win series 4-3

For the first time in eleven years, the NBA Finals came down to a decisive game. Momentum was on Detroit's side, but the Spurs had home-court advantage. The Pistons were looking to become the first team to ever win the last 2 games on the road, after being down 3-2. The stats were, as expected, heavily in favor of the Spurs. NBA teams are 74-17 all-time at home in Game 7, and 9-0 when leading 3-2 going home. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The AT&T Center is an indoor arena located in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was completed in 2002 as the SBC Center at a cost of $175 million, financed by county issued bonds which were supported by a hotel-occupancy and car rental tax increase and an additional contribution... San Antonio redirects here. ... Dick Bavetta (born December 10, 1939) is an American referee for the National Basketball Association. ... For the college basketball player, see Joe Crawford (basketball). ... Eddie F. Rush (born September 19, 1961 in Columbus, Georgia) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Richard Clay Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974, in Quitman, Mississippi) is an American 69 (2. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player. ... Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (first name pronounced NAH-Zi) (born September 5, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ...


The game, like the previous two games of the series, was closely contested for the first three quarters. But the Spurs took control in the fourth quarter and never looked back as for the second time in three years, the Spurs celebrated a championship on the SBC Center floor. The Spurs won Game Seven 81-74, winning the franchise's third Larry O'Brien Trophy. For the game, Tim Duncan finished with a game high 25 points and 11 rebounds, while teammate Manu Ginobili pitched in with 23 points. Richard Hamilton, with 15 points, was the high scorer for the Pistons, who fell just short of winning back to back championships. The Larry OBrien trophy is coveted by NBA teams. ... Richard Clay Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ...


Tim Duncan won his third NBA Finals MVP Award. Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Bruce Bowen each received their second championship ring, while Robert Horry became only the second player in NBA history (John Salley being the first) to play on championship teams for three different franchises. The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ... John Thomas Spider Salley (born May 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, actor and talk show host. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot.
Detroit 16 23 18 17 74
San Antonio 18 20 19 24 81

Trivia

  • The Pistons became the first road team down 3-2 in the series to win a Game 6 since the 2-3-2 format started in 1985. The previous 7 teams to lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 at home ('86 Boston Celtics, '87 Los Angeles Lakers, '92, '96 & '97 Chicago Bulls, '00 Lakers and '03 Spurs) won the series-clinching Game 6.
  • The only two other series to go seven games with the 2-3-2 format (1988 and 1994) had the home team win both Games 6 & 7. In '88 the Lakers defeated the Pistons and in '94, the Houston Rockets beat the New York Knicks.
  • With the Spurs winning Game 7, no road team has won a seventh game in the Finals since the 1978 Washington Bullets, who beat the Seattle SuperSonics in that series. The previous three Finals series to go a deciding seventh game were won by the home team. The Celtics beat the Lakers at Boston Garden in 1984, the Lakers beat the Pistons at the Great Western Forum in 1988 and the Rockets beat the Knicks at The Summit in 1994.
  • The Spurs became the seventh franchise to win the NBA Championship at least three times joining the Celtics, Lakers, Bulls, Warriors, Nationals/76ers, and Pistons in this group.
  • Tim Duncan is the only player on all four Spurs championship teams (1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007).
  • Tim Duncan became the fourth player in NBA history to win the NBA Finals MVP a third time joining Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Robert Horry joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen as the only non-Celtics to win at least six championships. Horry also joined John Salley as the only players to win championships with three teams. Like Jordan and Pippen, Horry was 6-0 in his first six Finals series. Horry won a seventh title in 2007 with the Spurs.
  • This is the first time the current Finals MVP Trophy was used.

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Broadcast notes

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See also

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