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Thursday, 22 May 2008 23:36
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, May 23
San Antonio at L.A. Lakers (9 p.m. EDT). The Lakers rallied from 20 points down to beat the Spurs in the opener of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night.

STAR
Thursday
-Richard Hamilton, Pistons, bounced back from a poor series opener with 25 points, and Detroit defeated Boston 103-97, tying the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece and seizing the home-court advantage.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics in a 103-97 loss to the Pistons in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

HOME WRECKERS
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.

SPEAKING
``It is even. We don't sit back and say, 'Oh, look. They are undefeated at home,' or 'They didn't win a game on the road.' ... A lot of the teams they played in the postseason and the regular season were scared of them, as far as KG and Ray and Paul. They are good players, but we have good players, also.'' - Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace after a 103-97 win over the Celtics on Thursday night that tied the Eastern Conference finals at 1-1 and earned the home-court advantage for the rest of the series. Boston had won 15 straight at home and was 9-0 in the playoffs.
 

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