Pacers tie series with road win
Thursday, May 12, 2005
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The NBA's most resilient team bounced back again.
Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points, Reggie Miller had 19 and Jeff Foster grabbed 20 rebounds Wednesday night to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Detroit Pistons 92-83 in Game 2, tying their Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
The Pacers trailed for two-plus quarters before taking over with an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter. They had lost 96-81 in Game 1.
O'Neal prevented the Pacers from trailing by more than 15 in the first quarter with eight points, then led their surge in the third with 10 points.
The Pistons had won eight straight home games in the playoffs, dating to last year's conference finals.
Miller made a running jumper and a 3-pointer to put Indiana ahead for the first time with 4:10 left in the third.
The Pistons scored the last six points of the quarter to take a 69-68 lead.
Miller's 3-pointer put Indiana ahead 82-77 with less than 5 minutes left.