Pistons force a Game 7

Second chance points and offensive rebounds down the stretch abled the Pistons to barely edge the Cavaliers for an 84-82 Game 6 win Friday night at “The Q”. With the Cavs down 84-81, LeBron could have tied it with a three but was fouled before he could attempt to do so, sending him to the line for two free throws with less than two seconds left. He made the first and intentionally missed the second which resulted in a missed tip-in. Rasheed Wallance led the Pistons with 24 points on 4-8 from beyond the arc and LeBron James finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Cleveland couldn’t knock down any long range jumpers, going only 2 of 12 from three-point land.

“Nobody thought we would be here,” James said. “Nobody thought we’d be in a Game 7 against the Pistons. We proved the doubters wrong. We have to prove some more wrong.”

Whenever the Pistons needed a basket in the game, someone managed to deliver. They never allowed the Cavs to sustain their runs for long periods of time. I don’t know whether it was lucky bounces or lack of hustle but the constant offensive rebounds by the Pistons at the end of the game was just a killer. This loss was frustrating not only because we could have closed the deal on our home floor but we have to play a Game 7 in Detroit, who has all the momentum now. Sure, we beat them on their court in Game 5 but it makes it that much more difficult to do it two straight times. Win or go home!

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