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Billups leads Pistons to easy win over Pacers
Updated: 2005-05-16 09:45

Chauncey Billups scored 29 points and Rasheed Wallace added 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Indiana Pacers 89-76 in game four of their NBA semi-final playoff on Sunday in Indianapolis.

Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups (L) drives to the basket on Indiana Pacers Jamaal Tinsley during Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff game in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 15, 2005. The Pistons defeated the Pacers 89-76 to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2. [Reuters]

The series is tied 2-2 after the champions dominated the latest game in the Eastern Conference series, leading by as many as 20 points at one stage, to bounce back from losing the last two games. Game five is in Auburn Hills on Tuesday night.

Detroit went on a 19-1 run in the first quarter and although the Pacers got back to within six points in the third quarter, the Pistons were never really pressed at any point as the Pacers shot just 37 percent, going 3-for-19 from 3-point range.

Richard Hamilton chipped in with 13 points for the Pistons, while Antonio McDyess had 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Ben Wallace and Tayshaun Prince each hauled down 10 rebounds for the Pistons, with Prince scoring seven points and Wallace adding six.

Stephen Jackson led Indiana with 23 points, while Jamaal Tinsley added 17 points but had a game-high seven turnovers.

Jermaine O'Neal was held to 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Reggie Miller scored just seven points in 36 minutes.

Jeff Foster, who helped the Pacers to wins in games two and three with 20 and 12 rebounds respectively, played just 12 minutes and had one rebound.

The winner of the series will face the Miami heat in the Eastern Conference final. Miami swept Washington four straight in the second round and now have at least a week to rest.

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