The Detroit Pistons officially are the new king of the NBA.
They steamrolled and ran over the favored Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the 2004 NBA World Championship Series at the Palace of Auburn Hills. They brought the Larry O’Brien trophy back to the Motor City after 14 long years when Isaiah Thomas and his bad Boys won back-to- back titles in 1989 and 1990.
The road back to glory is not paved in gold and roses.
They took the road less traveled and persevered against the odds. The press wrote them off early as mere pretenders to the throne reserved only for the NBA’s royalty.
They were labeled as a crop of big-time chokers once and were pronounced just lucky to eke out a win over the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Eastern Conference Championships.
Many said the series would be lopsided in favor of the mighty Lakers and the Pistons would be lucky to win even once against them.
Instead, the Pistons did not roll over and die in the series. Their engines and batteries did not conk out as most people predicted them to. They showed the world that they’re made of much sterner stuff than what many of their detractors believed.
The 100- 87 final score in Game 5 said it all and showed their dominance of the series that left the Lakers stunned and the people in awe.
The News- Herald
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