2004–05 Detroit Pistons season

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2004–05 Detroit Pistons season
Eastern Conference Champions
Head coach Larry Brown
General manager Joe Dumars
Owner(s) William Davidson
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record 54–28 (.659)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish Lost in NBA Finals to San Antonio
(3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television FSN Detroit, WKBD
Radio WDFN
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The 2004–05 Detroit Pistons season was the 64th season of the franchise, the 57th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 48th in the Detroit area. The Pistons began the season as defending NBA Champions. After a lackluster start to the year that saw their entire season marred by a late November brawl with the Indiana Pacers, the Pistons eventually finished first overall in the Central Division, and second overall in the Eastern Conference. They narrowly missed out on repeating as NBA champions, losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2005 NBA Finals in seven games.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 54 Rickey Paulding Guard  United States Missouri

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Ben Wallace Elden Campbell
Darko Miličić
PF Rasheed Wallace Antonio McDyess
SF Tayshaun Prince Darvin Ham
Ronald Dupree
Carlos Delfino
SG Richard Hamilton
PG Chauncey Billups Lindsey Hunter Carlos Arroyo Horace Jenkins

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 32–9 22–19 8–8
x-Chicago Bulls 47 35 .573 7 27–14 20–21 8–8
x-Indiana Pacers 44 38 .537 10 25–16 19–22 9–7
Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 12 29–12 13–28 7–9
Milwaukee Bucks 30 52 .366 24 23–18 7–34 8–8


Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (7) Philadelphia 76ers

April 23
3:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 85, Detroit Pistons 106
Scoring by quarter: 28–16, 18–32, 24–32, 15–26
Pts: Allen Iverson 30
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 18
Asts: Allen Iverson 10
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 29
Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 10 each
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard, Jack Nies
April 26
7:30 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 84, Detroit Pistons 99
Scoring by quarter: 23–20, 13–22, 21–27, 27–30
Pts: Allen Iverson 19
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 11
Asts: Allen Iverson 10
Pts: Richard Hamilton 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 10
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers
April 29
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 104, Philadelphia 76ers 115
Scoring by quarter: 32–24, 22–27, 24–29, 26–35
Pts: Ben Wallace 29
Rebs: Ben Wallace 16
Asts: Richard Hamilton 12
Pts: Allen Iverson 37
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 10
Asts: Allen Iverson 15
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 16,907
Referees: Greg Willard, Monty Mccutchen, Ron Garretson
May 1
1:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 97, Philadelphia 76ers 92 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 21–24, 20–14, 19–23, 23–22, OT: 14–9
Pts: Chauncey Billups 25
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Pts: Allen Iverson 36
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 15
Asts: Allen Iverson 8
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 15,894
Referees: Bob Delaney, David Jones, Steve Javie
May 3
8:00 pm
Philadelphia 76ers 78, Detroit Pistons 88
Scoring by quarter: 24–21, 20–22, 17–17, 17–28
Pts: Allen Iverson 34
Rebs: Samuel Dalembert 10
Asts: Allen Iverson 7
Pts: Billups, Hamilton 23 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Detroit wins the series, 4–1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Scott Foster, Sean Corbin

Last Playoffs meeting: 2003 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Detroit won 4–2)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Indiana Pacers

May 9
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 81, Detroit Pistons 96
Scoring by quarter: 20–23, 18–29, 19–20, 24–24
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22
Rebs: Jeff Foster 13
Asts: Johnson, Miller 3 each
Pts: Richard Hamilton 28
Rebs: Ben Wallace 15
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Jess Kersey, Jim Clark
May 11
8:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 92, Detroit Pistons 83
Scoring by quarter: 18–33, 22–17, 28–19, 24–14
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 22
Rebs: Jeff Foster 20
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 12
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 16
Asts: Chauncey Billups 10
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson, Sean Corbin
May 13
6:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 74, Indiana Pacers 79
Scoring by quarter: 11–17, 17–25, 17–16, 29–21
Pts: Chauncey Billups 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Tayshaun Prince 6
Pts: Reggie Miller 17
Rebs: Jeff Foster 12
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 6
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Forte, Tom Washington
May 15
2:30 pm
Detroit Pistons 89, Indiana Pacers 76
Scoring by quarter: 21–13, 26–21, 25–22, 17–20
Pts: Chauncey Billups 29
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 12
Asts: Richard Hamilton 7
Pts: Stephen Jackson 23
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 13
Asts: Anthony Johnson 6
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bob Delaney, Luis Grillo, Steve Javie
May 17
7:00 pm
Indiana Pacers 67, Detroit Pistons 86
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 14–19, 11–27, 21–17
Pts: Jermaine O'Neal 14
Rebs: Dale Davis 9
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 5
Pts: Ben Wallace 19
Rebs: Tayshaun Prince 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Eddie F. Rush, Jack Nies, Joe Crawford
May 19
7:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 88, Indiana Pacers 76
Scoring by quarter: 19–21, 20–25, 23–17, 26–16
Pts: Richard Hamilton 28
Rebs: B. Wallace, R. Wallace 11 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Reggie Miller 27
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 11
Asts: Jamaal Tinsley 10
Detroit wins the series, 4–2
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 18,345
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner, Ken Mauer

Last Playoffs meeting: 2004 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4–2)

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Miami Heat vs. (2) Detroit Pistons

May 23
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 90, Miami Heat 81
Scoring by quarter: 24–25, 20–18, 30–24, 16–14
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 20
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Carlos Arroyo 7
Pts: Eddie Jones 22
Rebs: Eddie Jones 8
Asts: Damon Jones 5
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,203
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Bob Delaney, Mike Callahan
May 25
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 86, Miami Heat 92
Scoring by quarter: 23–24, 13–23, 27–15, 23–30
Pts: Richard Hamilton 21
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Dwyane Wade 40
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,228
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Tom Washington
May 29
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 113, Detroit Pistons 104
Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 31–27, 26–24, 34–29
Pts: Dwyane Wade 36
Rebs: D. Jones, Wade 7 each
Asts: D. Jones, O'Neal 5 each
Pts: Richard Hamilton 33
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 8
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dan Crawford, Greg Willard, Joe Forte
May 31
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 96, Detroit Pistons 106
Scoring by quarter: 21–25, 25–35, 23–19, 27–27
Pts: Dwyane Wade 28
Rebs: Eddie Jones 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 6
Pts: Richard Hamilton 28
Rebs: Ben Wallace 15
Asts: Richard Hamilton 8
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Jack Nies, Joe Crawford
June 2
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 76, Miami Heat 88
Scoring by quarter: 26–27, 13–25, 21–20, 16–15
Pts: Richard Hamilton 21
Rebs: Antonio McDyess 9
Asts: Richard Hamilton 5
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 20
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 13
Asts: Damon Jones 6
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,225
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
June 4
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 66, Detroit Pistons 91
Scoring by quarter: 16–17, 16–27, 13–24, 21–23
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 24
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 13
Asts: Damon Jones 6
Pts: Richard Hamilton 24
Rebs: Prince, R. Wallace 9 each
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bernie Fryer, Dan Crawford
June 6
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 88, Miami Heat 82
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 24–17, 19–26, 24–16
Pts: Richard Hamilton 22
Rebs: Ben Wallace 9
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 27
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 10
Asts: Dwyane Wade 4
Detroit wins the series, 4–3
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,241
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Joe Crawford

Last Playoffs meeting: 2000 Eastern Conference First Round (Miami won 3–0)

NBA finals[edit]

(W2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (E2) Detroit Pistons

Main article: 2005 NBA Finals
All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4)
June 9
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 69, San Antonio Spurs 84
Scoring by quarter: 20–17, 17–18, 14–20, 18–29
Pts: Chauncey Billups 25
Rebs: Ben Wallace 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 17
Asts: Horry, Parker 3 each
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Steve Javie, Ron Garretson, Mike Callahan
June 12
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 76, San Antonio Spurs 97
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 23–28, 21–21, 13–18
Pts: Chauncey Billups 25
Rebs: Ben Wallace 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Manu Ginóbili 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 17
Asts: Horry, Parker 3 each
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Dan Crawford, Jack Nies
June 14
9:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 79, Detroit Pistons 96
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 15–20, 23–29, 14–26
Pts: Tony Parker 21
Rebs: Tim Duncan 10
Asts: Duncan, Parker 4 each
Pts: Richard Hamilton 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bob Delaney, Joe Crawford
June 16
9:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 71, Detroit Pistons 102
Scoring by quarter: 17–23, 19–28, 21–23, 14–28
Pts: Tim Duncan 16
Rebs: Tim Duncan 16
Asts: Bowen, Parker 4 each
Pts: Billups, Hunter 17 each
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Joe DeRosa
June 19
9:00 pm
San Antonio Spurs 96, Detroit Pistons 95 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 21–19, 22–21, 25–26, OT: 7–6
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Tim Duncan 19
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 9
Pts: Chauncey Billups 34
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Mike Callahan, Ron Garretson, Steve Javie
June 21
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 95, San Antonio Spurs 86
Scoring by quarter: 23–23, 23–24, 25–20, 24–19
Pts: Richard Hamilton 23
Rebs: Ben Wallace 9
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Duncan, Ginóbili 21 each
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Tony Parker 5
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Bennett Salvatore, Bernie Fryer, Dan Crawford
June 23
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 74, San Antonio Spurs 81
Scoring by quarter: 16–18, 23–20, 18–19, 17–24
Pts: Richard Hamilton 15
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Tim Duncan 25
Rebs: Tim Duncan 11
Asts: Manu Ginóbili 4
San Antonio wins the NBA Finals, 4–3
SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 18,797
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Eddie F. Rush, Joe Crawford

Last Playoffs Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Spurs and Pistons.

Player statistics[edit]

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]