Pistons send Miller into retirement
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Detroit Pistons are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals, and Reggie Miller is headed into retirement without ever having won a championship ring.
Richard Hamilton scored 28 points and Chauncey Billups added 23 as Detroit beat the Indiana Pacers 88-79 Thursday night, winning their best-of-seven series 4-2. The Pistons will open the conference finals on Monday at Miami.
It was the final game for Miller, the NBA's 12th-leading career scorer, who is retiring after 18 years in the league. He broke out of a shooting slump and led Indiana with 27 points, and his final basket was a 3-pointer with under 2 minutes left to pull Indiana within 82-79.
Hamilton then hit a basket and Billups added two free throws with 26 seconds left before Miller missed a 3-pointer and left the game to a prolonged, standing ovation.
Spurs 98, SuperSonics 96
SEATTLE (AP) - Tim Duncan took a sharp pass from Manu Ginobili and banked in a short shot with 0.5 seconds left, lifting the San Antonio to a thrilling 98-96 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday night and putting the Spurs into the Western Conference finals.
Duncan had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the Spurs survived his 6-for-21 shooting to win the series 4-2 and move one step closer to a chance for the franchise's second NBA title in three seasons.
Tony Parker and Robert Horry each had 14 points, while Ginobili scored 13 and Nazr Mohammed added 12.
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