- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. The Boston Celtics showed there's more to their team than just Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker.
Pierce led five Celtics in double figures with 22 points in an 85-77 victory over Detroit last night that evened the Eastern Conference semifinals and was their first road win of the playoffs.
"We're tough to guard," said Eric Williams, who scored 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting. "We can put five guys out there who can shoot the 3, and if they try to take that away from us, we can attack the inside. We play from the inside out, and that's how teams win championships.
"When you've got two All-Stars, like Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce, you can do lot of different things."
Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is tomorrow night in Boston.
Walker scored 15 points for the Celtics, while Rodney Rogers had 13 and Kenny Anderson 11.
"I would definitely hate to play us because we provide so many problems defensively," Pierce said
The Pistons had a hard time matching up with several Celtics outside, inside and off the dribble.
"When you combine their 3-point ability with their post ability and their one-on-one ability, it's a hard team to play," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said.
Boston coach Jim O'Brien believes that's especially true because Pierce and Walker are focused on the right things.
"I don't think either guy cares as much about scoring as they do about winning," O'Brien said.
Jerry Stackhouse led Detroit with 25 points.
Boston held Detroit to 32.9 percent shooting, its worst performance of the season, and outrebounded the Pistons 53-35.
"They outworked us and outplayed us," Carlisle said.
Cliff Robinson was held to just two points in the first half, after scoring 30 in Game 1, but he helped the Pistons get back into the game briefly in the third quarter.
He scored five straight points to cap a 16-4 run which cut Detroit's deficit to 56-54 with 4:10 left in the quarter. Robinson finished 13 points.
Boston regained control of the game by outscoring the Pistons 16-7 to take a 72-61 lead early in the final quarter on a 3-pointer by Walker his first points since late in the first quarter.
The Celtics' cushion was never threatened.
After the game, tempers flared as Robinson and Walker engaged in face-to-face trash-talking and had to be separated.
"Antoine was just running his mouth like he likes to do," Robinson said. "He's a front-runner, so he was talking tonight. That's the kind of guy he has always been."
Walker refused to discuss the situation.
Pierce said: "It gets frustrating when you lose on your home court."
After Tony Battie missed the game's first shot from the field, the Celtics made their next three field goal attempts to take an 8-0 lead. The Pistons didn't get closer than five points in the first quarter and trailed 28-20 when it ended.
The Celtics didn't let Detroit closer than eight points and led by as many as 17. Boston's lead was cut to 50-36 when Detroit's Damon Jones made a 27-foot 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. Jones finished with 12 points.
Fifteen of Boston's 20 field goals in the first half were layups or dunks.
Note
Detroit set a team playoff record with 29 3-point attempts and tied a Pistons mark by making 12. Both records had been set in Game 1 on Sunday.


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