Nets and Pistons Advanced to Second Round of NBA Eastern Conference
(AFP, Washington) On Thursday, the New Jersey Nets again survived the desperate outbursts of the Indiana Pacers' clutch player Miller to beat the Pacers 120-109 after the second overtime, winning the critical Game 5 in the first round of the NBA playoffs and advancing to the second round.
The Detroit Pistons were also advanced after edging out the Toronto Raptors in Game 5.
The Pistons did not perform well in this game. It was not until Stackhouse made a sideline jumper, 1 minute 43 seconds before time expired, that the team gained an 85-82 lead, claiming its first victory in a playoff series in 11 years.
In the game in New Jersey, Nets shooter Kidd scored a new career playoff high with 31 points. In addition, he had 8 rebounds and 7 assists, creating numerous scoring opportunities for the Nets, which is the top-seeded team in the Eastern Division.
This is only the second time that the Nets have entered the second round since the team was founded. They will take on the Charlotte Hornets, the fifth-seeded team, in the best-of-seven semi-final that starts on Sunday.
However, it was Miller who received the biggest spotlight in the game. After his excellent performance in the playoffs, he was again spectacular, nearly making the eighth-seeded Pacers a breakout team.
He scored a shot right before the buzzer in regulation to tie the score. His basket was one of the most spectacular final critical baskets in the history of the playoffs, forcing the game into overtime. A moment later, he caught the Nets off guard and dribbled to the basket for a dunk, bringing the score to a tie again and sending the game into the second overtime.
The Nets, led by Kidd, displayed great resilience and won in the end by 11 points.
Miller scored a total of 31 points during the game, yet he was tightly guarded and held scoreless in the second overtime.