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Pistons Dismantle Lakers, Win NBA Title - 2004-06-16

The Detroit Pistons have won their first National Basketball Association Championship in 14 years.

The Pistons stunned the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-87, Tuesday in game five of their best-of-seven series. Detroit wins the series four games to one.

Richard Hamilton had 21 points and Ben Wallace added 18 points and 22 rebounds for Detroit, which won the last three games in the series.

Winning the National Basketball Association championship meant something extra special to Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown and owner Bill Davidson.

Brown won his first NBA championship Tuesday after 22 seasons and seven teams. He is also the first coach to win championships on both the pro and college levels, having led the University of Kansas to the 1988 college national championship.

Davidson's title came less than two weeks after his Tampa Bay Lightning won the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup finals. The 81-year-old billionaire also owns the Detroit Shock, which won the Women's National Basketball Association championship last year.

Detroit controlled most of the game, leading by 10 at halftime and 23 after three quarters. The Pistons also out-rebounded the Lakers, 50-36.

Detroit guard Chauncey Billups, who averaged 21 points and five assists a game during the series, was named the finals most valuable player.