Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) drives on Detroit Pistons' Rasheed Wallace in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, Jan. 16, 2006. Pierce led Boston with 21 points in their 94-84 loss. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
BOSTON (AP) -- Ray Allen found his shooting touch just in time to put the Boston Celtics within one win of the NBA finals for the first time since the original Big Three.
Allen scored 29, hitting a long 2-pointer after Detroit came within one point with a minute left, then he and Kevin Garnett each made a pair of free throws down the stretch as the Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 106-102 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Game 6 is Friday in Detroit, and with a victory there or on Sunday back in Boston, the Celtics would advance to the NBA finals for the first time since Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish took them there in 1987.
1 2 3 4 Tot
Detroit 23 23 25 31 102
Boston 23 29 32 22 106
High Scorers: Detroit - Chauncey Billups 26, Richard Hamilton
25, Rasheed Wallace 18
Boston - Kevin Garnett 33, Ray Allen 29, Kendrick
High Rebounders: Detroit - Chauncey Billups 5, Antonio McDyess
5, Richard Hamilton 4, Tayshaun Prince
4, Rasheed Wallace 4
Boston - Kendrick Perkins 16, Kevin Garnett 7,
Rajon Rondo 6