Round: Eastern Conference Finals
Dates: May 25-June 3
Winner: Pistons, 4-2
Though not as glamorous as their rift with L.A., Boston's rivalry with Detroit was every bit as intense. Determined to best their tormentors, the Pistons quickly took home court advantage with a Game 1 win in Boston Garden. The Celtics fought back with a thrilling double overtime victory in Game 2. The teams would split the next two games, with a combined margin of victory of only 5 points, before Detroit took the series lead again with another win in Boston in Game 5. The Celtics sought to extend the series, but the Pistons would rally from a fourth quarter deficit to clinch the series at home.