BOSTON — The Detroit Pistons proved that a visiting team can win in Boston. Now they can reach the NBA finals without having to do it again.
Richard Hamilton bounced back from a poor series opener with 25 points, and the Pistons beat the Celtics 103-97 Thursday night, tying the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece and seizing the home-court advantage that has meant everything to the Celtics.
Chauncey Billups had 19 points and seven assists for the Pistons, who host Game 3 on Saturday night.
Boston had won 15 straight at home and was 9-0 in the playoffs, but the only number that matters now is 0-6 — the Celtics’ playoff road record.
Paul Pierce scored 26 points for the Celtics and Ray Allen broke out of a shooting slump with 25, his best performance in three months.
But he was limited to 29 minutes by foul trouble, picking up his fifth foul with 3:09 left in the third quarter after his flurry had given Boston the lead.