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June 9, 2005

Detroit at San Antonio (9 p.m. EDT). The Spurs allowed the fewest points per game (88.4) in the league during the regular season, while the Pistons were second at 89.5 ppg.

SHARP SHOOTER

San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen is 16-for-38 (42 percent) from 3-point range in the playoffs. In 2002-03, when the Spurs won their second NBA title, Bowen made 44 percent of his 3-point attempts, best in the league.

AROUND THE WORLD

San Antonio’s Beno Udrih and Rasho Nesterovic will be the first Slovenians to play in the NBA Finals, while Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are the first all-international starting backcourt in finals history.

MAJOR MATCH-UP

The last two NBA champions are meeting in the finals for the first time since 1987, when the defending champion Boston Celtics lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

SPEAKING

``I don’t care what none of you cats think. Half of you are bandwagon, and the other half got the Spurs winning anyway, so it don’t matter to us.″ _ Detroit’s Rasheed Wallace on the media. Wallace shouted and swore his way through pre-practice interviews Wednesday.

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