The teams split the first two games at The Palace. Detroit Pistons Since their arrival in 1957, the Detroit Pistons have become one of the most storied franchises in the National Basketball Association. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. To make matters worse, about 90 minutes before tip-off, Joe Dumars’ father, Joe Dumars II, passed away from complications caused by diabetes. The 1989 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1988–89 season.The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals. This site is operated jointly by NBA and WarnerMedia. 2004 DETROIT PISTONS NBA Championship WORLD CHAMPIONS T-SHIRT Mens XX-LARGE xxl. The Pistons trailed 90-83 with two minutes left and Isiah Thomas on the bench, bloody from an inadvertent elbow to his nose. Johnson took one dribble, and with seven-tenths of a second remaining, he pulled up for a 17-foot jumper. Relive every moment of the Detroit Pistons' first-ever NBA championship in this exciting 11-disc collector's set. At only 29 years of age, Thomas was at the top of the basketball world. Pistons' guard Joe Dumars was named MVP for the series. For the next two minutes, it seemed nobody wanted to hit a shot. The Pistons took control of the game in the fourth, with James Edwards scoring particularly well. Just as their two previous postseason meetings had been, this affair was a tough, hard-fought seven game series, with both teams holding serve at home. MVP was Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons). NBA disciplinarian and former Pistons Rod Thorn was even quoted saying, “The Pistons have been on their best behavior this season. The Lakers did make it back to the finals in 1991 but fell to the Bulls in five games. 3. Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center. | Free shipping . With 3:23 left and the Pistons leading 100–94, the crowd rose to a standing ovation as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game. Michael Cooper, the last remaining backcourt veteran, had 13 assists and 15 points. Thomas had 24 points, Dumars 22, and Johnson 19. The Pistons had been where the Bulls stood, a young hungry team, faced with a seemingly immovable object. But the 1988 Finals MVP missed the first free throw. Detroit Pistons 1988-1989 Schedule and Results All the scores of the games played by the Pistons in the NBA 1988-89 Regular Season and the 1989 Playoffs, with teams, results, winning and losing streaks, partial and final records and evolution of the playoff series. Prior to 2016, the Pistons were the only team to clinch all four series on the road. That run included back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 2004 and 2005. The former Thomas' father, a lifelong Lakers fan, bet his son's name on his team winning the series. They had winning streaks of six, 13, and 12. Therefore, his 'retirement tour' consisted of pregame tributes in every arena to pay homage to the retiring Lakers captain. The Pistons had made the bucket on the break to tie the game at 75–75, but the Lakers, minus Johnson, charged to a 90–81 lead late in the period. He made the second, bringing the Lakers within one, 106–105. Detroit Pistons 1989-1990 Schedule and Results All the scores of the games played by the Pistons in the NBA 1989-90 Regular Season and the 1990 Playoffs, with teams, results, winning and losing streaks, partial and final records and evolution of the playoff series. Their second-half momentum carried over to the playoffs, sweeping both the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks in the first two rounds. Free shipping. The Pistons had dominated the Eastern Conference, winning 63 games during the regular season. Mahorn then scored four quick points, and the Pistons took a 59–58 lead moments later. Mahorn followed that with another bucket and the Lakers called timeout. As the series moved to the great northwest, the Pistons had some demons to overcome. The Pistons beat the Lakers 109-97 in Game 1 of the 1989 NBA Finals, snapping the Lakers streak for consecutive wins during one postseason at 11. The Detroit Pistons won both games in the regular season series: Just before Game 1, Lakers guard Byron Scott suffered a severe hamstring injury in practice; he would miss the series. As of today, the Pistons are the most recent Eastern Conference team to sweep an NBA finals. Despite trouble at the free-throw line (11 missed), the Pistons began to claw back as Los Angeles led 55–49 at intermission. Preseason Odds: Championship +400. He left Game 3 after just five minutes with the Lakers leading, 11–8. Detroit Pistons Team News. Musburger moved to ABC and ESPN, and later called nine NBA Finals series for ESPN Radio between 1996 and 2004. Nov 4 @ WSB, DET (2-0) beat WSB, 95-93. With Worthy playing out of his mind, the Lakers took a 35–23 lead at the end of the first period. Yes, the Pistons were that good. DETROIT PISTONS 1989 NBA Champions Commemorative Bad Boys BELT BUCKLE Siskiyou. Grant Hill - Drafted: 1994 - First Round, 3rd overall (Duke) The Pistons drafted Grant Hill out of … Two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas was named after Isiah Thomas as a consequence of this series. The Pistons then ran out the clock after Bill Laimbeer's free throw to close the game with a 114–110 win, putting them on the verge of an unexpected sweep. The series was a rematch of the previous year's championship round between the Eastern Conference playoff champion Detroit Pistons and the defending NBA champion and Western Conference playoff champion Los Angeles Lakers. Detroit Pistons Championship replica ring 1989 NBA CHAMPIONS Bad Boys, $39.99 + $5.00 shipping . Laimbeer hit a jumper at the 28-second mark, and the Pistons began celebrating. Make Offer - 1989 1990 Detroit Pistons NBA World Championship Bad Boys Pennants Jerseys Book 2004 Winning Streak Detroit Pistons NBA Wool Blend Basketball Pennant $29.95 Their summer trip to meet President Bush would be the last time the original Bad Boys would be together as a team. Joe Dumars was named NBA Finals MVP.The Pistons had one of the most dominant playoff runs in NBA … During the season, the Lakers had won their division, with Magic Johnson collecting his second MVP award. James Worthy drove to the basket and was fouled, giving him an opportunity to tie the game. Prior to the 2014 NBA Finals, the Pistons were the last Finals champion to have been runner-up to the same opponent the previous season as they did in the 1988 Finals. The new arena was envisioned by Pistons owner William Davidson. If you make a request through $29.00. Magic Johnson dropped back to play defense, and in so doing, pulled his hamstring. They became the first team to win their first 11 playoff games, as they swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle SuperSonics and Phoenix Suns in each of the first three rounds. 4. And the 1989 Detroit Pistons took the final step and won a championship. For the Bulls to reach the pinnacle of the league, they had to find a way to defeat the Pistons. You could say that the Detroit Pistons 1989 NBA Championship run began on Tuesday, June 9, 1981. Vintage 1989 DETROIT PISTONS NBA World Champions Logo Rocks Glass BAD BOYS. His absence would especially be felt on the defensive end. If you make a request through the WarnerMedia Privacy Center, 1989 NBA Eastern Conference Finals Bulls vs. Pistons League Champion: Detroit Pistons. Stockton also narrated the season-ending documentary "Motor City Madness" for NBA Entertainment. Unforgettable Moments: 1989 and 2004 NBA Champions vs. Lakers We look back at the Pistons two NBA championships against the Los Angeles Lakers as … This was the first NBA championship since 1983 to be won by a team other than the Lakers or the Boston Celtics. How many NBA Titles have the Pistons won? The arena consisted of luxury boxes and club seating, which added profits compared to older arenas. Magic was visibly hurt and frustrated, and had to be coaxed into leaving the floor. , https://www.si.com/vault/2011/02/07/106033444/the-name-of-the-game, The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1989_NBA_Finals&oldid=981306849, June 1989 sports events in the United States, Sports competitions in Inglewood, California, Pages using Template:College with unsupported name, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 1 October 2020, at 14:35. 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