Started by TestSubject, Jun 15, 2005, 07:56 AM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 14 -- When Ben Wallace walked to center court at the start of Game 3, his jersey color wasn't the only change in his appearance from the two Pistons' losses in San Antonio; Ben let his hair down, or, technically, out. "She said let your hair down and go out there and play some basketball," Wallace said when a reporter asked if his wife chose his hairdo, "or else you can't eat." The Spurs would see another change, too: A meaner, more aggressive Big Ben. Wallace energized the entire Pistons squad starting from the opening tip, when he batted the ball on its way up, giving possession to the Spurs. But with 12:00 still on the clock, he stole the mid-court inbounds pass and took it the distance for the dunk and the foul. Three-zip: Pistons. Wallace owned the first quarter, ending it with five blocks - tying Bob Lanier's franchise record for blocks in a single quarter - and giving the home fans an early cause for celebration. "We had a sellout crowd here waiting to cheer for something," Wallace said after the game. "We knew we had to come out early and give them something to cheer for and get them excited, and also get everybody else motivated and ready to play. Once we got the crowd into it, we were able to play off of them."