Home ArenaThe Palace
879,614 attendance
21,454 average
Head CoachC. Daly
General Manager Jack McCloskey
Owner Bill Davidson
Coming off their first NBA Championship the Pistons remained the top team in the East winning their 3rd straight division title with a solid record of 59-23, as Dennis Rodman was named Defensive Player of the Year with 9.7 rebounds per game. The Pistons continued to roll in the playoffs sweeping the Indiana Pacers with 3 straight double-digit wins. In the 2nd round the Pistons would continue to dominate, as they needed just 5 games to knock off the New York Knicks. In the Eastern Conference Finals the Pistons were matched up against the Chicago Bulls for the 2nd straight year. The Pistons would get off to a fast start taking the first 2 games at home. However, as the series shifted to Chicago the Bulls even the series at 2 games apiece. Back at home in Gam5 the Pistons exerted their will on the Bulls winning 97-83. However, the Bulls would bounce back to force a 7th game. In Game 7 the Pistons defense would step it up holding the Bulls to 74 points as they marched on to the NBA Finals for the 3rd year in a row. Seeking their 2nd straight title the Pistons were matched up against the Portland Trailblazers. After taking Game 1 at home by 6 points the Pistons would be stunned din Game 2 losing in the final minutes 106-105. However, as the series shifted to Portland the Bad Boys would step it to another level dominating the Blazers in Game 3, which they won by 15 points. The Pistons would take a 3-1 lead by the beating the Blazers 112-109.With a 3-1 series lead the Pistons were hardly in a must win situation as they trailed the Blazers 90-83 with 2 minutes left. Had they lost the series would have shifted back to Detroit for Games 6 and 7. However, the Pistons wanted to end it as quickly as possible as they held the Blazers scoreless the rest of the way ending the game on 9-0 run to pull out a 92-90 win which was capped by final second jumper by Vinnie Johnson who scored 7 point in the final 2 minutes. Isiah Thomas would go on to win NBA Finals MVP as the Pistons celebrated their 2nd straight NBA Championship.


1989-90 Playoffs

1990 NBA Larry O’Brien Trophy  NBA Champions

1989-90 Standings

59-23 (.720) 1th place


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Eastern Central W L Pct GB
1 Pistons   59 23 .720 -
3 Bulls 55 27 .671 4.0
6 Bucks 44 38 .537 15.0
7 Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17.0
8 Pacers 42 40 .512 17.0
Hawks 41 41 .500 18.0
Magic 18 64 .220 41.0

1989-90 Draft Picks

1 / 27 Kenny Battle




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