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Detroit sweep out Orlando to reach NBA quarterfinals

Detroit sweep out Orlando to reach NBA quarterfinals

Chauncey Billups scored 25 points, Richard Hamilton added 19 and the Detroit Pistons overcame a lackluster fourth quarter to beat the Orlando Magic 97-93 and sweep the NBA first-round playoffs series on Saturday.
The sweep was Detroit's first in the playoffs since 1990, when the "Bad Boys" won a second consecutive NBA title.
The Pistons handily won the first three games of the best-of-seven series, but the finale was much more difficult _ mostly because Detroit went cold to start the final period.
The Pistons were ahead 78-69 early in the fourth, but missed 11 of 13 shots and found themselves trailing 85-80 with about 3 minutes remaining.
But the veteran team, which has advanced to four consecutive Eastern Conference finals, retook control.
Rasheed Wallace hit a 3-pointer that made it 85-83. Chris Webber followed with a hook shot in the lane. Then Billups and Hamilton took over, combining to score Detroit's final 12 points.
Dwight Howard had 29 points and 17 rebounds _ dominating the post for the only time in the series _ to lead the Magic.


Updated : 2020-12-05 17:23 GMT+08:00