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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 4-0 whitewash was Detroit's first in the playoffs since 1990, when the "Bad Boys" won a second consecutive NBA title.
The Pistons were ahead 78-69 early in the fourth, but missed 11 of 13 shots and found themselves trailing 85-80 with about three 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.
Cavaliers 98, Wizards 92
At Washington, the injured Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler were introduced to try and inspire their teammates, and undermanned Washington rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit, but again couldn't finish the job in the final period.
Cleveland, mastering the art of doing just enough to win, held on for a victory and took a 3-0 lead in the series.
LeBron James had his best game of the series with 30 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Cavaliers, who are one game away from sweeping a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 24 points and eight rebounds, but the most glaring statistic was the Wizards' 6-for-20 shooting in the fourth quarter.
Antawn Jamison scored a career playoff-high 38 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Wizards. Antonio Daniels, who drove more aggressively to the basket than he did in the first two games, finished with 20 points and 13 assists.


Updated : 2021-05-19 01:52 GMT+08:00