SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, April 23
Philadelphia at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EDT). The 76ers stunned the Pistons 90-86 Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round series.

STARS
Tuesday
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 32 points and a franchise playoff-record 17 assists, leading New Orleans to a 127-103 victory over Dallas.
-Dwight Howard, Magic, had 29 points and 20 rebounds to lead Orlando to a 104-103 win against Toronto.
-Tony Parker, Spurs, scored 32 points in San Antonio's 102-96 win over Phoenix.

STUNG
Chris Paul had a franchise playoff-record 17 assists, leading New Orleans to a 127-103 victory over Dallas on Tuesday night that gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. The old record was 15 assists, set by Muggsy Bogues in 1993. The series now moves to Dallas, where the Hornets have not won since January 1998.

MAGIC MAN
Dwight Howard had 29 points and 20 rebounds, his second straight 20-20 game, and Orlando beat Toronto 104-103 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Howard was the first player with consecutive playoff games of 20 points and 20 rebounds since Kevin Garnett in 2004, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Amare Stoudemire led Phoenix with 33 points, but the Suns fell to San Antonio 102-96 in Game 2 Tuesday night. The Spurs lead the Suns 2-0 in their first-round series.

CELTIC PRIDE
Boston's Kevin Garnett won the NBA's defensive player of the year award Tuesday. He beat out Denver's Marcus Camby and Houston's Shane Battier. The 6-foot-11 forward led the Celtics with 9.2 rebounds per game. He added 18.8 points, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 steals. Garnett received 493 points, including 90 first-place votes. Camby, who won the award last season, finished second with 178 points and Battier had 175 points.

SPEAKING
``A series doesn't start until somebody loses a home game. We've just held court here, that's it. And we're going up there, so there's no cushion whatsoever. Until you break through nothing's really happened.'' - Magic coach Stan Van Gundy after Orlando's 104-103 victory over Toronto on Tuesday night. The Magic are up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

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