|Friday's NBA Playoff Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 25 April 2008 17:13|
By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Andre Miller scored 21 points and Philadelphia dominated Detroit in a 95-75 victory Friday night that gave the 76ers a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Samuel Dalembert had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and the Sixers led by as many as 24 points in their first home playoff game since 2005.
Richard Hamilton scored 23 points and Tayshaun Prince had 18 for the Pistons, who led the league with just 11 turnovers per game but committed 23, easily their season high. The 76ers scored 29 points off the turnovers and scored 40 points in the paint.
Philadelphia broke the game open in the third quarter, ending it with a 22-9 run.
Antonio McDyess - who left in the third quarter with a broken nose - Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups combined for 15 points for the Pistons.
Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.
Mavericks 97, Hornets 87
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points, 19 rebounds and six assists and Dallas finally made New Orleans look like playoff novices, winning Game 3 to get right back into this series.
Chris Paul of the Hornets, the first player ever to have at least 30 points and 10 assists in his first two playoff games, finished with 16 points on 4-of-18 shooting. He still had 10 assists.
David West was 3-of-16 through three quarters. He wound up 6-of-20 with 14 points and his late surge helped New Orleans cut a 17-point deficit to 90-83 with 2 minutes left.
Jannero Pargo of New Orleans had 30 points, his most this season and most ever in a playoff game.
Jason Terry replaced Jerry Stackhouse in Dallas' starting lineup and responded with 22 points and six assists but his biggest contribution was his defense on Paul.
Game 4 is Sunday night in Dallas, where the Hornets haven't won since January 1998.