|Friday's NBA Playoff Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 25 April 2008 19:29|
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.
Spurs 115, Suns 99
PHOENIX (AP) - Tony Parker had a career-high 41 points along with 12 assists and San Antonio took a 3-0 series lead.
The defending NBA champion Spurs never trailed in winning their ninth consecutive playoff game and 13th of 14, dating to last season. They can complete the sweep on Sunday in Phoenix. No NBA team has come back from 0-3 to win a series.
It's the first three-game losing streak for the Suns this season.
Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Manu Ginobili scored 20 points in the Spurs' fourth consecutive playoff road victory and ninth in their last 11.
Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead Phoenix, which was last swept in a series when Portland did it in a best-of-five matchup in 1998-99. Shaquille O'Neal, who finished 9-for-17 from the free throw line, had 19 points.