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Thursday, 01 May 2008 23:49
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 SCOREBOARD
Friday, May 2
Boston at Atlanta (8 p.m. EDT). The Celtics look to close out the best-of-seven series with a victory over the Hawks.

STAR
Thursday
- Richard Hamilton, Pistons, scored 24 points, 13 in the first quarter to lead Detroit to a 100-77 win over Philadelphia.

MOVING ON
Detroit rolled into the second round of the playoffs by crushing the Philadelphia 76ers 100-77 on Thursday night to win the series 4-2. The Pistons will host the Orlando Magic, who eliminated Toronto in five games, on Saturday in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Detroit reached the second round for the seventh straight season.

SONIC BOOM
Kevin Durant became the first Seattle player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award - and perhaps the last. Durant, the youngest player in the league at 19, averaged 20.3 points for the SuperSonics. Durant received 90 first-place votes (545 points) from a panel of 125 writers and broadcasters. Atlanta's Al Horford finished second with 390 points, and Houston's Luis Scola was third with 146 points.

COMING BACK
Sonics coach P.J. Carlesimo will return next season, the team said Thursday, ending speculation he would be fired after the team won just 20 games in his first year with the Sonics. General manager Sam Presti said at a news conference that Carlesimo would be back.

SPEAKING
``I was asleep. It was a LONG season. My mom woke me up when she got the call. She screamed. I was happy. Then I went back to sleep.'' - Kevin Durant on becoming the first Seattle player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award Thursday.
 

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