|NBA Playoff Capsules|
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|Saturday, 03 May 2008 19:21|
Chauncey Billups had 19 points, seven assists and played a key role in the decisive run of the game, leading Detroit to a 91-72 win over Orlando on Saturday night in Game 1 of the second-round series.
Dwight Howard had a relatively quiet night with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks after being the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to score 20 points and grab 20 rebounds in three playoff games since Wilt Chamberlain did it in 1972.
Howard played for much of the second half with blue tape wrapped around his left hand, seemingly to protect his thumb he injured after trying to grab a rebound.
After the Magic took their last lead with 10:08 left in the third quarter, Billups' layup capped an 8-0 run as Detroit started a 21-3 burst to take a 64-49 lead.
Orlando rallied to trail by just seven points entering the fourth despite making only 1-of-10 3-pointers and 7-of-16 free throws.
Jason Maxiell squashed any comeback hopes the Magic had.
Detroit's power forward, starting again for Antonio McDyess, scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter with surprising touch on jumpers and free throws.
The Pistons will host Game 2 Monday night.
Hornets 101, Spurs 82
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - David West scored a career playoff-high 30 points to lead the Hornets to a victory over the Spurs in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
Chris Paul added 17 points, 13 assists and four steals for New Orleans, which trailed by as much as 11 in the first half but stormed into the lead for good in the third quarter.
Tim Duncan had a rare terrible night, going 1-of-9 from the field for a career playoff-low five points and only three rebounds.
The Hornets swarmed Duncan with double teams throughout the game, forcing San Antonio to look for points from outside.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points and Manu Ginobili had 19. Bruce Bowen added 17 points and Michael Finley 13, but San Antonio needed more help inside from Duncan and Kurt Thomas, who had only two points and two rebounds.