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Monday, 05 May 2008 21:44
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, May 6
Cleveland at Boston (8 p.m. EDT). The top-seeded Celtics needed seven games to defeat the Hawks in their first-round playoff series.

STAR
Monday
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 30 points and 12 assists, leading New Orleans to a 102-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of their second-round series.

DELAYED GRATIFICATION
Chauncey Billups scored 28 points, three on a disputed shot at the end of the third quarter, and Detroit got past Orlando 100-93 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their second-round series. Billups officially made a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left in the third, ending a play that started with 5.1 seconds left and seemed to take a fraction of a second longer using replays the officials didn't use during a 5-minute delay. Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Orlando.

BUZZED
Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 102-84 victory Monday night and a 2-0 lead over the Spurs in their second-round series. Peja Stojakovic hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points for the Hornets, who've won both games by wide margins in becoming the first team to put San Antonio in an 0-2 playoff hole since 2001, when the Spurs were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals. Game 3 is Thursday in San Antonio.

HONORED
Chauncey Billups was presented with the NBA's Walter J. Kennedy sportsmanship award Monday night before Detroit's playoff game against the Orlando Magic. The award, which is voted on by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, is given to a player or coach who shows ``outstanding service and dedication to the community.''

SPEAKING
``It's tough to be on the other end of that play. But I'll take it.'' - Detroit's Chauncey Billups, on his disputed shot at the end of the third quarter of a 100-93 win over the Magic in Game 2 of their second-round series on Monday night. Billups officially made a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left in the third, ending a play that started with 5.1 seconds and seemed to take a fraction of a second longer using replays the officials didn't use during a 5-minute delay.
 

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