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Thursday, May 8
New Orleans at San Antonio (9:30 p.m. EDT). The Hornets are 5-0 at home this postseason, 1-1 on the road.
-Rashard Lewis, Magic, scored a career playoff-high 33 points to lead Orlando to a 111-86 win over Detroit.
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, had 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Los Angeles' 120-110 victory over Utah.
Orlando beat Detroit 111-86 on Wednesday night, ending a nine game playoff losing streak to the Pistons. The streak is tied for the fourth-longest streak in NBA history and dates back to 2003, when Detroit rallied from a 3-1 deficit to advance, and included a 4-0 sweep in the first round last season.
The Los Angeles Lakers beat Utah 120-110 Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals and remain the NBA's only unbeaten team in the postseason. The series shifts to Utah for Games 3 and 4 on Friday night and Sunday. The Jazz had an NBA-best 37-4 home record this season, but one of the losses was by 11 points to the Lakers on March 20.
Billy Knight will resign as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks in July, despite leading the team to its first playoff appearance in nine years. Knight said Wednesday it was time to ``take a break'' following a season when his authority appeared to be weakened by unsuccessful lobbying with owners to fire coach Mike Woodson.
BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS
The NBA will stage an event in India for the first time this summer, conducting one of its Basketball without Borders camps in New Delhi. The league also announced Wednesday it will return to Turkey and South Africa to run camps, which the league began in 2001. The programs bring together top young players for instruction and competition, along with discussions on HIV/AIDS prevention.
``I'm at a loss for words, I don't know what to say. I love you guys so much. We're going to play until June. Let's get this party started.'' - Kobe Bryant after leading the Lakers to a 120-110 victory against Utah in game two of the Western Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night. Bryant, who received his Most Valuable Player trophy from NBA commissioner David Stern in a brief ceremony before the game, finished with 34 points.