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Published: Sun, May 4, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

Pistons 91, Magic 72

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Hedo Turkoglu’s uncontested dunk early in the second half gave the Orlando Magic their first lead. Less than a minute later, the Detroit Pistons took over. Chauncey Billups had 19 points, seven assists and played a key role in the decisive run of the game, leading Detroit 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. The Pistons will host Game 2 Monday night.

Associated Press


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