Detroit Brings Broom to Atlanta

'Sheed carries team early, Billups takes over late in 94-90 win
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Feb 12, 2008 11:41 PM CST
Detroit Pistons' Amir Johnson (25) pulls down a rebound in front of Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith (5) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/John...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Pistons swept their four-game series with Atlanta, winning a close 94-90 game on the strength of Chauncey Billups's fourth-quarter performance. After missing all eight floor attempts in the first three quarters, Billups scored 12 in the final frame, including 10 straight Detroit points to turn a three-point deficit inside-out.

The Hawks emerged from a 15-point hole to lead 76-74 at the end of the third quarter, then shot 3-for-19 in the fourth. Budding Hawks star Josh Smith added 30 points along with his usual high-flying defense, which caused a characteristically testy Rasheed Wallace (21 points, five steals) to foul out late in the game.