Lewis Scores 33 as Magic Beat Pistons 111-86

Orlando makes series 2-1 as Billups leaves in first quarter with injury
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 11:40 PM CDT
Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis, left, drives past Detroit Pistons forward Jarvis Hayes during the first half of Game 3 in an NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Rashard Lewis scored a career playoff-high 33 points Wednesday and Orlando beat Detroit 111-86 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Magic's first win in the series. The Pistons lost point guard Chauncey Billups just four minutes into the game when he drove to the basket and got tangled up with Orlando's Jameer Nelson.

Nelson's leg caught Billups' foot, and Billups fell hard to the court with a strained right hamstring. Billups was averaging 17.5 points in the postseason and had 28 against the Magic in Game 2. Game 4 is Saturday in Orlando. Richard Hamilton scored 24 points for Detroit. With Billups out, rookie Rodney Stuckey stepped up big for the Pistons, scoring 19 points _ nine in the second quarter.