Pistons Oust Magic, Advance to East Finals
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 10:53 PM CDT
Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton, left, and Rasheed Wallace laugh about a basket Hamilton made in the first half of Game 5 of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball series.   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – The Detroit Pistons made just enough shots and stops to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for a sixth straight year. Richard Hamilton scored 19 of his 31 points in the first half, made victory-sealing free throws late in the game and Tayshaun Prince had a key block, helping Detroit hold off the Orlando Magic for a 91-86 win Tuesday night in Game 5 of the second-round series.

"Playing in six straight is awesome, but now we expect to do this," Hamilton said. "We're supposed to be here." The Pistons will have a break before facing the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals. Detroit made just 36 percent of its shots and allowed the Magic to make nearly half of their attempts, but made up for the disparity at the line and by taking care of the ball.