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Pistons Rout Magic in Game 1 of 2nd Round

Billups scores 19 as Detroit pulls away in second half
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2008 10:02 PM CDT
Pistons Rout Magic in Game 1 of 2nd Round
Detroit Pistons' Jason Maxiell, center, is fouled by Orlando Magic' Hedo Turkoglu (15) as Rashard Lewis (9) defends in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of a second-round NBA playoff game.    (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – 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 to a 91-72 win over Orlando last night in Game 1 of the second-round series.

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Dwight Howard had a relatively quiet night with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks after being the first player 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. (Read more 2008 NBA playoffs stories.)

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