Rashard Lewis scored a career playoff-high 33 points, and the Orlando Magic took advantage of an injury to Chauncey Billups to pull away and beat the Detroit Pistons 111-86 last night in Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Dwight Howard added 20 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Magic, who sliced Detroit’s lead in the best-of-seven set to 2-1. Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu both scored 18, while Keyon Dooling had all 10 of his points in the final quarter.
Lewis went 11-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range.
Billups suffered a strained right hamstring in the first quarter and didn’t return.
On Monday, a clock malfunction played a part in Detroit’s 100-93 victory, as Billups hit a controversial three-pointer at the end of the third quarter. However, in Game 3 Billups was on the court for less than four minutes and the Pistons had a nine-game post-season win streak over the Magic broken.
Richard Hamilton scored 24 to lead the Pistons, who also got 22 from Tayshaun Prince and 19 from Rodney Stuckey.
Game 4 is Saturday in Orlando.