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Magic cut into Pistons lead

Rashard Lewis scored a career playoff-high 33 points, and the OrlandoMagic took advantage of an injury to Chauncey Billups to pull away andbeat the Detroit Pistons 111-86 last night in Game 3 of their NBAEastern Conference semifinal series.


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.

 
 
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