National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince scored 16 of his 24 points
in the second half, as the Detroit Pistons advanced to the second round of the
playoffs for the third straight season with a 91-77 victory over Milwaukee in
Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The Pistons, coming
off victories in Games 3 and 4 in Milwaukee, advanced to face the New Jersey
Nets, who swept Detroit in the conference finals last season for their second
consecutive Eastern Conference title. Prince added nine rebounds and eight
assists to go along with his playoff career-high point total. Chauncey Billups
chipped in 19 points and Richard Hamilton scored 18. Milwaukee was led by
Michael Redd’s 22 points. Joe Smith added 16 and Keith Van Horn scored 11 with
12 rebounds for the Bucks, who shot just shy of 40 percent from the floor.
Detroit will have home-court advantage against second-seeded New Jersey, which
swept the Knicks in the first round. The Pistons are seeded third, but they
finished the regular season with a better record than the Atlantic Division-
champion Nets. Game 1 is scheduled for Monday night.
Final Score: Sacramento 119, Dallas 118
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Bibby scored a playoff career-high 36
points and added eight assists to lead the Sacramento Kings into the second
round of the playoffs with a 119-118 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game
5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at ARCO Arena. Peja
Stojakovic contributed 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, who captured
the series four games to one and avenged a seven-game second-round loss to
their West rivals last season. Brad Miller added 21 points in the victory for
the Kings, who will now face the winner of the series between Denver and
Minnesota. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 31 points and 14 rebounds,
while Steve Nash chipped in 24 points and a game-high 14 assists in the loss.
These teams met for the third straight year in the post-season. Sacramento
dismissed the Mavericks in five games in the 2002 conference semifinals.