Tuesday , Apr , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 16 of his 22
points in the second half, as the Pistons moved two games ahead of Orlando in
their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with a 98-90 victory. Chauncey
Billups added 21 points and eight assists, while Rasheed Wallace
contributed 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for Detroit. Tayshaun
Prince had 18 points for the Pistons, who had all five of their starters in
double figures, just like Saturday night in a 100-92 series-opening win. Chris
Webber ended with 10 points and nine rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu had 22 points
before fouling out for the Magic, who also got 21 points and eight boards
from Grant Hill. Dwight Howard, who had 13 points and 19 rebounds in the
opener, was limited to eight points and 11 boards on Monday, going 3-of-9
from the field. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Thursday
at Orlando.

Final Score: Houston 98, Utah 90

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Deron Williams was knocked to the ground, and
Utah was knocked down in Houston again as the Rockets used their advantage
inside — 27 points and nine boards from Yao Ming — and received a 31-point
performance from Tracy McGrady in a 98-90 victory over the Jazz. The Western
Conference quarterfinal series now shifts to Salt Lake City on Thursday.
Houston travels with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as Utah attempts
to find another scoring option to complement Carlos Boozer. The forward
scored 13 of his team’s first 15 points, matching his career high with 41
points along with 12 rebounds. If the second option is Williams, he will
need to quickly shake the cobwebs from a full-speed collision with Shane
Battier at the 5:24 mark of the fourth. He was on the floor for several
minutes before leaving with assistance from team personnel and returning a
few minutes later. Battier was whistled for the foul, but Houston continued
to win the war. The Rockets were the aggressors for the second straight game,
illustrated by a large discrepancy at the charity stripe in the third stanza.
Houston made 13- of-14 in the period, while Utah didn’t attempt a free throw.