Monday , May , 21 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups’ three-pointer with 1:52
left put Detroit ahead and Cleveland came up empty on a pair of chances inside
the final 20 seconds, as the Pistons beat the Cavaliers, 79-76, in the opener
of the Eastern Conference finals at the Palace. Richard Hamilton ended with a
game-high 24 points and dished out seven assists for the Pistons, who are
appearing in the conference finals for a fifth straight year. Billups
scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter for Detroit, which will
seek to take a two-game lead in this best-of-seven set on Thursday. Zydrunas
Ilgauskas had 22 points and 13 rebounds, but his missed a potential go-ahead
jumper with 15 seconds left for Cleveland, which failed to score a single
point over the final 2:08 of the game. LeBron James ended with just 10
points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavs, who are in the conference
finals for the first time since 1992. James shot just 5-of-15 from the field
and with a chance to tie the game with under 10 seconds left, he kicked a
pass out to Donyell Marshall, who missed a wide- open three-pointer.