Pistons 100 Magic 93 – A great game, but a game that will be remembered for the clock malfunction at the end of the third quarter. Detroit inbounded the ball with 5.1 seconds left, but the clock mysteriously stopped at 4.8 with the Pistons attempting a last second shot. Chauncey Billups made a 3 pointer and the referees had to estimate the time that would have ran off the clock if it had been working. They figured the play ran 4.6 seconds and counted the basket, even thought replays show that Billups still had the ball in his hands after 5.1 seconds had elapsed. Through the discrepancy, Orlando still had a chance to tie the game late. Down 2 with under 10 seconds to go Rashard Lewis missed a finger roll, Dwight Howard had the putback dunk slip through his hands and Hedo Turkoglu lost the rebound out of bounds. Orlando lost despite making 11 3 pointers The Pistons head down to Orlando with a 2-0 series lead.
Hornets 102 Spurs 84 – Chris Paul showed again why he was worthy of being a finalist for the MVP award. His 30 points and 12 assists led the New Orleans Hornets to a 2-0 series lead over the defending NBA champs. The Spurs had the lead at halftime, but were outscored 36-18 in the third to put them in a must win situation for game 3. San Antonio did a great job holding David West to 10 points, but couldn’t stop the hot outside shooting of Peja Stojakovic (5 3 pointers). The Big 3 for the Spurs need to play much better at home or this series will be ending a lot sooner than anyone expected.