Pistons 91 Magic 86 – Tayshaun Prince had a crazy block that helped stave off the Orlando Magic and send the Pistons to the Eastern Conference Finals. Down 3, Hedo Turkoglu drove the lane and attempted a slam dunk but Prince had other ideas. This isn’t the first big block he has had in the playoffs and I am sure it won’t be his last. Richard Hamilton had 31 points including six free throws that sealed the victory. Rip became the all time leading scorer in Pistons playoff history surpassing Isaiah Thomas. The Magic did a wondrous job staying in the game despite their struggles on the free throw line and scoring droughts, but Detroit made too many key plays down the stretch to hold the lead. Closing out the series early gives the Pistons time to rest, especially the injured Chauncey Billups while the Celtics and Cavaliers continue to beat each other up.
Hornets 101 Spurs 79 – The Spurs had all the momentum and the right plan coming into game 5. The problem was David West had other ideas. San Antonio let Chris Paul get his (22 pts 14 ast), but they couldn’t stop the Xavier power forward. Struggling through back pains he dominated with a career high 38 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. The Spurs took a small halftime lead for the third straight road game in this series and failed to hold the lead managing only eleven points in the third period. The series shifts back to San Antonio Thursday night where the Spurs will try to stave off elimination.