Ben Wallace, who grabbed 24 rebounds, makes a pair of appearances in Sunday's photo gallery.
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X-Factor: Richard's Game Hits High Gear

Jefferson
"I've progressively gotten better in this series," Nets forward Richard Jefferson said after New Jersey picked up its first win of the East semifinals, 82-64 over Detroit in Game 3. Jefferson sputtered in the series opener, scoring eight points on 1-for-12 shooting. He improved his output to 19 points in Game 2, then scored 30 on torrid 11-for-19 shooting in Sunday's breakthrough performance.

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May 9, 2004


VIRTUAL GM TOP EFFICIENCY
Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.
VGM value: 23.3
Sunday: Shaq compiled a plus-47 efficiency rating with 28 points (11-13 FG), 15 boards and eight blocks in the Lakers' 105-81 rout of the Spurs.

TIME TO TUNE IN
Monday on TNT
Heat at Pacers, 8 p.m. ET
Kings at Wolves, 10:30 p.m. ET

SPEAK IT, MAN
"The resolve, determination and will of this team, it should never be questioned."
-- Nets' Kerry Kittles, after the
two-time defending East champs took Game 3 from Detroit.

WHAT IS EFFICIENCY RATING?
Here is the formula:
((Pts + Reb + Ast + Stl + Blk) minus
((FGA - FGM) + (FTA - FTM) + TO))