PISTONS LIMIT CAVS, LEBRON TO TAKE SERIES
The Pistons advanced to the conference finals for the fourth straight season.
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The Pistons were pushed beyond anything most people envisioned during this Eastern Conference Semifinals series, but Detroit's 79-61 win over Cleveland on Sunday demonstrated exactly why they expect to return to the NBA Finals. Playing with energy and intensity all day on the defensive end, the Pistons were able to make stops consistently while holding the Cavs to 23 points after halftime. Tayshaun Prince led Detroit with 20 points and added seven rebounds. Ben Wallace was the defensive anchor, collecting nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals. LeBron James scored 21 of his team-high 27 points in the first half to keep Cleveland in the game. The Pistons held a 40-38 lead at the half, but a 10-2 run to end the third quarter gave Detroit some breathing room. The Pistons will now face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight postseason. Game 1 will be on Tuesday in Detroit (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
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CLE
80.8
40.4
15.2
0.418
0.767
0.291

PPG
RPG
APG
FG%
FT%
3P%
DET
86.5
40.1
17.1
0.425
0.690
0.402
TEAM LEADERS
James 26.5
James 8.5
James 6.0
Newble 1.000
Marshall 1.000
Newble 1.000
PPG
RPG
APG
FG%
FT%
3P%
Hamilton 19.4
Wallace 11.5
Billups 5.8
Delfino 1.000
Billups 0.917
Delfino 1.000
SEASON SERIES: PISTONS 3, CAVALIERS 1
April 12: Pistons 96, Cavaliers 73 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Feb. 27: Pistons 84, Cavaliers 72 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Feb. 26: Pistons 90, Cavaliers 78 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Dec. 31: Cavaliers 97, Pistons 84 | Boxscore | Video highlights
Game 1: DET 113, CLE 86 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 2: DET 97, CLE 91 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 3: CLE 86, DET 77 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 4: CLE 74, DET 72 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 5: CLE 86, DET 84 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 6: DET 84, CLE 82 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
Game 7: DET 79, CLE 61 | Box | Highlights | Postgame
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