The Pistons ended any suspense in the early stages on Thursday.
Richard Hamilton scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter, as Detroit raced out to an 18-point halftime lead en route to a 100-77 blowout of Philadelphia in Game 6 of its first-round playoff series at the Wachovia Center.
Detroit wins the series 4-2 after Philadelphia took two of the first three. The Pistons outscored the Sixers 255-196 from halftime of Game 4.
Philadelphia has lost to Detroit in its last three playoff series (2003, 2005 and 2008).
Thursday’s deciding game was no contest as Detroit raced out to a 10-0 lead. Hamilton hit two free throws later in the quarter to make it 28-9 with 1:53 left in the first. The lead swelled to 30 in the fourth.
Chauncey Billups posted 20 points and seven assists and Tayshaun Prince added 12 points and seven rebounds. Hamilton and Billups were a combined 17-of-25 from the floor as the Pistons shot 58 percent for the game.
Detroit held Philadelphia without a field goal for nearly the first six minutes of the game.
Detroit advances to the East semifinals for the seventh straight year and will host Orlando in Saturday’s Game 1. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT.