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Pistons Finish Off Sixers

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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.

Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 16 points. Louis Williams and Andre Miller finished with 11 apiece.

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.

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November 23, 2007
Pistons 83, Sixers 78 | Box | Video
Tayshaun Prince scored 15 points and Detroit held on for their fourth straight home victory.
January 23, 2008
Pistons 86, Sixers 78 | Box | Video
Tayshaun Prince scored 16 points, one of three Pistons in double-digit scoring, as Detroit took care of Philly.
March 12, 2008
Sixers 83, Pistons 82 | Box | Video
Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and the 76ers hung on for a 83-82 victory over the Pistons.
April 9, 2008
Sixers 101, Pistons 94 | Box | Video
Andre Iguodala scored 25 points, hitting a season-high four 3-pointers, and the 76ers defeated the Pistons 101-94.

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