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4.25.2009

Cavs and Sixers victorious at the NBA playoffs


The powerful Cleveland Cavaliers pushed the Detroit Pistons to the brink of elimination in the National Basketball Association playoffs with a 79-68 victory in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

In fact, there were no surprises at this game, where Cleveland superstar LeBron James just missed a triple-double, scoring 25 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists Friday as Cleveland took a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

We must notice that after Detroit's Antonio McDyess questioned his team's collective effort in losing the first two games of the series, the Pistons came out strong.

But King James neutralized their effort when it mattered most in the fourth quarter. He had an impressive slam dunk midway through the final period, part of an 18-2 scoring run that started after the score was tied for the sixth time in the game.

"We know, big-time players make plays, and that's what he did," Detroit coach Michael Curry admitted.

In Philadelphia, the 76ers stunned the world by winning the Orlando Magic 96-94 and taking a surprising 2-1 lead in their series.

Thaddeus Young's layup with two seconds to play lifted the Sixers to success.

In fact, Philadelphia had stumbled into the playoffs with six defeats in their last seven regular-season games, but are now two victories away from winning a playoff series for the first time since Allen Iverson led them to the NBA finals in 2001.

However, we saw Dwight Howard scoring 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic. Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 29 points while Andre Miller added 24.

As we said, Howard's two free throws with less than eight seconds to play knotted the score at 94-94.

Despite that, Young took a pass near the baseline and drove to the basket for the game-winner.

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