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Pistons too tough for Sixers

Richard Hamilton scored 37 points to lead the Detroit Pistons past the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-88, last night in Auburn Hills, Mich., in a game that looked a lot like the teams' first-round series six months ago.

With Flip Saunders taking Larry Brown's place in Detroit and Maurice Cheeks replacing Jim O'Brien, the Pistons were still too tough on defense and balanced on offense for the Sixers.

Philadelphia's Allen Iverson scored 31 points, but he didn't have much help -- much like in Detroit's 4-1 series victory en route to its second straight trip to the NBA Finals.

Chris Webber had 16 points, but he was scoreless in the third quarter, and the other three starters failed to score more than 8.

Heat 97, Grizzlies 78 -- Antoine Walker scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade added 23 points as visiting Miami defeated Memphis.

Lakers 99, Nuggets 97 -- Kobe Bryant (33 points) welcomed coach Phil Jackson back to the Lakers, sinking a 23-foot jumper with 0.6 seconds left in OT to lift Los Angeles at Denver.

Bucks 110, Nets 96 -- Michael Redd scored 41 points and Maurice Williams added 23 off the bench to lead Milwaukee past New Jersey in East Rutherford, N.J.

Wizards 99, Raptors 96 -- Antawn Jamison had 29 points and host Toronto held off Washington. Gilbert Arenas added 21 points for the Wizards.

Pacers 90, Magic 78 -- Ron Artest had 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists, and Indiana began life without the retired Reggie Miller with a victory in Orlando.

Cavaliers 109, Hornets 87 -- LeBron James made five straight 3-pointers -- four in a row during a 1:44 span over Hornets forward Bostjan Nachbar -- and scored 31 points as the host Cavaliers defeated New Orleans.

Bulls 109, Bobcats 105 -- Chris Duhon had the first triple double of his career, 18 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds, and host Chicago rallied from a 25-point deficit for an overtime victory over Charlotte.

Jazz 93, Mavericks 82 -- Daron Williams scored 18 points in his NBA debut and Mehmet Okur added 27 to lead Utah past Dallas in Salt Lake City.

Rockets 98, Kings 89 -- Jon Barry scored 24 points, outscoring both of Houston's All-Stars, Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady, and led the Rockets over visiting Sacramento.

Timberwolves 90, Trail Blazers 86 -- Kevin Garnett had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Richie Frahm hit his first five 3-pointers for a victory over visiting Portland.

Warriors 122, Hawks 97 -- Jason Richardson scored 28 points and Baron Davis added 15 points and seven assists before leaving with a strained left hamstring during the decisive third quarter of Golden State's victory over Atlanta in Oakland, Calif.

Clippers 101, SuperSonics 93 -- Sam Cassell won a duel with Ray Allen, scoring 35 points, and shorthanded Los Angeles rallied in Seattle. Allen had 31 points.

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