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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- LeBron James walked off the court
bare-chested and beaten after his chances of playing in the
playoffs took another hit.
The Detroit Pistons used a balanced attack in a 90-87 win over
the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, overcoming James' 37
points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Cleveland has lost three straight and six of eight, and is in
danger of finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference, behind New
Jersey and Philadelphia. The Cavaliers (40-40) need to finish with
a better record than the Nets (40-40) or the 76ers (41-39) to reach
the postseason because Cleveland lost the season series to both
'Everybody knows that this was a costly loss,' James said.
'We played well in the first half. We gave ourselves a good chance
to win. That has just been our luck this year. We have been in
plenty of close games, we just cannot finish them out.'
The Cavaliers needed a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime,
but James shot an airball over Tayshaun Prince from above the key
just before the buzzer. James then took off his jersey and went to
the locker room.
With a chance to tie it at 89, Prince blocked James' shot from
the baseline with about 20 seconds left.
'They always have defended me well,' James said. 'Tayshaun
does a great job.'
Prince's defense against Kobe Bryant last year helped Detroit
beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, and he has also made
stars such as Tracy McGrady look ordinary.
Prince said the time and score gave him an advantage during the
'The tough thing for him is, he knows he needs a 3,' Prince
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two-point game, it's a different story.'
Cleveland has two games left in the regular season: at home
against Boston on Tuesday and at Toronto on Wednesday, needing to
win both to improve its postseason chances.
Cavaliers coach Brendan Malone seems to be drawing inspiration
from Boston's win over the New York Yankees in the 2004 American
League championship series.
'The Red Sox were down 3-0, and look what they did,' Malone
said. 'We aren't going to give up now. No one is giving us a
chance, but I kind of like that feeling.'
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Richard Hamilton scored 19 points -- despite getting five
stitches above his left eye late in the third quarter -- to help the
Pistons extend their season-high winning streak to 10 games.
Rasheed Wallace left the game in the first quarter with an injured
left hamstring, but his teammates made up for his absence.
Chauncey Billups scored 17, Prince had 15, Ben Wallace added 11
points, 15 rebounds and four blocks while reserve Antonio McDyess
filled in for Rasheed Wallace with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Cavaliers scored 29 points in the second quarter to take a
52-40 lead at halftime, but the Pistons scored the first 10 points
in the third and built a six-point lead midway through the fourth.
'Getting down the way we did and coming back, I couldn't be
happier,' Pistons coach Larry Brown said. 'I'm proud that we
competed because Philadelphia and New Jersey were affected by this
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With the Central Division and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern
Conference locked up, Detroit goes on the road against the worst
two teams in the league -- Atlanta and Charlotte -- to wrap up the
Ira Newble scored 19 points for Cleveland, and Zydrunas
Ilgauskas had 12 points and 17 rebounds. Other than those two,
James didn't get much help.
The second-year star, who missed the playoffs as a rookie, had a
spectacular first half with 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting, five
assists and no turnovers. He was lackluster after the break.
James was just 2-for-12 in the third quarter, then made some
solid plays early in the fourth before faltering in the final
minutes. He finished 12-of-35.
With his performance, James ensured he would become the fifth
player in the league to average 25 points, seven rebounds and seven
assists. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson and John
Havlicek also did it.
James was shaken up midway through the second quarter when he
collided in the lane with teammate Anderson Varejao, who was pushed
by Detroit's Elden Campbell.
'My knee tightened up a little bit, but it never really
affected me,' James said. 'I was fine.'
Rasheed Wallace had two points and a block in five minutes
before injuring his hamstring. 'I didn't want it to get worse,'
he said. .. Hamilton was out late in the third and early in the
fourth after being fouled across the face by Ilgauskas. .. James
averaged 35 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists in his five
previous games. .. The Pistons finished 32-9 at home, the
second-best record in team history. .. The Cavaliers fell to 12-28
on the road and 0-8 against the Central Division. .. Cleveland's
Drew Gooden was limited to 14 minutes because of a bruised hip. He
was scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting and had three rebounds.