Pistons edge Magic for 3-1 series lead Cleveland later handed Boston another road defeat. Delonte West contributed 21 points.

Posted: May 11, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. - Detroit's Richard Hamilton scored 32 points, and Orlando's Hedo Turkoglu missed a layup with time running out as the Pistons beat the Magic, 90-89, yesterday to take a three-games-to-one lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Tayshaun Prince scored 17 for Detroit, including an 11-foot runner for the go-ahead basket with 8.9 seconds left. Rasheed Wallace had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Antonio McDyess contributed eight points and 14 boards.

Orlando squandered a 15-point lead in the third quarter. After Prince's basket, Turkoglu missed a layup from the left side of the lane, and Dwight Howard missed a putback.

FOR THE RECORD - CLEARING THE RECORD, PUBLISHED MAY 13, 2008, FOLLOWS: A story on the NBA in Sunday's Sports section misidentified Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West's college. He went to St. Joseph's.

The Pistons won despite playing without point guard Chauncey Billups, who suffered a strained hamstring in Thursday's game. Rookie Rodney Stuckey started in his place, but 37-year-old Lindsey Hunter took over when Stuckey got in foul trouble.

Turkoglu scored 20 for Orlando, but the Pistons held Howard in check all game, forcing several turnovers on Magic passes inside and largely preventing the NBA first-team all-star from getting the basketball near the rim. Howard had eight points.

Cavaliers 108, Celtics 84

CLEVELAND - LeBron James and former Villanova star Delonte West scored 21 points each as Cleveland posted its first win in the series, defeating Boston in Game 3.

The Cavaliers roared to a 32-13 lead after one quarter, led by 17 at the half, and 16 after three.

James was only 5 of 16 from the floor, but his teammates stepped it up, going a combined 32 of 54 (59 percent) to tighten the second-round series. Ben Wallace, playing despite occasional dizziness from an inner ear infection, had nine points and nine rebounds as he gave Kevin Garnett fits.

Boston is 0-4 on the road during the playoffs, having lost three times to Atlanta.

D'Antoni to Knicks. Mike D'Antoni has agreed to coach the New York Knicks, bringing his fast-paced offensive style from the Phoenix Suns to a team coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

The Knicks released a statement Saturday saying they had agreed in principle with D'Antoni and that a news conference would be held once the deal had been completed.

D'Antoni had two years and $8.5 million left on his Phoenix contract. Suns owner Robert Sarver wouldn't confirm that D'Antoni had taken the New York job earlier Saturday, but said, "Mike called me this morning to thank me, so I figured this was up."

The Chicago Bulls also interviewed D'Antoni.

D'Antoni replaces Isiah Thomas, who was fired after the Knicks went 23-59.

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