Fri, May 19, 2006 - Page 22 News List

Pistons hover on brink of elimmination

AP , AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN

LeBron James scored 32 points and assisted on Drew Gooden's game-winning shot on Wednesday night to lead Cleveland over Detroit 86-84 -- the Cavaliers' third straight win en route to a 3-2 lead in the second-round series.

The Pistons, on the brink of elimination after two straight trips to the NBA Finals, have not been giving much respect to the Cavs, who are in the second round for the first time since 1993.

Game 6 of the series is tonight in Cleveland, and if the Pistons force a Game 7, they will be back on their home court on Sunday.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 14 before fouling out, Donyell Marshall had 14 points and 13 rebounds off the bench and three other players added at least six points apiece.

Tayshaun Prince scored 21, Chauncey Billups had 17 before fouling out, Richard Hamilton scored 15, Rasheed Wallace added 10 while battling foul trouble and reserve Antonio McDyess chipped in with 11 points.

Spurs 98, Mavericks 97

At San Antonio, Tim Duncan tied an NBA postseason record by making his first 12 shots and scored 36 points, Tony Parker added 27, and the Spurs withstood losing two jump balls in the final 6.3 seconds to keep their title defense alive.

The Spurs still trail 3-2, but the way they played this game -- shooting more than 60 percent into the fourth quarter -- anything is possible. The Mavericks will get a second chance at advancing to the conference finals tonight at home. If they can't do it, the Spurs will host Game 7 on Monday night.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a series-high 31 points for Dallas, including his first 3-pointer, which tied it at 95.

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