Chauncey Billups scored 25 points, Richard Hamilton added 19 and the Detroit Pistons overcame a lackluster fourth quarter to beat the Orlando Magic 97-93 and sweep the NBA first-round playoffs series on Saturday.
The 4-0 whitewash was Detroit's first in the playoffs since 1990, when the "Bad Boys" won a second consecutive NBA title.
The Pistons were ahead 78-69 early in the fourth, but missed 11 of 13 shots and found themselves trailing 85-80 with about three minutes remaining.
But the veteran team, which has advanced to four consecutive Eastern Conference finals, retook control.
Rasheed Wallace hit a 3-pointer that made it 85-83. Chris Webber followed with a hook shot in the lane.
Then Billups and Hamilton took over, combining to score Detroit's final 12 points.
Dwight Howard had 29 points and 17 rebounds -- dominating the post for the only time in the series -- to lead the Magic.
Cavaliers 98, Wizards 92
At Washington, LeBron James had his best game of the series with 30 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Cleveland, which is one game away from sweeping a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 24 points and eight rebounds, but the statistic that stood out most was Washington's 6-for-20 shooting in the fourth quarter.
Antawn Jamison scored a career playoff-high 38 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Wizards.
Antonio Daniels, who drove more aggressively to the basket than he did during the first two games, finished with 20 points and 13 assists.
Game 4 is today in Washington.
Spurs 96, Nuggets 91
At Denver, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker sliced their way through Denver's defense as San Antonio took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Game 4 is tonight at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets went just 23-18 during the season, the seventh-worst home record in franchise history.
Parker led San Antonio with 21 points and Ginobili added 19, but it was two old pros who put the game out of reach.
A flurry of 3-pointers from Robert Horry (10 points) and Michael Finley (16) allowed the Spurs to break away from the Nuggets late in the third quarter.
The Nuggets, who got 28 points from Carmelo Anthony and 20 from Iverson, never recovered.
Jazz 98, Rockets 85
At Salt Lake City, Mehmet Okur broke out of his scoring slump with 16 points and stifled Yao Ming defensively as Utah evened its first-round series with Houston.
Deron Williams contributed 25 points, including 11 in the third quarter.
Utah outscored Houston 33-17 in the period and again flustered the Rockets into a listless second half.
Yao scored 20 points, his lowest total of the series, and had to fight through Okur and Jarron Collins all night.
Tracy McGrady added 18 points before Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy pulled his starters.
Game 5 is today in Houston, where the Rockets won the first two games of the series.
Carlos Boozer finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Harpring added 17 points as the Jazz ensured that it will play at least one more home game this season.