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NBA: Pistons Dominate Cavaliers in Game 2 of Playoff Semifinals


The Detroit Pistons dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday, and the Dallas Mavericks turned the tables on the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Detroit, playing at home, led by as many as 22 points going into the fourth quarter and held off a late-game rally to beat Cleveland 97-91. Rasheed Wallace led the Pistons with 29 points, and teammate Tayshaun Prince added 20.

Most of LeBron James' 30 points for the Cavaliers came in the fourth quarter. Cleveland closed to within five points of the lead with just over a minute left.

Detroit has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven second-round Eastern Conference playoff. Game three is in Cleveland on Sunday.

In Texas, the Dallas Mavericks romped past the Spurs in San Antonio, 113-91. The Mavs' Josh Howard had 27 points and nine rebounds; Dirk Nowitzki had 21 and Devin Harris scored 20.

The Dallas-San Antonio playoff in the Western Conference, tied at one game apiece, resumes Saturday.

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