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April 27, 2005

Denver at San Antonio (8 p.m. EDT). The seventh-seeded Nuggets beat the second-seeded Spurs 93-87 in Game 1 on Sunday.

STARS

Tuesday

_ Alonzo Mourning, Heat, had a season-high 21 points and nine rebounds before fouling out of Miami’s 104-87 Game 2 victory over New Jersey.

_ Chauncey Billups, Pistons, had 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds as Detroit took a 2-0 series lead with a 106-85 win against Philadelphia.

_ Ray Allen, SuperSonics, scored 26 points to help Seattle defeat Sacramento 105-93 and take a 2-0 series advantage.

DECREASE

Allen Iverson (19) and Chris Webber (15) combined for just 34 points in Philadelphia’s second straight loss to Detroit, a 106-85 setback Tuesday night. They scored 57 points in Game 1 Saturday.

STRONG IN DEFEAT

New Jersey center Nenad Krstic scored 27 points in Tuesday night’s 104-87 loss to Miami, the Nets’ second straight in the series.

DEFECIT

Sacramento lost to Seattle 105-93 Tuesday night and trails 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since being swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2001 Western Conference semifinals.

SPEAKING

``That definitely amps him up. He lives for that. He doesn’t try to get those technicals on purpose, but it’s kind of funny that when he gets them, he gets a little more energy and a little more motivation. We don’t like when he gets those technicals, but we like what happens afterward.″ _ Detroit guard Chauncey Billups on teammate Rasheed Wallace, who scored 11 of 15 points after being called for a technical foul in the third quarter of a 106-85 Game 2 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

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