Orlando-Detroit Game Three: Rashard Lewis Steps Up Big Time

Philip T BooseyContributor IMay 8, 2008

The Orlando Magic will try to tie their series with the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, May 9 after winning at home in game three, 111-86.

The biggest thing to note in the win by the Magic is that Chauncey Billups, the Pistons' top scorer in games one and two, was injured in the first quarter and did not return.

In game three the Magic finally calmed down and played the type of basketball that they have been playing all season. Like the first round of the playoffs, shots the Magic were missing on the road, they were making at home.

As a team the Magic shot 45.8 percent from behind the arch. They also cut down on their turnovers, only committing 11 compared to the 19 in game two.

The Pistons mounted a comeback at the end of the third quarter, cutting the Magic's lead to 73-69. However, it didn't last—they didn't score any points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter.

Rashard Lewis achieved a career playoff-high and was the game's top scorer with 33 points on 11 for 15 shooting.  He also had five assists, six rebounds, and two steals.

Also for the Magic, Hedo Turkoglu had 18 points and six assists.  Dwight Howard had a solid game with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocks.

Richard Hamilton was the leading scorer for the Pistons with 24 points. Tayshaun Prince had 22, and rookie Rodney Stuckey had 19 off the bench after replacing Chauncey Billups.

Game six is in Orlando on Saturday at 5:00 pm, EST.