Rasheed Wallace usually needs to get mad at an official or face a late-game situation to get motivated.
The opening tip was enough for him last night.
Wallace blocked a shot and made a 3-pointer on the opening possessions and finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic, 98-90, in Auburn Hills, Mich., and take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Eastern Conference series.
"Sheed has been very focused ever since we started practicing for the playoffs," Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups said. "You can see the difference in him. When he's like that, we're a difficult team to play."
Detroit's balance was too much for Orlando's two-player attack.
Detroit's starters each scored at least 10 points and top reserve Antonio McDyess added 9 points and 11 rebounds.
Richard Hamilton scored 22 points, while Billups had 21 points, 8 assists, and only 1 turnover. Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points and Chris Webber added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points and Grant Hill had 21 for Orlando to prevent it from being a rout, but their teammates didn't do enough to give the Magic any shot at evening the best-of-seven series.
Rockets 98, Jazz 90 -- Tracy McGrady scored 31 points and host Houston had an exceptional night at the free throw line to overcome Carlos Boozer's 41 points.
The Rockets went 34 for 38 from the line and took a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
Boozer matched a career high in points, tossing in jumpers from all angles over 7-foot-6-inch Yao Ming. He finished 17 of 30 from the field and had 12 rebounds.
But Boozer dribbled the ball off his foot with 20 seconds to play and Yao finished off the Jazz with two free throws with 12 seconds remaining.
Yao had 27 points and hit all nine of his free throws. McGrady went 12 for 14 from the line, and Chuck Hayes had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets.