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Point guard beating L.A. to the punch

Updated: June 14, 2004, 3:31 AM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The shortest starter in the NBA Finals has been just as unstoppable as the tallest.

While the Detroit Pistons do not have an answer for 7-foot-1 center Shaquille O'Neal, the Los Angeles Lakers can't slow down 6-3 point guard Chauncey Billups.

Billups scored 23 points to help Detroit beat the Lakers 88-80 Sunday, and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.

He is averaging 22.8 points in the series -- on 50 percent shooting -- second ...

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