PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers got the Detroit Pistons' attention. Then they got steamrolled.
The Pistons powered into the second round of the playoffs by crushing Philadelphia 100-77 on Thursday night, winning the series 4-2 and again demonstrating how good they are when they feel they need to be.
Detroit convincingly won the last two games of a series that wasn't expected to last this long. The Pistons will host the Orlando Magic, who eliminated Toronto in five games, on Saturday in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
"Philadelphia probably woke us up," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "Over the last 10 quarters we've executed as well as we can."
Richard Hamilton hit his first five shots during Detroit's overpowering start and finished with 24 points, 13 in the decisive first quarter when he outscored the 76ers by himself. Chauncey Billups added 20 points for the Pistons, who reached the second round for the seventh straight season.
Detroit held Philadelphia without a field goal for nearly the first six minutes of the game, ending any real hopes the Sixers' had of forcing a Game 7. Andre Iguodala scored 16 points for Philadelphia.
NOTES -- Seattle's Kevin Durant, the youngest player in the league at 19, was named NBA Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press. He averaged 20.3 points per game. ... The Sonics said P.J. Carlesimo will return as coach despite a 20-62 record. ... Denver coach George Karl said he'll be tougher on the team next season after another first-round flameout by the talented but disjointed Nuggets.