Hawks fall to Pistons

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Pistons 106, Hawks 105

Pistons 106, Hawks 105

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Terry Mills hit a 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to give the Detroit Pistons a 106-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, who suspended Isaiah Rider earlier in the day.

Mills on Thursday took a pass from Grant Hill on the right baseline and swished a high-arcing jumper as the buzzer sounded.

Jerry Stackhouse led Detroit with 33 points, while Hill narrowly missed his first triple-double of the season with 25 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.

Rider was suspended indefinitely by the team before the game. After a profanity-laced diatribe to the media after Atlanta's 116-89 loss to Indiana on Wednesday, Rider missed the team's flight to Detroit as well as Thursday morning's shootout.


Pacers 109, Hornets 99

In Indianapolis, Reggie Miller scored 30 points and fueled a 27-4 run with four 3-pointers as Indiana beat Charlotte in a matchup of the top two teams in the Central Division.

The Pacers (20-9) moved two games ahead of Charlotte (18-11) in the division as they won their ninth consecutive home game and their fifth straight overall.

Miller shot 9-of-10 in the second and third quarters, while Mark Jackson had a season-high 18 points and 11 assists, Dale Davis added 12 points and 11 rebounds, Travis Best had 15 points and Jalen Rose 10.


Knicks 89, Wizards 86

In Washington, Larry Johnson, compensating for struggling teammates Patrick Ewing and Latrell Sprewell, matched a season-high with 24 points as the Knicks held off Washington.

Johnson was hot early and late, getting 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the first quarter and seven points on 2-for-3 shooting in the fourth.

Mitch Richmond had 24 points to lead the Wizards, who have lost two straight on back-to-back nights after winning four of five.


Nets 102, Magic 92

In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Stephon Marbury had 21 points and 13 assists and the Nets scored the last 10 points to win their ninth straight home game.

The win was the fourth in a row overall for the Nets and their 10th in the last 13 games. The nine straight home wins broke the old single-season mark of eight set in 1993-94 and tied the team record of nine which spanned the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.

Keith Van Horn added 20 points while Feick had 16 points and 15 rebounds.


Bucks 91, Cavaliers 90

In Milwaukee, Tim Thomas sank two free throws with 13.6 seconds left to cap a game-ending 17-5 run that gave Milwaukee the victory.

Sam Cassell led Milwaukee with 20 points, 10 coming on free throws. Glenn Robinson added 17 points, 16 in the first half.

Trailing 90-89, Milwaukee's Ray Allen tied up Cleveland's Cedric Henderson for a jump ball with 17 seconds to play. The Bucks tipped the ball to Thomas, who drove to the basket and was fouled.

After the free throws, Bob Sura drove the lane but missed a one-handed scoop shot. Both teams battled for the ball as time expired.


Timberwolves 94, Bulls 76

In Minneapolis, Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 11 rebounds as Minnesota never trailed in beating Chicago.

Garnett shot 9-of-11 and recorded his 19th double-double of the season. All five Minnesota starters scored in double figures as the Wolves (13-14) won for the sixth time in seven games.

Chicago (2-25) lost its 10th straight game and remained winless on the road and against teams from the Western Conference.


Rockets 122, Clippers 100

In Houston, Kelvin Cato had 21 points and 11 rebounds, leading six Rockets in double figures. The victory was only Houston's third in the last 11 games.

The Clippers, losing their second straight and eighth in their last nine road games, got the first career triple-double from rookie Lamar Odom, who finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Odom, however, shot only 2-for-13 from the field.

Maurice Taylor led the Clippers with 31 points and Eric Piatkowski had 24 off the bench.


Raptors 109, Mavericks 104

In Dallas, Tracy McGrady scored 24 points and Vince Carter had 22 as the duo put on a dunking display in the Raptors' third straight victory.

Antonio Davis provided 19 points, 15 rebounds and strong interior defense to help the Raptors win their fourth in five games. Charles Oakley and Doug Christie each added 14 points for Toronto.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points and Cedric Ceballos had 26 for the Mavericks, who've lost three in a row and seven of eight. Dallas has dropped its last five at home.


Spurs 98, Grizzlies 88

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Tim Duncan scored 32 points, leading the Spurs in scoring for the 23rd time this season.

David Robinson added 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Duncan had a game-high 15 boards as the Spurs beat the Grizzlies for the ninth straight time.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 24 points and added seven rebounds, while Mike Bibby scored 21 and added 11 assists as the Grizzlies lost their fourth straight.


Celtics 102, Nuggets 94

In Denver, Antoine Walker scored 26 points, Paul Pierce added 21 and Boston snapped an 11-game road losing streak.

The Celtics, taking advantage of poor shooting by the Nuggets - especially from the free-throw line - won for only the second time in their last 10 games overall. They went 2-0 against Denver this season.


Trail Blazers 108, 76ers 90

In Portland, Oregon, Rasheed Wallace had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Portland blew an early 25-point before pulling away to beat Philadelphia.

Allen Iverson scored 32 points for the Sixers, raising his league-leading average to 29.9 a game. Philadelphia had won three straight, all on the road.

Steve Smith added 20 points, Bonzi Wells had a career-high 16 and Scottie Pippen scored 13 for the Blazers, who won their fourth straight.