EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and the Detroit Pistons shot 78 percent in the third quarter in beating the New Jersey Nets, 101-83, last night for their sixth straight victory.
Hamilton hit all five of his shots and the Pistons connected on 14 of 18 from the field in turning a one-point halftime lead into a 14-point margin entering the final quarter.
Chauncy Billups added 17 points and 10 assists for Detroit.
Spurs 94, Bulls 79
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Tony Parker scored 28 points and San Antonio easily beat Chicago in the Bulls' first game since firing coach Scott Skiles.
Michael Finley added 15 points for San Antonio and Tim Duncan had 11 rebounds.
Joe Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Ben Gordon added 18 points for the Bulls, who have dropped four of their last five. Assistant coach Pete Myers, who played in the NBA for eight years, served as interim coach for Chicago.
Skiles was let go Dec. 24 as the Bulls, who started with high hopes, continued to struggle this season. They lost 10 of their first 12 games and have a 9-17 mark, one of the worst in the East.
Magic 110, Knicks 96
ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando, which had lost four straight at home, beat New York in every phase of the game in the second half to roll to a victory behind 26 points from Hedo Turkoglu and 25 from Rashard Lewis.
Dwight Howard added 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks as Orlando recorded its first win at home since beating Miami, 120-99, on Nov. 24. The Magic evened their home mark at 6-6.
Hornets 116, Grizzlies 98
MEMPHIS - Chris Paul had 40 points, and New Orleans used a third-quarter spurt to beat Memphis.
Paul shot 17 of 25 from the field, including 5 of 8 from three-point range, as the Hornets won their third straight. It marked the second-highest point total in Paul's career.
Wizards 108, Bobcats 104
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Caron Butler returned from two sore ankles to score 25 points, and Washington rode big games from four players to beat Charlotte and snap a three-game losing streak.
Antawn Jamison added 26 points and 14 rebounds, Roger Mason scored a career-high 24 points and Brendan Haywood had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Wizards, who gave coach Eddie Jordan his 200th career win.
Hawks 107, Pacers 95
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored the first two baskets in a 12-0 second-half run and Atlanta beat Indiana for its first five-game winning streak in eight years.
The Hawks are three games over .500 this late in the season for the first time since the 1998-99 season, the last time they made the playoffs.
The Hawks' last five-game winning streak came early the following season, from Nov. 27 to Dec. 8 in 1999.
Nuggets 125, Bucks 105
DENVER - Marcus Camby had a triple-double and Carmelo Anthony posted his fourth straight double-double as Denver beat Milwaukee.
Anthony finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds in three quarters of work.
Camby had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks for his third career triple-double.
Allen Iverson added 24 points for the Nuggets.
Utah 99, Dallas 90
SALT LAKE CITY - Carlos Boozer scored 21 points, including six of Utah's last seven, and the Jazz held off Dallas.
Although he was hampered by foul trouble, Boozer finished strong for the Jazz, who had been struggling in the closing moments of games in the last few weeks.