AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton collected 23 points and nine assists, and the Detroit Pistons toppled the Indiana Pacers, 114-101, last night for their seventh straight victory.
The Pistons have won 14 of 16 since an 8-5 start; the Pacers have lost three of four. The teams play again tonight in Indiana.
Tayshaun Prince added 15 points and Chauncey Billups 14 for Detroit.
Jermaine O'Neal led the Pacers with 25 and Troy Murphy scored 12, but no other Indiana starter reached double figures.
Jarvis Hayes scored 10 points in the first five minutes of the second period, helping Detroit build a 45-25 lead.
Magic 121, Heat 114
MIAMI - Even a supreme scoring effort by Dwyane Wade was not enough for Miami to beat Orlando.
Dwight Howard contributed 29 points and 20 rebounds, Hedo Turkoglu capped his 22-point night by hitting a huge three-pointer with 11 seconds left, and the Magic survived some late-game Miami heroics to beat the Heat in ovetime, giving coach Stan Van Gundy a victory in his return to South Florida.
Wade matched a career high with 48 points, 20 of them coming in the fourth quarter.
Nets 109, Wizards 106
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Richard Jefferson scored 26 points, Vince Carter added 24, and Jason Kidd just missed his 95th triple-double, leading New Jersey over Washington.
Kidd finished with 20 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds as New Jersey earned only its fourth win in the last 14 home games. Sean Williams scored 14 points, including a pair of clutch dunks in the fourth quarter, and added 10 rebounds. Bostjan Nachbar scored 12.
Caron Butler led all scorers with 28 for the Wizards. Antawn Jamison had 27 points and 13 rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season and 200th of his career. Nick Young scored 15 points, Brendan Haywood 13 and Roger Mason Jr. 12.
Rockets 103, Grizzlies 83
MEMPHIS - Yao Ming scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots, and Luis Scola also scored 22 to help Houston offset the absence of Tracy McGrady and beat Memphis.
Shane Battier scored 18 points, going 3 for 4 on three-pointers for Houston. For Scola, the 6-foot-9 rookie out of Argentina, the 22 points were a career- high.
The victory marked the first time this season that Houston has won when one of its starters sat out a game with an injury. McGrady missed the game with left-knee tendinitis.
Hornets 99, Bobcats 85
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - David West amassed 20 points and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans turned in another dominating performance in a victory over Charlotte.
Quietly coming into the game with the third-best record in the Western Conference, the Hornets posted their fourth straight blowout by quickly putting away the sleepwalking Bobcats with alley-oop dunks, uncontested shots and energized defense.
Tyson Chandler had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and Chris Paul chipped in with 17 points and 11 assists for the Hornets.
Bulls 103, Bucks 99
CHICAGO - Ben Gordon scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and Chicago topped Milwaukee to give Jim Boylan a win in his debut as interim coach.
Raptors 83, Spurs 73
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Jason Kapono scored 15 points and Kris Humphries pulled down 11 boards as Toronto handed San Antonio its second home loss of the season.
Suns 94, Clippers 88