Garnett injured as Celtics fall to Pistons
Kevin Garnett left in the first quarter with a leg injury, and the Boston Celtics looked ragged without him in a 104-92 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Celtics lost for only the second time in 17 games. Garnett hurt himself on a dunk late in the first quarter, and although X-rays revealed no fracture in his right leg, he did not return. Boston was also without point guard Rajon Rondo, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left ankle.
Tracy McGrady scored 21 points for the Pistons, who led, 45-37, at halftime and pushed the margin to 16 in the third quarter.
Elsewhere: Dwyane Wade scored 45 points, Chris Bosh had 21 and LeBron James added 20 as the Miami Heat held off the host Houston Rockets, 125-119. Luis Scola led Houston with 22. . . . Stephen Jackson rang up 38 points and D.J. Augustin added 28 as the Charlotte Bobcats rolled past the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers (Ramon Sessions 22), 101-92. . . . Nick Young tallied 25 points and Andray Blatche added 22 as the host Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers, 104-90. Mike Dunleavy led the Pacers with 20 points.
Cavaliers' Williams out with hip flexor
Cleveland scoring leader Mo Williams missed Wednesday's Cavaliers game against Charlotte because of a hip flexor injury. Coach Byron Scott said Williams was likely injured in the fourth quarter Tuesday night in a loss to Orlando. Scott said the point guard received treatment and tried to run before facing the Bobcats but it "didn't loosen up." Williams is averaging 15.3 points and a team-best 7.2 assists.
Wizards' Saunders out for family emergency
Washington coach Flip Saunders missed the Wizards' game Wednesday against Indiana "due to a family emergency involving his mother." Assistant coach Randy Wittman substituted for Saunders, who is in his second season as Washington's coach. After Wednesday's win, the Wizards are 8-22.
Former player hoping for 'bionic legs'
Mike Williams is a former NBA player who says challenging Michael Jordan was like "gravy" compared with what he's up against now. A shooting last year left the 47-year-old paralyzed from the waist down. He has teamed up with an old high school hoops buddy who is now a Chicago doctor. They want to link up with a California company to get Williams outfitted with bionic legs. They're no longer science fiction; a handful of biotech companies have made bionic devices a reality. The "legs" are sort of like strap-on braces with sensors to orchestrate walking. At 6-foot-9, Williams is too big for prototypes. He hopes to get a customized pair. Williams played for the Hawks, Kings and pro teams overseas before retiring in 2000.
- Staff and wire reports