|Miami's Dwyane Wade glides past Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala en route to 2 of his game-high 28 points. (RUSTY KENNEDY/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Billups, Pistons deliver TKO
Chauncey Billups scored 25 points and made a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of the first extra period to lead the Detroit Pistons past the Timberwolves, 104-98, in double overtime last night in Minneapolis.
The game was interrupted by an angry fourth-quarter tangle between Kevin Garnett and Antonio McDyess, who were each handed technical fouls and ejections. But the drama certainly didn't stop there, as Detroit stuck Minnesota with its first loss in five overtime games this season and only its fifth loss in the last 15 games overall.
Richard Hamilton had 26 points and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who won for just the fourth time in their last 12 games.
Mark Blount had 22 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Wolves, who scored 8 straight points in the first overtime -- including tightly guarded 3-pointers by Randy Foye and Mike James.
The shot by James from the corner with 13.8 seconds left gave Minnesota an 89-86 lead. But Hamilton sneaked inside for a layup. Following two free throws by Foye, Billups made his big 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie it again at 91 with 3.3 seconds left. Then Detroit pulled away.
Rasheed Wallace opened the second overtime with a jumper, and he made a turnaround hook shot about two minutes later to put the Pistons up 99-93. The Wolves couldn't come closer than 5 after that.
A tight game was interrupted with 5:18 remaining in regulation and the scored tied at 70. McDyess knocked Mark Madsen over with a forearm shiver, Garnett got mad and chucked the ball at McDyess -- who charged at Garnett with his fist cocked.
Garnett was poised to punch, too, and took a swipe at McDyess as he partially retreated, but teammates and officials stayed between the two and no blows were landed. Garnett had 14 points in 36 minutes and tied a season high with 19 rebounds.
76ers 98, Heat 95 -- Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller each had 16 points and nine assists and host Philadelphia held on to beat Miami in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead.
Dwyane Wade had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists for the Heat. He sent the game into overtime after sinking two of three free throws with 2.1 seconds left in regulation. Udonis Haslem scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds, and Antoine Walker had 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Willie Green added 16 points and Samuel Dalembert 15 for the Sixers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
SuperSonics 99, Bucks 72 -- Ray Allen scored 21 points in 28 minutes, and host Seattle coasted over injury-depleted Milwaukee for its third straight win.
Allen scored 16 in the first half as Sonics matched their longest win streak of the season using a pair of scoring bursts combined with cold shooting by the Bucks. Ruben Patterson led the Bucks with 16, but Milwaukee lost for the seventh time in its last eight. Milwaukee fell to 1-4 with its top two scorers -- Michael Redd and Mo Williams -- both sidelined with injuries.
Milwaukee was also without starters Charlie Villanueva and Bobby Simmons.
Nuggets 110, Cavaliers 99 -- Marcus Camby's season high 26 points helped offset LeBron James's first triple-double of the season in host Denver's win over Cleveland.
Allen Iverson added 25 points and nine assists for the Nuggets.
James finished with 30 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds for the 10th triple-double of his career. Donyell Marshall had 14 points, including four 3-pointers for the Cavaliers.
Spurs 99, Hornets 86 -- Tony Parker scored 23 points and Tim Duncan had 12 points and 16 rebounds as slumping San Antonio snapped a mini-losing streak by thumping visiting New Orleans.
Manu Ginobili had 19 points and Michael Finley added 14 for the Spurs, who had lost two straight and five of nine. David West, in his first game since missing the last 30 with an elbow injury, had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets.
Suns 106, Trail Blazers 101 -- Steve Nash had 6 points and an assist in the final 1:17, and host Phoenix beat Portland for its 12th win in a row.
Zach Randolph matched his season high with 36 points for the Trail Blazers, who rallied from 16 down early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 3 late. Amare Stoudemire scored 23, Boris Diaw 21, and Leandro Barbosa 20 for the Suns.
Wizards 114, Magic 93 -- Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and Antawn Jamison had 31 points and a season-high 16 rebounds to lift Washington over host Orlando, widening the Wizards' Southeast Division lead to 1 1/2 games.
Grant Hill led Orlando with 24 points, while Dwight Howard had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson added 15 points.
Nets 101, Knicks 100 -- Clifford Robinson tipped in a missed shot with 2.8 seconds remaining, giving New Jersey the victory over host New York in a game the Nets controlled most of the way and almost let get away.
New Jersey led by 12 points with 3:43 left before Stephon Marbury brought the Knicks all the way back. David Lee's follow gave New York a 1-point lead with 9.7 seconds left, but Robinson saved the Nets from an embarrassing loss when he leaped over Eddy Curry to tip in Vince Carter's miss.
Bobcats 96, Hawks 75 -- Gerald Wallace, playing for the first time this month, sparked Charlotte with 18 points and 15 rebounds and the Bobcats rolled to a win in Atlanta.
Jazz 102, Raptors 94 -- Mehmet Okur scored 27 points and Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead Utah to victory in Toronto.