|Detroit's Richard Hamilton (26 points) drives past Charlotte's pesky Ryan Hollins. (CHUCK BURTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
With only eight players available - none a point guard - the Charlotte Bobcats nearly pulled off their second stunner of the week against an elite team.
And while the scoreboard read that the Detroit Pistons had prevailed in overtime, 103-100, last night in Charlotte, N.C., Bobcats coach Sam Vincent wasn't buying it, steamed over a basket interference call with 1.5 seconds left that wiped out a go-ahead basket for Charlotte.
"To me, it was a completely legal play," Vincent said after watching several replays of the call against Emeka Okafor.
"It's very disappointing for me to have our guys be so shorthanded and fight so hard to win a game and have it taken away by a whistle."
The Pistons avoided a third loss in four games thanks to the key call and Richard Hamilton's late heroics. He hit the go-ahead jumper with 16.2 seconds left. After the call that eliminated Nazr Mohammed's tip-in, Hamilton hit two free throws with 0.2 seconds left.
"It was tough," said Hamilton, who acknowledged the Pistons let down against an undermanned team. "That's why it's better for them to have everybody."
Chauncey Billups scored 27 points and Tayshaun Prince added 22 for the Pistons, who narrowly avoided joining the Celtics as Charlotte's second upset victim in four days.
The Bobcats were without Raymond Felton (ankle), Jeff McInnis (thigh), and emergency point guard Derek Anderson (knee).
Mavericks 95, Clippers 94 - Jerry Stackhouse hit a 3-pointer as time expired, and visiting Dallas got 22 points from Dirk Nowitzki in extending its winning streak to seven games.
Coach Avery Johnson used his 11th different starting lineup, as Josh Howard missed the game because of personal reasons. It was the first time the Mavericks' second-leading scorer wasn't in uniform since sitting out a two-game suspension at the start of the season because of an altercation with Sacramento's Brad Miller in an exhibition game Oct. 16.
Jazz 119, Magic 115 - Deron Williams had 17 points and 11 assists and Utah sent Orlando to consecutive road losses for the first time this season.
The Magic, who lead the NBA with 16 road wins, never led and blew several chances from the foul line in the fourth quarter. After making 20 of 21 free throws in the first three periods, Orlando was 10 for 21 in the final 12 minutes, opening the period 3 for 10.
Suns 122, Bucks 114 - Steve Nash scored 26 of his season-high 35 points in the second half and the Suns beat Milwaukee in Phoenix for the 20th consecutive time.
Nash hit 11 of 13 shots, 4 of 5 of them threes, in the final two quarters, showing no effect from the stomach flu that had kept him out of Thursday night's loss in Utah.
Spurs 105, Timberwolves 88 - Manu Ginobili scored 22 points to help host San Antonio snap a two-game losing streak. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich collected his 600th regular-season victory.
Pacers 111, Kings 105 -Mike Dunleavy scored 23 points and visiting Indiana snapped a three-game losing streak.