Chauncey Billups scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and the host Detroit Pistons won their eighth straight game despite allowing 100 points for the first time this season, beating the Dallas Mavericks, 115-102, last night. Detroit, which hadn't won eight in a row since the 1990-91 season, had its NBA-record streak of not allowing 100 points snapped at 38 games, including 36 this season. The Pistons had held their last two opponents under 70 points -- Boston (68) and Houston (66).
The Pistons hit 13 of 20 3-pointers, including seven by Billups and five from Chucky Atkins, and finishing with a season-high point total. Dallas was 5 for 24 on 3-pointers.
Kings 117, Nuggets 106 -- Peja Stojakovic had 33 points and eight rebounds, and Mike Bibby scored 18 points in Sacramento's 14th straight home victory. Brad Miller scored 14 points before getting ejected with 7:03 left, and Bobby Jackson scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Kings improved the NBA's best record to 26-9.
Grizzlies 108, Clippers 107 -- Stromile Swift scored a season-high 24 points and Shane Battier hit an 11-foot running jumper with 15.6 seconds left in overtime to help Memphis snap an eight-game road losing streak.
Raptors 83, Trail Blazers 72 -- Vince Carter had 20 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks, leading host Toronto.