Chauncey Billups tied his season high with 24 points and Richard Hamilton scored 13 of his 19 in the third quarter, helping the Detroit Pistons pull away from the Mavericks and post a 101-85 victory last night in Dallas.
Billups scored Detroit's first 8 points to get the Pistons rolling toward a 10-point halftime lead. Then Hamilton carried them, going 4 of 5, including a 3-pointer, and making all four of his foul shots in the third as Detroit stretched its lead to 21.
Dallas's Dirk Nowitzki, the NBA's leading scorer, but started 2 for 15 with a streak of 10 straight misses from late in the first quarter until midway through the third.
Heat 100, Jazz 80 -- Damon Jones scored 21 points on a career-best seven 3-pointers to lead Miami over slumping Utah in Salt Lake City. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who got their first win at Utah in four years.
Nuggets 115, Magic 102 -- Andre Miller scored 29 points as host Denver had three players surpass 20 points in its rout of Orlando. Carmelo Anthony had 28 points, Kenyon Martin added 23 and Miller also had 7 assists and 7 rebounds for the Nuggets.
Spurs 91, Bulls 75 -- In Chicago, Tony Parker scored 17 points and Tim Duncan had his 16th double-double of the season to help San Antonio win its eighth straight. Though the victory improved the Spurs to an NBA-best 16-3, they had 21 turnovers and shot less than 41 percent.
Clippers 99, Bobcats 93 -- Corey Maggette scored 4 of his 33 points in the second overtime and Los Angeles Clippers survived the fourth-quarter ejection of Elton Brand to beat visiting Charlotte.
Nets 88, Raptors 86 -- Jason Kidd scored 10 points in his season debut after sitting out 16 games (left knee surgery) and assisted on Richard Jefferson's game-winning jumper from the lane with 7.1 seconds left as New Jersey edged Toronto.
Hawks 96, 76ers 92 -- Josh Smith scored the tiebreaking basket off an offensive rebound with 17.6 seconds remaining, then blocked a shot to help host Atlanta snap a nine-game losing streak.