Richard Hamilton scored 21 points and the Detroit Pistons held the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 6-point third quarter and almost held LeBron James scoreless in the second half in an 81-69 win last night in Auburn Hills, Mich.
It looked like it might not be James's night when he shot two airballs on a single possession in the first quarter. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-21 shooting, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.
After making a fadeaway jumper over Ben Wallace at the end of the first half, James didn't score again until there was 2:12 remaining. James scored a career-high 43 points the last time he faced the Pistons, a 92-76 win Nov. 28 in Cleveland.
Lakers 115, Kings 99 -- Kobe Bryant had 31 points and 12 assists, Lamar Odom scored 22 points, and visiting Los Angeles handed Sacramento just its third loss in 17 games. Brian Cook hit four of the Lakers' 12 3-pointers in perhaps their best game of the season as they handed Sacramento its worst home loss since a 116-95 defeat to San Antonio March 2, 1998.
Chris Webber and Bobby Jackson scored 20 points apiece for the Kings, whose starters spent the final five minutes sitting on the bench.
Bulls 85, Bucks 77 -- Kirk Hinrich scored 9 of his 28 points in a 15-0 run, and host Chicago beat slump-ridden Milwaukee to win consecutive games for the first time this season. Eddy Curry added 18 points for the Bulls, who won for the fourth time in six games.