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GERALD WALLACE Career-high 42 points GERALD WALLACE Career-high 42 points

Richard Hamilton scored 24 points and the Detroit Pistons set a team record by making 27 consecutive free throws in a 113-89 victory over the Nets last night in East Rutherford, N.J.

Chauncey Billups added 18 points, including 12 on perfect shooting from the free throw line, and Chris Webber had 17 as the Pistons won for the fifth time in seven games and snapped the Nets' two-game winning streak. Jason Maxiell had 16 and Antonio McDyess had 8 points and 12 rebounds.

Detroit, which shot 54 percent from the field, finished 33 of 38 from the free throw line. The Pistons' record for consecutive free throws was 26, set against the Kansas City Kings March 23, 1976. Detroit broke the record by making its first 27 attempts against New Jersey.

Nets center Mikki Moore scored 18 of his 20 points in the first quarter. Jason Kidd added 15 and Vince Carter, who had at least 33 points in his last three games, finished with 11.

Bobcats 104, Knicks 87 -- Gerald Wallace scored 17 of his career-high 42 points in the fourth quarter as host Charlotte pulled away from cold-shooting New York.

Raymond Felton added 16 points and 10 assists, including two alley-oop feeds to Wallace, as the Bobcats won for the 12th time in 19 games.

Jamal Crawford scored 28 points for the Knicks, who went more than 11 minutes without a field goal bridging the third and fourth quarters. The Knicks also missed 11 of their first 13 shots in the second half.

Mavericks 95, Grizzlies 94 -- Dirk Nowitzki overcame a tough shooting night with 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, to lead visiting Dallas, which has won 24 of 26. Nowitzki shot 8 of 20 from the field and hit all 10 of his free throws, including eight in the fourth period to hold off the Grizzlies, who lost for the third time in four games.

Mike Miller led the Grizzlies with 32 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter. His 30-footer with five seconds left got Memphis within 93-91, but a pair of free throws by Nowitzki put Dallas up, 95-91.

Jazz 97, Spurs 93 -- Mehmet Okur scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, including 8 in the final minute to lead host Utah over San Antonio. Okur also pulled down 11 of Utah's 50 rebounds and Deron Williams added 14 points and seven assists.

Tim Duncan had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 27 points for the Spurs, who rallied from 12 points down and took two brief leads down the stretch before Okur carried Utah to the win.

Rockets 112, Sonics 102 -- Tracy McGrady scored 36 points to match Ray Allen and lead Houston over Seattle, which tied a franchise record with its 14th consecutive road loss.

McGrady and Allen both delivered plenty of highlight-reel baskets, but McGrady finished off the Sonics with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 51 seconds left.

76ers 89, Hornets 78 -- Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Samuel Dalembert grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Philadelphia's dominant effort on the boards -- a 58-40 advantage -- during a win in Oklahoma City.

The 76ers spoiled Chris Paul's return after his monthlong absence with a sprained right ankle. Paul had 9 points and two assists in 29 minutes.

Raptors 119, Wizards 109 -- Chris Bosh scored 34 points and Jose Calderon had a career-high 24 points and 11 assists to lead Toronto over visiting Washington. Bosh made 15 straight field goals after missing his first four shots of the game. The All-Star forward finished 15 for 19 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds.

Clippers 110, Bulls 98 -- Elton Brand had 26 points and eight rebounds as Los Angeles pulled away in the final 3 1/2 minutes to beat visiting Chicago. The Clippers, who begin a seven-game road trip tomorrow in Boston, moved above .500 for the first time in almost two months (23-22).

Trail Blazers 100, Nuggets 91 -- Zach Randolph had 26 points and 17 rebounds as Portland handed visiting Denver its fourth straight loss. The Nuggets were without Allen Iverson, who sprained his ankle in Denver's 105-101 loss to Charlotte Monday.

Hawks 115, Warriors 94 -- Atlanta capped its first winning month (8-7) in almost three years with its highest point total of the season, beating visiting Golden State behind Joe Johnson's 33 points.

Kings 100, Timberwolves 98 -- Kevin Martin had 28 points and the go-ahead jump shot with 16.6 seconds left, helping struggling Sacramento stave off another road defeat.

Magic 98, Bucks 73 -- Hedo Turkoglu scored 17 points and Tony Battie added a season-high 15 as host Orlando stopped a three-game losing streak by beating Milwaukee.

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