Pistons allow 100 but still beat Mavs

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2004

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chauncey Billups scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and the Detroit Pistons won their eighth straight game despite allowing 100 points for the first time this season, beating the Dallas Mavericks 115-102 Sunday 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.

Raptors 83, Trail Blazers 72

TORONTO Vince Carter had 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four blocks to lead Toronto over Portland.

Jeff McInnis had 20 points for the Trail Blazers, who played their second straight game without Rasheed Wallace, sidelined with a sprained left ankle.

Celtics 97, Rockets 93

HOUSTON Paul Pierce scored 27 points and Jiri Welsch and Walter McCarty each added 21 to help Boston to a 97-93 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night, the Celtics' first win in Texas in nearly four years.

Kings 117, Nuggets 106

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Peja Stojakovic had 33 points and eight rebounds, and Mike Bibby scored 18 points in the Sacramento Kings' 14th straight home victory over Denver.

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 with their sixth win in seven games.

Andre Miller scored a season-high 30 points and rookie Carmelo Anthony had 22 points and 12 rebounds and seven turnovers in his first visit to Sacramento. Nene nearly reached his career high with 20 points.

Grizzlies 108, Clippers 107, OT

LOS ANGELES 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 the Memphis Grizzlies snap an eight-game road losing streak with a 108-107 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.

Pao Gasol had 18 points for the Grizzlies, who got back to the .500 mark (18-18) after shooting 53.2 percent from the field.



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