Pistons' Prince adds to Suns' misery with 26 points

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2005

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Detroit Pistons past reeling Phoenix 94-80 Monday, the NBA-leading Suns' fourth straight loss.

The Suns were held to a season-low point total and clearly missed Steve Nash, who was sidelined for a second consecutive game with a bruised left thigh. The point guard hopes to play Wednesday at home against Memphis.

After opening the season 31-4, Phoenix has gone 0-4. The Pistons are headed in the opposite direction, with six victories in a row.

Bulls 88, Knicks 86

NEW YORK — Ben Gordon scored on a driving 8-footer with one-tenth of a second remaining to give Chicago a victory over the Knicks, extending the Bulls' winning streak to seven games.

The string of victories is the longest for Chicago since the 1997-98 team won 13 straight.

Gordon, who scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, went around a screen to free himself of Jamal Crawford, then took two more steps into the lane and launched his game-winner over the outstretched arm of Michael Sweetney.

Bucks 99, Bobcats 92

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Redd scored 27 points to help Milwaukee break its four-game losing streak with a victory over the Bobcats.

Desmond Mason added 16 points, Dan Gadzuric had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Joe Smith scored 12 and Mike James had 11 for the Bucks.

76ers 95, Hornets 91

PHILADELPHIA — Kenny Thomas had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Allen Iverson scored 29, and the 76ers nearly wasted a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter before beating New Orleans.

Corliss Williamson added 16 points for the Sixers, who are just 17-20 but moved into a tie with the Knicks and Celtics for first place in the Atlantic Division.

Nets 85, Hawks 84

ATLANTA — Jason Kidd scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half, and New Jersey ended a four-game losing streak with a win over the Hawks.

Vince Carter also scored 23 points for New Jersey, which broke a five-game road losing streak.

Kings 89, Clippers 83

LOS ANGELES — Chris Webber scored 23 points and Cuttino Mobley hit a clutch 3-pointer with 59.6 seconds left, leading Sacramento over the Clippers.

Mobley scored 19 points in his second game with Sacramento, following the trade of Doug Christie to Orlando on Jan. 10.

Sacramento has won four straight overall and eight of 10.

Elton Brand had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. Second-year center Chris Kaman, who scored a career-high 23 points for the Clippers on Saturday in Sacramento, tied a career high with 15 rebounds and had 18 points.

Spurs 101, Wizards 73

SAN ANTONIO — Devin Brown scored 24 points, Tony Parker added 23 and the Spurs shut down Washington's top scorers in ending the Wizards' seven-game winning streak.

San Antonio jumped out to a 21-2 lead, and the Wizards were not able to get any closer than 13 points in their first loss of 2005. The offensive output was a season low for Washington, which had scored 100 or more points in its last 10 games.

Raptors 100, Timberwolves 91

MINNEAPOLIS — Donyell Marshall made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, leading Toronto to its first win in Minnesota in team history.

Marshall, the Timberwolves' first-round draft choice in 1994, scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors won for the first time in nine tries in Minnesota since entering the NBA in the 1995-96 season.

Grizzlies 99, Rockets 80

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Stromile Swift scored 18 points and Jason Williams added 16 to lead the Grizzlies to their ninth win in 10 games.

Pau Gasol scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Shane Battier and James Posey each scored 10 for the Grizzlies.

Tracy McGrady led Houston with 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting, while David Wesley finished with 13 points. The loss snapped Houston's four-game winning streak.

Jazz 102, Lakers 94

LOS ANGELES — Matt Harpring scored 19 points, Raja Bell had 14 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and Utah beat the Lakers for just its fourth win in 18 games.

Harpring also had seven rebounds and six assists. Carlos Boozer added 18 points and Gordan Giricek scored 15 for the Jazz (14-26).

Caron Butler led the Lakers (20-16) with 26 points and six rebounds. Chucky Atkins scored 18 points, Brian Cook and Tierre Brown added 11 each and Lamar Odom had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

Warriors 107, Nuggets 97

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jason Richardson did everything in his first game back from injury, scoring a career-high 42 points and matching his career best with eight assists in Golden State's win over Denver.

The Warriors were winless in Richardson's absence, but ended a season-long nine-game losing streak thanks to the big emotional boost they got having their leading scorer back from a sprained ankle. Richardson played 39 minutes and shot 17-for-30 (56 percent).

Troy Murphy added 22 points and 17 rebounds and Speedy Claxton had 18 points and seven assists.

Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and eight rebounds and Andre Miller added 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in Denver's seventh loss in eight games. The undermanned Nuggets committed 22 turnovers.



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