AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Chauncey Billups scored 18 points to help Detroit beat the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 85-77 Monday for their franchise record-tying 13th straight win.
The last time Detroit won 13 straight was 1989-90, the season it won its second straight NBA title. Pistons coach Larry Brown had not won 13 straight in his Hall of Fame career until Monday.
Detroit matched the league's best winning streak, which was set by the Spurs in December. The Pistons have not lost since New Jersey beat them at home on Dec. 26.
After the Spurs enjoyed slim leads in the final quarter, Billups tied it at 72 with a 3-pointer with a few minutes left.
Billups made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:28 left, and his three-point play put the Pistons up 81-77 with 48.6 seconds to go. He then made all four of his free throw attempts to seal the win.
Tim Duncan had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, but he did not come through when they needed him most.
Knicks 90, Raptors 79
NEW YORK Stephon Marbury had 28 points and 14 assists to keep coach Lenny Wilkens undefeated in his new job, extending the Knicks' winning streak to four games.
The Knicks improved to 3-0 under Wilkens by defeating the team he coached the past three seasons. Toronto was without Vince Carter, who missed his second consecutive game with a strained right quadriceps.
Pacers 100, Hawks 97
ATLANTA Reggie Miller hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and added two free throws in the final minute to lead the Pacers to their fourth straight win.
With the score tied at 93, he made an open 3 with the shot clock winding down. Miller's free throws with 5.1 seconds left put the Pacers back up by three, and they hung on from there.
Kings 125, Clippers 100
LOS ANGELES Peja Stojakovic scored 31 points to help the Kings win their fifth straight and ninth in 10 games.
Sacramento improved the NBA's best record to 29-9. The Kings had a season-high 38 assists on 49 field goals, including eight each by Doug Christie and Vlade Divac, who scored 15 points.
Magic 106, Bucks 99
ORLANDO Tracy McGrady scored 34 points, while Juwan Howard added 19 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Magic.
Joe Smith led Milwaukee with 19 points and eight rebounds. Milwaukee trailed by as many as 17 in the fourth quarter but closed to 98-96 with 25.4 seconds remaining.
SuperSonics 90, 76ers 81
PHILADLEPHIA Ray Allen scored 28 points and hit two late off-balance shots to help the Seattle Supersonics end a four-game losing streak.
Glenn Robinson scored 27 points for Philadelphia, which lost its third straight game. Allen Iverson was held to 18 points on 7-for-22 shooting.
Seattle erased a 19-point first-half deficit to win.
Wizards 93, Bulls 83
WASHINGTON The Wizards overcame an 18-point deficit to win consecutive games for the first time in two months.
Since beating Atlanta on Nov. 17 and Cleveland two days later, Washington had gone 5-22 before Saturday's 99-84 win over Seattle.
Timberwolves 97, Hornets 90
MINNEAPOLIS Sam Cassell had 22 points, including seven in the final 2 1/2 minutes, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to their ninth straight home win.
Kevin Garnett led Minnesota with 29 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists, drawing a foul with 18.2 seconds left that led to New Orleans coach Tim Floyd's ejection.
Grizzlies 88, Rockets 83
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Pau Gasol had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and James Posey scored 13 of his 17 points in a fourth-quarter comeback to lead the Grizzlies to their fifth straight win.
The game started after a 20-minute delay because of problems with the lights at the arena.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Houston. Memphis trailed by eight early in the fourth quarter, but went on a 16-2 run to take the lead.
Suns 88, Lakers 85
LOS ANGELES Joe Johnson scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and Jake Voskuhl made two key follow shots down the stretch as Phoenix Suns beat injury-depleted Los Angeles.
Johnson has scored 20, 26, 25 and 26 points in his last four games as the Suns established a season-high winning streak. Voskuhl had season-high totals of 18 points and 12 rebounds and Howard Eisley added 11 points for the Suns.
Warriors 101, Jazz 85
OAKLAND, Calif. Erick Dampier had his 20th double-double with 18 points and a career-high 24 rebounds, and Golden State beat short-handed Utah.
Calbert Cheaney scored 20 points off the bench and Jason Richardson added 18 for the Warriors, who had lost three of four and were coming off their 10th consecutive road defeat Friday at Phoenix.
Peninsula Clarion ©2014. All Rights Reserved.