AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Rasheed Wallace had 23 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince scored 25 points to help Detroit rout the Los Angeles Lakers 103-81 on Thursday night in their first meeting since the NBA Finals.
The defending champion Pistons looked a lot like the team that disposed of Los Angeles in five games while winning by an average margin of 13 points, while the Lakers bear almost no resemblance to their predecessors from last season.
Magic 101, Hawks 96
ORLANDO, Fla. Steve Francis scored 11 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-deciding 17-footer with 17 seconds to play.
Hedo Turkoglu added 24 points, and rookie Dwight Howard had 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Magic. Howard became the first rookie since Tim Duncan in 1997-98 to record two 20-rebound games in a season.
Antoine Walker led Atlanta with 25 points.
SuperSonics 115, Kings 107
SEATTLE Antonio Daniels scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Seattle SuperSonics to their third victory this season over the Sacramento Kings.
The Northwest Division-leading Sonics won their fourth game in a row.
, while the Kings dropped their third straight.
All-Stars Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis led the way for the Sonics with 34 and 23 points, respectively, but Daniels, Seattle's valuable reserve point guard, shined in the final period while playing the entire 12 minutes in place of starter Luke Ridnour.
Peja Stojakovic led the Kings with 28 points, while Cuttino Mobley had 23 points and Chris Webber had 19 points and nine rebounds.
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