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Pistons pump past Heat

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2003

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 34 points and Ben Wallace added 19 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons routed the Miami Heat 93-62 Monday night.

Detroit has now won seven of eight, while the Heat have dropped three of four.

Miami was without leading scorer Eddie Jones, who missed his third straight game with a strained groin, and finished with its lowest point total of the season.

Jazz 109, Timberwolves 97

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone had 28 points and nine rebounds and John Stockton added 18 points and 11 assists as the Jazz snapped the Timberwolves' six-game winning streak.

Matt Harpring scored 21 for the Jazz, who shot 59 percent (42-for-71) and improved to 11 games above .500 for the first time this season.

Malone scored 18 of his points as the Jazz outscored the Timberwolves 60-42 in the second half and improved to 3-0 against Minnesota this season, clinching the tiebreaker if the two teams finish with identical records.

Trail Blazers 99, Knicks 91

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rasheed Wallace scored 23 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers.

It was the Blazers' second straight win after losing their first two back from the All-Star break. Portland has won eight of its last 11.

The suddenly hot Knicks had opened their six-game road trip with wins at Phoenix and the Los Angeles Lakers. Allan Houston had a career-high and NBA-season best 53 points as the Knicks beat the Lakers 117-110 the night before.

Houston led the Knicks with 27 points, to average 35.3 points so far on the road trip. Kurt Thomas added 19 points and 12 rebounds.



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