Pistons drop-kick Orlando

Posted: Wednesday, April 07, 2004

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Rasheed Wallace had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons hand the Orlando Magic their 11th straight loss, 102-86 Tuesday night.

The Pistons won for the 13th time in 15 games but also had a key loss. Starting point guard Chauncey Billups did not return after twisting his left ankle when he stepped on Tyronn Lue's foot in the third quarter.

Bucks 103, Nets 98

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Milwaukee Bucks spoiled the long-awaited return of All-Stars Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, rallying from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the New Jersey Nets.

Michael Redd and Desmond Mason led a late 10-0 spurt that moved Milwaukee closer to gaining home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Bucks increased their lead over fifth-place Miami to 1 1/2 games.

76ers 103, Hawks 100, OT

ATLANTA Rookie Willie Green scored a career-high 26 points and Samuel Dalembert added 18 points and 18 rebounds.

Raptors 87, Cavaliers 86

CLEVELAND Jalen Rose made a 3-pointer in the final second, and the Toronto Raptors ended a seven-game losing streak and perhaps Cleveland's playoff chances.

Pacers 107, Knicks 86

INDIANAPOLIS Ron Artest had 26 points and Jermaine O'Neal had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Indiana in Isiah Thomas' return to Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Knicks' team president attended a game at the arena for the first time since being fired as Pacers coach in August, but his new-look Knicks were no match for the Pacers.

Mavericks 118, SuperSonics 108

DALLAS Michael Finley scored 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 23 and the Dallas Mavericks extended their winning streak to five games.

Antawn Jamison had 17 points, Marquis Daniels added 16 points and Steve Nash contributed 14 points and 14 assists to help Dallas improve to 34-5 at home.

Kings 105, Hornets 91

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Brad Miller had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first game back from an elbow injury, and the Sacramento Kings stayed atop the Western Conference.

Peja Stojakovic scored 26 points and Chris Webber had 24 for the Kings, who still can't find the poise and chemistry they've lost since Webber's return from a knee injury.

Trail Blazers 91, Lakers 80

LOS ANGELES Damon Stoudamire scored 24 points, and Zach Randolph had 22 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Portland Trail Blazers gave their playoff hopes a boost.

The Blazers (40-37) won for the 10th time in 14 games to move within a half-game of Utah for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth. Portland and Denver are tied for ninth place.

Warriors 97, Rockets 90

OAKLAND, Calif. Troy Murphy scored 20 points, and the Golden State Warriors sent the fading Houston Rockets to their fifth straight loss.

Jason Richardson added 19 points as the Warriors won for the 10th time in 12 games. Clifford Robinson had 10 points and a career-high 10 assists. Speedy Claxton added 16 points and Mike Dunleavy 12.

Jim Jackson scored 19 points and Steve Francis 18 for the Rockets, who are clinging to seventh place in the Western Conference playoff race. Houston leads eighth-place Utah by just 1 1/2 games.

Houston was 13 games over .500 after beating Memphis, 88-80, on March 13, but the Rockets have lost nine of their past 12.

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