Pistons add to road woe of Shaq and Co.

Lakers love LA

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2003

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. The Los Angeles Lakers have been unbeatable at home, and average on the road.

Chauncey Billups had 24 points and eight assists to lead a balanced attack for the Detroit Pistons in a 106-96 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

The Lakers, who are 5-0 at home, lost their third straight on the road to fall to 3-3.

Despite foul trouble, Shaquille O'Neal scored 20 points in 31 minutes. Karl Malone had 20, and Kobe Bryant added 19.

Ben Wallace had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, and Richard Hamilton scored 14.

Hornets 88, Nets 85

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. David Wesley hit two late 3-pointers to cap a 20-point performance that led New Orleans past New Jersey for its third straight win.

Baron Davis added 25 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and a clutch three-point play. George Lynch had a season-high 17 rebounds for the Hornets.

New Orleans guard Darrell Armstrong helped make it interesting at the end by missing two free throws with 14 seconds to go, but Kerry Kittles and Richard Jefferson missed game-tying 3-point attempts for the Nets, who made only one of their last 13 shots.

Cavaliers 103, Clippers 95

CLEVELAND Ricky Davis scored 27 points, Chris Mihm added a career-high 21 and Cleveland held off Los Angeles.

LeBron James shot poorly from the outside but finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as the Cavaliers won their fourth straight home game.

Predrag Drobnjak had a season-high 20 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to lead the Clippers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Mihm shot 10-for-14 and had nine rebounds in 36 minutes filling in for Carlos Boozer, who left after spraining his right ankle late in the first quarter.

Timberwolves 89, Nuggets 76

MINNEAPOLIS Kevin Garnett had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to help Minnesota hold off Denver, the Timberwolves' first win over a conference opponent.

Neither team could put together any perimeter offense, so Minnesota maximized burly Gary Trent in the post. He scored 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili led the Nuggets with 14 points 12 in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony finished with 10 on 3-of-12 shooting. Denver, which scored a season-low 28 points in the first half, played without Nene (strained left groin).

The Timberwolves, 5-1 against the Eastern Conference, are 1-4 against the West.

Hawks 101, Bucks 93

MILWAUKEE Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading Atlanta over Milwaukee.

Jason Terry had 19 points, Dion Glover added 12 and Stephen Jackson 11 as the Hawks snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Tim Thomas scored 17 points and Michael Redd added 12 for the Bucks, who shot only 38 percent.

Spurs 94, Warriors 81

SAN ANTONIO Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Tony Parker added 19 points to lift San Antonio over Golden State.

Parker hit two 3-pointers as the Spurs took control with a 20-6 run midway through the fourth quarter.

Erick Dampier led the Warriors with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double and ninth of the season in 10 games. Golden State dropped its third straight.

The Spurs hit 10 of 17 3-pointers, including three that just beat the shot clock. Manu Ginobili, who also scored 19 points for San Antonio, was 3-of-4 from long range.

Suns 95, Bulls 82

PHOENIX Amare Stoudemire scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth quarter including a pair of thunderous dunks and Phoenix snapped a three-game skid with a victory Chicago.

Stoudemire also had three fourth-quarter steals and grabbed 10 rebounds. Last season's NBA Rookie of the Year also tied his career best with four assists, after getting just one the entire season entering the game.

Shawn Marion had 19 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix.

The Bulls, who opened a five-game road trip, never led in dropping their third in a row. Kendall Gill scored 23 for Chicago.

Heat 105, SuperSonics 98

SEATTLE Lamar Odom had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Eddie Jones scored 20 points and Miami beat Seattle for its first road win of the season.

Dwyane Wade had 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Heat (3-8), who trailed 81-76 early in the final period before rallying behind Jones.

Ronald ''Flip'' Murray scored a career-high 31 points, and Rashard Lewis added 16 for Seattle.

Miami improved to 1-6 on the road.

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