TORONTO -- Clifford Robinson scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half as the Detroit Pistons won their third straight game with a 88-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.
Jerry Stackhouse added 19 points, and Ben Wallace had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won seven of eight. Detroit (7-2) is off to its best start since opening the 1996-97 season 11-2.
Vince Carter scored 28 points and Hakeem Olajuwon had 20 rebounds and 14 points for the Raptors, who had won their three previous games.
Pacers 106, Hawks 102
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rookie Jamaal Tinsley scored a season-high 29 points and had 11 assists as Indiana overcame a 21-point second-half deficit.
It was the 21st consecutive road loss for Atlanta, which hasn't won away from home since a 98-91 decision at Golden State on Feb. 18.
Jason Terry scored a season-high 36 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and inflicted most of his damage as Atlanta was building its big lead.
Timberwolves 80, Heat 73
MIAMI -- Wally Szczerbiak scored 22 points, including a key 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter, as the Minnesota Timberwolves handed the Miami Heat their sixth straight defeat.
The Heat last lost six in a row in 1994, and their 2-8 record represents the second-worst start in franchise history. In Miami's inaugural season, 1988-89, the team opened 0-17.
Hornets 95, Wizards 88
WASHINGTON -- MichaelJordan scored 30 points but once again received little support from his teammates, while Baron Davis scored 32 and had plenty of help.
The Wizards have lost seven straight -- the longest losing streak in Jordan's career -- and this time they couldn't beat a team missing its second- and third-leading scorers and whose top scorer, Davis, struggled early before scoring 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting in the second half.
SuperSonics 105, Mavericks 97
DALLAS -- Calvin Booth scored a career-high 24 points against his former team, and Gary Payton had 10 unanswered points during a 14-0 run at the end of the third quarter.
Booth, the Mavericks' backup center last season before signing a free agent contract with the Sonics over the summer, started after missing the previous five games due to a sprained right ankle. He grabbed six rebounds and went 12-for-12 from the free throw line.
Rockets 94, Trail Blazers 87
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Walt Williams scored 31 points and made six 3-pointers as the Houston Rockets bounced back from a humiliating loss to Sacramento.
The Rockets had lost four of five, including Monday night's 36-point defeat at Sacramento, which followed a 37-point win over Dallas two nights earlier.
Bonzi Wells had 28 points and nine rebounds to lead the Blazers, who reluctantly used a zone to get back into the game in the second quarter but couldn't keep Houston from hitting its outside shots.
Knicks 94, Warriors 70
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Latrell Sprewell scored 29 points as the New York Knicks gained their first road victory of the season in impressive fashion.
New York had lost its first six road games, but a day after coach Jeff Van Gundy lamented his inability to motivate the Knicks, they played with all the urgency and efficiency they've lacked and had one of the best defensive games in franchise history.
Lakers 98, Clippers 93
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal pulled up their shorts, shook off their $5,000 fines and led the Lakers to a victory that kept them tied with Minnesota for the league's best record (9-1).
Bryant had 25 points and 12 assists, and O'Neal added 22 points and 11 rebounds. O'Neal and Bryant were among nine NBA players fined $5,000 apiece for wearing shorts that were too long -- below their knees -- by the league's standards.
Elton Brand led the Clippers with 22 points and 19 rebounds. Sean Rooks and Darius Miles each had 16 points.
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