Saturday, January 31, 2004

NBA: Hamilton takes over in overtime for Pistons

The Associated Press

TORONTO - Richard Hamilton scored all eight of Detroit's points in overtime and Ben Wallace blocked two shots in the final five seconds as the Pistons beat the Toronto Raptors 90-89 Friday night.

Vince Carter sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer and gave Toronto a three-point lead with 1:01 left in the extra period, but Hamilton followed with a driving layup and two free throws, giving Detroit a 90-89 lead with 23 seconds remaining.

Toronto's Alvin Williams and Chris Bosh both missed jumpers before Wallace blocked Morris Peterson's shot attempt with five seconds left. The Raptors won the ensuing jump ball, and Wallace blocked Carter's potential game-winning jumper just before the buzzer.

Wallace had 18 rebounds and Hamilton finished with 28 points for the Pistons, who have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.

76ers 85, Hornets 82

PHILADELPHIA - Aaron McKie hit a pair of jumpers in the final 1:35 to lead Philadelphia over New Orleans.

Allen Iverson returned to the Sixers' lineup after missing two games with a sprained finger and had 31 points and eight assists.

Jamal Mashburn, playing only his second game after missing the first 44 of the season following knee surgery, scored 20 points as the Hornets had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Knicks 92, Celtics 74

BOSTON - Stephon Marbury scored 17 points and Michael Doleac added 15 as the New York Knicks handed Boston its second straight loss under interim coach John Carroll.

New York, which was swept by the Celtics the past two seasons, has won all three games against Boston this season. The Celtics lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Heat 97, Clippers 88

MIAMI - Lamar Odom had 25 points and 14 rebounds against his former team, and Rafer Alston secured the victory on a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to put Miami ahead 91-83. Odom, who scored eight points in the final quarter, also had 14 rebounds.

Wizards 105, Suns 100

WASHINGTON - Larry Hughes scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter when Washington rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Phoenix. The Wizards grabbed a season-high 59 rebounds but also committed 25 turnovers.

Jazz 85, Grizzlies 79

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Andrei Kirilenko had 21 points and the Jazz outrebounded Memphis 44-26 to win their third straight. Kirilenko, who was 3-for-4 from 3-point range, also had nine rebounds.

LAKERS: Kobe Bryant was placed on the injured list because of a severe cut on his right index finger. The Lakers said Bryant needed nine to 10 stitches to close the wound. He was injured Thursday when he accidentally put his hand through a glass window while trying to move some boxes that were in storage in his garage.

Bryant is eligible to return Feb. 8 when the Lakers play at Orlando.

BOBCATS: Charlotte begins building its roster when an expansion draft is held June 22, unless the NBA Finals goes to a Game 7. The move-back date would be June 23.

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