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Pistons drive past Hawks as Knicks blow off the Heat


Ben Wallace made two late free throws -- his first points of the game -- and had a block on the next possession, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks 87-84 Saturday night.

Richard Hamilton scored 28 and Bob Sura added a season-high 13 for the Pistons, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Sura was the 24th player this season to get his highest point total against Atlanta.

Jason Terry and Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 20 apiece but couldn't stop the Hawks from losing for the ninth time in 10 games.

Wallace was 0-for-3 from the field but came through at the line after being fouled on a layup with 1:44 left and the score 81-81. Only a 53 percent foul shooter, he swished both shots to give Detroit the lead for good.

Knicks 100, Heat 80

In Miami, Keith Van Horn scored 28 points and point guard Frank Williams moved into the starting lineup, helping New York to its most lopsided victory this season.

The Knicks scored 13 of the game's first 15 points, then closed the third quarter with an 18-2 run to build their advantage to 83-59. Van Horn scored 17 points in the quarter, including all four of his 3-pointers.

Williams, a second-year guard making his first NBA start, had 14 points -- including baskets in the final second of the second and third periods.

Allan Houston added 15 points for New York, which shot 51 percent.

Lamar Odom scored 25 points for the Heat.

Nets 82, Pacers 75

In Indianapolis, Jason Kidd's 56th career triple-double came one night after his 55th.

Kidd had 16 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for his NBA-leading sixth triple-double of the season, and the New Jersey Nets withstood a fourth-quarter rally.

Kenyon Martin added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the surging Nets, who won for the ninth time in 11 games.

The Eastern Conference-leading Pacers looked disinterested for three-and-a-half quarters and lost their second game in a row for the first time this season.

Mavericks 104, Grizzlies 98

In Dallas, Michael Finley scored 24 points, including a key 3-pointer and another long jumper in the closing minutes, and Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and 17 rebounds.

The Grizzlies got a scare when 70-year-old coach Hubie Brown needed medical attention during a timeout with 4:51 left. He recovered quickly and remained on the bench the rest of the game.

Coming off a Christmas victory at Sacramento, the Mavs avenged a loss at Memphis earlier this season.

The Grizzlies have lost five straight, adding to what already was their longest skid this season.

Bulls 100, Wizards 86

In Chicago, Jamal Crawford made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 42 points.

Coming off a 30-point performance at Cleveland on Friday, Crawford outdid himself. He was 16-for-27 from the floor and 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Prior to Friday, Crawford shot just 14-for-54 in the previous three games.

Chicago started to pull away late in the third quarter, using a 12-2 run to turn a 61-60 deficit into a nine-point lead. Crawford scored nine of Chicago's 12 points.

Crawford hit a jumper to give the Bulls a 71-63 lead at the end of the third quarter, then extended Chicago's lead with a 3-pointer to make it 82-64.

Larry Hughes had 22 points for Washington and Etan Thomas added 10.

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