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Pistons push Cavaliers around

BASKETBALL A night after Rasheed Wallace split open Zydrunas Ilgauskas' head with an elbow, he racked up 24 points in the Pistons' second win in as many days over the Cavs

AP , CLEVELAND, OHIO

The Atlanta Hawks' Salim Stoudamire, left, and Zaza Pachulia, right, battle for a loose ball with New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday. The Hawks beat the Nets 104-102 in overtime.

PHOTO: EPA

Rasheed Wallace scored 24 points and Richard Hamilton added 22 to lead Detroit to an 84-72 victory over Cleveland on Monday night, the Pistons' sixth straight victory and second in two days against the Cavaliers.

Wallace made four 3-pointers, a night after he split open Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas' head with an elbow during Detroit's 90-78 home win. Wallace was fined US$5,000 by the NBA on Monday for the flagrant foul.

LeBron James led Cleveland with 26 points and Ilgauskas, playing with five stitches in his head, had 18 points. The Cavaliers have lost four straight.

Chauncey Billups added 15 points and 12 assists for Detroit.

Heat 101, Raptors 94

At Miami, Dwyane Wade was 15-for-19 from the field and scored 32 points, helping the Heat extend their season-best winning streak to six games.

Shaquille O'Neal added 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who shot a season-high 60 percent. They were only 10-for-25 from the line, including 5-for-15 by O'Neal. Mike James scored 26 points for Toronto.

The Raptors lost their fourth game in a row, and the latest defeat came with Toronto on the verge of hiring Bryan Colangelo as president and general manager. He resigned on Monday as president and general manager of the Phoenix Suns, and a news conference was scheduled for yesterday in Toronto to announce his hiring.

Hawks 104, Nets 102, OT

At Atlanta, Al Harrington scored 22 points, and Josh Smith and Joe Johnson added 19 points each for the Hawks.

New Jersey's Vince Carter attempted a long 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime, but it rimmed out and Nenad Krstic also missed a follow attempt. Carter also missed a 3-point attempt at the end of regulation.

Carter and Richard Jefferson scored 22 points apiece for New Jersey.

Grizzlies 108, Wizards 98

At Memphis, Tennessee, Pau Gasol scored a career-high 39 points and the Grizzlies shot 70.9 percent from the field in the second half and 58.8 percent overall.

Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 37 points -- his 27th 30-point game of the season -- and Antawn Jamison had 35. The Wizards had won three straight.

Gasol, who also had 10 rebounds, bettered his previous career high of 37 points.

Eddie Jones added 18 points for Memphis, 16 in the second half.

Mavericks 104, 76ers 92

At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and 13 rebounds despite missing most of the third quarter with a sprained ankle to help the Mavericks win for the 19th time in their last 20 games.

Jason Terry added 24 points, and Dallas extend its club-record home winning streak to 15 games. Allen Iverson scored 29 points for Philadelphia.

Suns 111, Rockets 94

At Houston, Shawn Marion scored 23 of his 30 points in the second half and also had 18 rebounds to lead Phoenix to its seventh straight victory.

Marion has scored 30 points or more in all three games since the All-Star break.

It was the Suns' first game since learning that president and general manager Bryan Colangelo had resigned and was expected to join the Toronto Raptors as president and general manager yesterday.

Spurs 121, Knicks 93

At San Antonio, Michael Finley scored 22 points in 22 minutes, making all eight of his attempts from the field -- including a season-high five 3-pointers for the Spurs.

Tony Parker added 20 points and 12 assists, and the Spurs shot a season-best 62.5 percent. Quentin Richardson led New York with 14 points.

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