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Pistons cruise past Cavs

TOUGH GAME LeBron James led Cleveland with 21 points, but the All-Star was only 9-of-22 from the field and watched a few close-range shots roll out


Chauncey Billups scored 18 points, Chris Webber and Rasheed Wallace had 15 apiece and the Detroit Pistons reminded Cleveland who's the boss in the NBA Central Division with a 90-78 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Billups added 10 assists, Wallace contributed 13 rebounds and the division-leading Pistons won their fifth straight regular-season game over the Cavaliers.

Cleveland pushed Detroit to the maximum seven games in last year's playoffs.

This Pistons' squad is very similar to the one that beat Cleveland last May with the big addition of Webber, who signed with the club as a free agent on Jan. 16 and was facing the Cavs for the first time for his hometown team.

Webber scored 13 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting when the Pistons grabbed control and never let go.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 21 points, but the All-Star forward was only 9-of-22 from the field and had a few tough layups roll out.

Larry Hughes added 14 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 12 with 11 rebounds for Cleveland.

Hawks 101, Nets 99, OT

At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Tyronn Lue hit a 23-foot jumper at the buzzer for Atlanta to edge New Jersey in overtime and post its first three-game road winning streak since December 2000.

Joe Johnson scored 37 points and Josh Smith atoned for a sub-par game, scoring six of his 14 points in overtime to enable the Hawks to win their ninth road game this season and exceed their entire total last season.

Lue finished with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field.

The game-winning shot came after Vince Carter hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game at 99 with 2.9 seconds to play.

Carter had 27 points, rookie Marcus Williams 18 and Jason Kidd added 13 points, 11 assists and five rebounds for the Nets.

Raptors 122, Clippers 110

At Toronto, Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Toronto reached a season high in points in a win against Los Angeles.

Morris Peterson added 18 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.

Cuttino Mobley contributed 24 points and Elton Brand had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers.

T.J. Ford, Anthony Parker and Jorge Garbajosa each added 17 points for the Raptors, who shot 58.7 percent. Toronto had six players reach double figures in scoring.

Toronto scored a season-high 66 points in the first half and shot 70 percent, tying a franchise record for shooting percentage in a half.

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