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.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two