AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Los Angeles led until the final moments of the third quarter before Detroit pulled away for their 10th win in 12 games, 108-99 on Wednesday night.
Chauncey Billups scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles lost their ninth straight and 17th in 19 tries.
Elton Brand led Los Angeles with 27 points and 10 rebounds
HEAT 100, HAWKS 97
In Atlanta, Dwyane Wade made a go-ahead runner over Bob Sura to cap a frantic comeback in the final minute, and Miami held off Atlanta.
The victory propelled the Heat into a tie with the Milwaukee Bucks for fifth in the Eastern Conference.
In Minneapolis, Latrell Sprewell had 27 points, including six 3-pointers, to help Minnesota hold off Seattle.
Kevin Garnett had 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Minnesota, which maintained its tenuous lead over San Antonio in the Midwest Division and remained in the hunt for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
NETS 103, WIZARDS 99 (OT)
In Washington, Richard Jefferson had 28 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, and New Jersey broke a three-game losing streak with an overtime victory over Washington.
Lucious Harris added a season-high 24 points, and Kerry Kittles scored 18 and helped forced overtime with a 3-pointer and a blocked shot in the final minute of regulation.
WARRIORS 85, RAPTORS 78
In Toronto, Jason Richardson had 25 points and Golden State handed Toronto their fifth straight loss.
Erick Dampier had 14 rebounds before leaving the game late in the fourth quarter after rolling his left ankle on the foot of Toronto's Jalen Rose. Dampier stayed on the floor for several minutes before being helped off the court.
BULLS 109, MAGIC 91
In Orlando, Fla., Jamal Crawford had 27 points and nine assists, and short-handed Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Orlando in a game matching the teams with the NBA's worst records.
Jannero Pargo added 25 points in his first start, and Eddy Curry had 24.
l NBA scoring leader Tracy McGrady will miss the rest of the season after the Orlando Magic put him on the injured list Wednesday because of left knee tendinitis.
McGrady, averaging 28 points, skipped the past two games because his knee was sore and now will be sidelined for the Magic's final seven games.
PACERS 111, BUCKS 78
In Indianapolis, Ron Artest had 21 points and nine rebounds, Jermaine O'Neal had 16 points and seven assists and Indiana clinched the Central Division title with a win over Milwaukee.
The Pacers, an NBA-leading 55-20, secured homecourt advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
TRAIL BLAZERS 105, CELTICS 98
In Boston, Darius Miles scored a career-high 31 points and led a third-quarter surge that carried Portland to a win over Boston.
The lead never fell below five points in the fourth quarter thanks to backup guard Eddie Gill, who scored all 11 of his points in the period.
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